Vacations bring new adventures and time to relax. But they can also bring too many rich meals, unhealthy on-the-go snacks, late nights out, and stressful situations.\nWhile you’re traveling, your heart may be the last thing on your mind, but it’s important to make heart-healthy choices no matter where you are.\nFind out how simple choices and some basic planning can help you stay heart-healthy on vacation.\nRELATED:\u00a07 Tips for Staying Healthy on Long Flights\n\nMaking Heart-Healthy Choices on Vacation\nChances are you’re going away to take a break from your routine. While it’s OK to indulge now and then, it’s also important to stick with healthy choices in diet, activity, and stress management to make the most of your time away and to keep your overall health on track.\nTo learn more, visit the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute or call 1-855-UPMC-HVI (876-2484).\nKeeping Your Diet on Vacation\nWhether you’re cooking over a campfire or dining out at a new restaurant for every meal, make heart-healthy choices whenever you can.\n\nPack healthy snacks to keep with you as you travel, and when you arrive, find a local market for fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy snacks to keep with you on the go.\nDon’t skip breakfast, no matter how eager you are to hit the beach or get your day of sightseeing started.\nAt restaurants, watch your portion sizes, as well as your sodium and sugar intake.\nDrink plenty of water, especially in warmer climates, and remember to drink alcohol only in moderation.\n\nStaying Active on Vacation\nVacation plans can offer plenty of options for activity, even if you’re hoping to relax.\nRELATED:\u00a0Traveling with Heart Disease\n\nAt the beach, go for a walk along the shore or play volleyball or another game.\nIf you’re exploring a new city and the sightseeing spots are close by, walk between them instead of taking a cab.\nTake advantage of the fitness center at your hotel, or go for a swim in the pool.\nPlan ahead and find a local park, bike trail, or yoga studio and make time in your schedule to enjoy an activity or class.\n\nStress Management as You Travel\nLong lines, delayed flights, and packed schedules can make for a stressful trip, but keeping your cool goes a long way for heart health.\n\nPlan ahead and give yourself extra time in case of traffic on a road trip or long lines at the airport or train station.\nKeep some downtime in your schedule, and don’t try to do or see too much in one day.\nStick to a regular bedtime on most nights.\nWhen you feel stressed, take a break from whatever you’re doing. Meditate, go for a walk, or enjoy some quiet time reading by yourself.\n\nSafe Travels with Heart Disease\nIf you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor before you travel to make sure you’re healthy enough for the trip. In some cases, such as after heart surgery or another heart-related event, your doctor might recommend waiting to travel.\nOnce your doctor tells you it’s safe to go, keep these tips in mind:\n\nGet prescriptions filled before you go so you have enough medicine while you’re away.\nKeep medicines in a carry-on bag, and make sure you have water and healthy snacks on hand as well.\nPace yourself, and make sure you take breaks from activity.\nStay on your treatment plan by taking your medicines and keeping up with other lifestyle changes, like diet and activity.