Vacations are a chance to relax and take your mind off your day-to-day worries. That said, all that relaxation means that many of us forget about our health. With so many temptations and a break from our usual routine, these simple tips will help you keep on top of your health wherever you are in the world.
Whether you’re spending your vacation lounging by the pool, sunbathing on a beach, or out exploring a new city, it’s vital that you stay well hydrated. Don’t wait until you get thirsty, take a water bottle out with you and drink from it regularly, especially if you’re out in the sun.
Our tip? Invest in a reusable water bottle that can be securely sealed and stored in your backpack or beach tote. Refill it when you spot a water fountain or ask for a refill whenever you head to a restaurant, cafe, or bar.
Take care of your eyes
We often forget about our eye health when we’re on holiday – but all that sunshine, especially when it’s bouncing off water in the pool or the sea, can do real damage to our vision.
Invest in sunglasses with UV protection, a cap or hat with a wide brim, and give your eyes a regular break by stepping inside during the day. For more tips on caring for your eyes while on vacation, All About Vision have a great infographic with tips and tricks.
Some of us take hikes, engage in sports, and walk for miles around cities when we’re on vacation. Others enjoy a well-deserved break by relaxing by a pool, in the spa, or on the beach. If the latter sounds like you on vacation, it’s important you incorporate exercise into your day while you’re away.
Something as simple as a morning or evening walk or jog or a quick workout in your hotel room is enough to ensure your body is moving enough. If you’re staying at a resort or you’re on a cruise, find out if there are exercise classes or sports on offer that you can take part in.
Pack your own snacks
When you’re out and about during the day, it can be unhealthy and often expensive to rely on dining out for all of your food. By packing your own snacks, you can keep yourself nourished during the day and control how healthy your snacks are.
Great snacks to take out with you on vacation include nuts, fresh and dried fruit, trail mix, protein bars, and jerky. This travel snack mix for kids recipe is great if you have hungry kids but you don’t want to spend money on that expensive ice cream on vacation.
Get plenty of rest
If you’re spending your days napping on a sun lounger, you should focus on exercising and protecting your skin and eyes. But if your vacation is full of activities, you must remember to get plenty of rest.
While a vacation may involve a few early starts and late nights, try to get as many good night’s of sleep as possible so that your body is ready for the day.