Traveling is a wonderful way to expand your horizons, experience other cultures and feed the soul, but as anyone who’s put on their backpack to go on an adventure before will tell you it’s isn’t always glamorous. When you’re traveling the world, picking up bugs, getting stressed, and risking your health on a myriad of other ways is something that can and does happen. That’s why you need to ensure that you take extra good care of your health when you’re on the road.
To help you with that, here are some simple tips to stay healthy when you’re traveling.
Wash Your Hands Regularly
This is a pretty simple one, and something that you should really be doing whether you’re traveling or not, but when you’re visiting lots of crowded airports and staying in hostels, it becomes even more important that you wash your hands often. Doing so will help to get rid of most of the nasty germs and bacteria that can leave you with an upset stomach, food poisoning and a whole host of other nasties. Antibacterial hand gel will be your best friend on those long trips.
Know What You Can and Cannot Eat/Drink
Another no-brainer, but it’s worth reminding you that certain foods and tap water that it would be fine to drink at home could be contaminated in various locations overseas. So, always check what is safe and unsafe to eat and drink in every new location you visit. Nothing zaps travel of its glamour faster than a bad dose of food poisoning.
Do Some Yoga
When you travel, it’s pretty easy to get stressed out as you run to catch your flight, look for safe places to stay and deal with security amongst other things. Not only that, but your body can get pretty stiff and uncomfortable the more you travel packed into trains and planes too. So, it makes total sense to take some time out to do a little yoga (or even just stretching) to untangle those knotted muscles and help you regain your mental equilibrium. You can do yoga anywhere, even in surprisingly small spaces, so give it a go and you’ll feel so much better.
Protect Your Ears
When you’re traveling, especially if you’re on a plane, you can often experience problems with your ears due to the changing pressure in the cabin and the roar of the engines. If you have sensitive ears or hearing problems already, investing in custom protection for your sense organs is a great way of ensuring that you don’t experience things like tinnitus and hearing loss. Then to prevent the pain from your ears popping as the air pressure changes, be sure to do the Valsalva manoeuvre. This should be enough to keep your ears in good shape.
Get Lots of Sleep
Travel is so exciting and there’s so much to do that it’s so easy to stay up partying all night and then spend all day taking in the sights, but you need to sleep. If you don’t get enough shut-eye each night, your system will be weaker and you’ll be more likely to pick up bugs and get sick. Give yourself time to recharge and you’ll appreciate the experiences you do have so much more.
Have an awesome adventure.