1. Avoid aisle seats on planes. Not only will you get less rest when your neighbor makes you get up, but you also might be exposed to more germs.
2. Nervous flyer? Practice deep breathing. If you become anxious on flights, a simple technique is to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, counting to five with each inhale and exhale.
3. Get plenty of sleep. A 2015 study showed how critical sleep is when it comes to staying healthy. Try this: A week prior to your trip, gradually shift your bedtime and waking times to match or at least approach that of your destination.
4. Don’t forget a first-aid kit. It’s helpful to pack some simple first-aid supplies while traveling, especially if you’re vacationing with kids
5. Hydrate throughout your vacation. It’s easy to lose track of how much water you’re actually drinking when sightseeing or enjoying poolside cocktails. Keep a water bottle with you wherever you go.
6. Watch what you eat and drink. Be sure to consume foods that are prepared properly. Also be aware that in some countries, tap water may not be safe to drink, so bottled water is a safer bet. Ice cubes are often a hidden culprit.
7. Stay active. You may think that your ideal vacation should consist of lying on the beach all day, but you will actually feel better and eventually more rested if you incorporate physical activity into your day.
8. Protect your skin. Pack a hat and an umbrella and use sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ to protect your skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
9. Update your vaccinations. If traveling to areas that pose a risk of tropical diseases, be sure to visit a travel medicine expert well in advance of your trip to receive the appropriate vaccinations.