Spring break has passed and now is the time to plan your summer. Whether you’re traveling for a day trip, or a 10-day vacation overseas, there are a few important things to consider to stay healthy while traveling.
1 Plan for Exercise
Whether or not you think you will have time for fitness, pack the sports bra, jogging shorts, and water bottle. Book a hotel that has a great network of trails or sidewalks nearby, or make sure it has a decent fitness room. Bring the supplements and accessories to make you feel right at home when you’re sweating out the extra calories this trip.
Pro Tip: Before you leave for vacation download an app with quick bodyweight exercises so that you can jumpstart the day by completing a 10 minute workout without ever leaving your room. Tabata is a great way to get the blood pumping in a short time.
2 Don’t Skimp on Dining
Check out Trip Advisor for great eats near where you’re staying. Don’t settle for fast food. Find the best food for the best price, and if the information isn’t readily accessible to you, ask the front desk for their recommendations.
Pro Tip: If you’re traveling overseas or to a major tourist area, ask a clerk at a convenience store where they like to eat when they want to treat themselves to a great night out.
3 Get Outside!
No matter where you’re going, the outdoor attractions are likely as great as the indoor ones. Make sure to plan activities outdoors while you’re traveling. If it’s a road trip, plan for stops at local parks and scenic rest areas. Once you’ve reached your destination, check into the hotel and then head out to find some awesome sights.
Pro Tip: Always wear sunscreen in case you find something great to do outside. Many brands of make-up have adequate UV protection. Check your sunscreen bottles and keep a hat in your car. Don’t give yourself any excuses not to spend time outside.
4 Plan Sleep
It may seem the most obvious, but this tip is essential, and often forgotten. Plan times to nap or to get adequate sleep overnight while you’re on vacation. Jet lag and changes in elevation can cause drowsiness that you may want to fight.
Pro Tip: In order to combat jet lag, take a short walk in the daylight and a short nap during daylight as well.
5 Pack the Essentials
If you forget essentials like your skin care regimen, dental care, and important prescription medications when you go on a trip, your body will feel it. Not only will you regret forgetting these important items, but you likely won’t be able to get your medication filled at another pharmacy. You may have to wait until you get home to have your medications!
Pro Tip: Pack the night before you leave for a day, weekend, or extended trip. Pack all essentials so that you have to unpack and repack the items in order to use them (or take them). This will help you to remember them at the last minutes on the day you leave.