When you travel, being away from your usual eating and sleeping routines, travelling in crowded buses and trains; means it’s more likely that you might get sick. It takes time to adjust to the food, water, and air in a new environment. With an itinerary this grueling environment, self-care becomes even more crucial than it is in your day-to-day life. Whatever the reason might be you are traveling, but you must be proactive, prepared, and protected when it comes to your health and the health of others while you are traveling. Here is a simple guide on how to stay healthy while traveling!
Stay Healthy While You Travel
One of the biggest challenges of travel during the winter is protecting against colds and flu. It’s important to be aware of potential pitfalls not only when you arrive at a destination, but when you’re in transit. Being on an airplane or train with a bunch of people coughing and sneezing is a great way to get sick. But frequent hand washing can make a real difference and help keep you well. Wipe your hands often with antibacterial wipes or sanitizers. Hand sanitizer with at least 50 percent alcohol; disinfecting wipes, a light shawl or coat that can be used as a blanket; a travel pillow (on a long-haul flight or train trip); bandages; and nasal spray must be ready there along with your travel bag.
Meditation is a great way to reduce stress, sharpen your mind, and increase your awareness. Whenever you are on a plane or train, designate the first 25-30 minutes of the passage to meditation, it will make you calm. Staying active can be difficult while on the road, since travel often involves long periods of sitting. Walk as much as possible. When you’re in a city or town, walk to appointments, restaurants etc rather than taking a cab. Get in a good workout each day, even if just a long walk in the evening before you sleep. Get out in the sun to help adjust to a new location and get over jet lag faster. Get at least 6 hours of sleep.
Even a clean public restroom can harbor many, many germs just by dint of the fact that so many people use the same facility all day long. Do not put your bags on the floor, while using a public toilet. Avoid touching surfaces of washbasins, toilet lids and the handles on the door with hands. Wash hands with soap and water for a full 15 seconds before you leave. Use a small square of toilet paper or hand-drying paper to open the door that leads out of the toilets. Also read: 5 Signs you have an unhealthy Vagina
Traveling empty stomach is not a good idea at all. Eat an adequate amount of food before you board your plane or train. Long hours of sitting in the car and eating fast food at every rest stop can derail a diet. Occasional fasting might be a part of your life, but don’t try to give it a shot while traveling. Fill a bag with healthy snacks like fruit, raw vegetables and sandwiches from home, and then restock your stash along the way with offerings from local grocery stores. Always have a water bottle with you, fill it whenever possible, and drink frequently. Order vegetarian meals on flights, since they usually arrive first and are almost always much more healthy and light.
The most important health tip, not everyone’s aware of is that long distance travelers need to have their medical records with them, ready for any case. Keep your medical records at hand in a file or on your mobile device. You can never know what may happen. Happy Traveling!