Top 5 Tips for Staying Healthy When You Travel

18 April 2013

For many of us, travelling, especially long distances by air, can be very taxing on our bodies.  Between the close contact with people to the incredibly dry air of the plane it can be a challenge to stay healthy during and after your trip.  Here at Flight Centre, we know that staying healthy is an important aspect of your travel itinerary so that you can get the most out of your vacation. That is why we have compiled our top 5 tips for staying healthy when you travel.

#1 Drink Lots of Water! - Healthcare professionals estimate that anywhere from 50-75% of our body weight is attributable to water.  Avoiding dehydration, especially on planes where humidity can reach levels lower than that of the Sahara desert, is the single most important part of staying healthy while you travel.  So make sure your drinking plenty of water and avoid alcohol before and during your flight.

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#2 Sleep! – If you are prone to difficulty sleeping on planes, make a plan to stop in at your doctor before you depart and pick up some sleeping aids.  Studies have shown that sleep deprivation supresses immune system function by increasing cytokine cells in the body.  These cells can make us more susceptible to illnesses and also make it harder to fight illnesses once we come down with them.   So, getting enough shut eye is a key component to staying healthy when you travel.

#3 Vitamins! –Taking a daily multivitamin to help you get some of the vitamins and minerals you might not be getting from diet alone is a great way to avoid getting sick.  Harvard University Medical Journal has published that various micronutrient deficiencies can alter immune responses in the body and make us more prone to illness.   If you’re not taking a multivitamin already, a good time to start is a week before you depart – and keep it up even after you’re back at home!

#4 Exercise – The health and immune system benefits of getting regular exercise cannot be underestimated.  Help your body stay healthy before, during and after your trip by maintaining your exercise routine while you’re away.  Many hotels and resorts have a gym you can use.  If you are without, try going for a jog or walk around where you’re staying or even just do some light exercise in your hotel room.  Staying active is a massive component to overall wellbeing.

#5 Travel Insurance – While exploring different parts of the world is absolutely amazing, unexpected and serious illnesses or injury coupled with a foreign healthcare system can be a recipe for disaster.  Before going anywhere make sure you are properly covered financially for any injury or illness that could occur when you’re away.  Having the correct travel insurance  can not only give you piece of mind and save you thousands of dollars in medical bills, but it could also save your life.    Don’t take a chance, get the right coverage before you depart.

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