When you embark on a cruise, you step out of your daily routine into a zone where it’s easy to forget to take everyday precautions against illness. Here’s a quick guide to staying healthy.
Bring these items along with you: they are likely to be available on your ship, too, but it’s more economical and convenient to bring your own.
- Travel-size hand sanitizer
- Refillable water bottle
- Hat (for sun protection)
- Seasickness remedy
- Enough prescription medication (and some extra) for the duration of the cruise
Remember to do these things each day to help stay healthy and ready to enjoy every minute of your cruise.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially before eating, after using the bathroom, and after touching objects (such as railings) that many other passengers touch, too. When soap and water aren’t available, use your hand sanitizer.
- Eat in moderation – it’s so easy to overindulge! Pace yourself; you have the entire length of the cruise to try different dining venues and menu selections.
- Drink in moderation, too. A cruise is a time for fun, and that can certainly include the beer, wine or cocktails that you enjoy. But if you drink enough that you’re slow to get started the next morning, you’re cheating yourself out of some of the fun.
- Exercise every day. Keep up your usual level of activity: you can walk on the promenade deck or keep up your gym routine in the onboard fitness center. Use your water bottle to stay hydrated as you exercise. You can also enjoy walking or even more active excursions on shore. Take care not to overdo – you want to head into the evening feeling ready to have a good time, not exhausted.
- Take any prescription medications according to your regular schedule. When you’re on vacation, it can be easy to forget!
- Protect yourself from sunburn by using sunscreen and wearing a sun hat outdoors.
- If you know you’re prone to seasickness, use your choice of preventive medication to avoid it completely.
If you do become ill while on your cruise, contact the ship’s medical staff, who will be ready to help you get back out on deck as soon as possible.
Also, if you’re sailing to an area where certain vaccines are required or recommended, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert can provide more information on how and when you should prepare.