6 Tips for staying healthy and safe on vacation

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 by Wellness

Brenda Schanhofer is the Wellness Coordinator at Miron Construction. Brenda’s primary role and goal is to inspire Miron employees, through education and training, to lead healthy lifestyles.

As summer winds down to a close, you may be planning your last summer family vacation. Wherever you decide to go, remember to follow these tips for staying healthy and safe while on vacation.

1. Eat smart. Ok, so you’re on vacation – live a little. But indulging too much in rich foods or big meals can cause an upset stomach, not to mention bumping you off your fitness wagon. Enjoy the cuisine but opt for at least one healthy meal per day, and choose nutritious snacks such as fruit or nuts.

2. Stay active. If your vacation plans involve a lot of driving or beach bumming, aim for a little exercise each day. Walk the shoreline in the morning, stop for a 20-minute hike at rest areas, swim laps in the hotel pool – there are plenty of ways to stretch your muscles while enjoying the respite.

3. Drink up. If you’re spending the day foot-peddling through the theme park, you’ll need plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Keep a bottle of water in your backpack and take frequent sips throughout each hour. Watch kids for signs of overheating and encourage them to drink often.

4. Remember your shots. Are you planning an overseas trip? Do your homework on any health alerts or recommended vaccinations.

5. Pack a kit. Keep the following essentials stashed in your car or suitcase:

  • phone number for your doctor or clinic
  • health insurance cards
  • medications
  • pain relief medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil)
  • motion-sickness medicine, such as Dramamine (roller coasters, anyone?)
  • thermometer
  • band-aids
  • sunscreen

6. Map a doc. Before leaving town, research the location of urgent care facilities in your destination city. Even if you never need to use it – which chances are you won’t – you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re prepared.

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