I wish someone had told me how to stay fighting fit when travelling

“I wish someone had told me” is a series of posts that feed into our inquisitive nature at CN&CO. Each week we hear from someone in our network about something interesting or surprising that’s recently happened or occurred to them – or lessons they learnt. These blogs are a way to pay it forward and form part of CN&CO’s belief that the world can be a better place – and we all have a responsibility to make it so.

This week’s post is by Stella Carter

Travelling can be exciting, but it often comes with its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to staying healthy, hydrated and ready to hit the ground running when you land.

In the coming weeks I will be embarking on Roadshows across Jozi, Gqeberha, Durban and Cape Town, with our friends and partners at Lombard Insurance.

My biggest stressor, outside of ensuring everything runs smoothly and executed perfectly, is getting sick or fatigued along the way.  So I did a little research and here are some tips I found to keep me happy, hydrated and ready for the log days ahead.

Start on a positive footing:

  • Pre-travel, start dosing up with an electrolyte supplement (these can be in the form of an effervescent that you can find easily, on the shelf at your local pharmacy or supplements supplier).
  • VitaC is KEY. Increasing your daily dose of vitaC, leading up to your travels and then maintaining during your travels, will give your body the weapons it needs to fight off any bugs that may be floating around.
  • Probiotics for the win. We all know 80% of our immune system lives in our gut. A happy gut = a healthier you. You can read more about that in our blog on “gut health”. Starting a course of probiotics, before you travel, and maintaining on your trip, can help ensure your gut remains strong and fighting fit.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate:

  • It’s no secret that air travel can dehydrate you. Pre-flight, drink an electrolyte drink to increase your hydration levels and allow yourself to go into your flight with positive reserves.
  • Make it a priority to drink plenty of water during, and after your flight. Grab a bottle of water before you board and aim to drink at least 1L of water for every hour you’re in the air.
  • Avoid coffee and alcohol during the flight. As tempting as they are,  these two elements can cause you further dehydration.

Rest and Relax:

  • Traveling can be stressful, but it’s important to try to relax and rest during your flight. Pack your favourite book, get comfortable and block out distractions.

Now we can’t necessarily help you with how you look after yourself when you arrive at your desired location, but maybe “Kurt’s hangover cure” might give you some vital tips for dealing with the morning after the night before.

Hope you enjoyed the read. If you have any failsafe tips to share – drop a comment and share.

Stay safe out there!

Stella is a marketing all-rounder. Her strengths lie in big-picture thinking and bringing it all together. She likes to work and train hard and will not shy away from a challenge. She is also Greek, so #winning!