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The traveller’s guide to self-care

Whether you’re adventuring off alone, with a friend or group, travel is an excellent time for personal growth. Putting focus and attention on yourself while travelling can take your trip from a blurred memory to a life-changing experience you’ll never forget. 


To help make the most of your travels, we’ve compiled a list of self-care tips to keep in mind for your next trip:



Be Present

One of the best things you can do for yourself while travelling is to be fully present. Not only does this help you remember the trip with a clear mindset, but it also helps you dig deeper into your soul and understand yourself better.

Use your next trip as an opportunity to learn how to be present by journaling, practicing gratitude, and taking in all of the sights, sounds, smells and feelings around you. Don’t be surprised if - by the end of your journey - you find yourself more grounded and in tune with yourself. 


Stay Hydrated

There’s nothing worse than falling ill while travelling. Lack of water can cause dizziness, headaches, fatigue and even vomiting. Keeping hydrated will also help boost your immune response to any viruses you may encounter while exploring crowded places. 

Though it is crucial to stay hydrated while travelling, it’s equally important to make sure the water where you are is safe to drink. Research the quality of the H2O in the area you’re travelling to before you leave, especially if you’re staying in a foreign country. If you’re unsure about it, stick to bottled water or invest in a high-quality travel filter



Pack Smart

It’s not uncommon for packing to be one of the more stressful aspects of travel. So keep things under control by learning how to both prioritize and optimize what you pack.

For example, check the current weather conditions of the location you’re traveling to and pack clothes accordingly to save space. Instead of bringing a wide assortment of outfits, bring clothes that you can layer. Layering is a great way to prepare for changes in weather and provides a combination of different outfits from only a few pieces of clothing.

Don’t forget to prepare your medications early on in the packing process. Talk with your pharmacy about getting an extra prescription or two depending on how long you are travelling for. Some insurance companies may only allow one month to be filled at a time, but thanks to tele-medicine you can order prescriptions online like birth control pills or any other important medication you might need at hand when travelling


Make Sleep a Priority Despite Your Itinerary 

Similar to staying hydrated, the amount of sleep you’re getting can make or break your holiday or work trip. Lack of sleep impairs your thought process and alertness while increasing feelings of stress and irritability – a bad combination for travelling, especially in unfamiliar areas. 

Travelling can be hectic, so get sleep where you can. That might mean trying to catch some Zs on a bus, train or plane. To help you get to sleep in uncomfortable places, consider bringing a natural sleeping aid like melatonin, noise cancelling headphones, carry on footrest and a comfortable neck pillow. 



Stay Healthy

Along with drinking plenty of (clean) water and getting sleep, there are several other ways to keep your immune system in top shape while travelling. As well as your prescription medications, be sure to bring vitamin C packets and a daily multivitamin. And don’t forget a travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer and sunscreen.

Chances are, you’re doing a lot of sitting during your travels in terminals, planes and trains. Implementing regular exercise in your daily routine is always important, but making an effort to break a sweat while travelling will help keep your digestive system regular – something that tends to wary while travelling. 

Nowadays you can get a workout in the palm of your hand. Try a workout training app that you can download and complete in your hotel room or hostel. 

If you’re looking to stay outside of your comfort zone during your travels, participate in a group meetup that will get your blood pumping and adrenaline rushing like surfing on the California coast, horseback riding through the English countryside or rappelling your way through the Zion canyons.



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Published: 19 June 2019

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