Traveling is something that almost all of us love doing, but there is one drawback. People tend to feel ill after arriving home, and a lot of it has to do with exposure to people and places that they’ve never experienced before. You don’t have to be one of the countless many to have to spend your time returning home lying sick in bed, though. If you’re careful, you can be healthy before, during and after your next vacation. We’ve come up with some tips for every traveler to follow to stay healthy and happy while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
1. Sanitize Everything
One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic taught a lot of people is the importance of sanitizing. For many years, most people simply thought of sanitizing their hands. Since 2020, though, we’ve learned to sanitize just about anything that we come into contact with. Whether it be your airplane seat, the counters in the hotel room or anything in between, it doesn’t hurt to have some sanitizing wipes on hand and plenty of hand sanitizer.
2. Stay Hydrated
It’s something that we all know but not many of us do, and that’s making sure you get enough water on a daily basis. It’s even more important to stay hydrated when you’re on the road. If you’re sitting in your living room and feeling a little dehydrated, that can be a quick fix. When you’re wandering through the streets of a city that’s far away from home, though, that’s a completely different story.
3. Mind the Elevation and Temperature
Another big reason why you’ll want to stay well hydrated when traveling is because you might not be used to the climate of your destination. Let’s say you’re from Nevada where you’re used to 100 degree temperatures and you see 90 degrees in Florida and don’t think it’s too bad. That is, until you experience humidity for the first time. It will take some time to adjust, and it’s the same case for elevation changes. You might be feeling a bit out of breath when visiting a place like Denver for the first time.
4. Take Your Vitamins
Nothing is more important for your health while traveling than your immune system. Of course, the best way to boost your immune system is to make sure that you’re getting enough vitamins on a daily basis. Whether it be a multivitamin or something like Emergen-C, anything that you’re adding to your diet helps. Even while you’re already on the road, get plenty of fruits and vegetables to increase your vitamin intake.
5. Don’t Trust All Food
Not all fruits and vegetables will be safe, though. When eating at a place that you’ve never been, always be hyper aware of what food you’re putting into your body. Always do your research and look at reviews on Yelp and Google to see if anyone has had an experience with health hazards. All restaurants should also contain a grade from a local health inspector.