10 Tips on Staying Healthy While Traveling

by | May 1, 2019 | Tips & Tricks

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. Like actual life goals would be working a remote job, living out of a van and traveling the country. But when you’re traveling, how do you stay healthy?

 

I feel like a lot of the time, I use vacations as an excuse to eat whatever I want, get zero sleep, and throw any ideas of health out the window. You shouldn’t feel like you need a vacation after vacation because you’re worn down from unhealthy decisions. Here are 10 tips on how you can be a little healthier when traveling!

 

S L E E P

This is honestly the most important thing while traveling. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re going to have a bad time mmkay? If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re going to be mentally and physically exhausted which can easily result in getting sick.

Exercise

Whether you’re getting up and working out at a local gym or just walking everywhere in the city you’re in – make sure you’re exercising each day! It will energize you and help balance any extra food you’re eating 😜

Always eat breakfast

If breakfast isn’t your favorite meal, it should be. Eating breakfast in the morning, even if it’s just a granola bar, gets your metabolism going for the day. It will give you some much-needed energy in the AM to keep you going throughout the morning!

H2O is key

Drink more water than you think you need! Stay hydrated, especially during summer travel. You should be drinking at least 2 liters of water per day to stay hydrated – so make sure you have a water bottle with you at all times!

Pay attention to what you’re eating

and how much. Okay, this is honestly my BIGGEST struggle. I love food and I love to try all sorts of new things when I’m traveling, but loooort I sometimes do not know when to stop when something just tastes so good. I’ve been trying to really focus on how much I’m eating whenever I travel so I leave restaurants feeling content rather than leaving in a wheelbarrow. Making sure I have some sort of veggie during meals as well, plus lots of water is also a focus.

Snack on fruits/veggies vs candy/sweets

Luckily candy/sweets isn’t a life source for me, but I know it is for a lot of people. Desserts aren’t the worst thing in the world, but make sure you’re making equally healthy choices throughout the day. Have some fruit as a morning snack if you’re planning on having tiramisu at dinner. Balance is key!

Use SPF

Even when it’s winter, make sure you’re using a moisturizer or foundation that has SPF. My chapstick even has SPF in it to help prevent sunburns. Make sure you’re applying it every morning (even when you’re not traveling) to protect your skin.

Bring hand sanitizer

Have you ever opened a door and after touching it you notice your hands are slightly sticky? Gross. Having hand sanitizer with you can help you avoid aimlessly looking for a restroom sink to wash your hands in. Germs are everywhere and having some sanitizer can help prevent them from sticking around you for too long.

Pay attention to your mental health

Whether you’re traveling alone or with a group, make sure you’re practicing self-care. If you’re tired, take a nap. If you want to take a break from group travel, give yourself some “me” time. Pay attention to your mind and body to make sure you’re doing what’s best for your health.

Pace yourself

Don’t overwhelm yourself and spend your entire trip stressed. Chill out a little. Leave some room each day for spontaneous adventures to spring up. Don’t try and see every little thing and do every single activity. You’ll get burned out very quickly. Take your time and enjoy your trip at your own pace.

 

Travel can be a wild ride. Make sure you’re doing small things each day to keep up with your health so you can come home feeling relaxed and refreshed!
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