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5 Hacks to Stay Healthy While on Vacation

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In this Article:

  • Stay healthy while on vacation by practicing cleanliness.
  • Keep your muscles moving by squeezing in a workout while you’re away.
  • Pack your own snacks so you don’t derail your nutrition plan.

You’re finally getting a vacation, but you want to make sure you don’t get sick while there. Here are five hacks for staying healthy while you travel.

Hack #1: Bring A Water Bottle

It’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re having fun. Water is always the best medicine. Have a refillable water bottle with you all the time and use a clip to attach the bottle to your travel bag. Water is free at most airports and restaurants, and on plane rides. If you’re traveling overseas and are unsure about the water quality, stick to bottled water.

Hack #2: Stay Germ-Free

Germs live in common places, like doorknobs, handle bars, and even elevator buttons. The germiest spot on the plane is your tray table, followed by the armrests and seatbelt. Keep hand sanitizer tucked in your bag and wash your hands with soap and water when you can. Be mindful of touching common surfaces and then your face. After you wash your hands, use a paper towel to open the door.

Hack #3: Stop And Do 10…

Push-ups and sit-ups, that is! Without a doubt, the point of a vacay is rest and relaxation. But neglecting your muscles can set you back. Squeeze in a quick workout using the mobile Drill Deck—no equipment is required! Make a quick trip to the hotel’s fitness center, take a morning jog, use the hotel stairs, or simply walk rather than ride while sightseeing.

Hack #4: Treat Yourself To A Snack

When you’re on the go, you might miss your normal meal time. Pack healthy snacks that won’t derail your nutrition plan. Make your own trail mix and pack it in small plastic bags or tiny containers. Stuff them in your car console or travel bag for easy access. You can also pack instant oatmeal packets and use the hotel coffeemaker to heat up water for an easy breakfast or quick snack.

Hack #5: Pack Your Own Pillow

Lack of sleep is one of the surest ways to get sick on vacation or when you return home. Experts recommend seven to nine hours of sleep every night—even on vacation. Packing your own pillow will make you feel at home and help you get a better night’s sleep. If you have trouble sleeping in unfamiliar places, consider bringing one or more of these:

  • Sleep mask to block light
  • Earplugs to block sound
  • Travel pillow to prevent a sore neck
  • Headphones to listen to relaxing music or white noise

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