Learn How to Stay Healthy when Traveling with these easy tips. From getting the right amount of sleep to eating healthy get all the tips here.
I am leaving today for my 5th trip in 2 months including trips for work and for fun. I have been on cruise ships, rental cars and airplanes. My Permission to Hustle retreat, B's birthday trip to Disney, complete with a first time to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and touring NASA was one of the best parts of my recent travel.
I love to travel, but more times than I would like to admit I come home needing a vacation and/or sick days. There is something about traveling that makes you so much more susceptible to getting sick. Since I work for myself and have a family to take care of I no longer have the luxury of sick days or paid vacations. If only I could tell my 20 year old self to enjoy those sick days more haha.
How to Stay Healthy When Traveling
Since I have no sick days I have been focusing on what I need to do to so I can keep running without a sick day. And knock on wood it has worked!!!
I have found that sleep is the most important thing I can do when I am traveling. Which is ironic because sleeping when you are traveling can be difficult. We started sleeping with white noise playing on our phones and it has been one of the best things to help me sleep almost anywhere. You no longer need to worry about the location of your hotel room being too close to the elevator or an adjoining room. The white noise will mask these noises and once the lights are off you can pretend you are home.
My husband and daughter also like to bring sleep masks so the morning light does not wake them up. Think of the things that make you most comfortable and bring them with you if you can. And when you return home listen to your body. After my last trip to Houston I took a three hour nap the day after I returned. I did not think I was a napper, but after a long trip it felt so good.
Kurt and I have also started taking the melatonin I shared in this post Teacher Gift Ideas. I have found it has made all the difference in helping me get to sleep faster. There is nothing worse than laying in bed counting down the hours until you have to get up.
I recently starting wearing a watch that tracks my steps. At first it was so eye opening there are some days that I was only walking 1,000 steps. It is a challenge when you work from home. So especially if I am traveling for a conference I make sure I monitor my steps and try to walk as many places as possible. Most hotels have a fitness center or access to a local gym. If they don't step outside and explore the town by foot.
Know Your Limits
When you are in a new place you may want to see everything we joke that when we used to go to the theme parks we were there from the open to the close of the parks. I even wrote a post about How to Survive and Enjoy the Theme Parks. That may work for a day or two, but not for the entire week. Know your limits and prioritize the things that are most important to you.
Drink Lots of Water
I always have a bottle of water with me. Even if I am flying I pack an empty water bottle in my carry-on and fill it up once I get through security. Or I make sure to buy a liter bottle by the gate.
Eat the Rainbow .
Veggies and fruits are your friends especially when you are traveling. I love how never the airport stands now sell veggies packs or whole fruit. Try to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible.
Wash Your Hands
I try to not be crazy about wiping everything down and sanitizing my hands all day long, but I do wash my hands more than I do at home. Before I eat anything or even touch my mouth I like to wash or sanitize my hands. Since I am drinking lots of water I am in the restroom all the time anyway.
Take Your Vitamins
When you are traveling even if you are try to eat the rainbow there are days you may be lucky to grab a bar as you are running through the airport. Make sure you take your vitamins so you are covered. I also always travel with extra vitamin C.
Protect Your Skin
Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray if needed and a swim shirt if you will be swimming. That would be me in the back fully covered with a hat, sunglasses and a swim shirt.
Do you have any other tips that work for you?
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