There are many challenges you will face when staying healthy while travelling. The tiredness, dehydration, altitude, and so on. It makes you wonder why we travel at all sometimes! But there are some simple little changes you can make to your routine, to ensure that you stay healthy while travelling!
Get Some Sleep
It’s impossible to underestimate how important it is to get enough sleep while travelling. Unless you’re on a whirlwind city break, most travelling is a marathon rather than a sprint. This starts with before you leave. Try to get enough sleep the night before you leave. This is often difficult where flights leave early in the morning, and you need to travel a few hours to the airport. So often you are battling tiredness before you even fly.
But go to bed early the night before and get something proper, and after you arrive, pick accommodation and recharge your batteries. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you.
This is another challenge when you are travelling. Probably the biggest challenge. There is only so much food that you can bring with you on your carry-on, so you will often need to resort to food in airports, and worse again, airplanes. And while you are cooped up on an airplane, you will only walk a few steps and your body will barely move for hours on end. Plus the altitude has strange effects on your body and digestive system. A combination of those things gives you that horrible bloated feeling when you eat on airplanes.
If we are realistic, you probably will need to eat in either airports or on the airplanes. You should plan in advance for that. So if the airline gives you a roll on the plane, maybe take out the cheese so that you will not feel so bloated.
This can take some discipline while you’re out travelling, but if you want to stay healthy, take the time to stay focused on getting proper nutrition as often as possible. Make sure you bring even healthy travel snacks that will last for as much of the journey as possible! I
Find A Routine
Travel is wonderful in many ways, and one is that it takes you out of your daily and weekly routine. That is often the whole point of travel in the first place! And there is no doubt that travelling will mess up our daily routine. Your daily routine will usually not involve getting up at 3am, travelling to an airport, queuing through security, and putting your body and system under the stress of a pressurised altitude.
To counteract that, try to do a little planning ahead of time, anticipating the change to your routine. Try to bring some sort of routine into the travelling. Pack in advance. Get some sleep. Bring certain healthy snacks that you know well. And develop a routine for flying, dealing with the altitude pressure, and when you arrive.
Keeping up with some sort of routine will help regulate your body and mind, keeping yourself relatively more stress-free and minimise the effects of travelling on your wellness!
This is an absolute “must” while travelling. You’ve just got to stay hydrated. It sounds simple but it’s actually quite difficult when you are travelling. It starts when they take your water bottle going through security. Then the altitude causes dehydration, and that can be fairly significant. The dehydrating effects of altitude can be felt in your skin, which will very quickly dry out. And then if you are travelling in a warm climate, that will dehydrate you.
Start by trying to drink as much water as possible before you get to the airport. So that you are hydrated before you actually get on the plane. And avoid alcohol on the flight or in the airport, as that has a significant dehydrating effect. When you are offered a refreshment, go for water instead of tea or coffee or soft drinks. Use every opportunity to get water on board, particularly on long-haul flights.
Bring some moisturiser with you on carry-on, to ensure that you can hydrate your skin.
If you are concerned about water quality at your destination, take some water purification tablets with you if you’re worried about the local water quality.
It is always a good idea to carry a reusable bottle with you, so that you can refill at every opportunity at the airport!
Walk Where Possible
Travelling drains your body – there is no doubt about that. It is just not healthy to be couped up on a plane, with very little movement, being served unhealthy stodgey food, and all the while under extreme altitude pressure.
So to counteract that, try your best to walk as much as you can while you are travelling. Perhaps start by going for a walk the evening before you travel. Also, when you are at the airport, try to walk around in anticipation of the immobility of flying. When you are arrive or if you have connections, walk at the airport as much as possible. If you have an option between an escalator and a flight of stairs, take the stairs! And build that into you travelling routine.
City breaks make it pretty easy to get your stroll on, but it’s also definitely doable in more remote locations. Do your research, take your time, and walk.
It may sound like a no brainer but you’d be surprised how easy it is to keep your metabolism moving.
During travelling, the absence of fresh air in airports and on airplanes can be debilitating. All that pumped in artificial air cannot be good! So when you arrive, get out and about. Cleanse your heart, your skin, your lungs, and your emotions with as much fresh air as you can. City breaks are usually great for walking, as you need to get around and visit the tourist attractions. Try to walk as much as possible in that process, where possible. Often on city breaks, the amenities are within reasonable walking distance.
Experience the beauty of the natural world, no matter where you are visiting. After all, that is the glory of travelling!