Let’s face it, traveling can be exhausting, stressful and downright unenjoyable a lot of the time, so it’s important to know some ways to promote healthy travel and lessen the stress factor. Traveling can be an overwhelming task and it’s difficult to know where to start. Take a breath, and make a checklist of what needs to be done prior to your trip. You can ensure your trip goes a lot smoother if you take care of yourself during the whole process.
Visit Your Doctor
This is exceptionally important if you’re traveling out of the country. 6 to 8 weeks prior to your trip, take a visit to your doctor and see if any vaccinations should be received depending on where you’re visiting. Even if you’re staying within your own country, it couldn’t hurt to get a flu shot or other immunizations if you’ll be spending time in an area your body isn’t used to. A visit to friends or family will go downhill quickly if you end up getting sick.
If flying and bringing along prescription medications, make sure everything is in a bottle with your name on it. Check with your airline to see what rules and regulations they place so you – and they – are aware if you’ll have medicine in your baggage. Take no chances with this; no one wants to arrive at their destination to find their very necessary medications have been taken from their luggage.
Keep People Informed
If you have a medical condition, let the flight staff know. If you aren’t comfortable with that, it doesn’t hurt to keep instructions in your wallet, purse or pocket of what passerby should do in the event you have a medical emergency and aren’t able to communicate with them. Likewise, if traveling with friends via car, let them know what’s going on in case something goes wrong. Always keep emergency contact information in your purse. It’ll give you – and those around you – some peace of mind.
Food and Drink
Airline food isn’t known for being top-notch. If you have a sensitive stomach or you know a bag of too-salty peanuts isn’t going to hold you over for your 6 hour flight, bring along a healthy snack in your carry-on. If you know you’ll be receiving an in-flight meal, ask your airline ahead of time – or look for the option when purchasing your tickets – about vegetarian meals or other accommodations if you have a special diet. Don’t forgo eating all together; you’re going to need that energy.
For long car trips, avoid stopping for fast food for every meal. Fast food is so high in grease, and it’ll make you more prone to having an upset stomach. Likewise, stay away from caffeinated drinks. The caffeine will dehydrate you, make you thirstier, and not to mention you’ll be stopping for restrooms a lot more frequently.
Even if your excitement wants you to be on the go constantly for your trip, make time for rest. How many people come home from trips and vacations not at all feeling like they’ve relaxed? That’s because many people don’t relax. Get sleep, and try to keep to your regular sleep schedule. Don’t force yourself to stay awake every night, or your body is going to stress itself out by the end of the trip.
Stay Safe and Healthy
Planning is key for any trip. Keep to healthy foods, drinks and habits when traveling. Emotional stress rises when physical stress does, so don’t let your body wear down and out because you aren’t looking after yourself.