When we travel for long periods of time, we can often let our health and wellbeing slip down our list of priorities. Not all too many people want to factor self care into busy itineraries filled with other more fun activities. But looking after yourself while you’re away is just as important as looking after yourself while you are at home. Your health and wellbeing should still be extremely important to you. Plus, if you run yourself down, don’t maintain enough strength, or get out of shape, you probably won’t enjoy your trip as much as you would if you were to designate just a little time to your health, fitness and safety. Here are just a few areas you might want to focus on to look after yourself as best possible while you’re away.
Create a Travel Workout Routine
When you travel, you still need to maintain your recommend one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week, or seventy five minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise every week to stay fit and healthy. So many people neglect this. Sure, you may find yourself walking more than usual. But you should still fit some sort of workout into your routine. The following steps should help you to achieve this.
Walk, Jog or Run
The easiest and most cost effective way to exercise on your travels is to simply pick up brisk walking, jogging or running. This can be done in most places and you gain the extra bonus of enjoying some time outdoors and seeing local sights and scenery each day. Just make sure you have the right equipment packed to do this comfortably. Whether that’s walking boots, running trainers, workout wear, sweatbands or glasses from this website to keep the sun out of your eyes.
Consider Gym Day Passes
Some locations you’re travelling to may have gyms – this is particularly likely if you’re travelling between cities rather than more rural and natural areas. It’s always worth seeing if these gyms offer day passes, as this will give you full access to their facilities without having to commit to a full membership.
Create a Home Workout
If you’re staying in accommodation that has enough space, you might want to create a home workout. This will allow you to carry out more interesting forms of exercise before you head out each morning. You could take some basic workout equipment with you while you travel to help with this. Just try to keep things lightweight. Something like resistance bands, a lightweight yoga mat or a collapsible pilates bar could come in really useful and help you exercise effectively without weighing your bag down too much. There are plenty of apps and online tutorials that will help you to come up with a good workout that you can do without much equipment and in a small indoor space.
Be Careful While Camping
If you’re going to be camping during your travelling trip, which many people do, it’s absolutely essential that you have some basic camping safety knowledge under your belt. People tend to underestimate just how dangerous certain activities or behaviour can be when camping, so it’s important that you’re aware of what you should and shouldn’t be doing. Here are some tips that will help you to stay safe while you immerse yourself in the great outdoors.
Avoid Crossing Rivers
Let’s start with crossing rivers. Chances are, when you’re camping, you’re going to come across all sorts of natural landmarks and features that you may need to overcome to get to your desired destination. Rivers are a pretty major one. Now, if you’re going to have to cross a river, you should always wait until there’s some sort of designated crossing point and use that – even if it’s out of your way. A properly constructed bridge will help you to cross a river safely. If you attempt to walk through a river yourself, you could find yourself in some major trouble. You could find that you are swept away by an unexpectedly strong current. You could get in and find that you try to walk over a sinkhole. You could get wrapped up in someone’s abandoned or broken fishing wire.. If you absolutely have to cross a river for emergency reasons, make sure that you don’t cross during rain or a storm, ensure that you determine the depth of the water with a stick as you go along, try to find a point with as little current as possible and always wear shoes to avoid hurting your feet on sharp rocks or fishing hooks.
Keep Fire Safety in Mind
Chances are you’ll want to start a fire at some point during your camping trip – whether that’s to cook food or to keep warm. But basic fire safety knowledge is extremely important to keep you and others safe – you can’t just go about starting fires without thought. The tips below should serve as a basic introduction to fire safety.
- Keep any fires and BBQs far away from tents. We’re used to seeing films where people start a fire in the middle of a camp circle, but sparks or embers could fly from the fire and set tents on fire easily. A fire should never be started inside a tent. BBQs should also be used in wide open spaces to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Don’t use fuel to start a fire. The fumes from the fuel could easily ignite, leading to serious burns. Fuel can also create fire much faster than expected and much larger than expected. Try to use a ferro rod instead.
- Clear the space around a fire. This removes any trip hazards that could cause someone to fall into the fire.
- You should also keep a large bucket of earth, water, or sand near your fire. This can then be used to put the fire out quickly if it starts to get too big or wild.
- Make sure a fire is put out completely when you’re done or leaving it unattended. This will prevent forest fires.
These pieces of advice are simple, so don’t neglect them. Keep them in mind and work necessary steps into your routine to keep yourself as healthy, fit and safe as possible throughout all of your travels!