How to stay healthy while travelling abroad

Travelling abroad is one of life’s greatest adventures – but it’s not always the easiest experience. From jet lag and changes in climate, to new foods and illnesses, the realities of overseas travel can make even the healthiest of travellers feel run down. Here are some ways you can avoid getting sick while travelling.

What should I pack for my trip?

  • Pack a travel health kit so you’ll be prepared in the event of any minor injuries or illnesses. This could include bandages, eye drops, ibuprofen, and, of course, GRAVOLTM to help prevent nausea, vomiting and dizziness due to motion sickness.
  • Make a list of your medications, allergies, and blood type, and include phone and email information for your doctor and an emergency contact.
  • If you’re packing medications, make sure you have enough for the duration of your trip – they may not be available at your destination.

Want more helpful packing tips? Use our Travel Checklist

How can I avoid jet lag?

  • In the days prior to travelling, gradually adjust your sleeping schedule to your destination’s time zone .
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Change your watch to your destination time zone as soon as you board.

Learn more about how to manage jet lag.

How can I stay healthy once I’ve arrived?

  • It can be tempting to just chill out after a long flight, but staying active can help reduce the effects of travel stress. Plus, walking, jogging, or biking are great ways to see the sights.
  • Workout in the morning. That way it’s done and won’t get in the way of any other plans you have. Sometimes, your hotel may offer workout clothing for a small fee, so be sure to ask them in case you forget your gear or need to pack light on your next trip.
  • No gym? No problem! Push-ups, crunches and burpees can all be done with just a bit of floor space, and climbing hotel stairs is great for cardio.

These are just a few easy ways you can stay healthy while travelling abroad. Want more? Check out our Travel Tips section.

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