With the holiday season comes plenty of travel for Americans all across the country (or world). The long journeys can put demand on our bodies, but thankfully, there are a few, simple things to do while you are traveling to help keep you and your loved ones healthy. Here are five tips you should follow during your holiday travels.
This applies to all people traveling during the holiday season, but especially to those who will be flying. Due to the high altitudes and low humidity that are prevalent high in the air, our respiratory systems are more vulnerable to bacteria and viruses. To combat this, drink plenty of water throughout your journey; 8 ounces of water for every hour you’re in the air.
Get a good night’s sleep
Getting a good night’s rest is crucial to staying healthy during the holiday season. Research shows that even missing out on a few hours of sleep will make you more susceptible to catching a cold. To reduce your stress and help you get a few extra hours of sleep before you leave on your trip, get the preparation’s and packing done in the days leading up to your trip rather than the night before (or morning of).
Whether you’re driving or flying to your destination, it is important to get out of the hotel and walk (or run) around. You can play flag football or kickball at the park across the street or take a walk after dinner to walk off some of those holiday calories. Even just half an hour of physical exercise can make all the difference in staying healthy. It also has an added bonus of boosting your energy and mood too!
Eat a well-balanced, portioned diet
Holiday food has no equal, but pigging out at the dinner table is not healthy. It is tempting to eat as much of this delicious food as many times as you can, but stay strong. Fill your plate up with enough food to keep you satisfied, not stuffed. Also, be sure to eat some fruits and vegetables to go with all the meat and deserts.
Keep your surroundings clean
One of the easiest things to do to keep germs away is also probably one of the most-forgotten. Be sure to wash your hands before you eat or touch areas of your face. If you don’t have soap and water near you, use hand sanitizer or handwipes. Before you settle in for the journey, whether in a car, plane, bus, or train, run disinfecting wipes or spray Lysol over the armrests, the cup holders, tray table, seatbelt buckle, and handles. Simply doing this will get rid of the germs that were on these objects beforehand.