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Travel Well: Tips for a Healthy Vacation

Although people take vacations year round, summer reigns supreme as the period when many of us take a break from everyday life. Once you embark on your travels, the last thing you want is a health-related problem to keep you from fully enjoying the time and money you’ve committed.

There’s no guaranteed way to avoid feeling somewhat less than chipper on your trip, but there are some tips that can help you avoid and better manage the bumps on the road to a relaxing, restful, interesting, and even inspiring vacation. For example:  

Crank Up Your Immune System

No matter where you go or what kind of vacation you enjoy there’s a good chance that you’ll be eating out more than usual, and that means less control over the quality of the food and its preparation. One thing to consider is to begin consuming some probiotics at least three days before you head out.  Also, try to get your sleep and work to reduce stressful situations.  Lack of sleep and stress can adversely affect our immune systems.

Prepare Your Kit

If you’re traveling by car, it’s convenient to carry along a pre-packaged first-aid kit or you can put together your own based on any specific needs you anticipate. Along with the basics like bandages, Neosporin, Benadryl, cortisone cream, pain relievers, and Immodium, make sure you have an additional supply of prescription medications and keep some separate from your luggage, in case the latter gets lost.

Shake a Leg

Whether you’re in a car, plane, boat, or train, it’s important to get up and move around as best you can. Sitting in a cramped position for a long period of time can lead to anything from simple discomfort to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. The more medical science learns about the physiology of sitting, the more important it becomes to stand up and move!

Stay Active

And while you’re up shaking a leg, you might as well keep moving. If your idea of a great vacation involves lying in a hammock or doing nothing more than reaching for the sunscreen on the beach, you probably need the relaxation, but make sure you’re getting some exercise, too, even if it’s going for a walk in the morning or the evening.

Stay Hydrated

This is the easiest thing you can do to help assure an enjoyable vacation.  If you’re traveling by air, hydration is even more important because you become much more susceptible to infection from passing germs if your nasal membranes, along with the rest of you, are dehydrated. 

We all need a vacation and by following just a few simple tips, you can make sure yours is the best it can be for you and your family.