Five Tips for a Successful Spring Vacation

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Spring is finally here and many of us are packing our bags and taking a vacation for some much needed rest and relaxation. But sometimes while travelling it’s a little too easy to get distracted from our healthy routines.

“You can enjoy yourself and a few indulgences while still keeping your health a priority in the midst of spring break travel,” says Dr. Kimbra Bell, an internal medicine physician with Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group.

Follow Dr. Bell’s tips to stay healthy during spring vacations:

Protect your skin. If traveling to a sun-filled destination, wear sunscreen of at least 30 SPF and most importantly, do not forget to re-apply every two hours. This will protect against the sun’s harmful rays which predispose a person to skin cancer, including melanoma.

Eat healthy. A healthy diet is important—even while on vacation.  Be sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in meals and drink lots of water. Nutritious food will keep the body fueled and well-hydrated, providing plenty of energy to engage in activities all day. In addition, the foundation for any day is a healthy breakfast.

Stay hydrated. Oftentimes spring break can involve various days filled with strenuous activities from rock climbing to various kinds of sports; keeping hydrated is essential with any sort of physical activity. Remember to stay well-hydrated with at least 48 ounces of water per day. A general rule of thumb would be a minimum of three to four 16 ounce standard water bottles per day.  

Pick luggage wisely. If carrying a purse, wear one that can be strapped across the body and has a zipper, not a snap closure or an open closure. A secure zipper can thwart “pick pocket” attempts and decrease the chances of someone grabbing the purse and running away with it.

Get plenty of sleep. A good night’s rest is the foundation for renewing and refueling the body for the next day. Adults should strive to get six to eight hours of sleep each night; even on vacation where sleep can sometimes seem secondary to having fun.    

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