We know that planning the long hoped-for summer trip is exciting.
So we are happy to make some tips for your healthy travel time:
♥ How to stay hydrated and cool?
Under outdoor summer activity, your body absorbs less fluid than it loses water due to perspiration. You need to drink plenty of water and natural juices, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Water helps keep muscle and bone healthy, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and fuels your activities throughout the day. Some tips:
- Don’t just drink water during activities.
Drink it throughout the day!
- Avoid sodas or juices high in sugar
♥ Stay cool
Too much fun in the sun can cause heatstroke, which may include high temperatures, nausea and vomiting, flushed skin, headaches, racing heart rates and altered mental state or behavior.
- If outdoors, find a shaded area to take a break
- Remember—electric fans do not produce cool air, they only move hot air around!
- Sit in an air-conditioned space. Only two hours a day in an air-conditioned space can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illness
- Go swimming
♥ What to eat in the heat?
Summer is a great time for fresh food. Visit your local farmer’s market for light, refreshing, and healthy food options. For example, berries contain anti-aging antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and are a delicious way to keep your memory stronger for longer. Switch from meat to fish.
- Avoid foods that are high in protein because they increase metabolic heat
- Eat small meal portions more often
- Choose sustainable, local varieties of fish
♥ When is my baby old enough to travel?
Your baby can travel soon after she’s born. Most airlines prefer babies to be at least two days old, but after that, it’s up to you. Bear in mind that your baby will need a passport and, if necessary, a visa. It’s also important to make sure she’s covered by your travel insurance.
By three months, you and your baby are more likely to be ready to travel. Your baby is no longer as fragile, but she’s still small enough to not mind whether her bed is at home or in a hotel room, or being cuddled close to you.
Once your baby is mobile or has established a routine, which is usually around seven months to nine months, travel can become a greater challenge.
Choosing the right travel gear will certainly help smooth the journey and make it easier to explore your destination once you arrive.
If you are flying, a front carrier or baby sling is an ideal way to transport your child when she is tiny. Being carried close to you or your partner will make her feel safe. Baby carriers also make travelling much easier on trains and buses. Using a sling keeps your hands free, so you can delve for passports, find money for fares, and carry bags – all while you hold your baby snugly.
♥ What should I take on vacation – organize your stuff
- Dehydration Kit – grab an empty water bottle that you’ll fill after you pass through airport security, maybe some hand lotion, then add a hat or cap for when you get off the plane and you’re all set. Usually phones and tablets die at the most inconvenient times, so don’t forget about charging cords
- Cash and Cards – Have some cash on hand but no more than two cards because wallets can be lost or stolen.
- Documents – if traveling internationally, photocopy your passport, too. Suggestion: Place one copy in your bag, give a second to spouse or traveling companion, leave a third with someone you trust back home. Bring some extra passport photos, too; you’ll need them if you go to the embassy or consulate for an emergency replacement.
- Food – whether you’re stuck on a plane or in the airport, you (and the kids) may get hungry. So, don’t forget your can’t-live-without snack or two to tide you over.
- Entertainment – camera, an electronic device filled with books and movies, etc.
- The Right Clothes – pack only clothes you really like and know look good on you. Be sure to include a bathing suit because even if you’re not heading to a beach resort, there may be a pool in your hotel.
- Healthy Body and Mind – Bring your medications, plus a few Band-Aids and something to soothe an upset stomach, particularly if going out of the country. Don’t forget sunglasses, contacts and regular glasses, too, and spares are recommended.
- Patience – When it comes to travel, stuff happens; flights get delayed, bags get lost. Keep your cool, stay in close touch with your airline and when you’ve done all you can, relax. You’ve got an electronic device filled with movies and books plus a snack or two to wait out the storm. Besides, the imperfections of a journey make for the best stories to tell when you get home.