Travelling can sometimes be more trouble than it is worth. Most of us usually end up falling sick or getting some kind of stomach flu. Especially if you’re traveling to an exotic country like India or China. Obviously, those who travel often are less likely to face these health issues. That is because their bodies are used to change.
The reason this happens is that our bodies get accustomed to certain things. The quality of food, water, air, and weather, all affect our health. What’s more, is that the quality of the medication is also different in certain countries. Like vitamins for high blood pressure would be different in the US than in India. That’s why some people prefer to travel with their own medication.
But you can take some precautions to keep you healthy the next time you’re traveling. Simple things like watching your diet and maintaining hygiene can work wonders.
10 Travel Health Tips You Didn’t Know
Some people have resorted to traveling with a bag full of medication. And some have resorted to not travel at all. Both are unnecessary extremes. Travelling can still be a lot of fun. Using these 10 tips, you can stay healthy and enjoy your travels.
- Stay Well Rested
- Keep Hydrated
- Avoid Spicy Food
- Use Sanitizer
- Don’t Over Indulge in Street Food
- Try to Reduce Stress
- Eat More Veggies
- Sweat More
- Take a Few Supplies
- Get Vaccinated
#1. Stay Well Rested
Sleep can heal in more ways than you think. Traveling is a stressful ordeal. But if you can make time to catch up on sleep, you can reduce your stress levels. Your body is designed to heal itself while you sleep. So sleeping more gives you more time to heal. Another advantage of sleep is that it energizes. So you will be able to explore more places.
#2. Keep Hydrated
Usually, when we are in a new place, we get excited about exploring and seeing new things. Sometimes we can forget to stay hydrated. Try to drink more water than you normally do. That will keep you fresh and get rid of all unwanted toxins.
#3. Avoid Spicy Food
If you have the stomach of steel and can handle spices, then good for you. But most of us mortals can’t. if you cant handle spices in your country, then why would you think you can handle spices in another? Don even try. It’s not worth it. Unless it’s a specialty you might not want to miss out on.
#4. Stay Hygienic
Hygiene is important no matter where you are. But when you are in a new place you need to be extra hygienic. You should carry a bottle of hand sanitizer at all times. And regularly use it. That will keep all the germs at bay. Additionally, you should brush your teeth more often. Instead of twice a day, brush three or more times. That will get rid of all the foreign bacteria.
#5. Don’t Over Indulge in Street Food
Street food is one of the most delicious places to eat in any country. Though it is not the most sanitary. If you want to experience the culture and country fully, try their street food. But remember not to overindulge. Having a little bit, once, probably wouldn’t do too much damage. But don’t have a lot or you might risk something severe.
#6. Try to Reduce Stress
Sure you’re going to be stressed. Traveling to a new country where you might not know anyone can be. Add to that the stress of not being able to communicate or find your way around. But whenever you can, take some deep breaths and relax.
#7. Eat More Veggies
It’s not necessary, but it helps. But if you are the type of person who prefers meats to veggies then don’t worry. You can also try to eat lighter. Instead of big portions, go for lighter meals. And skip things like bread. Keeping a light stomach will keep you active and in better health.
#8. Sweat More
You don’t have to go to the gym to sweat. you can go for walks and explore the city. Walking increases the blood circulation in your body and that helps with digestion and overall health. Additionally, sweating gets rid of unwanted toxins.
#9. Take a Few Supplies
If you have a pre-existing medical condition like diabetes then you should take the medication with you. Sure you might be able to find the same medication over there. But there might be a difference in quality. Also remember to carry a few basic medications for flu, stomach infections, and cough. Just in case you need them.
#10. Get Vaccinated
For some countries, this is a requirement before you travel. But even if it is not, you should still get yourself vaccinated. It can protect you against some serious diseases.
Another tip to remember is not indulging in local medication. Most countries have tried and tested remedies for cough, or flu, and other basic health issues. But remember that those remedies are for locals. Their immune systems are different than yours. You might not be able to handle those remedies. And you might end up making matters worse.