A Healthy Guide for Your Next Outdoor Travel Adventure

Friday, July 17, 2015

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Getting away from it all on an outdoor adventure holiday might be your idea of heaven. These trips give you the chance to get close to nature and to test your skills at your choice of sports or activities. There are plenty of trips to choose from too. Whether you fancy traversing mountains, trekking through the jungle, living in a remote mountain cabin, riding the ocean waves or working up a sweat in the saddle, you should be able to find a vacation to suit you.

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If you’re to make the most of these holidays though, you’ll need to ensure you’re physically fit enough to cope with the activities, and this may mean doing some preparation before you set off on your travels.

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Give Yourself Enough Time to Train

It’s important to give yourself enough time to get ready for adventure vacations. Don’t expect to be able to dramatically boost your fitness within a matter of a few short weeks. Instead, you should aim to start preparing at least 12 weeks before you’re due to depart.

Also, when you hit the gym, make sure you focus on the right machines. For example, if you need to build up your general strength and fitness, cross trainers can be ideal. They provide you with a full-body workout and can help with cardiovascular conditioning and strength building. Alternatively, if you’re planning a walking trip, you might want to focus your efforts on the treadmill while exercise bikes are better if you’re preparing for a cycling holiday. If the idea of working out in front of a room full of muscle bound men is enough to break you out in a cold sweat then retailers like Tesco offer some great low cost options on cross trainers and gym equipment.

Visit a Travel Clinic

Depending on where you’re planning to go and what you’ll be doing when you get there, you might also need certain travel vaccinations or medicines. For instance, you may require protection against diseases such as typhoid, hepatitis A, malaria or yellow fever. If you’re not sure exactly what you need, book an appointment at a travel clinic at least eight weeks before your departure date to check. This is to ensure that, if you do need vaccinations, your body has time to develop immunity before you set off.

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Pack the Essentials

As well as checking up on travel health issues and making sure you’re fighting fit, it’s important to pack properly for these adventures. Depending on the type of trip you book, you might need anything from sturdy footwear and rain gear to a first aid kit and compass. Check your travel itinerary carefully to see what equipment is included as part of your package and what you’ll need to take yourself. Also, start packing in plenty of time in case you need to buy anything.

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Eat Healthy

There's always some fresh, clean and healthy food to be enjoyed anywhere in the world. But if you're traveling to some places where it's not readily available, you may want to consider renting a house or apartment and cooking yourself. You can even pack some sandwiches and salads to go with you when you're out exploring. Another option is to head to the local market where most of the ingredients are fresh and affordable.

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Pace Yourself

Most of us want to see everything in one trip. We want to see every waterfall, climb every mountain or walk through every heritage site. But trying to see or do too much can take a toll on your health. Do your research well in advance and visit places that really resonate with you and not just because everyone wants to go there. If your time and budget allows it, give yourself 1-2 days when you have nothing planned so you can just chill, sit at a café, watch the sunset on the beach or even just stay at your hotel and sleep.

As long as you follow simple tips like these, you should be able to get maximum enjoyment from your outdoor adventure. Starting your preparations early might require some organization, but it’s well worth making the effort. Staying healthy while traveling is one thing you should definitely prioritize,

Check out more tips on How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Lois has traveled extensively and have lived in Asia, the United States, and Europe. She is currently based in Portugal with her husband and baby girl. She is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of We Are Sole Sisters and has written the ebook "Where Should I Go in Southeast Asia?" based on her travels in the region for 6 months on less than 2,500 USD.

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