Whether you’re setting off on a family vacation or going on your next business trip, it’s important to take care of yourself the same way you would at home. While travelling can be fun and exciting, it can also wreak havoc on your body as you cross time zones, ride in planes, trains, ships, and automobiles, and find yourself falling out of your regular routine.
Here are 6 sure-fire ways to stay healthy during travel:
- Don’t Skimp on Sleep. This probably goes without saying, but getting enough restful sleep is essential to helping you be your best during the day. Did you know there are homeopathic sleep remedies that can help? For example, I use Boiron jet lag relief pellets when flying, or Insomnitol chewables from Design for Health with melatonin, l-theanine, B6, 5HTP and Inositol to help me sleep. If you are in a noisy hotel, you might want to use a sleep mask and earplugs to help cut out noise or turn the room fan on to bury the external noise. Another great way to get your ZZZs is to use a white noise or meditation app on your phone.
- Boost Your Energy with Vitamins. Pack nutrition into your suitcase! Ditch bottles and opt for sachet envelopes of vitamins and greens. That way, no matter where you are or what you eat, you can be sure you’re getting your essential vitamins & minerals and greens. It’s also handy to carry small protein envelopes to mix with your greens, as a handy snack. Maintaining your probiotic intake is important for keeping you regular, as we all know ‘travel bowel’ can be a bit challenging! Design for Health now has a shelf-stable probiotic so you don’t have to worry about refrigeration. If you’re prone to getting sick during or after your trip, opt for some immune-boosting supplements such as Zinc, Turmeric, Elderberry, Ginger, and Echinacea.
- Choose Nutritious Snacks That Travel Well. You can find endless choices for on-the-go snacks in nearly every supermarket and airport lounge. The trick is to opt for healthy options like organic unsalted nuts, nut butters, healthy fat & protein bars (without added sugar and additives) and fresh-cut veggies. All of these will help keep your blood sugar stable and your head clear and focused.
- Fuel Your Brain with Good Fluids. Have a business meeting after you land? Heading out for a hike when you get to the campground? The best way to keep everything moving well through your system and keep you regular is by drinking plenty of water. Travelling increases the body’s need for water, so pay attention and get at least eight cups of water a day. Of course, be careful as not all water is safe depending on where you’re heading to, so you may need a filtration system. This is one good option: https://www.santevia.com/power-stick/. Remember to stay away from too much alcohol and sugary drinks, because they actually dehydrate you and can drain your energy.
- Exercise to Help “Feel-Good” Endorphins. There’s no need to give up exercising when you’re travelling! An early morning walking routine is one of the best ways to start your day. In town for business? Put on your runners and see the sights by foot! Walk to your meetings if you can and don’t forget to breathe deeply as you take in everything around you. You can also opt to exercise in your hotel gym, or go to a nearby local gym for strength training for an added health boost. I personally bring an exercise band in case I am short on time or don’t have access to a gym to do a quick body-weight and band exercise circuit.
- Cook When You Can. Whether you’re staying at an AirBnB, have a hotel room with a kitchenette, or you’re roughing it at the campground, there’s nothing like a nutritious home-cooked meal to keep you happy and healthy. Check out local farmer’s markets and the local health food stores for quick, tasty meal options you can cook up in less than 20 minutes. Indulging in the local fare is also a great way to create an unforgettable travel experience. Try new dishes, but err on the side of healthy choices as much as you can.
Whether you are staying in a hotel, vacation home or hostel-bring a little home with you while you travel. Try to maintain as many healthy habits as possible and your body will surely thank you for it.
Do you have any tips for staying healthy while you travel? Leave them in the comments below!
To healthy and happy travels!