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3 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy While You Travel

Don't ruin a well-planned trip with an ill-timed illness

The busy summer travel season is quickly approaching. In addition to making all of the logistical plans for your trip, it is important to consider the importance of staying healthy while exploring the world. Nothing can ruin a well-planned trip faster than an ill-timed illness. Here are three tips to help you to stay healthy while you travel:

Get Rest

Your body needs an abundance of rest and the maintenance of circadian rhythm when traveling, crossing time zones, hauling luggage, and all of the other rigors that come with travel. Although it can be tempting to wake up at dawn to get a head start on the day and party all night, taking the time to get a full night's sleep will yield a better travel experience. It is also a good idea to incorporate time to rest in the afternoon, even if it is just putting your feet up for a bit.

Have Access to Online Medical Support

In today's increasingly wired world, it is convenient to get medical advice while traveling. This online access could possibly save you a trip to a medical office while on your trip. With the advances in medical technology and communication, it's easier than ever to get online prescriptions. Before you take off for your trip, be sure to check with your medical provider to see what types of online services that they offer. Having phone numbers and website addresses handy before you leave will alleviate stress should somebody in your travel party fall ill.

Eat Breakfast and Hydrate

Adequate nutrition is key to a healthy trip. Start your day with a well-balanced breakfast to power you through the day. While it may be easy to grab a quick pastry on your way out the door, your body will be better served if you fuel it with protein and whole grains. It is also essential to remain properly hydrated. It is easy to get dehydrated while traveling because you are taken out of your everyday routine. The low humidity levels in airplanes can also cause dehydration. Especially if you are traveling to a warm and humid climate, drinking enough water will keep all systems of the body functioning at optimal levels. 

The world is your oyster. However, before satisfying that thirst for wanderlust, be sure to equip yourself with the knowledge and tools that you need for a healthy trip.

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