Five health tips when traveling

If travel is necessary for you in the coming weeks, these health tips could help!

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Sometimes, it can be difficult to feel healthy while traveling. You spend so much time trying to cram all the sight-seeing in that you forget to eat a balanced diet or get enough sleep. Plus, flying can cause all kinds of negative impacts on our bodies and make us anxious (if you’re worried about cancellations, Creditfix can help). 

Most of us travel because we love it, so it’s important to try to incorporate a healthy routine where possible. But what can we do? 

A balanced diet

When we travel, it can be difficult to eat healthily. We might opt for meals out, which are often higher in salt, oil and sugar than the food we cook at home, and we might drink more alcohol than usual, too. However, it’s important to make sure that we still eat a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, protein and fiber. This might mean picking the healthy option in the restaurant or staying somewhere with self-catering facilities. Whatever works for you is fine, but the key is to make sure that you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet that gives you plenty of energy. 

Rest

It’s equally important to make sure you get enough rest when traveling. You’ll want to see everything you can and, whilst it might be tempting to race around, you need to listen to your body. You don’t want to burn out and make yourself ill. So, make sure you stay somewhere comfortable and get plenty of sleep each night. It might be worth taking the time to research quiet areas and good quality hotels to make sure you find somewhere guaranteed to give you a good night’s sleep. 

Hydration

It can be easy to overlook the importance of hydration, especially while traveling. There are uncountable benefits to drinking water, including lubrication of the joints, regulating body temperature and preventing kidney damage. Therefore, we need at least eight cups of water a day to stay healthy. When we’re traveling, it can be difficult to stay hydrated, especially if we’re in a hot country where we can’t drink the water. However, it’s important to make sure you get those fluids; even by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables or drinking juice.  

Exercise

When we travel, we don’t tend to prioritize exercise. This is because we’re so busy anyway; we might be rushing around and this makes us tired. However, it’s important to try to get plenty of exercise whilst on holiday, especially if we’re eating a little unhealthier than we would be normally. A great way of doing so is by walking everywhere, and this lends itself to travel naturally because you can combine it with sightseeing. So, why not find a walking tour and get those steps in? 

Preparation

The key to being healthy while traveling is to be prepared. This might mean bringing some healthy snacks in your rucksack, a first-aid kit in case of any accidents or a travel pillow to help you sleep on the move. By being organized, you can ensure that your health doesn’t suffer on your trip. 

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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