Fastjet’s 6 tips to stay healthy while travelling on business

By Nicolina Simoes

Frequent travellers always welcome a few tips here and there to make their trips simpler and more effective. Here are some recommended travel tips for all you busy, busy fastjet business travellers.

Skip free treats

The more frequently you travel, the more perks you will receive – especially if you use the same hotel(s) each time. Often these perks include free snacks such as crisps, biscuits/muffins and chocolates, etc, which are usually not healthy. Don’t eat them just because they’re free but if you absolutely can’t resist, then at least check out the sugar and salt levels and try to pick the snack of least resistance… Just like alcohol, those empty calories will add up – and add on!

Find healthy food

Whenever possible, skip the temptation of fast food and try to find restaurants that serve fresh, healthy meals. Grocery stores are a great place to pick up the ingredients to make up your own no-cook, on-the-go meals or snacks. They’re also more likely sources of specific health brands you have come to trust.

Pack or find healthy snacks

Whether you pack them in your carry-on bag, grab some at the airport, or buy on-board, always have some healthy snacks to hand. You’ll be less likely to grab a chocolate bar (or two) to tide you over until your next meal.

Stay hydrated – inside and out

Even a few hours on a plane can dehydrate you so be sure to drink plenty of water or juice during your flight. All fastjet flights offer on-board drinks, so you won’t need to clutter up your baggage by bringing your own. A bit of light moisturiser for your face will also help – yes, men too! – and eye drops or saline solutions are lifesavers for dry, scratchy eyes.

Exercise

Whether you hit the hotel gym, work-out in your room, or take a walk to explore the city you are visiting, be active! Apart from the physical benefits, exercise has been shown to reduce stress and increase productivity – which is exactly what a busy business traveller like you needs.

Enjoy your trip

Yes, you’re travelling on business, but that doesn’t mean you have to be busy, busy, busy every step of the way. Instead of sitting hunched over your laptop or phone en route to the airport or on the flight itself, why not sit back and relax for a change? Read something other than business emails. Watch your fellow travellers, but not in a weird way. Look out of the plane window. Use your senses to engage with your surroundings when you arrive at your destination. Even if you’ve been there a dozen times, something will be new. Every trip is an ideal chance to stop doing for a few hours and just be. Give it a try – you might be surprised.