How to Stay Healthy During Business Travel

By: Lauren Mineau

Being on the road for work isn’t something every job requires, but for some it may mean spending more time away from the office than sitting in a cubicle. It can be taxing, but there are many things you can do to stay in your best condition.

Stay in Motion

It may not always be feasible to get a full workout in, but walking around the city you stay in or to and from events is a good way to stay active. Small ways of adding movement can also help, like taking the stairs or parking a few rows farther away from your destination.

Hydrate

Traveling by car, train or plane can be dehydrating. Between unpredictable cabin temperatures, heat and air conditioning and long hours of travel, you’re bound to feel a little dried out. Many public transit stations have drinking fountains, so a reusable water bottle can be an easy way to make sure you get your water in. It’s also likely to help you feel good while you’re away from home.

Wash Your Hands

You’re bound to be touching handles, doorknobs, public restrooms and more as you travel. It’s a surefire way to be around more germs than you normally would. Making sure you wash your hands often with antibacterial soap can cut down on the spread of germs.

Do Something Fun

If you’re visiting a new city, try and find some time to see a landmark or notable destination. Even if it’s a city you’ve visited before, go and see something new — or develop a favorite spot if it’s a place you visit often. It’ll make the trip seem less like all work — some play is crucial!

Stay Rested

Being on the go away from home can wear you out quickly. Make sure you’re staying well rested for a multitude of reasons. Getting enough sleep not only makes you feel better, but it keeps your immune system in good condition. It can be tough to get the best sleep in a place away from home, but try to bring something comforting with you — try a blanket or pillow from your bed or your favorite pajamas.

Limit Your Drinks

Many business trips might be accompanied by happy hours after a day’s work. While a drink or two is a common way to unwind after a long day,  remember that excessive alcohol consumption can dehydrate you and weaken your immune system. It can also leave you feeling less than your best the next day.

Eat Well

Being away from home may put your brain in the vacation mindset, making you more likely to splurge on unhealthy foods. But if you make a few healthy choices along your trip, your body will thank you. Make sure you eat enough and frequently to keep your energy levels up and consistent.