The best laid plans can fall by the wayside when you’re travelling. The majesty of your destination, the excitement of the journey and all the planned activities can make you forget about the health precautions you take in every day life. It’s easy to forget routine on a one in a life time experience where there is nothing routine. These are some vacation health mistakes that are easy to make and how to bounce back in time to enjoy your vacation.
Slipup 1: Throwing your regular diet out the window
When you’re off on an adventure, your normal eating habits change. While it’s fun to indulge or try new foods, it can be harder to manage a healthy diet, which can lead to dehydration or a lack of fiber. Even just eating at different times can lead to uncomfortable changes in your bathroom routine.
Solution: Stay hydrated by carrying around a refillable water bottle and reading up on the restaurants you are planning to visit. To be pro-active and prepared in the case you do end up suffering from a bout of occasional constipation, pack a laxative you trust. RestoraLAX® NeatPAX™ Travel Size Packets comes in pre-measured, single-doses, so you can take one dose per day anytime, anywhere. You’ll be able to restore your body’s natural rhythm and get back into the vacation rhythm in no time!
Slipup 2: Walking around in bare feet
Is there anything more freeing than wriggling your toes in a luxurious hotel pool? Unfortunately, walking in bare feet around the pool or in a public shower can have you coming into contact with more than you bargained for, like common warts or athlete’s foot. Vacations should be full of surprises, but not on your feet if at all possible (unless they are unexpectedly cute shoes found while out shopping.)
Bring some fashionable sandals as an easy compromise to going to barefoot. While not necessarily a threat to your health, these foot conditions can still cause unsightly marks and will have you covering up with more than just sandals. Get back to the pool pronto with these effective over the counter treatments:
-Try a wart remover with salicylic acid. Dr. Scholl’s® Clear Away® Wart Remover with DURAGEL™ Technology is thin, flexible and nearly invisible. The cushioning cover also stays on for multiple days to ensure the wart is effectively removed
-Try a spray powder for relief of athlete’s foot. Tinactin® Aerosol Powder gives you quick relief from symptoms like itching, burning and cracked skin, and is easy to apply. It cures athlete’s foot and prevents it from coming back, when used as directed.
Slipup 3: You overdid it and your muscles are paying the price
Vacations are a fantastic time to try something new! Learning to water ski can be so thrilling in the moment that you might push yourself too far, and cause pain and soreness the next day. Even when I overdo it sailing it can be a little uncomfortable the next day. This is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
The best way to deal with DOMS is to prevent it altogether by knowing your limits. Don’t push yourself! You’re on holidays, after all. Always stretch or warm up before physical activity and ease slowly into any new activity. It might seem silly, but you will thank yourself later. If you’re feeling sore, its best to give your body some time to rest. Lay off the extreme sports and stick to light exercise until you’re feeling ready to take on the next challenge. Put your feet up and enjoy the scenery while you recover.
Slipup 4: Your Airbnb doesn’t agree with your allergies
Even if you’ve diligently researched your hotel or rental property, you can’t always know if your accommodations will come fully stocked with allergens like dust mites or indoor mold. You can end up with a place to stay that is more “Achoo!” than “Yahoo!” If you are an allergy sufferer, unexpected surroundings can have your allergy symptoms flaring.
Make sure you pack a multi-symptom allergy medication in your travel health kit so you’re ready for an allergy attack. Try a non-drowsy pill so that you can enjoy your vacation. After all, y
u don’t want to miss a thing! AERIUS® is an antihistamine that delivers multi-symptom allergy relief for 24 hours. AERIUS relieves 15 allergy symptoms from plants (trees, grass, pollen and ragweed) or animal dander, dust mites, or mold, indoors or outdoors. That can be handy, because you never know what you are going to run into when you are out in the world.
What vacation slipups have you experienced? How are you preparing to avoid common health mistakes on your next trip?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.