5 Ways to Maximize Healthy Travel

2014Aug12_GenPharma_ATraveling for a business occasion, family visit, or even a simple and fun vacation can really take a toll on your health. Time spent in airports and train stations combined with a diversion from your regular diet and sleep schedule often result in a lowered immune system. There are steps you can take to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of getting sick during a travel. Here are 5 ways to stay healthy while traveling.

#1: Make rest a priority

Lack of sleep and reset can make you more susceptible to illness. Make down time a major part of your travels. Take time out to relax and get adequate sleep. Many times we sleep less while traveling because of scheduled activities. If possible, make it a priority to maintain an 8-hour nightly sleep pattern.

#2: Keep up the exercise

Staying active will help you stay healthy. If you travel for long periods of time, be sure to maintain an exercise routine of some sort. Make use of hotel workout centers and walk as much as you can. Consider taking the stairs instead of elevators when possible. Stretch when you first wake up.

#3: Eat right

Eating habits can change drastically when traveling. But it is very important to eat right in order to stay healthy. Pack healthy snack options when you are on the go rather then buying junk foods. Don’t skip breakfast. Choose options such as lean meats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains when you eat out.

#4: Pack the essentials for healthy travel

Depending on your destination, you may need to update immunizations for certain international travel. Don’t forget to pack a few things to help you stay healthy and safe during travel. Certain items may help ward off an illness if you begin to experience symptoms. Items to consider include:

  • Prescription medications
  • Bandage strips
  • Nail clippers
  • Sunscreen
  • Pain reliever
  • Antihistamine
  • Stomach soother
  • Nasal spray
  • Insect repellant
  • Hand sanitizer

#5: Avoid en-route ailments

Whether you’re concerned about motion sickness, jet lag or earaches, remember thesetips as you travel to help alleviate common en-route ailments.

  • To relieve queasiness from motion sickness, try over-the-counter medication or sea bands.
  • To reduce jet lag, stay hydrated, drink plenty of water and avoid overeating.
  • To ease or avoid earaches, try yawning to stretch the jaw and relieve pressure, chewing gum or taking an over-the-counter decongestant.
  • Avoid vein and clotting issues by stretching and moving around often.

Be sure to wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizer when a sink is not available. When you depart for your next getaway, keep these tips in mind to maintain your health and get the most out of your vacation time. If you’re looking for recommendations on which products to pack for your next trip, please feel free to consult the staff at [company_short]. We look forward to seeing you soon. Here’s to a happy, safe trip!


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