Travelling takes its toll on your body. Different time zones, different cuisines. So whether you’re hiking the Appalachian trail, lost in the streets of neon Tokyo or slowly baking in the desert heat of the Sahara, it’s important to remember that the food you put in your belly is, quite literally, your fuel. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks should always be on hand, and they should be good for you – especially when you find yourself in an alien or inhospitable environment. Here are three of the best ways to take care of yourself and your gut to ensure you stay healthy whilst on the road.
The Local Cuisine: Restaurants, Translations and Takeout
Local cuisine, ingredients and culinary techniques can be a big draw when visiting new places. The excitement of new flavours, textures or ways of eating is a whole lot of fun. That being said, it’s important to stay informed. The Google Translate app can take a photo of the menu in any language and, well, translate it. It can also help you ask the server if there’re any dishes with particular allergens in them. Technology is also handy if you’re stuck for choosing where to go, or have particular dietary needs. Vegetarian for example? There’re plenty of lists online for those of us with a hunger on that aren’t big fans of meat, with recommendations for the best orders here in Singapore to the tastiest desserts in downtown Kingston.
Agua. Mizu. Eau – Water, and How to Get Enough of It
Somewhere up to sixty percent of the human body is water. Good old H20 is our best friend, and our best ally when trying to stay fit and healthy while travelling. Depending on where you find yourself, however, it can be hard to get enough of it. Certain countries tap water are more or less drinkable than others, and in remote locations. there might not be any tap water at all. To get your daily fill of two litres, always carry around a personal water bottle in your bag or pocket. Any size will do, just have it on hand 24/7. That way, it’s always available and can be refilled at any trusted source. Bottled brand water is generally the safest option, so buy plenty and stock up in your hotel room, or carry several larger containers in a rucksack.
Fruit and Veg, Vitamins and Minerals and Your Needed Five a Day
Apples, pears, bananas and oranges. Even when you’re not at home it’s important to stay nutritious. While junk food and fast food are attractive options, and certainly should be indulged in from time to time, try and eat a varied diet as much as possible. An easy way to do this on the road is through nuts, legumes or dried fruits. Raisins and crystallized ginger are a great energy boost for example, and don’t come with the risk of going off in your bag. Mix up your own brand of trail mix or buy some from the store, and chow your way to a healthy body.
Wherever you find yourself in the world, try and stick to these three tips. No one likes travel bugs, especially not when you’re outside of the comfort of your own home. Keep your immune system strong and your days full of adventure!