This article was published on June 8th, 2014
Summer travel season is upon us, and many guys have already planned the exciting getaways that will highlight their summers. You want your hard-earned vacation to be a trip to remember, and you want the memorable parts to be the wild times, the beautiful sights, and the awesome connections—not the sickness that kept you chained to the hotel bed or within shouting distance of a bathroom the entire time you were away from home.
A few simple tricks can help you stay healthy and enjoying every moment of your vacation:
- Plan your snacks. Whether you’re traveling by car or by plane, bring some pre-packed snacks along with you. They’ll be healthier than anything you’ll find along the way, and it’ll be cheaper. Save your money for the souvenirs!
- Drink tons of water. If you’re walking around, outside of your normal environment, and especially if you get a bit of “intestinal distress” when you travel, it’s easy to dehydrate. No good!
- Instead of coffee, make the switch to tea for your trip. Mint tea especially is hydrating, refreshing, and helps with digestion.
- Keep a granola bar or other portable snack on you, in case you get hungry—especially at attractions or other spots where snacks aren’t easily accessible.
- Fried foods smell great, but they can upset your stomach incredibly quickly. Just say no.
- Even if you’re not normally concerned about anti-bac gels and wet wipes, vacation is a good time to be extra careful. Out of your environment, you’re exposed to germs that your body has fewer immunities too, and that can get nasty fast.
- Emergencies happen, even on vacation. Keep your insurance or health care card with you at all times, just in case. When traveling in the US, make sure you see if there are doctors or hospitals in that area that take your insurance, just in case you fall and break a leg. Also make sure you have more than adequate insurance; out-of-country medical bills can add up quickly!
- If you saved money on your accommodations, and then arrived to find that the four star review was dramatically overstated, or if you’ve come in from an extra dirty adventure, don’t be afraid to ask for fresh linens and new towels.
- People hook up on vacations, and that’s fine, but do make sure to practice safer sex; protect yourself to avoid saddling both yourself and your partner with consequences down the road.