12 Health Tips for Holiday Travels
12 Health Tips for Holiday Travels
By Maripet L. Poso
The holiday season is upon us, and one of the best ways to celebrate it with loved ones is to go on a holiday trip! Whether you want to embark on a cruise vacation, a ski travel, a beach getaway or simply to pay a visit to your in-laws, a trip with the whole family is always a fun way to bond and have fun together. But it can also be stressful, not to mention unsafe health-wise. From sunburn and allergies, to malaria, blood clots and diarrhoea, health risks lurk in every bump and turn of our travels. So it pays to be armed and ready at all times.
While we do the countdown, let’s bring to mind the following 12 health tips for holiday travels to ensure fun-filled and hassle-free vacations.
1. Check-ups and vaccinations
Health screenings and vaccinations prevent diseases and help keep you safe from health-related risks. Mark your calendar and schedule a visit with your doctor for a check-up. Tell them where your travel destinations will be and ask for the necessary vaccinations and health tips.
2. Exercise and eat a balanced diet
You don’t want to end up always catching your breath or feeling sluggish during your holiday trips. You have to be fit and healthy to fully enjoy your vacation, so start eating a balanced diet and exercising. Go easy on sweets and fatty treats, and find fun ways to sweat it out.
3. Don’t forget the first-aid kit
Depending on your destination, make sure to prepare and bring with you a first-aid kit – sunblock for the beach, mosquito repellent for the mountains, motion sickness therapy for road trips, etc., on top of the usual first-aid kit paraphernalia.
4. Bring appropriate clothes
Cold temperatures can pose health threats to infants and older adults. So make sure to bring enough warm clothes if you’re planning to go on a winter holiday. For the beach, bring comfortable swimwear for the day and cover ups for chilly nights. If your trip involves a lot of physical activities, always have an extra shirt with you to change into.
5. Always bring a hand sanitizer
Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. Since you are on the go and can’t always wash your hands with soap and water, a hand sanitizer will do. Always have a small bottle tucked inside your purse for you and your family.
6. Stay stress-free
Trips can be stressful especially if you have kids in tow or things don’t work out as planned. Keep a travel diary if necessary so you can keep tabs on your schedule, expenses, bookings, and others. Try to relax and have fun, and bear in mind that some things are out of your control.
7. Watch what you eat
Take note of food allergies in the family and try to avoid them during travels. Take extra caution to ask the waiters for the ingredients of food you order. Avoid trying out street foods, especially if you’re not sure what they’re made or how they were prepared to avoid food poisoning and diarrhea. It’s best to prepare food to take with you on trips to make sure they’re healthy and well-prepared if going on day trips.
8. Hydrate and moisturise
Being out in the sun means sweating out more. Drink more water to avoid dehydration. Bring a water bottle with you at all times. A moisturizing sunblock can go a long way to protect your skin from the sun or intense cold.
9. Watch out for animal or insect bites
Animals and insects we see along the way are cute, but we are
not sure whether they are safe to pet and play with. So watch
your children when playing outdoors, as rabies and allergies are doubly devastating when you get them while on a trip and far from hospitals.
10. Keep safe
Don’t get carried away by the adrenaline rush during trips. Take safety precautions seriously. Wear your seatbelts. Don’t drink and drive. Wear a helmet. Get your car checked. Safety reminders are there for a reason, heed them.
11. See a doctor
If you think your health has been compromised – you’ve been bit by an insect, had a bruise/cut, broke a bone, etc., pay your doctor a quick visit. It pays to be extra careful.
Try to catch up on sleep before you go back to work. So schedule your vacation in such a way that you have at least a day to relax and take a much-needed rest before you face your backlogs at work.