When traveling in winter there are lots of things to consider. Here are some health tips so that you are sure to have a good trip!
First, check the weather in the area you will be traveling. Is it warmer, colder, rainy, icy? Then start your preparations in your suitcases.
If you are flying you will want to be sure that you have at least one complete outfit that is suitable for the climate of where you will be landing, packed into your carry on suitcase. If your checked luggage ends up in a different place than you do, then you will at least be comfortable until it arrives or until you purchase some other clothing.
Your carry on suitcase should also have all of your necessary medications and nutritional products. Never pack those in checked luggage. Your health is too important.
It is always a good idea to have many layers of clothing so that you can adjust to the weather by putting something else on if it is cool or taking off a layer if it is hot. For example, a camisole, then shirt, then vest, then sweater, then windbreaker and gloves — will probably keep you warm in most places. Then, if you go indoors and are warm, it is simple to take off the gloves, windbreaker and maybe the sweater and you are comfortable.
Watch your sun exposure especially if it is something you are not used to — whether sunbathing or snow skiing. If you see your skin turning pink or red, it is time to find some shade . Make sure you are drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated.
In cold climates, know where you can go to warm up if you get cold. Wear a hat, too, as heat escapes easily from your extremities.
Keeping your body at a comfortable temperature will help you stay healthy. If you get too cold you may be more susceptible to illness. If you get too hot, heat stroke is very unpleasant.
If you are traveling by plane stay away from the pillows and blankets that are provided. You don’t know the last time they were washed and it is more hygienic to simply bring your own. Keep your circulation moving by getting up from your seat every hour and moving about the cabin. You will feel much more comfortable than staying in one position for many hours.
If you are traveling by car, make sure you have a fully charged cell phone and emergency blankets and water
in the trunk. It can get cold at night even in the desert — so you will want to stay healthy by staying warm. Take a break every couple of hours. Stretch your legs and take a short walk. Pull over if you are tired and rest rather than trying to fight off sleep.
Pay attention to your body and get extra rest if you need to. Sometimes you find your body needs the extra sleep to help you stay healthy as you get used to the changes in altitude or climate in your winter traveling.