Taking a long vacation during your retirement years is a great way to spend your time and even learn something new– just make sure that you’re taking good care of your health along the way! Making healthy food choices and getting some exercise during your trip can keep you in good shape and also make it easier to enjoy your leisurely getaway. Whether you’re heading off on a cruise, going on a road trip, or flying across the country for a vacation, here are some essential tips for staying healthy while traveling:
#1: Pack a travel tote with essentials. Make sure you take along a hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, a small first-aid kit, and any supplements or vitamins you take regularly in a separate bag or tote so you have easy access to these essential items along the way. I’ve found that these items are usually priced at a premium at the airport and convenience stores and it’s not always easy to find what you need. Plan ahead by packing a travel kit of your own so you don’t have to worry about it.
#2: Get some exercise every day. Just 30 minutes of light to moderate exercise such as walking, jogging, or even yoga can help you stay in great shape while traveling. Set aside some time for exercise so you don’t end up gaining excess weight during the vacation. Even something as simple as stretching for 15 to 20 minutes can help to increase circulation and engage your key muscles. Staying active can improve your mood throughout the trip.
#3: Pack vitamins and nutritional supplements. You might not have easy access to a pharmacy or drugstore where you can purchase your favorite brand of vitamins and supplements you rely on every day. Plan on packing these and consider shipping them to your final destination for extended stay trips. You’ll need at least a multivitamin and can continue taking any meal replacements, greens supplements, and other nutritional support items throughout your trip.
#4: Take naps. You might not always be able to get a solid night’s sleep while traveling so plan on napping instead. Getting some quality sleep will put you in a better mood for the trip and also give you the energy you need to enjoy the vacation.
#5: Avoid alcohol for most of the trip. You’ll reduce your chances of air sickness if you avoid alcohol for 24 hours before your flight and also during the flight. Alcohol can be very dehydrating so make sure you’re not drinking excessively during your vacation – especially in a tropical climate or very hot weather. Stick with non-alcoholic beverages, fresh juices, and water to stay healthy.