If you have ever gone traveling before, or even just been away from home for an extended period of time, you might know that it can wreak havoc on your body. While traveling, you’re being exposed to new environments and climates, unexpected situations, foods that your body might not always agree with, and a new “on-the-move” lifestyle that can be mentally and physically exhausting. All of this change can be scary and stressful – especially when it comes to staying healthy – but in the end it is so rewarding to experience a new culture and way of life. Don’t let the fear of getting sick while travelling keep you from having an amazing cultural journey.
Follow these tips to keep your health in check on your next big adventure.
Go easy on the drinking – Oftentimes when we travel, we see it as a chance to party. After all, it is a vacation, so who wouldn’t mind a few cold beers on the beach?! But just remember that drinking every day is not a sustainable way of living, especially if you are travelling long term. Not only will you feel the negative effects on your body, but your bank account will be hurting too.
Stay hydrated – One of the biggest causes of sickness while travelling is dehydration. We may not realize it, but when we are away we are typically burning more calories than we would on a normal day in our everyday lives. You’ll be staying more active, and typically be spending more time in the sun and heat. So drink up! Always keep a water bottle on hand, and try to take sips even if you aren’t feeling thirsty.
Sunscreen! – It’s always a good idea to apply that SPF, or even better wear a hat or bring an umbrella to the beach. Lots of travel adventures are centered around visiting tropical destinations, so just be weary of how strong the sun can be, especially if you are travelling near the equator. Take a break from the beach every now and then to get out of the sun.
Invest in some probiotics – Probiotics are a traveller’s best friend. Keeping a healthy gut is essential while travelling. If you’re an adventurous person, you’ll definitely be eating some strange foods while on the road, so keep a healthy and happy tummy by taking a probiotic supplement every day.
Watch out for mosquitos – Bug spray, bug spray, bug spray. So many illnesses that travellers acquire while abroad are from blood borne pathogens passed on by mosquito bites. So do your best to keep these pesky little guys from biting you. Regularly apply bug spray, sleep with a mosquito net, or even wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt if you know mosquitos will be around.
In addition to following these easy steps while on the road, stay healthy by researching the area before you go. Check out if there are any recommended vaccines, or ask your doctor what he/she recommends.