How To Stay Healthy While Traveling

By: Ross Anderson

There is little worse than planning a long-awaited vacation only to find yourself getting sick during that intended fun time. It takes months to plan a lengthy trip, and when you become ill somewhere along the way it can ruin your time and memories.

Instead of sightseeing or lying on the beach, you are in your room alone unable to do what you want (and probably doing things in the toilet that you don't want!). Given the need to avoid illness on a trip, it is a good idea to look at a few tips on how to remain healthy while traveling.

Even when vacation plans are not under consideration, one of your life priorities should be to get in and remain in the best shape you can at all times; but before a vacation trip, this is even more imperative. Take your vitamins every day, exercise, and get your body in shape.

Having done so, then how do you remain healthy once you are at your vacation destination? It is actually fairly easy. You need to plan. Before you depart, check the climate so you pack the right types of clothing. You certainly don't want to be stuck in a blizzard without a coat, gloves, and a hat, so travel prepared by knowing the predicted weather at your destination.

Additionally, research the particular area in which you will stay to learn whether there are drinking water restrictions. You'll find that many people who travel to other countries wind up in bed with "Montezuma's Revenge." Obviously this is a very unpleasant experience that can ruin a good vacation, for sure. It would not be a bad idea to buy bottled water when you are in any country other than your own simply based on the fact that you do not know the contaminants in other nation's water supplies.

Despite precautions, you may still find water in the food you eat and ice cubes in your drinks, so caution is the byword! For hotel water or drinking water in general, you can also bring along water purification tablets to avoid drinking straight from the tap.

Another important tip is to consider what you are eating. Granted you want to splurge a bit, but it is vital that you keep your dietary restrictions prominent in your mind. If, for example, you know you can't eat chili because it gives you severe heartburn, by all means avoid it while on vacation. It is no different with other foods that don't sit well with you. Just because you are in a different location doesn't mean you can dramatically change your eating patterns without unhealthy consequences. This includes overeating as well, a common practice while on vacation.

Lastly, don't neglect to bring any prescription drugs your doctor has prescribed for you. In another country, it will likely be more complicated acquiring a dosage that covers your visit time.

Most of this is common sense. Health precautions are not complicated, and in fact are relatively easy to maintain. However, you must be alert to vacation giddiness that lets your guard go down.

If you follow these basic recommendations, you will likely remain healthy and enjoy your time away from home.

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