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3 brilliant healthy travel tips from Well+Good readers


travel tipsWelcome to our every-so-often series of questions to discover how you, our readers, live a super interesting, healthy life. We totally invite you to dish on your habits, preferences, and know-how in the Comments, and we may even use our favorite ones in an upcoming article!

This week, we wanted to know: How do you stay healthy while traveling?

Many of you weighed in with smart ideas on what to always pack, plus how to stay active while on the go.

We combed through your answers (which you can still see, in the comments below) and found three tips that stood out, for how often they were mentioned and how truly helpful they were.

1. Water, water everywhere. Staying hydrated seems to be one of the biggest concerns, especially when dealing with dry cabin air on a plane. Readers reported reaching for the biggest water bottle sold at the airport and also bringing a reusable bottle to fill after security. Or you could go with the before-and-after approach: “I drink a liter of water on the way to the airport, then I stash the empty bottle in my carry on and refill it once I am through security,” one reader said.

2. Pack herbal remedies and supplements. Many readers suggested toting herbs and supplements to help with common travel-related health risks, like catching a cold. Echinacea, teas, magnesium, and probiotics were all mentioned, and one reader swears by oil of oregano as a natural remedy for all kinds of issues, from antibiotic properties to skin irritations.

3. Stock up on snacks before you go. Being prepared for hungry moments is key, you reported, citing nutrition bars, nuts, trail mix, and kale chips as great healthy, on-the-go snacks. One creative approach worth mentioning: “I pack chia seeds in my bag in case I’m stuck and need something quick and healthy—I just purchase almond milk and then make chia pudding on the go.”

Want more travel tips for the holidays? See the travel snacks healthy experts swear by.