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Stay healthy while traveling

Going on vacation is a great opportunity to unwind, de-stress and indulge yourself—you’ve earned it! But how do you get through your trip without bringing home unwanted souvenirs such as injuries, extra weight, sunburn and exhaustion? Read on to learn tips to stay healthy while traveling!

Pack accordingly

Ensure you have everything you need for a healthy trip.

  • Bring items such as a first aid kit, prescription and over-the-counter medications, sunscreen, and insect repellent
  • Pack the gear you’ll need for activities you plan to do
  • Pack comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes and shoes

Prevent colds and illnesses

No matter your mode of travel, germs can find you!

  • Sleep before you go—if you’re sleep-deprived, you’re more susceptible to infection
  • Stay hydrated to keep your respiratory tract and skin moist to protect against germs
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Carry disinfectants, sanitizer and wipes to clean your hands and any surfaces you may come in contact with

Stay active

Physical activity is important, even on vacation.

  • Go for a daily walk, jog, bike ride, run, or swim
  • Plan to do different activities like hiking, surfing, kayaking, or canoeing
  • Talk to the concierge to see if they offer any complimentary fitness classes at or near your hotel

Don’t overdo it

Avoid accidents, overexertion and overindulgence.

  • Know your limits. Don’t take risks with your health and safety
  • Aim to get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. Moderate drinking is defined as 1 drink per day for women and 2 for men

Cover up

Protect your skin and eyes from the sun.

  • Apply sunscreen 15 minutes prior to going outside, and reapply often
  • Consider clothing with UV protection
  • Protect your eyes with sunglasses and a hat
  • Spend time in the shade

Avoid packing on the pounds

Eat and drink for enjoyment without going overboard!

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Keep sugary beverages to a minimum. They add calories with little nutritional value
  • Prepare healthy meals. Eating out may be a highlight of your vacation, but the extra calories, sodium, sugar and fat can add up as quickly as the bill
  • Opt for a salad or fresh fruit before your meal to avoid overeating

For Health Advocate Members

If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the wellness coaching component of our Wellness Program, contact your coach today for more tips to keep you healthy while traveling!

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