Do you dread traveling or going on vacation because you don’t want to end up sick?
That used to be me as well and I have some tips for you that have helped me tremendously! I would stay sick when I would travel. Which I did every three months for my husband’s job so I spent long periods of time sick until I figured out some tips that kept me from feeling awful. I want to share those with you in hopes that they can help you as well. We all deserve to have a fun trip and ENJOY it the whole time.
The number one piece of advice I have for you to avoid getting sick or having trouble with a flare up is to DRINK WATER! So much water. Imagine you cannot drink enough because chances are you aren’t getting enough for your body. Water tends to be that one thing that falls by the wayside on vacation.
Which brings me to my second piece of advice eat small meals and try to keep your indulgences to a minimum, or at least smaller servings spaced out. We all do it and that is why you need to have a plan before you are in the situation. If you decide ok I’m going to allow myself to indulge in something I love at maximum one time a day and in a small portion than you are more likely to accomplish it. Now if you are going into it with no plan you will likely excuse so much more. I think this is important because food is one of those things that triggers my flare ups. Sometimes its ok but you can’t overwhelm your body with things it doesn’t like repeatedly and expect it to function. So, having a plan for this is much better than going in blind and hoping for the best.
Try to stay active. I don’t mean that you must swim or run a mile everyday of vacation but you do need to move. I’m not always the best at staying active at home but on a trip, I almost swear by it. Your body needs that movement to help function. In some cases, you’re facing temperature changes, different ecosystems, and elevation changes. These are all things that affect me personally in a great way. I would stay sick on vacation and miserable and I can assure you that is not enjoyable. I’m sure if you’re reading this than you probably know that all too well.
I know not everyone enjoys exercise but something as simple as a 20-30-minute walk or if you have access to a gym maybe trying that on a treadmill. Of course, if you have it available try to make it something you enjoy like a hike or maybe dancing around, my kids love this one. Another option I love is to check YouTube for yoga videos for relaxation or just a simple bedtime yoga routine. I love this channel for any yoga videos I do she has a ton to choose from. Don’t think for a second you are too big to do yoga just remember to take it easy and don’t push too hard, if it hurts stop. Try not to make it something you dread if possible. I know most people don’t want to take the time out of their day to do this but giving myself that small amount everyday has made a huge difference for me.
Stay comfortable. I mean the clothes you wear. Try not to wear things you wouldn’t normally wear. If you are going to be somewhere warm dress that way and stop overdressing. Same goes for the colder weather but I don’t think that one really needs to be said. I don’t think many people intend to go in the cold weather in shorts and a tank top but you never know. When I used to wear way too many shirts, like 3 at a time, in hundred-degree weather I would eventually overheat and that would cause a whole other set of issues. It’s also not very comfortable and I didn’t want to do anything, so I would miss almost everything.
For my last piece of advice, I’m going to give is going to sound so general but try to get sun as often as possible most people have some sort of vitamin deficiency and a very common one is vitamin D. Which sun light is full of. You should also try and take a multivitamin and I highly suggest an elderberry supplement for at least two weeks prior, and during, your vacation. Being low of vitamins and minerals brings on so many issues and can trigger a flare up in an instant for me. I love elderberry because it helps with immune support and if you suffer from any immune issues you need all the help you can get there, much like myself.
When you are planning your next trip I highly suggest trying to implement as many of these as you can into your plans. You don’t have to plan your trip to a T if that isn’t your thing but remember when it comes to staying healthy on a trip or vacation of any sort following these steps will come in handy. I would love to hear any input you might have as well. Do you have any tips or tricks for travel that come in handy? Don’t forget to comment below or follow along on facebook or pinterest.
I am not a medical professional so if you are on restrictions than it is important you follow your doctor’s advice and not mine but you should ask your doctor if these options would be safe for you.