5 Essential Travel Tips For A Healthier Holiday

With all the planning that goes into a holiday, it’s easier than you think for important details to get lost in the shuffle. But nothing ruins a getaway more than falling ill or dealing with a lack of travel insurance. Whatever your usual travel checklist is, be sure to include these handy pointers:

1. Before you leave…sort out all medical details

Does your medical insurance cover travel abroad? Have you had a medical check-up recently, and all the vaccinations or immunisations you’ll need for where you’re going? Have you been to the dentist? These are all questions to ask yourself and the people you’re travelling with. And if the answer to any of those questions is ‘no’, you should fix that immediately.

2. Before you leave…pack wisely

Remembering to pack the suntan lotion isn’t enough. If there’s anyone in your party who needs medication, make sure they bring it along. Pack your own first-aid kit, covering for situations like headaches, scratches, and upset stomachs. If you wear glasses, bring a spare pair along just in case. If possible, do some research beforehand about where you’re staying and where the nearest medical facility is located.


3. On your way…stay hydrated

Whether you’re travelling by car, plane, or boat, you’ll need plenty of water. Take some with you in a carrier bottle, it’ll save you the trouble having to buy any before you set off or after you arrive. And while alcohol or sugar-filled colas may be tempting, they will dehydrate you and make it harder for you to sleep. If you want snacks, opt for healthy ones like fruit or nuts.

4. When you’re there…rest properly

This is less of an issue if you’re travelling west, but if you’re eastward bound then adjusting to local time is going to be unpleasant. If you reach your hotel in the middle of the day, don’t let yourself nap – don’t even lie down! Instead, stay awake until a decent hour and then go to bed; it’ll make adjusting to local time so much easier. Eating meals according to the local time of day helps too. If you and your fellow travellers are habitual night owls, you don’t have to tone down your dynamic lives – just rest up before and after! Wearing yourself out on vacation can lead to falling ill as soon as you get home.

5. When you’re there…eat and drink carefully

Whether you’re living it up on luxury Ibiza holidays or backpacking in Borneo, you may need to exercise caution around the local cuisine. Cleanliness is a factor, but so is your own personal adjustment and what you’re used to. If the local water is questionable, drink bottled water, avoid ice in drinks, and any food that’s been washed in the local water. Be careful buying food from street stalls, and ensure all your food is thoroughly cooked. Where necessary, stay away from shellfish and unpasteurised dairy products.

Follow these top tips and you should have no health problems on your next holiday! Got any more essential health-based travel tips? Share them in the comments!

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Gavin Harvey loves travel, blogging, and any excuse to combine the two.

Gavin Harvey

Gavin Harvey is a personal trainer with a passion for travel. When he's not busy touring the world, he can be found in the gym or at home with his partner and two cats. You can keep up with his latest adventures by following him on twitter.

One thought on “5 Essential Travel Tips For A Healthier Holiday

  • March 21, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Great tips. Even something as basic as staying hydrated really does make a difference. I would like to add one more general travel tip that saved my last trip to Rome from total disaster. I lost my passport during the day but had no idea it was missing. Fortunately, I had an Okoban tracer tag on it. A waiter where I ate lunch found it and entered my tracker number on their website and I was sent a text message (and an email) before I ever even knew my passport was missing. Lucky for me because I was leaving in the morning for Germany and getting a new passport would have been impossible. I found these tags at mystufflostandfound.com. It saved my trip and I now have tags on almost everything that goes with me on a trip.


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