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Prepare Yourself for the Next Travel Journey: 6 Health-Based Tips to Know

Do you have your next big adventure lined up? Whether you’re jetting off to explore ancient ruins or hitting the road for a cross-country camping trip, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of new experiences and making fresh m memories. But you know what they say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And when it comes to travel, a little preparation can go a long way in keeping you healthy, happy, and ready to embrace every moment. So, let’s dive into some top tips to help you gear up for your upcoming journey because the last thing you want is to be sidelined by a nasty bug or pesky injury when there’s a whole world out there to be discovered.

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Invest In Relaxing Pre-Travel Activities To Lessen Trip Preparation Stress

As exciting as travel can be, the planning and preparation process is often a significant source of stress (which tends to compound the more people are involved). From making sure you’ve packed everything you need to tie up loose ends at work and home, there’s a lot to juggle before you can fully embrace vacation mode. But if you want to avoid such stresses, investing some time and money in relaxing pre-travel routines could be wise. Some practices like meditation can really help to calm the mind and prepare you for what is about to occur, and even just 10-15 per day can help you to feel calmer, more centered, and better able to tackle your to-do list without losing your cool. And don’t forget the power of a good massage to relax your body into a genuinely calm state. Whether you opt for a full-body rubdown or something more targeted like a lymphatic drainage massage (which can help reduce inflammation and boost your immune function), giving your hard-working muscles some much-needed TLC is the way to go. Not only can it melt away physical tension, but it’s also an incredible stress-buster for your mind. 

Get Those Vaccinations Squared Away

We all know shots aren’t exactly what first comes to mind when thinking about getting away from it all, but trust us, a little jab is way better than ending up with a serious illness that could derail your entire trip (or possibly even land you in a foreign hospital that doesn’t quite measure up to the standards you might be used to back at home). Depending on where you’re headed, you might need vaccinations for diseases like yellow fever, typhoid, or hepatitis A and B. Do your research and chat with a travel health professional well in advance to get the lowdown on what you’ll need. And don’t forget to ask about any recommended boosters or updates to routine vaccinations like tetanus or flu. It is always better to er on the side of caution in these cases.

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Pack A Solid First-Aid Kit

You might consider yourself more of an adventurer than a boy scout, but having a well-thought-out first aid kit on hand is just plain smart. Even the most meticulously planned trips can take an unexpected detour. From blisters and bug bites to cuts and scrapes, a few basic supplies can reduce the risk of more severe issues when you’re far from home. Think:

  • Bandages
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Pain relievers
  • Antihistamines (great for allergic reactions to food and environment)
  • Any prescription medication you currently take

Toss in some rehydration salts, too – they’re a game-changer for bouncing back from a bout of traveler’s tummy. And if you’ll be adventuring in remote areas, consider packing a more comprehensive kit with things like a snake bite kit or suture supplies.

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Fuel Up With Nutrient-Dense Eats

Trying new foods is one of the best parts of travel and something that is often highly espoused by travel journalists to ensure you really understand the culture you are visiting. But between long flights, hectic sightseeing schedules, and the occasional street food indulgence, it’s easy for your diet to go a little off the rails. Make it a point to pack or seek out plenty of nutrient-dense snacks and meals to keep your energy levels up and your immune system in tip-top shape. Things like fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and the travel favorite of travel mix. Moreover, don’t forget to stay hydrated. Sipping water regularly can work wonders for fending off fatigue, headaches, and other ailments that can sneak up on you when you are in a climate different from what you are used to.

Get Moving (But Don’t Overdo It)

If you are the type of person who travels to see new things rather than sit by the beach, you’ll probably be clocking in some serious steps exploring new cities and trails or possibly navigating crowded local markets (which can use up more energy than you imagine). While all of that activity is excellent for your physical health, going from zero to woo can put you at risk for injuries ranging from knee pain to good old muscle soreness. A few weeks before your trip, start ramping up your activity levels gradually to get your body prepped for all that walking (climbing, swimming, or whatever adventures await!). But don’t go too hard too fast; you want to build endurance, not burn out before you even depart. And once you’re on the road, be sure to listen to your body and take breaks when you need them. There’s no prize for powering through exhaustion or pain – that’s just a recipe for ruining your fun.

Prioritize Your Zzzs

Catching a red-eye flight, crossing time zones, sleeping in unfamiliar beds…travel can really do a number on your sleep schedule. Running on empty is a surefire way to tank your energy levels, weaken your immune defenses, and put a serious damper on your ability to fully embrace all those amazing new experiences. So, do your best to stick to a consistent sleep routine, even when you’re on the move. Creating a calming pre-bed routine, think: taking a warm shower, doing some light stretches, or writing in a journal can also help prime your body for higher-quality sleep. And if you’re struggling with jet lag or insomnia, don’t be afraid to use tools like melatonin supplements, white noise apps, or eye masks to help you catch up with the sleep your body needs.

As someone who loves to travel, it’s crucial to take steps to prepare yourself for your next big adventure. With a bit of preparation, you’ll be able to make the most of your journey and thoroughly soak up all the unique experiences it has to offer.