Experienced travel advisor Gennady Podolsky emphasizes preparing for a healthy travel experience to ensure a successful holiday season trip. He shares essential packing and planning tips for travelers’ safety and wellness.

Podolsky recommends factoring health into travel plans, starting with packing. Dietitian Maddie Pasquariello suggests comfort items like pillows, masks, and wraps for air travel, plus healthy snacks high in protein, fiber, or complex carbs. Staying hydrated is vital; bring a refillable bottle and check TSA guidelines. Light workout wear can multitask for exercise or walks. Ask a doctor about supplements or probiotics to minimize digestive issues from time changes or jet lag.

Compression stockings are another packing essential, especially for long flights. Sitting for hours slows blood flow, raising the risk of deep vein thrombosis or blood clots. Stockings help prevent this, but travelers should consult a fitter first and follow guidance to avoid complications.

Beyond smart packing, developing healthy travel routines bolsters trip success. Get proper vaccinations for destinations with infection risks. Complete packing early to de-stress, and get stretches or workouts in beforehand. Take regular movement and standing breaks on the journey to keep blood circulating. Stay hydrated with water instead of salty foods, caffeine, and alcohol, which can cause dehydration.

Maintaining healthy behaviors continues after arriving. Wash hands frequently and use sanitizer when soap isn’t available to prevent germ transmission in public spaces. Get creative with exercise, like using hotel stairs or in-room videos when gyms aren’t open. Savor local cuisine cautiously; ask locals for recommendations, but avoid uncooked foods and non-bottled beverages. Prioritize sleep with eye masks and ear plugs to muffle ambient noise in unfamiliar or noisy lodgings.

Podolsky also cautions travelers not to overschedule activities out of fear of missing out or FOMO. Build in relaxation time to prevent fatigue. Understand health coverage and identify local care facilities in advance should illness or injury occur. With proactive physical and mental health preparations, travelers can feel confident embarking on richly rewarding trips.

Micah Leif