Staying Healthy While Traveling (For Leisure and Business)
Staying healthy while traveling can be tricky. You can meet challenges like finding nutritious food that doesn’t require cooking or refrigeration. You can also find it hard to stay active and not get caught in a rut of staying indoors during your downtime. The Covid-19 pandemic makes traveling extra challenging because you need to practice protocols that will prevent you from getting infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Here are a few ways you can follow for staying healthy while traveling.
1. Do your research.
Before you leave, exercise due diligence by researching the kind of food available in your destination. Check out what restaurants you can eat in and where you can buy food items. If you plan on cooking, find out where you can buy fresh and safe ingredients. This information is crucial if you follow a specific diet or have a food allergy.
2. Be careful where you eat.
When you dine out, make sure that the food you’re served is safe to consume. As much as possible, avoid buffets or dining halls where you can’t see how your food is prepared. Instead, choose restaurants where you can watch the chefs cook your food.
3. Stay hydrated.
Staying hydrated is always a wise move for your health, even when you’re staying put at home. It becomes more important when you’re traveling, especially if your destination has a hot climate. When adequately hydrated, you’re less likely to become over-exhausted or get heatstroke. Just make sure to stick to bottled water when you’re traveling because you can’t be too sure if the tap water in your destination is safe to drink. When buying tap water, check first if the bottle’s seal is intact.
4. Pack the appropriate clothing.
There’s more to being inappropriately dressed than committing fashion faux pas. It can definitely affect your health if you dress too lightly in cold weather or too warmly when it’s hot and humid. Make sure you pack the right clothes appropriate for the climate and season in your destination.
5. Bring your prescriptions.
If you need to take medication for whatever condition you may have, get your prescriptions from your doctors first before you leave. Just in case you misplace or run out of your meds, you can take your prescription to a pharmacy to have it refilled. It would also be helpful if you get the necessary vaccines and preventive medicine before your trip.
6. Don’t forget the essentials.
You should never leave home without these items: your personal toiletries, sunscreen, insect repellants, antibacterial wipes, and hand sanitizers. If you’re traveling to a place where the weather is always hot, don’t forget to take a hat and sunglasses. And even though hotels now provide face masks, alcohol, and sanitizers because of the pandemic, try to bring your own as well, just in case.
7. Get moving.
No matter how busy your schedule is, try to squeeze in some time for working out, even if it’s just for 10 or 15 minutes. You can visit your hotel’s gym or fitness center, or you can do yoga stretches in your hotel room.
Staying healthy while traveling doesn’t have to be tricky at all. As long as you’ve done the necessary preparations, you can keep in shape and avoid getting sick while you’re away from home.
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