Staying Safe on Vacation
By Donna Stark
You may be thinking about a vacation. But before you step away from all your responsibilities, you need to make sure your health and safety will remain your top two priorities because it doesn't matter if you are escaping your hometown for a few days or enjoying a relaxing staycation at home, illness and accidents can happen anywhere! Fortunately, you can maintain your overall well-being by following the suggestions below.
It's always a good idea when traveling to make copies or take pictures of your important travel documents (driver's license, passport, credit cards, tickets, and vouchers) and either leave them with someone you trust or download them to your phone. This will be extremely beneficial if they are lost, stolen, or if there is an emergency. It's also helpful to let others know what your itinerary is.
Speaking of your itinerary, it is vital that you are always aware of your surroundings! Know where the closest exits are in unfamiliar buildings, change the paths you take so you aren't easily followed, choose activities that include others, and try to remain visible. Another good tip to remember is the safety-in-numbers rule!
Just because you are on vacation doesn't mean you should stop practicing your healthy eating habits. Sure, it's perfectly OK to indulge a bit, but don't let your indulgences rule the week. Continue filling your body with all the nutrients it needs by consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and heart-healthy fats.
Most of us don't even realize how dehydrated we are until the time comes when we push our bodies a little too hard. And then, it is often too late. Make sure you are always carrying a water bottle around with your or that you have access to fresh water throughout the day. If you aren't sure how much you should be drinking, ask your primary care doctor for advice.
Traveling the country or following a different schedule at home can easily throw off your normal sleep routine, and that can cause a lot of misery and grumpy days. As hard as it may be to do, try to be consistent with the times you go to bed and the times you wake up. And if jet lag is going to be in the picture, take the necessary steps to eliminate potential sleep issues before you even hit the road.
A Healthy and Safe Vacation
Are you looking forward to a vacation? Of course you are, so make sure everything goes smoothly by following the tips above. And if you would like more suggestions on how to focus on your overall well-being, just ask your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. Have fun and stay safe!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chino Hills, Calif.