Travel Wellness Tips

Who else gets sick almost every time they travel? You can’t see me but I’m raising my hand high over here. I don’t know if it’s from traveling on an airplane or the fact that we are always on the go and not getting much sleep while traveling, weakening my immune system and causing me to get a cold. Every. Single. Time.

After our last trip to Germany, I was sick for about a week after returning. I have since upped my travel wellness game to keep this from happening again. Here are my 9 travel wellness tips that will help you stay healthy while traveling.

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Get Enough Sleep

 

This goes for before, during, and after your trip. Sleep is such an important part of keeping your body healthy whether you are traveling or not.

 

Before Your Trip

Make sure you are getting adequate sleep every night, but especially every night for a week before your trip. I know that can be super hard because you are most likely stressed, packing, and trying to get your final to-do’s done before you leave.

You can read our post on packing and planning your trip to ease some of that stress.

Read: How to Plan Your First Trip Out of the Country

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Sleeping While Traveling

 Getting enough sleep on a flight is so hard for me. I always end up with back and neck pain. My favorite things to help me sleep are my foot hammock, travel pillow, and my fuzzy socks. Ok, the socks don’t actually help me sleep, they just make me more comfortable and keep my feet warm. They also have an inflatable footrest that you can buy to help you sleep more. I’m debating getting one before my next trip.

Melatonin is also something that helps me sleep better when traveling. I use it on long haul flights and during our trip to help me sleep. I don’t normally sleep well when we’re on vacation because I’m so excited about the next day’s activities.

My biggest tip for getting sleep while traveling and fighting jet lag is the time zone trick. After boarding your last flight (do not do this if you have flight connections because you will risk missing your flight) change the time zone on your phone and watch to your final destination’s time. The goal is to get your body to recognize the time zone of your destination and get your normal schedule aligned with the new time zone. This helps me so much, especially when I’m on an overnight flight. 

 For example, when we flew to Germany we were arriving at 6:00 am Germany time. We tried to sleep on the plane between 12:00 am and 6:00 am Germany time.

 

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Stay Hydrated

I never travel without my reusable water bottle. Staying hydrated is so important. Remember that you can’t bring a filled water bottle through airport security. You will need to wait until you get through security to fill up your water bottle at the water fountains or at one of the restaurants in the airport. Restaurant staff may not be able to fill up your personal cup, but they will most likely give you a cup of water that you can pour into your cup.

Liquid I.V. is one of my new favorite products. It’s a hydration multiplier. They come in small packets that you add to a bottle of water. Each bottle of water you drink with a packet of Liquid I.V. is the equivalent of 3 bottles of water! The small packets can easily be packed in your suitcase, carry on, or purse.

 

Wash Your Hands

I think this goes without saying but you should always be washing your hands before and after you eat, or touch anything that is public use like elevator buttons, doors, and stair rails. Hand sanitizer will become your best friend for times when there isn’t a sink or bathroom around.

I always travel with hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes. I use the Lysol wipes to wipe down my airplane seat, tray, and window area. This extra step makes me feel so much better when I’m traveling.

Pack a Travel-Sized Health Kit

I have a travel-sized health kit that I keep with all my traveling stuff so I don’t forget it. It includes:

Hand Sanitizer

Lysol/Clorox wipes

Tissues

Facial Wipes

Gloves

Mask

 

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Eat Breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Eating a good and healthy breakfast will just start your day off right. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in a delicious pastry for breakfast while in Europe, but just try and add some fruit, eggs, or oatmeal to your breakfast.

 

Don’t Forget to Eat/ Try to Eat Healthy

It can be hard to eat as much as you should while traveling. You are most likely on the go the entire time and you probably don’t know the area and where to eat.

Always pack some healthy snacks. We always pack tons of snacks for our trips. We keep some in our carry-on bags to have on the plane or in the airport and then some in our checked bag, if we have one, to enjoy on our trip.

Our favorite travel snacks are:

Almonds

Jerky

Granola Bars (Our favorites are Cliff bars, ONE bars, and Verb Energy bars)

         Verb energy bars are great. They have caffeine from green tea and don’t make you crash afterward. They taste great, vanilla latte and salted peanut butter are my FAV. They also have as much caffeine as a shot of espresso and they are only 90 cal.

Trail Mix

Fruit/Cheese/ Hard-boiled eggs

         We only bring these onto the flight because obviously they won’t be good after a few hours.

 

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Vitamins

If you regularly take vitamins you definitely want to bring them with you on your trip. It’s important to keep a routine when taking vitamins and supplements (something I am terrible at but working on).

Something I like to use especially when traveling is Emergen-C. I normally use the drink mix type but they also have gummy vitamins you can buy. Another thing I have recently heard about, but haven’t tried yet, is Flightfud.

Flightfud is an in-flight drink elixir. It is a healthy wellness drink mix made for frequent flyers by a former flight attendant. It has so many amazing ingredients that support your body while flying. You can read more about their ingredients here.

 

Socks

If you don’t already wear shoes that require socks while traveling make sure you bring a pair of socks in your carry-on. When going through airport security you will have to remove your shoes. This already grosses me out but you definitely don’t want to be stuck barefoot going through security.

Having socks will also help if you take your shoes off while on the plane. This way you can put your socks on so your feet aren’t directly on the airplane floor.

 

Don’t Stop Exercising

Even if you can’t do a full workout while traveling, make sure you are taking a walk, stretching, or doing yoga. We are always walking around and exploring while we travel so we don’t worry too much about actually working out.

While on the plane though you need to make sure you are stretching frequently if you are on a long flight. You do not want to end up with blood clots from sitting on a flight for 12+ hours. Also, be sure to always have compression socks in your bag. They are amazing for promoting circulation and helping with any swelling from flying.

