Wellness on Tour

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Travel is an incredible, life-changing experience filled with excitement, learning, and growth. But to get to all of that excitement, learning, and growth, travel usually requires people to get outside of their comfort zones. So, to ensure that your student is as prepared as possible to have a healthy and enjoyable experience, please review these tips to help them stay healthy and well while on tour.

Check in with your health care provider

  • If you have a history of physical or behavioral health concerns, discuss your travel plans with your health care provider, since jet lag, long days, and being out of your comfort zone can heighten physical or behavioral health concerns
  • Create a wellness plan that you can use to stay healthy on tour and make sure your Group Leader is in the loop
Pay attention to your mental and physical health
  • Try to get on a sleep routine as soon as possible and get enough sleep–even on busy days
  • Recognize your stress levels and use healthy coping strategies. Consider downloading wellness apps ahead of time to help
  • Stay hydrated, eat regular meals, and minimize excess sugar and caffeine
Ask for help
  • Please give your Group Leader a heads-up prior to tour if you think you may need a little extra support (i.e., you're recovering from an injury, you want to share support strategies that help with your anxiety)
  • Let your Group Leader know if you aren’t feeling well–either physically, emotionally, or both. The sooner the adults around you know about any difficulties, the easier it will be for them to help
Homesickness is natural!
  • You may feel a little homesick on tour, and while that can feel uncomfortable, it's not uncommon–in fact, it's where growth happens
  • Try to keep texting with people at home to a minimum, as you want to be present during your trip and connect with new friends
  • Remember, your Group Leader is always available to talk and help!

Understand your medications and prescriptions

  • If you take medication, make sure you have what you need and know how to administer it (and bring extra in case you encounter delays in getting home!)
  • Please pack your medication in your carry­on luggage so that you can ensure you have it–even if your checked luggage gets lost
  • Keep taking medication as directed by your health care provider while traveling; this could include adjusting to new time zones
  • Note all medications (including dosages and potential side effects) and related conditions on your Health and Medical Profile form

If you have any concerns about you or your student’s ability to travel after reviewing this information, please contact our Traveler Support team to discuss options. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.