The dry air in airports, cars and trains can cause a variety of mild health issues, ranging from dry skin to bloody noses to chapped lips. Even headaches can be brought on by dehydration and dry travel environments.

Bringing a moisturizing lip balm can help reduce chapped cracked lips and a saline spray can help soothe painful dry nasal passages. In addition, carrying hand lotion and facial moisturizer can help with dry skin symptoms. However, the best method to combat dehydration is to drink plenty of fluids consistently throughout your journey.

5. Lift Luggage Correctly

Lifting heavy luggage can be a pain in the neck, but it can also be a pain in the back. With the frenzy of holiday travel, it can be easy to forget to use proper lifting techniques when putting luggage into the car and removing it off of the baggage claim belt.

Pack each bag only to the point where you can carry it comfortably. When lifting your bags, make sure to lift with your legs, keeping your back straight to help reduce the risk of muscle strains. In addition, avoid twisting while carrying your luggage, and try to carry your bags with both hands to avoid putting strain on one side of the body.

6. Explore Your Surroundings

Walk off those extra calories and save money, too. Many hotels and cities around the world also offer free, locally-guided walking tours or courtesy bicycles for guests and tourists that combine sightseeing and a workout in the same activity. Be sure to ask around or check with your hotel to find out what’s available when you arrive.

7. Bring Your Gym With You

Pack workout bands to use in your room or flight cabin – they can even be useful after a long flight to stretch out. Or, have a particular kickboxing or Pilates routine memorized so that you can easily perform your own personal fitness class session. In addition, check with your local gym to see if there are locations near to where you’ll be traveling to – most gyms will allow their traveling members to enjoy their facilities.

8. There’s Probably An App For That

Use your Smartphone, MP3 player or tablet device as a personal trainer by downloading apps with stretching or walking exercises, or even 15-minute workouts like iMapMyRUN, to FitnessClass for iPad, to Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra – inspiring beats and tech-savvy workouts will help you keep pep in your step, and further enjoy your surroundings with freshly released endorphins.

9. Be Adventurous

Some people think active vacations are just for adrenaline junkies, but thrill seeking doesn’t have to mean a big physical commitment or giving up luxury. Put on your running shoes and explore the area with a nice jog or brisk walk, or take in nature’s beauty while biking or hiking.

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