 

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Relax

Last but not least, RELAX. Take some deep breaths and try to stay calm. Sometimes things happen while traveling that are out of your control. Your flight may be delayed or you could get a flat tire on your rental car. Try your best to stay calm and continue to enjoy your trip. Stressing out about things that aren’t in your control isn’t the best way to stay healthy.

Increased physical activity can also cause added “stress” to your body. Try not to pack your days too full. Take your time and enjoy even the slow times.

 

I hope these travel wellness tips will help you stay the healthiest you can be while traveling. Have an awesome travel wellness tip? Share it in the comments.

 

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38 Comments

    • hharris11
      Author
      August 4, 2020 / 12:50 am

      Thanks for reading, Jamie! Hope they helped.

  1. Mel
    August 3, 2020 / 9:48 pm

    Awesome tips, thank you! I really need to make a travel sized health kit!

    • hharris11
      Author
      August 4, 2020 / 12:51 am

      Yes! It’s such a time saver. Glad these tips helped.

  2. August 4, 2020 / 2:06 am

    Great post! I do love the Cliff Bars too. I will have to try the Verb Energy bars. I’m also a big fan of Elderberry and my Apple Cider Vinegar gummies. I hardly get sick anymore, but if I’m going to get sick it’s going to be when traveling.

    • hharris11
      Author
      August 9, 2020 / 12:30 am

      Yes! I love elderberry gummies. The Verb bars are great. Just the right amount of energy so I don’t get that 3pm crash.

  3. August 4, 2020 / 3:26 am

    I love all of these tips and I am definitely guilty of not following this list when I travel. I will keep this handy for my next big trip!

    • hharris11
      Author
      August 9, 2020 / 12:31 am

      Thanks so much for reading, Emily. I hope these help next time you travel!

  4. Lauren
    September 2, 2020 / 12:17 pm

    These tips are great! I always struggle to stay healthy while traveling, I swear I always get a cold the week after! Definitely going to implement the time zone trick next time!

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:12 pm

      Same here! I hope these tips help.

  5. September 2, 2020 / 12:34 pm

    These are all fantastic tips to stay healthy while traveling. And then when you return home, you are refreshed.

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:12 pm

      Very true, Jenny! Thanks for reading.

  6. September 2, 2020 / 12:44 pm

    Great read! I definitely could’ve used these before my last trip lol well better late than never

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:13 pm

      Oh no! Well, I’m glad you have them now haha

  7. Rauha
    September 2, 2020 / 1:23 pm

    I needed this. I have a 16 hour flight coming up in 2 weeks. Pinned.

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:14 pm

      Thanks for reading! I hope this helps on your trip. Safe travels.

  8. September 2, 2020 / 1:45 pm

    Great suggestions. So especially important to keep healthy while traveling these days. It is easy to be short on sleep, have meals off schedule, and to not take care of our diet or bodies when we are off schedule with travel. But really it is so important. These are all great tips! I love the sock suggestion. I always carry socks in my carry-on for the reasons you describe and because I get cold on planes! Great tips.

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:15 pm

      Thanks so much, Keri! You are so right. I’m always cold on planes as well.

  9. September 2, 2020 / 1:46 pm

    So much great info here! I will have to try the Liquid I.V. That’s something I had not heard of. As a follow up, I would love to read a post about traveling with a CPAP machine. I recently started using one and have not yet traveled with it. Kinda nervous about it.

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:16 pm

      Thanks so much for reading, Sally. I will have to look into that as I have no experience traveling with one.

  10. September 2, 2020 / 2:46 pm

    Getting enough sleep on planes is so difficult for me. I tried the melatonin trick last trip, but it didn’t seem to help. I also like building my immune system by taking elderberry syrup every day for a week or two before I travel. I make my own, but you can buy it in health food stores.

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:17 pm

      That’s a great tip, Donna! I will have to do that for my next trip.

  11. September 2, 2020 / 2:47 pm

    Great tips! I’ll have to try the Liquid I.V. I feel super dehydrated no matter how much water I drink. It sounds like that may help!

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:18 pm

      It definitely helps! The taste is kind of strange but I normally drink it fast so it doesn’t bother me much.

  12. September 2, 2020 / 3:34 pm

    These are great tips! I always seem to forget my socks!

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:18 pm

      That is the worst! I hate when my feet get cold haha.

  13. Cate
    September 2, 2020 / 4:50 pm

    I’ve heard about liquid iv and definitely want to try it. I alwayd forget to hydrate when traveling.

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:19 pm

      Thanks for reading, Cate. I am the same way!

  14. September 2, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    I love these tips! I will definitely apply some on my next flight!

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:19 pm

      Thanks, Emma! I hope they help.

  15. September 2, 2020 / 5:43 pm

    Your tip about changing the time zone on your phone is SO smart! That is something I haven’t heard before. All of this is awesome advice and stuff I’ll keep in mind 🙂

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks, Taylor! It definitely helps with the jetlag.

  16. September 2, 2020 / 6:30 pm

    Great tips! I hadn’t thought of socks before, but you’re right – great idea!

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks, Erin! Glad I could help.

  17. September 2, 2020 / 11:15 pm

    Love these tips – there’s nothing worse than getting sick while travelling!

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:24 pm

      Agreed! I hate getting sick, and I do almost every time.

  18. September 3, 2020 / 2:36 am

    These are great traveling tips! Thankfully I’m not one who generally gets sick when traveling (*knock on wood*)

    • hharris11
      Author
      September 18, 2020 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks so much, Sarah. Hopefully, you never need these tips!

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