Whether you’re loading up the car with camping supplies, or packing a light suitcase for a weekend getaway, there’s another important, and often overlooked, “supply” that is key to a great vacation — your health.

And while sometimes even picking the right clothes seems like a challenge, staying healthy on the road is actually far from it. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family happy and healthy on vacation:

Prepping for departure

  • Pack disinfecting wipes, prescriptions, bandages, and sunscreens in an easily accessible bag, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1
  • Get to know your vacation destination, suggests the Food and Drug Administration, including the closest medical care.2
  • Bring your daily routine items, such as vitamins, plus health insurance cards.

Tips during the trip

  • Your exercise routine doesn’t have to go by the wayside, says active.com. Take advantage of hotel exercise rooms and local parks for walking or running.3
  • Make hand sanitizer your best friend during the trip. Apply regularly, especially after using the bathroom.4
  • Drink plenty of water and have at least one daily fresh/healthy meal. Try to avoid binging, which can lead to poor sleep and mood swings.2

Planes, trains and automobiles

  • If you are traveling by train or plane, alert staff if you notice any suspicious or unusual behavior.3
  • To keep your blood flowing, always get out and stretch your legs by standing up or walking at least once every hour, per-guidelines provided by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • If you’re using ground transportation, steer clear of people who are visibly sick, including those who are sneezing, suggested by Conde Nast Traveler.


1. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/pack-smart
2. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm049047.htm
3. http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/staying-fit-on-the-road-876856
4. http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2014-10-28/travel-tips-how-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling

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