By Cheyenne Solis
Traveling to different places across the country or across the world can introduce us to many new and fun experiences. While doing so, we may let our fitness and nutrition routines slide and/or also be introduced to germs and illnesses and we may not get to enjoy those experiences.
As long as fitness has been part of our culture, there have been plenty of strategies for staying on top of our wellness routines, from packing nourishing snacks to improvising workouts, whether it be running on the beach or hotel-room yoga.
Here are some tips to help keep your body healthy throughout your travels.
Drink Lots of Water
It is extremely important to stay hydrated while traveling, especially when flying. It can get a little tough when you’re on vacation mode and just want to enjoy a cold beer or cocktail instead of what your body needs most: water. Always carry a water bottle (no plastic, please!) on you to refill as needed, whether you're out adventuring or turning in at your hotel room. If you are traveling to certain areas where your body may not be used to the bacteria in tap water, opt for certified bottled water or find a portable purifier.
Keep Your Hands Clean
Germs are everywhere, especially in airports and airplanes, where people are packed together like sardines. Wash your hands after touching things that are commonly used by other people, like airport security bins, tabletops and ATMs. Make some natural hand sanitizer at home before your trip or use antibacterial wipes as a handbag staple while traveling, and get into the habit of of using them often.
Pack Healthy Snacks
The food on flights are not exactly the healthiest options and oftentimes very limited in the complimentary choices available. Due to long hours spent on flights and in airports, as well as all-day sightseeing or excursions, you may ending up skipping or delaying a meal — or bingeing on unhealthy choices because of efficiency and availability. Pack your own snacks for the plane and throughout your trip. The best snacks are ones that are both nutritious and filling like mixed nuts and berries, dark chocolate (for that sweet tooth) or granola bars.
We all know how exhausting traveling can be. Taking extra steps to be sure your immune system and overall health stays strong is important. Taking daily vitamins like multivitamins, vitamin C and probiotics will help to keep your body running like a well-oiled machine. Also, we cannot stress this enough: DRINK YOUR WATER! Water helps keep your body running and functioning smoothly and can help your immune system by carrying oxygen to the cells in your body, as well as flushing out toxins. Combined with the right supplements, your immune system will get a nice, natural boost.
Finding motivation to work out during your vacation might seem difficult, but it can be as easy as going for a walk or getting in the water. When searching for hotels, try to find ones that are within walking distance of a few coffee shops or restaurants, so you don't have to rely on motor vehicles for transportation. Also look to see if the hotel has a gym available. It's a lot easier to stay active when the resources are only an elevator ride away! Participate in tours or activities that involve some sort of exercise like biking, rock climbing or surfing. It might even up being the most memorable part of your trip. Plus, you’ll have a cool story to tell for the folks back home.
Sleeping away from home can be challenging for some people but it is imperative to your health when traveling. If you find it difficult to fall asleep at night while on vacation, ask for a quiet hotel room away from elevators, the floor's ice machine and street noise or wear earplugs and an eye mask to prevent distractions. Your body needs rest to rejuvenate itself, so sometimes you may have to skip out on the late night adventures and go back to your hotel room in order to rest for your next day’s adventure. You'll be thankful when you're energized and ready to take on the sights.
Staying healthy while traveling should be a top priority for all travelers. Take precautions and always plan ahead for your trip in order to begin in good health and maintain it while you travel. (And remember to bring your PiperWai!)