When you’re travelling or going on holiday, naturally your routine will change.

You’ll be trying new foods and experiencing new things and it’ll take you a while to adjust to your new surroundings. If you have a medical condition, it’s important not to stray too far from your norm. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy your holiday to the full, just remember to be mindful of your health and not to overexert yourself. Here are our tips on how to stay healthy while travelling.

Be aware of time differences and don’t miss medication
If you are travelling with a medical condition, changes in time zones can be confusing when it comes to taking your medication. If you think you’ll be unsure of when to take your medication when you arrive in your destination, speak to your GP before you travel and they’ll be able to tell you the new time routine. It’s easy to let things slide when you’re enjoying yourself on holiday but prevention is always better than falling ill.

Stay hydrated – especially in warm countries

Being hydrated is important at the best of times but if you’re travelling to a country with warm climates, it’s likely you’ll become dehydrated more quickly. It’s best to avoid drinking tap water when you’re in a different country as this could cause you to become unwell – the last thing you want when you’re trying to enjoy yourself! Carry bottled water when you’re out and about to ensure you don’t forget to drink throughout the day.

Consume fresh local food
New surroundings bring new food cultures and some delicious cuisines. If you’re going somewhere warm that’s by the sea, the local fish will probably be a popular dish. Fresh, local fish is high in omega 3 and is probably one of the tastiest, as well as healthiest things you can order. Enjoy it with fresh vegetables and new potatoes and keep anything deep fried or sugary to a minimum! Just because you’re on holiday doesn’t mean you have to overindulge more than usual so allow treats but remember to nourish your body too.

Eat little and often
Eating regularly as you travel helps to keep your metabolism up and your energy levels stable. When you’re out exploring a new place, you might only fancy a small snack on the go but take your time and have a proper lunch so you’ve got more energy for the rest of the day.

Incorporate some gentle exercise into your time away
Getting some gentle exercise into your daily routine while you’re on holiday can be the perfect way to remain healthy and feel your best while you’re away.

This doesn’t have to be spending an hour a day in your hotel gym, that’s probably the last way you want to spend your holiday!

Taking a stroll to the shops down the road or swimming a couple of lengths of the pool in the morning is as active as it needs to get but it’s better than doing nothing!

Don’t slack on sleep
Getting 7/8 hours sleep a night (yes even when on holiday!) will ensure you have all the energy you need to enjoy sightseeing and activities in your destination. Even if you’re planning to relax on the beach with a good book, you won’t want to be falling asleep in the sun!

Stay safe with SPF
Wearing an SPF on holiday is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your health. Firstly, being sunburnt is very unpleasant and uncomfortable but secondly, the damage to your skin can last longer than your holiday increasing the risk of skin cancer.

If you have had skin cancer in the past, wearing an SPF of 30 or 50 and avoiding the sunshine when it’s at its strongest (between 12pm-3pm) is vital. Cover up with loose, cotton clothing when you’re out and about to avoid any sun damage.

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So there we have it, some simple tips to follow to ensure you get the most out of your holiday and make it as enjoyable as possible without putting your health at risk. Obviously some things are unavoidable but if you’re well prepared and look after yourself you’ll lower your risks of being unwell.