Must-Have Travel Essentials: Health Edition
Be a healthy and happy traveller throughout your trip with these tips!
Travelling allows us to experience the beauty of the world, eat a variety of delicious food and learn the unique cultures. Even so, it can also bring a lot of stress to the body unknowingly.
Most international borders are open, and we are excited to be travelling again. It almost felt like forever since we were able to travel somewhere domestically and internationally. While we are excited to travel again, we shouldn’t take our health for granted.
Aside from bringing the essentials such as clothes, a camera and toiletries, we have put together a checklist for health so you can better prepare yourself and combat illnesses while travelling.
After all, nobody likes being sick and feeling uncomfortable while getting to experience the time of their life. Keep yourself healthy and strong throughout your trip with these easy-peasy tips!
#1 Boost immunity
Did you know that travelling can be very stressful for the body? Our bodies had to adapt to different climates and weather, as well as exposing to free radicals that can damage cells and affect our immune system. Aside from the weather, we could also get a sore throat from consuming too much fried and spicy food if we do not take care of our health.
With the current condition like viruses and influenza, it is better to boost your immunity and ensure that your health is in tip-top condition before heading to your holiday destination. To boost your immunity, try taking multivitamins with key ingredients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D & Zinc. A daily multi can give you peace of mind that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs even when you are on vacation mode.
While travelling, there are bigger possibilities that we will be exposed to pollution, UV rays and cigarette smoke. These can cause harm to the body in the form of free radicals. In order to combat free radicals, consume antioxidant supplements such as pine bark to neutralise free radicals throughout the body and remove toxins from the body to provide a natural source of protection. It’s safe and the unique three-way protection can also protect skin from signs of ageing, improve blood circulation and aid drainage of waste materials, as well as strengthen and retain collagen for supple and elastic skin.
#2 Manage Stomach Discomfort
One of the best things about travelling is to try their local cuisine and their food speciality. Depending on the location, we are not always in control of our environment and what we eat. The foreign food that we eat exposes us to a variety of microbes that our bodies might not be familiar with. This can cause digestive discomfort, which can lead to constipation or diarrhoea and that is the last thing you want to experience during your trip.
Probiotics might be the solution to prevent any stomach discomfort as they provide beneficial bacteria by keeping the harmful bacteria at bay. It keeps a healthy balance of microflora in our gut to help manage any uncomfortable symptoms.
Consider bringing along digestive enzymes supplement as enzymes help our bodies to fully break down and digest our food, thus preventing indigestion and bloatedness. Pair it with probiotics for a strong gut against any digestive discomforts travelling may bring.
#3 Sleep Better
Travelling can affect our sleep cycle as a result of different timezone, new environments and many more. If you are one of them who are affected by these factors, perhaps you could try these methods to ensure a good sleep throughout the night. For example, set aside 30 minutes before your bedtime to relax by reading a book, listening to soothing music or following a simple stretching video. Doing these few activities will help to calm our minds and signal our brains to shut down for the night.
Alternatively, do consider taking magnesium or sleep support supplements with these natural ingredients such as passionflower, lemon balm, valerian root, and chamomile flowers to get you ready for another adventure the next day.
#4 Nourish Your Skin
When you are travelling, it’s very easy to skip your regular routine, but your skincare shouldn’t be one of them. Between flying, different temperatures and sun exposure, your skin might get irritated and break out. So it is essential to keep them protected, hydrated and healthy.
Hydration is essential if you need to fly to reach your holiday destination. Remember to pack some sheet masks in your hand carry so you can hydrate your skin anytime, especially on the plane. The low humidity when travelling on an aeroplane and the change in the climate of your holiday location can put your skin under stress.
You definitely cannot miss out on taking loads of photos and videos to capture the moment. Consume collagen drink to look your best and achieve firmer, radiant and youthful skin for all the photos and videos you are going to take on your trip!
#5 Ease Joint Discomfort
Without a doubt, we will have to walk a lot while we are on a holiday, especially for sightseeing locations and this can be very taxing on the joints. To combat this problem, bring joint supplements that are formulated with these ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM that can help lubricate your joints and ease any discomfort. Fish oil supplements are also a great add-on as Omega-3 fatty acids help relieve any joint discomfort, and double up as a supplement for your heart, brain and skin health.
We hope these tips and recommendations can help build your body’s natural defences and ease some health concerns that you might have for your much-awaited trip. Happy holidays and stay safe!