Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, no one wants to feel under the weather during or after a trip. Here are four things you can do to ensure your health doesn’t take a detour next time you’re on the road.

1. Plan Ahead

First off, make sure you’re healthy enough for travel. If you’ve recently had surgery, been ill, or are pregnant, be sure to talk to your health care provider before making any plans to fly or drive long distances. If you do get the “go-ahead,” be sure to research your destination, so you know what to expect when you get there.

2. Focus on Healthy, Balanced Meals

You don’t need to deprive yourself while on vacation, but most times when we’re not eating as well as we do at home, our energy and moods tend to suffer. If you want to feel your best during and after your trip, be sure to stick with a healthy diet and avoid foods that will typically upset your body. Also, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

3. Be Active

Most times it’s easy to stay active while traveling, but if you find that you’re sitting more than usual, be sure to get up and move. Walking around new cities while sight-seeing is a great way to incorporate daily exercise. Just remember that if you’re not used to regular exercise, don’t attempt strenuous activity while on vacation. If you’re normally a couch-potato at home, don’t try to go mountain biking all day on vacation; otherwise, you’ll likely end up coming home with an injury.

4. Monitor Your Health When You Return Home

Be sure to pay attention to any health signs when you get back home. Whether it be symptoms of a head cold, upset stomach, or any injury you may have incurred, be sure to tell your healthcare provider and also mention that you have recently traveled. 

With a little preparation and mindfulness, you can help yourself stay healthy while you travel.