3 Tips for Healthy Travel
It’s that time of year again. Spring break time. Whether you plan on taking the family somewhere or you’re just tired of the winter and need a little more sunshine, many use this time of year to take a break from the day to day stresses. Regardless of the reason for your travel, no one likes finding themselves in sticky situations far away from home. Here are a couple considerations to make before you start your journey.
Pulling over to grab something to eat wastes time and money, and let’s not even get started on the prices of airport food. Other than it taking up precious time, it can be hard to make healthy choices when buying food on the go. So when it comes down to it, save yourself a grumbling stomach, unnecessary cost and calories, and pack something ahead of time. Waters, fruits, vegetables, granola bars, nuts, and snack packs are a great place to start. Cold meat sandwiches travel well too in a small cooler.
One major packing essential is medication. In addition to the medication you take regularly, pack some ibuprofen to help ease the tension when travel hiccups happen. If you’re driving, be sure to include a first aid pack and an emergency kit. Some suggestions would be bandages, pain relievers, triple antibiotic cream, saline solution, flashlight, external phone charger, a small snow shovel, a blanket, and hand warmers.
This relates only to those driving. When driving countless miles for hours, with not much to look at, falling asleep becomes the biggest threat to drivers. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation 60% of drivers admitted to feeling drowsy while driving, and 1 out of 3 have actually fallen asleep behind the wheel!
To help combat those heavy eyelids, take a mini nap before your journey or if it gets to be too much, pull over and take a small nap to take the edge off. Having a passenger to talk with is the best solution to staying awake. In addition to drinking coffee or other caffeinated drinks, chewing gum or munching on snacks can help too.
From the drive to see relatives or the journey to that beach house in Florida, making sure to pack healthy and safely while preparing appropriately for the drive ahead is important. Without making these key considerations you could be in for a long trip ahead. Happy travels!