Today, I'm sharing my go-to routine, tips and tricks for staying healthy while I travel. As you know, traveling is my favorite thing to do, and I do it so often that I've built an arsenal of knowledge for keeping me healthy while I travel and can't wait to share it with you!
I have to preface this post by saying my opinions and tips are just that, opinions and tips. Please always use your best judgement when and if you still choose to travel, speak to a professional if you need have questions and need answers, trust your gut, and take the correct precautionary measures that align with you and your situation.
My recs are the steps I have always done in preparation for a big trip, and for during and after my travel in order to stay healthy and be in the best mindset. But with the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, more people are on high alert while traveling so I'm happy to share some of my tried and true-big impact ways to stay healthy while traveling.
1. Create a little "Travel Immunity Kit"
Hand sanitizer: This is the first thing you should add to your kit and something you'll use during your entire trip.
Antibacterial wipes: Wipe down your seat/area prior to sitting down. This may go without saying, now, but many folks never did this prior to the outbreak. Keeping a pack of antibacterial wipes on you while you travel is helpful in eliminating germs from prior passengers, and is an overall good tool to have in your kit.
Saje essential oils "Pocket Farmacy": I always travel with this little pack of essential oils. It has everything from a stress release oil, to a pain release oil, but my favorite while flying is using the "Fortify" oil under my nose. This blend is generally used to suppress coughs, but when breathing it in, it actually reduces the number of germs your body inhales, almost like a purifier/all-natural antibacterial nose spray!
2. Start boosting your body's immunity prior to travel
One week (or ever more) before I travel, I like to start prepping my body with foods and drinks that will build my immunity. This is a good practice I like to put into place even when not traveling and when I start to feel a cold coming on or am around a lot of germs and want to take precautionary measures. Below are some quick recipes to immune boosting/healing foods that will help take your immunity to the next level.
1. Rinal's Immunity Concoction: This liquid shot/drink will prevent any oncoming colds/boost your immune system. Just combine and drink once a day for a week.
8oz (or more) of warm, spring or filtered water
1 tbsp of ginger juice
1/2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp of turmeric
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of local honey
2. Rinal's Healing Chicken Soup: This recipe can be found through the link and under my "Recipes" tab. It is the best soup for preventing a cold, prepping your immune system, and for overall wellness (and yumminess).
3. Eating foods that vitamin and mineral rich: Foods that are high in Vitamin D, E, C, and contain natural anti-inflammatory properties will strengthen your immune system. Examples are: dark leafy greens, citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, grapefruit etc.), garlic, turmeric, and ginger (lots of East Asian, Thai, and Indian foods contain the last three). If you're ever in doubt, eat your colors in fruits and veggies and you can't go wrong. All of these will get your immune system super strong and ready to take on anything.
4. Wellness Shots for your travels: You can either make these- like my concoction above- or bring them- from you local health food store/juice place- with you (keep in mind, they'll only last a day or so without a fridge).
5. It's easy to fall off the the wagon once you're finally at your destination, but try to incorporate some of the foods and tricks I mentioned above during and after your travels in order to keep your body on track. This way your body won't crash when you're on your trip or back return home.
3. Stay hydrated and active
Drink extra water: Make sure you are drinking at least 2 liters of water a day, one week prior to your trip; and continue that intake of water during and after your trip, as well. Yes, you'll have to inconveniently be using the bathroom more, but our bodies lose a lot of water when traveling and it is crucial to replenish them in order for our immune systems and organs to function at their highest level. Also, this does mean you should restrict/avoid drinking alcohol on your flights if you want to stay as healthy as possible. Alcohol dehydrates your body even further and can cause your immune system to be compromised, but again use your best judgement. I can't say I haven't indulged on some flights, but do what is best for you at the time. So the bottom line is that if you think you're drinking enough water, you're probably not, and should down the (reusable) bottle in front of you.
Nasal hydration: Hydration for your body is most often talked about, but did you know hydrating your nasal passages also helps you in cleaning out the germs, toxins, and allergens you breath in constantly? Using a nasal/saline spray while you travel (especially on flights) will help clear out, and hydrate your nasal passages which tend to hold a lot of unwanted bacteria.
Stay active! Doing a small workout (10 minutes of cardio or a quick yoga/ stretch flow- my personal fav) prior to flying/traveling keeps your body strong for your travels. Since you are sitting for an extended period of time when traveling it is crucial to move your body before. This helps your muscles stay loose and not tense up (which takes a lot more work for them) during your journey. When you arrive at your destination, it's important to get some exercise in first. It'll help prevent jet-lag and improve your digestion. My favorite way to do this is by walking around the new city we're in (on our way to brunch), biking, or doing a hike!