By Wilson Ho
With spring approaching, we’re headed toward peak travel time. Here are tips on how to stay healthy while being away from home. Whether you are in a different country or in a different state, it’s important for you keep the same mindful habits while traveling no matter where your adventures take you.
- Stay hydrated
One of the most imperative habits to keep up daily basis is staying hydrated. Staying hydrated can be a preventative measure against the common cold and headaches. When you drink enough water you will also feel energized and awake!
When abroad in a different country, the water filtration system may be different from what you’re used to at home; beware of drinking from the tap and consider always having bottled water on hand. Traveling with a hydration pack can make it more convenient if there are not a lot of grocery stores around. Find a list of hydration packs here!
- Eat fruits and vegetables
With all the delicious cuisines to try while in a foreign place, remember to still include fruits and vegetables into your diet! Although it’s tempting to snack on the variety of desserts and snacks, keeping your plate balanced will maintain the highest energy levels for all the places you adventure to. An easy way to get your daily dose of fruits is by going to a nearby market or grocery store and buying the local fruits and veggies to keep in your hotel– enjoy them as a snack whenever you are hungry! Another benefit of going to a local grocery store is that you can try all the regional fruits that are unique to its area.
- Stay active
Depending on how you are traveling, you may already be doing a lot of walking or you may just be in a car all day. Always remember to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Staying active will give you an extra boost on burning off all the desserts that you are sampling. One option you may consider is going on a run in a brand new place, like a local park, hiking trail, or even a jog around the city streets!. You will have the benefits of getting your exercise in as well as seeing different parts of the community.
With all the excitement being in a new environment, you run the risk of exhausting yourself from exploring new places all and meeting new people. That’s why it is essential to get enough sleep! With the right amount of rest, you’ll be reenergized and ready to go sightseeing. The culture shock can distract you from getting the adequate rest, so remember that 6-8 hours is your optimal amount of sleep. Even naps (or siestas, if you’re abroad in Spain or Latin America) are an effective way of quickly replenishing your energy supply. According to The sleep Foundation, twenty-minute naps are the most effective.
Traveling is both an energy draining but exhilarating experience—make the most of it by preparing yourself with these travel health tips. Keep your daily habits of adequate water intake, sleep, mindful eating, and exercise intact to to maintain your overall well-being so you’re on top of your health both when you’re abroad and when you return home. Happy travels, Aggies!