Travel Tips: How to stay healthy on a cruise.
If you’re anything like us, you look forward to cruise holidays for months in advance. Booking shore excursions to make the most of your time on land and meticulously planning activities for each day at sea – a pampering treatment in the spa one day and front row seats to a show the next.
So coming down with the sniffles, or even something more sinister, could put a damper on your trip. Follow our top tips to keep you feeling your best and avoid being confined to your cabin.
Pack your own medicines and remedies – Of course, passengers can make an appointment with the doctor or stop by the pharmacy on the ship, but supplements and medicines are generally cheaper back home. Plus, you’ll already have everything you might need close to hand. Sunscreen, hand sanitizer, insect repellent and prescription medicines are absolute basics, but think about including plasters, anti-diarrhea and anti-allergy tablets too.
Eat mindfully – We’re not saying don’t treat yourself to dessert or that delicious looking steak, but it’s easy to overindulge especially if there’s a buffet available. Be mindful of what you’re eating and if you really want it, or whether you’re just eating it because it’s free.
Check out the gym – Even if you’re not trying to keep an eye on your weight, breaking a sweat is a great way to clear your head and revitalise your body! If gym machines aren’t your thing, go for a run on deck or simply keep moving by taking the stairs instead of the lift.
Wash your hands – A cruise ship is a closed environment so if one person is harbouring germs it can spread quickly to other passengers. Wash your hands after using public areas as germs linger on things like door handles and handrails. Always wash your hands before and after eating, and after using the bathroom. Although it doesn’t replace soap and water, hand sanitiser is good for keeping clean on the go.
Keep hydrated – Not only will water help you stave off hunger, keeping hydrated helps your entire body function. Water helps flush away toxins, aids digestion and supports your immune system. Consider swapping that sugary cocktail for a simply glass of water and your body will thank you.
If you do get sick…take care of yourself. Consult the ship’s doctor if you need to and make sure you get the rest your body needs to recover. Drink plenty of water (or rehydrating drinks with electrolytes if necessary) and eat small amounts of plain, stomach settling food. Spending some time relaxing with a good book or movie in the comfort of your cabin will help you recover faster and get back in the holiday spirit sooner.