Staying healthy while traveling is very important and something that needs to be emphasized. There are a wide variety of things that you can do in order to stay at a healthy energy level so you can travel longer.
It is very easy to eat unhealthy while on the road, especially when you are trying to budget and constantly moving from place to place.
I’ve developed into being a borderline health freak and so I have experimented with different items and found what was helpful for me. And I have used these items while I was traveling.
10 Tips for staying healthy while traveling
#1- Cold Showers
There are a ton of benefits of cold showers. It is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to stay in a good mood, get rid of toxins, and keep your skin healthy. They will also give you tons of energy! And they are available wherever you are staying. If you have never experimented with cold showers, they could shock you at first. The reason that they work is because they rejuvenate your blood and improve your circulation. Are you a big drinker on the road? They will also cure you of a hangover almost instantly.
#2 – Completely remove junk food from your diet
This one is pretty common sense. When I first started traveling at the beginning I would eat Snickers, Cheetohs, Doritos, and other junk food because it was good and familiar to me. I did this even more when I was hiking the Camino De Santiago. If you completely remove these, you will notice that you have more energy.
Some people don’t care about eating healthy on the road, but you will notice when you remove junk food that your energy levels improve.
#3- Drink mostly water
Traveling is one of the easiest ways to become dehydrated. Especially traveling on planes completed dehydrates you. Walking around a city will dehydrate you. Make sure you are drinking more water than you normally do at home.
I think a lot of people also drink more alcohol while they are traveling. I know I did. But I also made sure I was only drinking water besides the alcohol.
#4- Bed bug spray
This is actually one item that ended up being very handy for me. I used it pretty much every night while I was on the Camino and most nights when I was staying at hostels. A ton of people had bed bugs and I didn’t get them once. It completely dissolved any worry I had about waking up with bites all over my body.
#5- Cook healthy meals, don’t always eat out
Food is one of the biggest motivations to travel for some people. It definitely is for me too. And I indulge completely wherever I go. But it’s good from time to time to make your own meal.
Try and cook some meat and a big plate of vegetables to make sure you are getting all of the minerals and vitamins you need naturally.
Root vegetables are the healthiest vegetables and what you should try and cook very often. I could go on about this topic forever. But you’ll definitely notice more energy if you incorporate this into your day more. And you’ll save some money.
Make sure you bring some type of supplements if you are traveling long term. If you are traveling short term then it might not be as big of a deal. Here are 4 of the supplements I recommend through experimentation and research.
This might be the most important vitamin that you’ll need on the road that is tough to get through actual food. I recommend taking at least 5000 IU’s a day. Even if you are getting sun everyday, the extra vitamin D will help your bones and teeth to stay strong.
If you are going to take Vitamin D, then you have to take vitamin K. Vitamin K allows your body to use the vitamin D to bring calcium to the right areas of your bones and teeth. If you have excessive vitamin D without vitamin K, it’s actually not going to do very much for you.
I actually started supplementing with vitamin D and vitamin K about a month ago because I noticed that I had some tooth deterioration. I read that it will actually start to heal the teeth by just getting enough of these two vitamins. And I have started to see a difference already in the tooth enamel coming back.
When you are on the road, it’s more likely you will take less care of your oral health than normal. So these vitamins will help a lot with not letting your teeth wear down.
I like kelp because it gives your body iodine, selenium, and other trace minerals that you might not be getting from the food you eat on the road. If you take a few capsules of the Natures Way Kelp a day, this should supply you with a pretty good amount of minerals.
Get a good multivitamin. Maybe you can find a good brand that will include the vitamin K and vitamin D. But usually they will have way less of each than you really need. So it would be good to supplement with vitamin D and vitamin K separately most likely.
I used Standard Process while I was on the road, because they are easier to digest than most vitamins.
#7- Get away from your phone every day
It’s very tempting to use your time resting sitting on your phone checking Facebook and all other social media. But I think it is good to get away from your phone entirely sometimes while on the road. Because you are definitely expending more energy traveling than you normally do. Your body needs a break from any type of stimulation.
When I traveled, I would lay in bed at my hostel and use the wifi until I fell asleep. Although some of the time I knew that I just needed to take a break from everything so I would be fresh for the next day.
#8- Take smart risks
Traveling gives you the opportunity to take more risks than at home most likely. Just make sure they are smart risks.
During my three month backpacking through Europe, I had a near death experience in Capri. Before I decided to get into the water, I felt like I was taking a smart risk. But looking back, I’m not so sure it was the smartest thing ever.
It’s very tempting to push your limits when you are already traveling. So think twice sometimes about your decisions.
#9- Wear some good traveling shoes
Buy some really good walking shoes. I can’t stress this enough. Buy the right pair of shoes before traveling rather than during your travels.
#10- Enjoy it. Live in the moment.
I think traveling already makes it pretty easy to live in the moment. Don’t let the future or past occupy your mind at all. If you don’t do anything else on this list, at least do this one. Because it is easily the most important!
Of course, staying healthy while traveling is different for everybody. But in general, I think these are some good guidelines to allow you to travel for as long as you want!