5 Hacks to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Everyone loves vacation, but no one loves getting sick on vacation. And let’s face it, journeying to a new place can be stressful on your physical wellness, since staying healthy while traveling may require you to be a little extra proactive. Here are a few steps you can take that will help you make the most out of your chance to refresh, relax and recharge without battling illness along the way.


Woman reading magazine on airplane.1. Stay Hydrated

Don’t forget to stay hydrated on vacation and while flying. Low humidity levels in the air are the primary cause of dehydration and low energy levels after landing, so taking proper care of your body during and after a flight is crucial. You’ll also want to make sure you’re properly rested and hydrated before having a drink or, if you’re going somewhere warm, soaking up some rays. Because, unfortunately, booze, flying, and sunshine are an unfortunate combination.


Couple eating sandwiches on train traveling smile2. Pack (Healthy) Travel Snacks

There’s nothing worse than being hangry on a long, uncomfortable flight, or on a day trip in a new city. Packing snacks is a great way to eliminate the sensation and to keep your energy levels up – as long as you’re packing the right ones. Opt for nutrient and protein powerhouses in your snack bag to stay energized and elated on vacation.


Contents of a first aid kit background3. Carry a First Aid Kit Everywhere

This is especially important if you go backpacking or hiking in a foreign setting, but even if you’re just going to the beach, don’t leave the first aid kit at home (accidents happen!). If you’re badly cut, bruised or burned, and far away from anywhere familiar, a first aid kit will come in handy. You can stop any bleeding, or prevent any blistering, scarring, or infection (or any combination of the three) at a moment’s notice.


Multi Generation Family On Countryside Walk4. Move, Move, Move

Your primary goal on vacation should be, without a doubt, to get as much rest and relaxation as possible – but a well-oiled machine never fails. If your goal is to wake up feeling refreshed and recharged on every day of your trip, then you don’t want to neglect your fitness. Whether it’s a quick trip to your resort’s fitness center, a morning jog on the beach, or a walking tour of a world renowned historical site, just make sure you’re on the move.


Young woman applying cream5. Maintain Your Daily Routines

Your skincare regimen and supplement schedule is as important on vacation as it is back home – perhaps even more so, given the sudden change of environment. Who knows what you may be susceptible to in an unfamiliar place? Don’t let your routine fall through the cracks just because you’re on vacation. Set reminders for yourself to help you stay on track when you’re mind might be elsewhere, and make sure that you have everything you need packed ahead of time so that you’re not worried about it later on.

About Raven Hicks

Raven is an undergraduate student at Hunter College earning her BA in English Literature, Linguistics and Rhetoric and Women and Gender Studies with plans to graduate Spring 2017. Raven is an informed advocate for physical and emotional wellness, in addition to change surrounding issues of social justice. When not at school, she works as an intern for Innovation Department’s Editorial team and as a senior explainer at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. Her interests include reading, writing, acting and browsing the web. In the near future, Raven hopes to become a published author that inspires change through the power of her voice.