Getting sick while on vacation is one sure way to miss out. When I’m traveling, I want to feel my best so that I can keep going and explore all that I can, and not be stuck in the hotel room sick. The following are things I do in order to stay as healthy as I can while traveling.
This post contains affiliate links, meaning I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.
Travel sized packs of cleaning wipes like these CLOROX Disinfecting Wipes are a convenient way to kill some germs. When I get on a plane, I wipe down the arm rests, trays, buttons, and the window shade. Pretty much anything I’ll be touching during that flight. I also use them where I’m lodging, whether it’s a hotel, Airbnb, or a cruise cabin. I’ll wipe down counter tops, faucets, door handles, microwave, fridge, remote controls, and light switches. Again, basically anything I’m going to be touching, I clean. Also keep a travel sized bottle of hand sanitizer around in case there are not frequent opportunities for hand washing.
Drinking water is important for our health. Vacations can be less enjoyable due to the side effects of being dehydrated, which include headaches and fatigue, and none of us want that when we are exploring islands or hiking up mountains. Additionally, Air travel can dehydrate your body due to the low humidity levels, so I like to bring an empty water bottle with me to fill up once I get past security at airports. I tend to be more active while on vacations, so I need to increase my water intake to stay hydrated. Make sure to listen to your body and of course, choose clean drinking water depending on where you are.
Maintaining a fitness routine while traveling can help release stress and improve sleep. There are lots of exercises that you can do in a hotel room without equipment, such as squats, push ups, crunches, and stretching. You can even use your luggage for lifting! Or bring resistance bands which won’t take up a lot of space or weight. I like to bring these Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands with me, they come in a convenient storage bag. A benefit to running/biking while on vacation is that you can explore the nearby area while getting heart healthy. If you are on a cruise, take the stairs instead of the elevator!
I work rotating shifts, which include nights, and am fully aware of how the lack of sleep and constantly altering my sleep schedule affects my body. It causes fatigue, both physically and mentally, as well as other health issues. We don’t want this while on vacation! Plus, a lack of sleep can impair your memory, can you imagine not being able to remember everything that happened on your vacation? So get those full nights of sleep and enjoy your vacation to the fullest!
Does anyone ever get “hangry” or is it just me? When I’m traveling, I like to have some healthy snacks with me to eat between meals. On days that I’m super active, I want to make sure to have extra food so I can give my energy levels a boost. We usually stop by a grocery store at our destination to buy fruits and other healthy snacks and will even bring some nonperishable items with us if we pack a suitcase. I also try and eat balanced meals as much as I can when traveling.
I like to use a Vitamin C supplement the day of travel (when using public transportation) to help boost my immune system when being exposed to a lot of germs.
Here is a list of other health related items I like bringing with me:
- cold medicine
- tweezers for removing splinters
- mosquito repellent
- Banana Boat Soothing Aloe After Sun Gel
- antibacterial ointment
How do you stay healthy while traveling? Leave your tips and tricks in the comments below!
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Until next time,