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How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle While You Travel

A healthy lifestyle can go right out of the window when you’re travelling.

It’s understandable — you’re having all these new experiences and it can easily get pushed to the back of your mind. However, you’ll get much more out of your trip in the long-run if you make your health a priority too.

Here are seven ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle while you travel.

  1. Pack light

Dragging an enormous bag around quickly gets tiresome, so save yourself the trouble before you even leave the house by packing only what you need.

It’s so easy to shove things in your suitcase, just in case you need them, but take some time to make a list of what’s necessary, and what would just weigh you down.

Even if you do forget something essential, most items can be bought in your destination.

  1. Bring enough medicine to last your trip and then some

Whether you need to take prescription medication or you’re including tablets like paracetamol, Insurancewith suggest packing extra medicine if you can.

Store some of your supply in your cabin baggage, and some of it in your hold luggage. This means you’ll still have medication to hand if your luggage gets lost or stolen.

  1. Pace yourself

Travelling is so exciting that it’s tempting to rush off and try and do everything as soon as you arrive at your first destination.

There’s a lot to be said for spontaneity, but there’s also a lot to be said for having a plan. Pencil in day trips, particularly if there’s a specific site you want to visit, and then leave space for spur-of-the-moment decisions. You’ll find a mix that works for you as you go along.

  1. Stay active

If you’re exploring new places, this is going to be easy — you’ll end up being active without thinking about it, especially if you enjoy going on hikes.


Even so, it’s worth having a handful of on-the-go workouts at your disposal to keep your strength and fitness up.

  1. Eat everything in moderation

It’s important to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, carbohydrates, fibre, and healthy fats.

However, you don’t need to avoid all the tasty treats you’ll come across while you’re away. Trying new foods is one of the best things about travelling, after all.

  1. Keep your hydration levels up

The importance of hydration cannot be overstated. It boosts your energy levels, improves your memory and concentration, and helps your body function better, especially when it comes to movement.

Carry a reusable bottle of water with you and fill it up whenever you get the opportunity — lots of cities have free fountains. If you’re travelling somewhere where the quality of the tap water is questionable at best, stick to shop-bought water.

  1. Get plenty of sleep

Yes, there’s nightlife to enjoy in each new place, but you’ll burn out pretty quickly if you don’t get enough shut-eye.

The right amount is different for each of us, but 7-9 hours per night is a good guideline.

Can you think of any other travel health tips? Let us know in the comments.