We’ve all been there. A long flight. A wonderful getaway. And then we get home and it starts. The cough, running nose, and any other cold symptoms. Yes, getting sick after a vacation really does not make traveling fun. But, thankfully, there’s a slew of healthy travel tips you can remember to keep yourself, and your loved ones, from coming down with the ‘after-trip’ blues.
Here’s a quick list of some of the most important healthy vacation tips to keep from getting sick on your trip:
Wash Your Hands
It may seem obvious, but on your travels, washing your hands before every meal, and after every adventure, is one of the most important healthy vacation tips for keeping you in a much healthier state. Taking the short amount of time to wash your hands with soap and water will dramatically lower the spread of infections and various disease.
We’re not saying that wherever you may be roaming doesn’t have healthy drinking water. But we are saying that even though the locals can drink it doesn’t mean you can. They’ve spent a lot of time acclimating to that source, and their stomach can handle it. You have become acclimated to an entirely different source of water in your home. To be on the safe side, grab a few bottles of H2o on your next trip.
Much like water, keeping your meals more like the ones you’re accustomed to at home could go a long way towards keeping your digestive tract on track. This can be one of the more challenging healthy travel tips, but remember the locals have grown accustomed to their specific styles of food, while you haven’t. Food intolerance is something that could easily put a damper on your vacation, and no one wants that. There’s nothing wrong with being a little more plain during your big dinner out.
This tip goes into the ‘before, during, and after’ category. Keeping your body in tip-top shape is a great way to fight off infections, drowsiness and many other ailments. And if you do get sick, your body is in a much better position to fight off the infection than if you hadn’t already been active. It’s also a great way to discover exciting things to do like outdoor hikes, jungle travels, and horse rides.
Get Enough Sleep
Especially for trips that take you into other time-zones, you need to make sure to get enough sleep. If you’re facing a dramatic time-zone change, and it’s for a longer trip, then it might be wise to start acclimating to the new time-zone before you even depart. You can start changing your sleep and wake times by an hour forward or backward (depending on your destination) each night before your departure.
Similarly, try to catch some z’s on the flight. We’re known for our Travel Pillows that can help you do just that! If you’re a light sleeper, or just want to guarantee some rest for yourself, add our Midnight Magic® Sleep Mask and drift off to slumberland as the plane takes you to your destination.
Remember, this is just a quick look at how you can better prepare yourself for your next trip. What are your favorite healthy travel tips to stay well on vacation? Tell us in the comments below.