We have detected Lahore as your city

Stay Healthy While Travelling With These 9 Tips

Dr. Qurrat Ul Ain

2 min read

Find & Book the best "General Physicians" near you

Almost everyone loves to travel, to explore different cultures, cuisines, and countries can be very exciting indeed. Whether it be observing nature’s rugged beauty or more elegant manmade landmarks, it all can be very inspiring. However, travelling needs to be carefully planned.

One must pay heed to the needs of the body, as otherwise deteriorating health might take all the fun out of the activity. Hence, adhering to some of the healthy activities can potentially help you enjoy your vacation to the fullest, without compromising on the body’s needs. Read on to find how you can plan ahead for health:

1- Get enough sleep:

In order to keep the energy levels up, the body should be given time to recuperate. Therefore, getting proper sleep is essential. Travelling puts enough burden as it is on the body, whether it be in the form of fatigue from physical exertion or the perplexing movement across time zones. Therefore, recovery period in form of sleep is crucial. Doze off for a while when the body gives indications of drowsiness.

2- Pack the necessary medication:

Traveling to lands unknown and being subjected to their native diet may put a toll on one’s health. Many people get sick by consuming food that their body is not used to. But that is part and parcel of travelling. Hence, carry with you all such necessary medication. Do research regarding the diseases etc. present in the region and take the antidotes accordingly. For example, for traveling to places like the tropics which have tons of mosquitoes, packing the mosquito repellent is very important.

3- Pace yourself:

Pacing oneself, physically and mentally is very important. Do not stress over the things too much. Enjoy the vacation. Certain things are beyond your control and stressing over them will take a toll on your emotional health. Furthermore, your physical health should be prioritized as well. Don’t burn yourself out in trying to do maximum activities. Not only will this drain your body but it will also prevent you from enjoying the current experiences.

4- Get enough exercise:

Getting some workout will help your body stay active and maintain its energy levels. It will also help you destress; the endorphins released as a result of exercise helps the body get rid of stress. However, if you are already doing strenuous physical activity, taking time our especially for exercise might not be necessary.

5- Have a proper breakfast:

Having a proper healthy breakfast full of nutrition helps set the pace for the whole day. In order to keep the energy levels high and keep the body going for the whole day, breakfast is compulsory. It must not be skipped ever, let alone whilst travelling!

6- Eating right:

Eating right is a key element in staying healthy. Its effect is more pronounced when traveling as the body is being exerted more than the norm. While there is no harm in treating yourself here and there, however, if done habitually, can harm the body and energy levels.

7- Stay hydrated:

As you get lost in your adventures, hydration may be put at the back of your mind. Don’t! Staying hydrated is essential, especially in hot climates. Dehydration can cause a lot of problems, which can be prevented easily.

8- Keep sanitizers at hand:

Travelling to different lands and places means exposing your body to germs and bacteria to which it doesn’t necessarily have a defence against. Therefore, after contact with many people and surfaces, clean your hands with sanitizer especially before eating. They also come handy when there is no access to soaps.

9- Pack sunscreen:

To prevent exposure to the radiation present in the sun rays, use sunscreen. SPF should be your friend, especially in hotter regions where the period of exposure to the sun is longer.

Consulting a doctor prior to travelling can help prevent any mishaps in terms of health. They can guide regarding the medications to bring along and write prescriptions for them. They can especially help those people suffering from any health condition on coping from any accident.

Therefore, getting an expert opinion before travelling is good practice. Book an appointment with top physicians in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi through oladoc.com, or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT professional for your concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Qurrat Ul Ain
Dr. Qurrat Ul Ain - Author Dr. Qurrat Ul Ain is an Internal Medicine Specialist practicing in Islamabad. Dr. Qurrat Ul Ain has the following degrees: M.B.B.S., F.C.P.S. (Medicine) and has 9 years of experience. You can book an appointment with her trough oladoc. She believes that awareness is the key to superior health care in Pakistan and thus loves to write on healthcare to raise awareness about a healthy lifestyle. If you wish to read his healthcare articles and advice, please visit the following links:

Book Appointment with the best "General Physicians"