Healthy Holiday: Looking after Yourself on Vacation

Taking a vacation can really help you to gain enjoyment and destress after lots of hard work. Whether you choose to venture somewhere abroad, or perhaps a bit closer to home, you may want to put the welfare of yourself and your traveling party at the forefront of all decisions. This can allow you to enjoy your vacation that much more, avoid dangers or hazards, and even prevent you from needing to pay out for medical care whilst away. Considering some different aspects before you set off can make this process a lot easier.

Pack a pair of sunglasses

Looking after your eyesight can be important, regardless of whether or not you are on vacation. Should you need to wear glasses in your daily life, you may feel torn between these and your current set of sunglasses, especially if you plan on venturing somewhere with bright weather. Rather than needing to compromise, you can have both protection from the sun and the ability to see clearly. This can be accomplished by buying a pair of prescription sunglasses. You may want to liaise with your eye doctor to find out exactly what is required in each of your lenses, and then submit that information when purchasing your frames.

Bring your nutritious greens

Make sure you bring lots of fresh fruit and leafy green vegetables. For several reasons, eating healthily while on vacation is essential. Most importantly, it supports your body by balancing the calories consumed with the amount of exercise you get while traveling. It is crucial, especially if you’re traveling somewhere with a different culinary culture.

Research the water quality

Staying hydrated is exceptionally important for your health. While many parts of the world have clean, safe drinking water, there may be places where drinking water straight out of the tap could make you ill. Due to this you may want to look into which countries you should avoid doing so. If one of your planned destination countries is listed, you may want to think about alternate means of getting water. This could involve boiling or filtering water out of the faucet, or purchasing bottled water to use for consumption and brushing your teeth. Generally speaking, this water may still be used for showering and washing, as long as you don’t swallow any.

Consider local dangers

There may be hazards found at your destination that might not occur back at home. While some of these can be rather large-scale, such as tsunamis or earthquakes, you may also want to consider some of the creatures that live within that region. Doing your homework on these could help you avoid dangers on land from bugs or plants, as well as other issues in water, such as jellyfish stings or even attacks from sharks or crocodiles. Paying close attention to anything told to you by tour guides, hotel staff, and even signposts could allow you to remain safe and unharmed on your trip.

Going on a vacation should be something enjoyable. This may not be the case if you have to deal with avoidable health problems when away. By looking into some of the dangers, you may be able to keep yourself protected from the elements as well as other potential problems that could arise. Knowing where to seek help if injured or unwell, as well as looking up the emergency number for that country, can also be important.


Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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