Travelling, especially long-haul, can take a toll on the body. Bouncing across different time zones and battling jet lag are difficult when exercise, diet and taking care of one’s self are thrown out of the window for convenience and guilty pleasures.
However, below are five effective ways to stay healthy when travelling abroad.
Keep a record
If you take any kind of medication, keeping a record of it with you will allow those around you and emergency medical teams to find out how best to help you if needed.
Get quality sleep
It’s not always the easiest thing to get prolonged sleep when you’re travelling on a plane or any other method of transport but getting a block of shut-eye will help your body to recover more quickly, especially when you’re crossing time zones. Use methods such as eye masks, ear plugs or a mild sleeping aid if necessary.
Avoid taking alcohol
As tempting as it might be to have a few drinks, avoid consuming too much and if possible don’t drink at all. Alcohol leads to dehydration with the effects even more pronounced on an aeroplane. Pure and clean water is best when travelling.
Treat your skin
For skin that feels refreshed and healthy, don’t scrimp on the moisturiser. If you’re wearing make-up, consider removing it before the flight. Reapply moisturiser frequently throughout the flight, leaving your skin feeling soft and looking less tired on landing.
Perhaps the most important piece of advice to follow is to move during long journeys. If you’re in a car, take a break and stretch your legs. If you’re flying, make sure to circle ankles and legs and move around the cabin at least once an hour. This is vital for preventing conditions such as Deep Vein Thrombosis. Wear flight socks as an added safeguard.
Remember to check if the country you are travelling to has any form of disease outbreak before you start to embark on the journey.