Healthy Tips for Traveling to a Destination Wedding2 min read
If you’ve been invited to a destination wedding, chances are you’re pretty pumped for the mini-vacation/celebration. Whether you’ll be celebrating love on a Caribbean beach or in a villa in the Tuscan countryside, there’s plenty to look forward to when planning your trip.
Aside from actually booking your flight and accommodations and selecting the perfect outfit, you should also prepare to keep yourself healthy and safe during your journey.
Read the current events. Whether you’re going to a small island nation or major European city, find out if there’s any political unrest or other issues/events that may affect your safety. When at your destination, remain alert at all times and avoid large public gatherings that could turn dangerous.
Pack appropriately. Bring appropriate attire depending on the weather, but leave valuables at home. If you plan on giving a large (and expensive) gift to the bride and groom, you may want to consider mailing it to their house or giving it to them when you return from your trip.
Insect Repellent/Sunscreen. No matter where you’re traveling, be sure to pack sunscreen to prevent sunburn. If attending a wedding in a tropical location, bring bug spray to prevent itchy bites and the spread of diseases such as malaria. Some aloe vera gel and anti-itch creams are good to have too, just in case!
Limit alcohol consumption. I know, I know, a celebration calls for a toast. But that doesn’t mean you have to have 10 of them. By drinking moderately, you’ll not only limit the damage to your health, but also your safety and, err, judgment (this isn’t the time to accidentally bring up memories of the groom’s past girlfriends).
Stay hydrated (with water). Whenever you travel, it’s essential that you drink plenty of water throughout the day. This will keep your body healthy and refreshed at all times, especially if you’ll be sitting in an outdoor ceremony and/or reception. Pack a reusable water bottle, or purchase bottled water if the tap is unsafe for drinking.
Eat Right. Let’s be honest here. One of the best things about attending a wedding is the food. So, it can be tempting to try everything. But show a little restraint, and your body will thank you for it! Stick to small portions and avoid brightly colored cocktail drinks (which are likely high in sugar) and anything stuffed (i.e. stuffed mushrooms or cheese pastries). Instead, go for grilled chicken and/or vegetables, fish (as long as if it’s not fried), and anything high in fiber, such as brown rice. But whether or not you can stick to your guns, make sure you enjoy a slice of wedding cake.