10 Tips for Staying Healthy While Travelling
in WELLBEING + RESILIENCE
We like to travel and we are sure you do too. With a work trip coming up, we thought it was worth jotting down our favourite tips for staying healthy while travelling.
Before your trip, research healthy food options and restaurants near where you will be staying. Trust us, when you are there you will be too busy to do this and far more likely to fall for the easy, unhealthy options.
2.Choose wisely from the breakfast buffet
Breakfast buffets offer such a variety of food – some good and A LOT bad. To look after yourself, it is really important you start the day right. Choose whole fruits (not juices), eggs and healthy wholegrain cereals such as porridge. Avoid the pastries, white bread and sugary processed cereals. Also don’t be tempted to go up repeatedly and eat more than you would normally.
Don’t let this rule slip. Go for a swim or even a walk. It will give you more energy and will make you more motivated to stay healthy. Remember to also move around on your flight.
4.Switch yourself to the local time zone
Managing jet lag and different time zones can be tricky. A good tip is to switch your watch to the time zone you are travelling to as soon as you board the plane. This will help your body start to adapt.
5.Remember to hydrate
Even though you are somewhere foreign, make sure you drink 2 litres of water a day. Flying can be particularly dehydrating so keep up your water intake on the plane.
6.Be prepared with snacks
To help us avoid unhealthy food temptation, we pack some healthy snacks to take with us – or if we can’t do that we seek them out on arrival. Our favourites include nuts, granola, olives or dark chocolate.
7.Come prepared with healthy meals for your flight
Sadly most plane food is still pretty dreadful and full of additives. We buy healthy options from the airport before boarding or pack a meal at home.
Your routine will not be your norm when you are travelling. It is really important to make sure you take the time out to still rest and get a good night’s sleep.
9.Try local foods for some healthy options
When you are abroad, often the healthiest foods are the local cuisines. The one exception being fast food nations like the States.
10.Remember the 80/20 rule
When you are away, you will find a lot of what you eat is out of your control. Don’t beat yourself up about this. Avoid unnecessary unhealthy treats but as long as you can stay healthy around 80% of the time, you will be fine.