With the weather getting colder, and cold/ flu season upon us, I thought I would take some time to write about wellness while traveling! Traveling can be an amazing experience, but it can also bring on some unwanted symptoms… Jet lag, dry skin and even sickness from germy airports and planes (ick). That’s why I’ve rounded up my wellness travel tips to help you stay healthy through out your next trip.
Fight The Germs
When traveling, I like to bring a few things in my carry-on to help protect myself from germs (especially this time of year). If you’re going to be in and out of airports, you can never go wrong with some Purell hand sanitizer and wipes. These are great for wiping off your seat, armrest and tray on the plane and for cleaning off your hands periodically. Some other great things to bring with you are a blanket scarf (to use as a blanket or pillow, instead of plane provided ones), probiotics, and some Neosporin. I recently read an article that said the lovely Duchess of Sussex uses this to line her nose on a plane to keep germs away. Who knew, right?!
Wherever you are traveling to, be sure to pack appropriately. On top of being prepared for weather, I always like to bring an extra outfit or two (and under garments) as a “just incase.” Here in Wisconsin, getting hit with snow and having your socks soak through is a very real problem, so it never hurts to have a spare so you don’t catch a cold!
Staying hydrated is very important while traveling. Keeping your body hydrated can help with the bloating and dryness that can accompany a long day of traveling. Make sure to drink plenty of water with your probiotic to keep your body in tip-top shape.
Get Some Sleep
Whether you’re going home for the holidays, or flying off to Europe, you always need your sleep! Be sure to stick to a somewhat normal sleep schedule while traveling. This will help your body recharge so you can enjoy your time off, as well as help you on the back end of you travels as you transition back to reality.
Eat Right & Exercise
I have always found that exercising on vacation is great for my overall energy and sleep quality, but it’s also great for keeping your immune system strong. Keep active, even if that just means going for a morning or an evening stroll.
Another great way to stay healthy is by eating right. I’m not saying you need to totally skip out on the fun stuff, but eating out while traveling can take a toll on your body. Be good to yourself, and listen to what your body needs. Have a light breakfast, maybe a salad for lunch, and then for dinner you can really go out and enjoy.
What are some of your favorite ways to stay healthy when traveling?
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