Health & Wellness

8 Ways To Stay Healthy While You Travel

Enjoy your holiday without compromising your health.

There’s still a good chunk of summer left for holidaying around Australia, but as you pack your bags, remember that a change in environment and routine can impact your health. With some preparation and smart practices, you can enjoy your summer travels while keeping health issues at bay. Make the most of your summer adventure with these tips.

Be prepared

Before you travel, do some research into your destination. Know what health risks might be present and how to avoid them. Make sure you’re up-to-date on vaccinations and fill any prescriptions so you have a supply of any medications you need to take with you. It’s also good to pack a basic first-aid kit. Finally, look into the healthcare services available at your destination should you need them.

Keep up your hydration

Hydration is important during the hot summer months, especially when travelling on planes or spending large periods of time in air-conditioning. Be prepared by carrying a water bottle with you at all times and sipping throughout the day. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, opt for coconut water or add a slice of lemon or lime, herbs or berries to your bottle.

Eat light and right

Enjoying local cuisine is part of the travel experience, but choosing your meals wisely can help avoid digestive discomfort and foodborne illnesses, and help cool your body temperature.

Where possible, opt for fresh dishes that are cooked to order. Avoid complex carbs and red meat, which take longer to digest when your body temp is up, as well as oily foods and spicy dishes. Instead, look to fresh fruit and salads, particularly those with a high water content like leafy greens, cucumber, watermelon, mango and pineapple.

Tropical fruits are great for keeping your cool. (Image: Getty)

Practise sun safety

The sun’s UV rating is strongest during the summer months, so where possible, try to plan indoor activities – hello, day spa! – when they’re at their highest (usually between 11am and 3pm. You can use the BOM or SunSmart app to check them each morning.

When you do head outdoors, remember the five Ss – Slip on some lightweight, long-sleeved clothing, Slop on some broad-spectrum sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Slide on some sunglasses and Seek shade.

Listen to Your Body

While it’s great to have an itinerary, it’s also important to allow some flexibility so you can listen to your body and take moments to cool down when you need them. Don’t push yourself to tick off that bucket-list hike or go ahead with that beach picnic if you’re feeling the effects of the heat. Remember, everyone’s tolerance to temperature varies, so what works for others may not work for you.

Online consults allow you to access advice wherever you are. (Image: Getty)

Utilise online medical services

Even with all this preparation, there might be times when you require medical advice while travelling. That’s where technology comes in handy. A useful app like Instant Consult can link you to healthcare professionals and provide peace of mind, no matter where your travels take you.

Simply download the app, create a profile and request a consult, and you’ll be connected to a fully qualified and AHPRA-accredited online doctor within around 15 minutes. It’s available anytime between 6am and midnight AEST, seven days a week, even on public holidays. So if you’re dealing with bad sunburn, sore muscles, migraines or a tummy bug, a professional is just a video call away.

You’ll also be able to request online prescriptions or online medical certificates during the consult, which will be filed in a safe place for you to access even after the holiday is over.

By following these tips, you’ll be all set for a safe and stress-free summer adventure.

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