There are numerous health benefits to travelling and vacating your normal routine. From checking off the bucket list to taking a much-needed break from caring for aging parents and/or assisting with the grands, we all seek a sense of freedom and adventure. Science even supports this notion. According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who travel are more open, emotionally stable, culturally aware, and experience an increase in cognitive flexibility.
But sometimes, it happens: You finally get to go on that amazing vacation, and then you end up coming down with a terrible cold or worse! Traveling can expose you to numerous germs and viruses while also disrupting your diet and exercise routine, weakening your immune system. Overindulging in alcohol, sweets and rich foods along with exposure to different food, water, and bacteria can derail the health benefits of travel. The following suggestions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable getaway!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
This can be tricky if you struggle with frequent urination, so pack more punch to your water intake by boosting your electrolytes. You can buy electrolyte-enhanced bottled water or take powdered form to add to your water. Start your day with a big glass of water, and make sure to carry a water bottle with you on the road!
Even on vacation, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Instead of starting your day on empty, fuel up with healthy options, like fruit, cereal, or oatmeal, before heading out the door.
Prepare food ahead of time to avoid unhealthy choices.
It happens: Your flight is delayed, you didn’t have time for breakfast, and now you’re stuck at the airport and you are WAY PAST hungry! Plan ahead so that you don’t make unhealthy choices. Here are a few easy-to-pack recipes that can keep you from mowing down a pizza or a plate of nachos!
Homemade Energy Bars are a great take-along, especially if you missed breakfast!
Mock Chicken Salad with pita pockets or healthy crackers like Nut Thins
Whole Wheat Veggie wrap with hummus, cucumber, avocado, sprouts, and shredded carrots
Don’t forget to buy some apples, oranges, bananas, or nuts to keep your energy up when you’re on the move!
Choose restaurants that focus on local cuisine. Ask your server what items are made in house and fresh.
Add veggies to the order.
Ask to add vegetables to whatever meal you are having. Choose from whatever the menu has to offer in the salad and sides sections.
Walk! Exercise is good for your body, whether you’re at home or traveling. If you can’t fit in time at a gym when you’re away from home, find other ways to move your body, like walking everywhere you can and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Idea: Sign in to BYG while you’re away and use the yoga library to help stay injury-free!
Pack travel packs.
There are more “travel” size items at your pharmacy beside those mini shampoo bottles! Think protein powder, vitamin c, electrolytes, bars and powdered magnesium drinks.
Wash your hands!
To reduce your chances of getting sick, wash your hands often, especially before eating, and carry wet wipes or hand sanitizer so you can freshen up if soap and water aren’t available.
Support your sleep.
You’re more likely to get sick when you’re rundown, so don’t skimp on sleep while you’re traveling. Being on the road is also more physically exhausting than being close to home, so be sure to listen to your body and rest when you need it. Don’t forget to bring along your meditation apps (BYG Yoga Library!), earplugs, eye pillows, neck pillows and calming teas!
Stay well and safe travels!