Whether you’re riding in the car for eight hours or spending two on a plane, it can be hard to stay active during holiday travel.

Coupled with increased family time, a change in weather, and copious amounts of food at your leisure, you may think it’s nearly impossible to stay healthy.


But, if you plan ahead and create a more proactive plan for your traveling, you may be able to avoid the holiday health blunders, staying fit and avoiding illness.

Here are 10 things you can do to stay healthy:

  1. Sleep all 8 recommended hours
    • Getting your sleep is important. Lack of sleep can cause moodiness, irritability, and make you overeat.
  2. Get a flu vaccination
    • Traveling causes you to spend a lot of time in close quarters with other people and in unfamiliar places. The last thing you want to do is pick up the lingering remnants of another’s flu while traveling.
  3. Keep hand sanitizer on you
    • Hand sanitizer helps keep the germs at bay. Keeping it nearby, to make sure you have it by you when your on an airplane or about to eat a big meal can keep you from picking up something unexpected.
  4. Walk during the mornings
    • Finding time to stay active is important. You can always reward yourself with laziness after a good morning walk.
  5. Eat light breakfasts
    • Not only is breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, but eating in the morning can keep you from overeating in the afternoon. Save your calories for the big meals at night.
  6. Avoid the tempting fast food travel options
    • The drive-thru line can be very appealing after a long drive. To avoid the temptation, pack snacks ahead of time. A bag of Chex Mix and some fruit can go a long way.
  7. Portion out your food
    • Instead of piling on tons of stuffing on your plate, take small, even portions of food. Portioning out your food can keep you from overeating.
  8. Stay hydrated
    • Drink lots of water. Avoiding sugary beverages and staying hydrated before consuming any alcoholic beverages can keep you from any additional calorie gain and ill-feeling.

For more information on healthy holiday travel, visit USA Today’s Holiday Travel Tips.