How to Stay Healthy on Your Summer Vacation

Everyone deserves some rest and relaxation, and summer is the perfect time for a getaway. You can pamper and reward yourself on vacation while also being good to your body.

Safety first

When visiting a new location, research nearby medical facilities and know the way to the nearest 24-hour clinic or emergency center. It will give you peace of mind if faced with an accident or unexpected illness.

Stay hydrated

Sun and wind can quickly deplete your body’s moisture, so it is important to carry water with you on excursions. Staying hydrated helps you maintain energy levels and prevents heat exhaustion. Snacking on fruits like melons, peaches, cucumbers, and tomatoes also boosts your water intake.

Use sunscreen and sunglasses faithfully

Protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Wear hats and visors to protect your neck and face and be sure to reapply sunscreen repeatedly even on cloudy days and especially after swimming (don’t forget the tops of feet and the back of ears).

Indulge in moderation

Vacations are the time to enjoy local fare and order your restaurant favorites but do so in moderation. Overindulging can upset your digestive system, which can completely ruin the vacation vibe.

You can help keep your system regular by preparing some of your routine breakfast and lunch foods instead of eating out. To avoid high-calorie impulse purchases, pack healthy snacks for in between meals.

Maintain important exercise and bedtime routines

It’s vacation, which means you have MORE time in your day, not less. Be sure to include some exercise and get enough rest. Add walks, hikes, and swims to your plans for bonus physical activity. Try to keep the same bedtime hours you do at home to give your body the balance and stability it craves. Getting enough sleep will help you appreciate your waking vacation activities even more.

Keep stress in check

Don’t let the stress of planning the “perfect vacation” interfere with enjoying your time away. It’s great to research activities, study maps, and make reservations, but allow some flexibility for spontaneous stops and wandering.

Always budget a little more time and money for the unexpected. If things don’t go as planned, be a model for the rest of your family or travel group. Take the challenges in stride and prove that everything doesn’t need to be picture-perfect to have a good vacation.