Going on Spring Break? Here’s How To Stay Healthy.

By StGeorgesUniversity
April 4, 2018

It’s spring break! Time for a well-deserved hiatus from the regular academic routine.

Students can ensure they return healthy and happy from vacation by following a few helpful tips.

If you’re traveling internationally, check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel website to get updates on recommended vaccines or travel alerts for your destination.[1] The site also has information about local healthcare systems, in case you find yourself in a bind.

Be sure to pack supplies such as sunscreen, even if you are going to a wintery area. Both sand and snow reflect the sun, even in cloudy weather![2] Similarly, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated regardless of your destination, as dehydration can lead to complications including impaired cognitive reasoning.

To dodge illness, bring disinfecting wipes for surfaces such as gyms, yoga mats, phones, keyboards, and planes.[3] Additionally, try to bring allergy medicine and other over-the-counter medications. If you take medication regularly, be sure to label it clearly and pack it in your carry-on bag.[4] It’s also smart to bring a summary of your medical conditions and extra inhalers or EpiPens if necessary.

Wherever your travels lead you, be sure to obey the laws specific to that location, as regulations for responsible driving, alcohol consumption, smoking in public places and other activities may vary. In new and unfamiliar environments, this will help prevent injury and circumvent unexpected hazards.

To avoid packing on some extra pounds over break, plan a few workouts.[5] This will provide a healthy energy boost to your vacation days. Plan your meals and cheat days wisely.[6] Eat small portions so that you can get a taste of all the local fare.[7] Also, carry some healthy snacks so you aren’t too hungry at mealtime![8]

And remember — vacation is about rejuvenating your body. Be sure to fit in enough sleep and relaxation so that you return to school healthy and ready to learn![9]

 

[1] https://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2015/03/16/how-not-to-get-sick-on-spring-break

[2] http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/tips-for-healthy-spring-break

[3] https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5-ways-to-avoid-getting-sick-during-spring-break_us_58dae884e4b07f61a2bb898c

[4] https://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2015/03/16/how-not-to-get-sick-on-spring-break

[5] http://www.health.com/weight-loss/3-tips-for-staying-healthy-on-spring-break

[6] http://www.health.com/weight-loss/3-tips-for-staying-healthy-on-spring-break

[7] http://www.health.com/weight-loss/3-tips-for-staying-healthy-on-spring-break

[8] http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/tips-for-healthy-spring-break

[9] http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/tips-for-healthy-spring-break

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