Tips for Traveling Healthy
Traveling often brings fatigue and stress to the body, making you vulnerable to infections and illnesses. Therefore, it’s best to safeguard yourself against these possibilities when traveling.
Plan Well Ahead
Be it a holiday with your family or an overseas business trip; most of the stress that comes with traveling is due to insufficient or last minute planning. Aim to fill out all your traveling details and packing at least a couple of days before you leave. Dragging it out until the last minute means you are likely to begin your trip on a harried note.
Grab a Bite Before You Start
Part of making it to the airport on time or leaving home early to avoid traffic means running out the door without so much as a drink of water. The hunger pangs are likely to set in when you are waiting to board or a few minutes into your drive.
By taking the time to fuel up, you’ll be more likely to enjoy your journey.
If you intend to pack some food for the road, make sure there is a bag of healthy sandwiches and some apples or bananas in there, along with your teenager’s pick of chips and sodas.
Whether you are flying or traveling by road, remember to keep yourself well hydrated too.
Vitamins and Immunization
At the Meadowlands Hospital, we encourage you to make sure you child’s list of immunizations and vaccines are up to date before you travel. If you are traveling abroad, make sure your whole family gets the necessary shots to safeguard yourself against diseases like malaria and swine flu.
It would also be a good idea to start on a cycle of multivitamins a few days before your trip and let it last throughout your trip.
Since most of us do not have the time to watch what we eat during these trips, the multivitamins could help keep your immune system up and protect you against common ailments like cold and flu.
Opt for More Veggies and Fruits
If you are traveling to countries you’ve never visited before, avoid being too adventurous with the local cuisine, especially with kids around. Take a day or two to understand their food patterns and feel free to experiment once you are sure the food settles well with you.
Meanwhile, make sure you incorporate a healthy dose of veggies, proteins and fruits. It would be a good idea to carry some tinned or packaged food from home for longer trips abroad.
Coffee Doesn’t Help When You Are Flying
Research shows that caffeinated drinks can keep you on the edge and shoot up your insulin levels causing you to overeat while flying. Alcohol too, can wreak havoc in your system while flying and it doesn’t help once you land either.
A few other things that can help you travel healthy are exercising while you are away, steering clear of late nights just before you travel, and maintaining good hygiene. Keep in mind that healthy food choices are all the more necessary when you are traveling to keep you well and comfortable.
Visit the Meadowlands Hospital for a pre travel check up. Contact us or call us at 201-392-3100 for an appointment.