No matter the kind of travel you’re undertaking, whether you’re on a hiking journey or you’re breezing down the highway in your car, to exploring the air in a plane or cruising along the expansive waters of the Earth, there are quite a few things to account for.
Taking care of your health when you’re traveling means you’re going to have a much better time when you finally do touch down at your destination, and the energy you’re going to feel will be boundless! And if you traveling by yourself, you will want to take precautions and make sure to keep yourself healthy and energetic.
Here are few tips for you to try out when you’re next planning a trip overseas, or even out to the fields behind your house!
Taking Care Of Yourself Whilst You’re Travelling
Stock Up on Water Bottles
Everybody needs water to live, and there’s no better need for it when you’re on your feet all day in weather conditions you’re not used to. When you’re drinking as much water as you can in 24 hours, even on a normal 9 to 5 you work at home, you’re going to be taking in about 1 to 2 liters of fluid that’ll make the day run a lot smoother.
When you’re out in the blazing heat in a country you’re not familiar with, make sure you stick to this rule and have a couple of water bottles in your bag to sip from regularly. You don’t want a good vacation away to turn into a single memory of you fainting on a trail!
Although we like to believe all the vitamins our body needs can easily be found in our diet, it is not always true, some vitamins that we ingest during our meals are not enough to supply our body’s need. A good example of this is the Vitamin C, we strongly believe that as long as we eat oranges, our body will have enough Vitamin C to help strengthening the immune system, which is not true, your body would need a huge amount of oranges every day to have a good supply of Vitamin C, however, the amount of oranges ingested to provide you with this amount of Vitamin C could cause you diabetes.
Taking a vitamin complex is good even if you are just planning to stay at home, but especially important if you are traveling, and/or making exercises. It will give you more strength, disposition and improve your immune system.
Give yourself some rest
I know how excited we get when we finally arrive at our destination, we are curious, we want to see everything, we want to enjoy every second of the trip, but guys, listen to your body. Although most of the flights, train or bus trips consists of you sitting, “relaxing” and waiting, the journey can be pretty exhaustive, and even if you feel like you are ready to walk the whole day, it is better to rest a little bit before going out of your hotel room to explore.
Also, remember that your body needs to rest for 6 to 8 hours a day, so give it time, try to sleep well and for at least 6 hours every day, otherwise, you will feel burnout in the middle of your trip.
Eat light and healthy
Sometimes it feels so good to eat junk food, a burger here, a hot dog there, who doesn’t love the junk day? But let’s remember that this is not a good diet to follow every single day, especially if you are making lots of exercises (even if it means spending the day walking slowly around the city). Again, your body needs vitamins to keep itself standing, junk food won’t give your body everything it needs during the day, plus as it is heavy food, it will probably make you feel tired faster and after some days eating it, you will feel indisposition.
Try eating healthy food, fruits, salads, nothing too artificial. Also, avoid eating heavy food that will make you feel tired, try eating things that are easy for your body to digest and absorb.
Take Some Good Photos, and Bring a Sketchpad
When it comes to experiencing the best places in the world, you will want to preserve your memory for the rest of your life. And there’s no better way to do this than to be a little creative! Make sure you carry your camera and batteries to take lots of pictures.
Another cool way to save your memories during your trip is to write a Travel Jounal, where you can write about your day and experiences or draw what you have seen and liked. Even if you are not an artist, it can be a lot of fun to try to reproduce a landscape you are seeing.
Use a Rewards Program
When you’re travelling, you can make back a lot of money on your time and efforts with just a simple card in your pocket. So when it comes to finding the best-united airlines credit card, you need to consider what’s right for your purposes alone, and not take other people into account.
It’s always worth it to take out a credit card in life, as a lot of things are determined by your ability to cope with a little bit of good debt here and there. Yet, a card specifically catered to your travelling needs often means you can get a free trip from the mileage you’re accumulate here and there.
There’s a lot you can do to take care of yourself when travelling, so make sure you listen to your own needs. Your body knows what it can handle, so try taking a nap!
Fairuz5 de February de 2018 at 07:10
On point advice. I used to carry a notepad for writing. Now I make notes in my phone while traveling to and from. Better to do it while the experience is still fresh. I still need to practice on my sketching tho. 😆
Samantha5 de February de 2018 at 19:47
I love the advice to make sure you rest. Only recently I have started to take that advice, and give myself a day of rest when I arrive to a new destination. Many time change differences and packed days have led to exhaustion in my trips before!
Anna nuttall7 de February de 2018 at 19:12
Yes, I don’t tend to drink while travelling and always take my vitamin and minerals. xx
Hannah9 de February de 2018 at 13:46
This is great advice! That was one of the things I struggled the most with on my first long trip – I was sick all the time from all the hostel germs, combined with drinking exclusively alcohol instead of water (oops) and in general not taking care of myself. I’m looking forward to doing a better job of it this time around 🙂
Kavita Favelle | Kavey Eats10 de February de 2018 at 15:22
I totally agree with the importance of self care when travelling. I know that I often suffer from migraines and tension headaches, and can also get heat stroke easily if I overheat, so I have learned to build in rest days within my itineraries and also to accept that if I’m not feeling well, better to cut short and go and rest, and miss one activity, rather than make myself ill for longer by trying to push on and do everything!
Madhu10 de February de 2018 at 15:23
Great advice. Can’t agree more. It’s important to stay healthy during travel
Jacqueline10 de February de 2018 at 16:01
Great advice! I agree, looking after yourself is THE most important part of going on a trip! if you are not up to full speed, the trip itself is not going to be that enjoyable. Thanks for sharing your tips!
Beth10 de February de 2018 at 16:31
These are all great tips! I second the water and rest tips, especially! Thanks for posting about this!
Lieselot10 de February de 2018 at 17:41
Good topic for a post! It is indeed important to take care of yourself, as travelling can be exhausting and take a toll on the body. Some good tips here, thanks!
Priya10 de February de 2018 at 20:03
This is something we all need to work on. In this busy life, we often forget to take care of ourselves. Great post.
Yvette Benhamou11 de February de 2018 at 17:39
It’s amazing how much taking vitamins made a difference on our trip. With very little down time, self-care really needs to be a priority. Love the idea of bringing a sketchbook.
Diana12 de February de 2018 at 03:49
This is great advice! I agree, looking after yourself is THE most important part of going on a trip!
Deborah Hunter Kells25 de February de 2018 at 11:25
Good positive tips! Thank you. Shared on SU/ G+ & tweeted 🙂
Tara5 de March de 2018 at 22:52
We just traveled for two weeks and I did most of these for myself and my kids. Such great advice!
Geneva6 de March de 2018 at 12:27
I love this travel tips on taking care of yourself while traveling, Isadora. Thank you for sharing them. Many people only think about having fun and always being on the go when they travel but rarely do we think about self-care which is very important. Great tips.
Daima14 de April de 2018 at 13:19
Great advice, i never even thought to pack my vitamins before :(.