How to Stay Healthy While Being Abroad
There’s nothing worse than getting sick on your holiday. Especially when you have been looking forward to it for so long. A holiday is a time for relaxation and a time to see and experience new cultures and destinations, but it’s hard to get the motivation to explore if all you feel like doing is sitting in bed and watching Netflix because you’re sick.
There’s no substitute for eating well and getting the rest your body needs, but there are some items you should always have with you to try and prevent sickness.
I have prepared some essentials to make sure you stay healthy on either a summer holiday or winter holiday. Whichever climate you choose make sure you take these essentials with you to make sure you stay healthy while being abroad.
If you’re escaping to the cold for a spot of skiing or you prefer more wintery destinations, then make sure you take these on board with you.
Vitamin c tablets – Vitamin C is vital to keep your immune system at a high. If you already eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, then tablets are usually not necessary but we all know once we go on holiday our healthy lifestyle goes a little off the bandwagon. It’s a great idea to travel with some tablets to make sure your immune system is kept high while on holiday.
Hot lemon water – Another great habit to get into, especially on holiday, is to have a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon first thing in the morning before you eat. This will detoxify the body and make sure the body is kept healthy.
Diarrhoea tablets and rehydration sachets – Sometimes, unfortunately, you may get a case of food poisoning or water contamination. This is when diarrhoea tablets are very useful to have in your bag. You should also keep a couple of rehydration sachets so if you do get diarrhoea you can rehydrate your body quickly. Read more from Your Legal Friend about food poisoning and what can cause it.
Painkillers – Paracetamol is always a must for me on holiday. Unfortunately, things can happen, and it calls for a quick painkiller to help ease the pain.
First aid kit – I always carry a first-aid kit when travelling. It varies from country to country. For example, if I was travelling to India I would take a lot more with me but some essentials you should add to your kit should be:
- Antiseptic cream or wipes
For a holiday in the sun I would take some of what I have mentioned in the winter holiday section (such as first-aid kit, painkillers, diarrhoea tablets and rehydration sachets), and I would also add:
Sun lotion – This is vital for any summer destination you plan on going to. Make sure you get a high SPF sun lotion to protect your skin from the harmful rays.
After sun – If you forget to lather up on sunblock, unfortunately, you may need some after sun. It’s Aloe Vera based gel which helps soothe the skin after burns.
Insect repellent – An absolute must if you are planning to visit any tropical climates. Mosquitos can carry infectious diseases, some worse than others, so it’s always good to be prepared and bring some repellent with you. Make sure you remember to keep lathering it on your body whenever you go out.
Antihistamine cream – In the unfortunate case you do get bitten by mosquitos, if you’re prone to coming out in welts, I would invest in some antihistamine cream, which will reduce the swelling. This is a great cream to have if you get bitten by anything. You can also carry with your antihistamine tablets, which can also help with bites and if you suffer from hay fever.
My mother always told me it’s better to be prepared than to be sorry! If you pack these essentials, whether you’re going on a winter or summer holiday, you are bound to stay healthy. Tell me below what you take to stay healthy while you’re on holiday!
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