The winter months are a great time to head off on a cruise to the Caribbean, Hawaii or other warmer territory, but you need to take steps to keep the flu virus and other health problems at bay. Staying healthy on your winter cruise will help you make the most of your experience and ensure you get to enjoy all of the onboard activities, dining options and shore excursions. Whether you’re cruising to the Bahamas or up to Alaska this winter, here are some important tips for staying healthy on your winter cruise:
1. Pack antibacterial gel. You may not always have the opportunity to wash your hands after leaving some parts of the ship and you will probably be touching many door handles, stairway railings, slot machines and elevator buttons that are full of germs. Keep a bottle of antibacterial gel on hand so that you can keep germs and viruses at bay.
2. Only drink water from a bottle. Don’t drink water at any restaurants or cafes when you’re enjoying offshore excursions. Stock up on bottled water whenever possible and request it when you dine at a restaurant. Some destinations in Mexico and other exotic locales may not have water that is safe to drink, so make sure you’re well-prepared with your own stock. Take your own water bottle that you can refill at the ship’s restaurant or buffet station to prevent dehydration.
3. Eat light, even at the buffet station. Winter cruises can be a great excuse to go overboard in the calorie department but eating too much at a given meal will leave you tired and sluggish. Overeating a few days in a row might also leave you with a few extra inches around your waistline. Keep it healthy by eating smaller portions and load up leafy greens, steamed veggies and white meats. These foods will give you the energy you need for the cruise and won’t add pounds to your frame.
4. Enjoy a workout. Even though you might be doing a lot of walking and other physical activities during your winter cruise, a workout can get your heart pumping and keep your energy level up for the trip. Plan to work out in the cruise ship’s fitness center or take a yoga class to keep up with your fitness resolutions for the New Year. Many cruise ships boast state-of-the-art fitness centers, yoga studios and other exercise amenities so you don’t have any excuse to miss a workout!
5. Beat seasickness with ginger candy. Avoid seasickness on your winter cruise and stay healthy by chewing on ginger candy. Ginger helps to calm the stomach, improves digestion and can also reduce anxiety or tension. Pack a bag of ginger candy so that you can enjoy your cruise without worrying about seasickness.