Strategies for Healthy Traveling

Smart Strategies for Healthy Traveling

This month I am sharing some strategies on how to stay healthy when traveling, whether it is by car or plane. Check out my tips on sleeping well, food and water safety, and easy ways to stay active.   

Tips for Flying

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  • Support your circulation by walking around the terminal as much as possible before departing, being one of the last people to board and wearing compression socks (especially on long flights).
  • If possible, choose a window seat. Aisle seats increase your chances of picking up a virus.


Make Sleep a Priority

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  • It takes one day per time zone to adjust, so planning ahead can help ease jet lag.
  • If you are not flying, bring your own pillow from home.
  • Use a mask, ear plugs and a sound machine to reduce light and noise.


Eat and Drink Well

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  • Drink a bottled and/or purified water if the water at your destination is not
    safe to drink.
  • Pack healthy snacks for both the trip and to have at your destination.
  • Try to limit your “splurge” meals to every other day.


Find Ways to Stay Active

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      • Sign up for a short-term bike rental service.
      • Pack shoes and clothes that double as workout attire.
      • Get a short-term pass for a local gym or class. Check out

    hiking trails, kayaking, pools, etc.



Basic Safety Reminders

  • If travelling abroad, visit a traveler’s clinic beforehand.
  • Bring a small first-aid kit (Band-Aids, antibacterial ointment, pain relievers, etc.)
  • Pack extra of the medications you take regularly.
  • Prioritize your well being to ensure that your trip is positive  and memorable.


Keep these tips in mind the next time you are travelling, whether it is for business or pleasure.



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