How To Stay Healthy On Vacation


Whether you're taking a long flight or a six-hour car ride to your destination, travelling healthy ensures you get to spend that long-awaited time off by the beach — and not in your hotel bed (or worse!). Dr. Danielle Martin shares her tips to help you stay healthy on your vacay.

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Dealing with jetlag

The best way to deal with jet lag is to change your body clock by staying exposed to sunlight. Try to avoid naps and just stay awake. Your body clock will adjust more rapidly if it sees the sunshine. Melatonin supplements could help with jet lag, but consult your physician. If you're travelling with kids, you should know that children adjust much better to jet lag than adults do. (It's best not to take any supplements for children.)

Changes in diet and hydration

Here's a fact that might surprise you: travellers' constipation is more common than travellers' diarrhea. One reason for that is people who are otherwise healthy often forget about water. And with the extra alcohol consumed on vacation, it's very easy to get dehydrated. Remember to bring a water bottle with you. It's also a good idea to avoid raw vegetables and salads.

Dealing with long journeys

Whether it's on a plane, train or car, a long journey increases your risk of developing a blood clot. It's very important to move around. Ideally stop sitting every couple of hours, stand next to your seat or go up and down on your tip toes to move blood around. Compression stockings may be a good idea too if you're on a long flight.

Exercise when travelling

Travelling gives you a nice opportunity to change up your routine. Enjoy the place you spent all that time getting to: go for a long walk on the beach, walk around to see the sights, be more flexible.This is your chance to maybe skip hitting the gym and explore the city or some trails — while still getting some exercise.

Vaccines before travel

Head to a travel clinic well before your vacation, because some vaccines need time for the complete series and others take a couple of months to kick in. And don't forget about regular vaccines like your tetanus and flu shots, which also must be up-to-date for leaving town.

Injury Prevention

One of the major risks associated with travel is preventable injury and accidents. Just because you're in a foreign place doesn't mean you should stop applying the same common sense you do at home. Make sure you take the car seat along for your baby or toddler, as well as helmets, life jackets and other safety gear, depending on where you're going and what you're planning to do.


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