There’s enough to worry about when it comes to traveling without the added stress of your health. Between packing, choosing your itinerary and organizing everything that needs to happen around your home (mail collection, pet care, etc.), the last thing you want to be worrying about is your health.
To avoid this unwanted, pre-vacation stress we’ve compiled our top tips for the best way to stay happy, healthy and relaxed on your next trip:
- Get a checkup with your doctor
We recommend speaking to your doctor before leaving town, especially if your trip takes you overseas or involves more physical activity than you are used to. Doctors can advise you on any medications you may need to take, or anything that you need to be wary of. A complete checkup is ideal for reassurance and peace of mind during your vacation.
- Get covered
There are a range of options available when it comes to medical coverage. By joining the AirMedCare Network
, you have access to first class health care and emergency air transport in the event of a medical emergency.
- Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is an easy way to make sure you feel your best and can fully enjoy your vacation. The excitement of travel means that you can easily forget to drink enough, and before you know it, you’re dehydrated. While water is always the best option, herbal teas can also help—however, remember that some kinds of teas contain caffeine or have a diuretic effect.
- Pack enough medication
It’s important to bring enough medication for the duration of your trip, plus a little extra to accommodate for any unexpected delays. Don’t rely on drugstores or pharmacies when you’re away from home, as you can’t be sure of their hours, location or medications available. If you’re traveling internationally, it’s important to check the laws in your destination country. Some countries have restrictions on the type or amount of medication that’s brought in, or require information from your doctor.
- Stay active
A leisurely stroll is a great way to see some of your destination on foot while incorporating a little extra movement into your day. Yes, vacations are a time to relax, but it’s important to stay a little active, even if that means some gentle stretching or a light walk every day. This keeps your blood pumping and increases energy levels as well as overall well-being.
- Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep on vacation is just as important as it is at home. With the excitement and availability of activities during vacations, it can be tempting to skimp on sleep in favor of ‘just one more’ dance, song or cocktail. Making sure that you have enough rest means that your body is refueled and replenished, leaving you able to fully enjoy every day of your vacation.
If you’re changing time zones, make every effort to adapt as quickly as possible to the new time zone. Jet lag can be challenging, so trying to stay awake during the day and rest when the sun goes down helps your body to adapt faster.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
One of the many perks of travel is having the opportunity to sample the local cuisine. Food is not only enjoyable, but also an integral part of many cultures. However, depending on your destination, it can be difficult to find the right food that meets your nutritional needs. We recommend ordering a side dish of vegetables or vegetable-heavy dishes, or taking fresh fruit snacks out on the go with you. We also recommend exploring the local farmers market at your destination.
- Wash your hands
Regularly washing your hands or using hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of infection. Airports, planes, buses, trains, trams and taxis are shared by many people, which means germs can be easily spread by touching surfaces like door handles, or even other people.
- Do your research
Research the medical facilities in the destinations that you’re visiting. Check to see if there’s a hospital or doctor’s office near where you’re staying. We always recommend making sure you’re prepared for your surroundings and know what is available to you.
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