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Knowing how to take care of yourself and many areas of your life when you are traveling is not just about the travel hacks. It’s about ensuring that you can meet the demands, physical and mental, that travel poses. Whether you are embarking on a family vacation, solo travel, or traveling for business, self-care is essential to your sense of self. So let’s show you the best ways to look after yourself while you are traveling. There’s a lot to unpack, so let’s go!

Look After Your Phone

This might seem obvious, but your smartphone isn’t just an essential travel companion- it can also be a potential target for thieves. To keep your phone safe, always use a secure lock screen and think about installing a tracking app in case it gets stolen. 

Additionally, you should preload it with data because if you use public Wi-Fi networks for sensitive transactions, you might have hackers piggyback onto your device and the wiser. There are ways that you can add extra security to protect your online privacy, for example, learning how to change IP address on Android devices and using a VPN (virtual private network) to encrypt the internet connection, these will all make a big difference, especially if you pay for everything with your phone. 

Get Sufficient Rest

Rest should be a priority, but as we have so much to do in so little time, we can feel that we need to get up early and go to bed late, gradually burning the candle at both ends. If you are going on a long expedition over a couple of months, you’ve got to build in proper rest time. This can mean resting while you are traveling from one place to another, and when you’re on airplanes, comfortable sleep aids like earplugs and eye masks can help to take you away from where you are. 

You should also think about a consistent sleep schedule. Knowing how to fix jet lag quickly is invaluable, and in fact, the solution is about slowly changing your body clock before you go. Needless to say, sufficient rest will ensure you get more out of the experience.

Keeping Physically Active

To ensure that you are ready for the road, you’ve got to get yourself into some form of peak physical condition. This is why preparing for travel begins months, if not a year before you go. Think about the things you want to do because you need to be in the right physical condition to do them. If you want to go hiking or traversing across mountains, you need to start getting your body ready.

There is absolutely no point doing it a couple of weeks or months before you head off because it will take that long for you to get used to any form of exercise, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time or ever! Being physically active is about understanding the best protocols to acclimate your body gradually. One of the best methods is to ensure that you build up to a one-to-one ratio of work and rest. This means that if you want to improve your cardio fitness, think about running for a minute and then resting for a minute. But gradually, the more you do, the more your form will falter, and therefore you need to build in a ratio of one to three work to rest. 

The rest times will gradually come down, but you also need to make sure you’re not doing too much because there are other things you will have to do in your life to prepare. You want to get to the point where all of this is effortless when you head on vacation. So start now, start slow, and give yourself plenty of time to build up.

Get Your Wellness in Check

Most of us like to travel, but we don’t necessarily like to adapt to new environments, and going on vacation is always about new cultures, time zones, and environments that can invariably be mentally taxing. Much like building up your strength at the gym, you should work on maintaining wellness. Make it a part of your weekly routine.

Ask yourself if you are relinquishing unhealthy patterns, engaging in behaviors and practices that contribute to having positive energy and emotions, and guarding your mental health. Incorporate positive habits and rest assured that the more you repeat them, the more you will crave them because you will see just how better you feel. So even if you are traveling and in the air, you will feel grounded.

Keeping yourself healthy, fit, and safe while vacationing or traveling for business is critical. Wherever and whenever you go, remember all the ways to look after yourself while you are traveling. Some of these approaches can help you have a worry-free and fulfilling experience.

To a Fitter Healthier You,

Adriana Albritton

The Fitness Wellness Mentor

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