Do you love travelling? Or is it your first time to go on a long trip? Whether you’re a certified traveller or someone who’s preparing for their first trip, you deserve a healthy and comfy travel experience. Gain unforgettable memories, not travel woes and extra pounds!
Don’t let your dream travel be ruined because you don’t know how to keep your body healthy while you travel and you don’t know how to pack for a comfortable ride. Get yourself ready for a healthier and comfortable travel experience with these tips:
Dress for comfort, not to impress.
Everyone wants to look great when they travel, but do you really have to sacrifice comfort for it? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look stylish, but you always have to keep in mind that for you to have a comfortable travel, you should opt for wearing comfortable clothes that let you move around easily. Wear loose-fitting pants, flats or sneakers depending on the travel activity that you will do. Even these types of comfortable clothing are available in stylish trends too! Don’t forget to wear layers if you are traveling by plane – aircraft are notoriously chilly.
Bring an eye mask.
Most often, travelling entails long trips. Although nothing can beat the comfort of a soft, warm bed, you need to make the most of what you have. Travelling towards your point of destination is quite exhausting, so you need to sleep to save your energy. However, it has been shown that artificial light can disrupt night sleep and may pose health and fitness problems. For this reason, if you’re travelling on a plane or any mode of transportation that allows you to sleep, put your sleeping mask or eye mask on. You don’t want to be all worn out when you arrived at your destination, do you?
Use a neck pillow when you sleep.
Aside from an eye mask, a neck pillow is an important piece of gear for getting quality sleep when travelling. Using a neck pillow prevents you from having neck pain and upper back pain since it aligns your neck when you sleep. Sometimes, neck pillows come with gel packs that aid headaches too.
Use a donut tailbone pillow.
When travelling, you might spend half your time on the road so make sure that you are as comfortable as you can be. Tailbone pain is common during long trips due to prolonged sitting that places extra pressure on your vertebrae. Using a donut pillow not only alleviates tailbone pain, it also relieves the pressure in your legs, spine, and lower back.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen whenever you go out for a tour. Experts generally recommend sunscreens with an SPF of 50 or higher. Even dermatologists themselves use sunscreens with an SPF of at least 30. It is important to keep your skin protected from harmful ultraviolet light, most especially if you are travelling to a tropical country, where there are a lot of sunny days, or going to the beach. Sunscreens can help lower your chances of acquiring sunburns and even skin cancer.
Keep yourself hydrated.
When travelling, always keep a bottle of water with you especially when you are visiting a place with a hot climate. Travelling requires a lot of physical activity, so you need to refresh and reinvigorate your body with water. Drinking water is also better than coffee and tea since these beverages contain caffeine that might impair your ability to sleep soundly. When consumed in large doses, these drinks have diuretic effects that can make you dehydrated, thus defeating the purpose of hydration itself.
Pack healthy snacks.
Before you set off towards your destination, make sure you pack your own snacks because when you travel, you might not have access to restaurants or grocery stores. For a healthy snack, you can pack some fresh and dried fruits, whole wheat bread, nuts, hard-boiled eggs, crackers, carrot sticks, cheese, and yoghurt. If you are going to try local foods and delicacies, it is also important to be mindful of the sanitation and food preparation. The last thing you want is to land yourself in a hospital because of an upset stomach or something worse.
Do a morning stretch.
If you have plenty of travel tours scheduled for the day, don’t forget to do your morning exercise. A simple series of stretches, yoga, or high intensity intervals will do. Stretch your arms, legs, shoulders, neck, and back. Stretching helps you prepare your body for the jam-packed adventure that you will do for the day. It also helps relax your muscles and improve the blood flow in your body.
Always bring a hand sanitiser.
Travelling is fun. It allows you to see different places and get to meet a lot of people. To protect yourself from catching a cold or flu during your travel spree, always wash your hands especially before you eat. If soap and water are not accessible in the area, however, you should at least disinfect your hands with a sanitiser.
Don’t forget your first aid kit.
Always bring your first aid kit with you whenever you are travelling to a foreign place. You don’t know when you might incur an injury like a sprained ankle while hiking, or a headache or stomach ache. With your first aid kit fully stocked, you can always act fast when something unfortunate happens during your travel. Stock your kit with the basics and necessities such as pain medications, antibiotics, bandaids, antidiarrheal drugs, elastic bandage, cotton swabs, alcohol, and anti-motion sickness medications. Do your research first and ensure that your medicines are not illegal in the country you’re visiting.
Lack of preparation might seem more thrilling and adventurous to the novice traveller, however, being prepared ensures both your health and your safety and helps you avoid tedious travel woes like back pain, dehydration, and fatigue. If you follow these tips for a healthier and comfortable travel, you’ll enjoy your trip even more!
This article is a guest post by Joe Fleming