Going Somewhere this Summer? Tips for How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Provide by The Pulse and Health and Wellness Resource Center
So you and your family have arrived at your vacation destination and all seems well, but then Junior comes down with a  stomach bug and spends most of the time in bed. Sometimes getting sick on a trip happens no matter what you do, but there are ways to reduce that risk and ensure that you are more likely to have a healthy and enjoyable vacation.

Pack for Health

When packing for any trip, include some basic first aid items, including bandages, antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, pain relief medication such as Advil or Tylenol, gauze pads, and waterproof tape, so you don’t have to go out looking for them in a strange city or country. Also, bad sunburn on the first day of a beach vacation can put a damper on the whole week, so don’t forget sunblock, a hat, sunglasses, and sun protective lip ointement.

Eating on the Road

Part of the fun of a vacation is sampling new foods, but use a bit of common sense. KidsHealth.org notes in a section on safe travel for teens that it makes sense to avoid raw or undercooked meat in most places, and if you are uncertain about local cuisine, you can nearly always rely on pizza as a safe bet (that goes for adults, too).

Wondering About Water?

Depending on where you are traveling, you might want to stick to bottled water to avoid developing diarrhea or other illnesses. Check out the page on EverydayHealth.com about water and international travel  for some helpful water precautions, including:

-If you are vacationing in an area where the water might be unsafe to drink, avoid using ice in drinks as well.
-Be cautious about local juices; they could be made with unsafe water.
-Use bottled water for brushing your teeth and even for rinsing your toothbrush.

 Keeping Up Your Fitness Routine

The Healthy Vacation Guide from SparkPeople.com  is aimed at those who have been working on improving their diet and exercise routines and don’t want to fall off the wagon while on vacation. Their tips for a healthy vacation include ideas for keeping up with a fitness routine and a (relatively) healthy diet while traveling. Some examples:

-If you are staying at a hotel, find out in advance what fitness options they offer (gym, pool, jogging paths) so you can pack the appropriate workout gear and apparel.
-If you are on a cruise ship, take advantage of fitness options, such as dance classes, pools, or even shipboard running tracks.

Where are you going this Summer?

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