Whether you are embarking on a road trip or just travelling from city to city, the long time on the road can start to take a toll mentally and physically.
Taking road trips require careful planning and preparation. You do not want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere; hence it’s essential to imagine the worst and plan for it before you get on the road. Staying healthy on the road is imperative. Getting sick while on the road is also not a pleasant experience. It’s important to take steps that will keep you healthy while travelling. These steps are mainly preventive measures that can help keep illness at bay.
In this post, we will review tips for staying healthy on the road.
Take the time to exercise
This is essential to keep your blood flowing and while helping stay fit. While on the road, take regular stops and stretch your legs and arms. Do some stretches and rotations to loosen tense muscles. Also while traveling from city to city, it is important to remember your daily exercise routines. You can download an app that will send daily reminders or download an exercise video into your phone. Even after doing all these, it will take some discipline to stick to your routine. Staying healthy on the road should be enough incentive to exercise.
Ditch the snug clothing and dress comfortably
While driving, dress comfortable but classy. Just because you want to be comfortable doesn’t mean you should not layer up (you might end up freezing). Wear loose clothing that does not end up sticking to your skin after a couple of hours. Remember to layer your clothing as well. Wear a sweater and grab a jacket as well, who knows? It’s better to have the option of taking off a few clothing than looking for a means to keep warm.
It’s essential to park warm clothes when travelling. The best clothing material for staying warm when it’s really cold is wool. Remember to pack woolen gloves, a neck scarf and a head gear.
Opt for whole foods as often as you can instead of processed foods. Whole foods are easy to digest and good for your wellbeing. Also eat fruits that have high water content.
- Trail mix
- Dried fruits
The temptation to keep guzzling down all forms of soda will be high; however, it is important to resist. Opt for water instead. Pack a case of water if you can or fill up your water bottle in between stops. Drink water as often as possible while driving and also when you are not.
Sunscreen and Sunshades
Harsh weather conditions may not be a pleasant surprise especially if you are unprepared. Be sure to have your sunshades handy and be generous with sunscreen if it is really sunny. You don’t want to spend your time tending to sunburns.
Get A Safety/Emergency Kit (and other supplies)
Be sure to include the following items inside your safety kit:
- Basic first aid supplies
- windshield water fluid
- Warm blankets
- Bottled water
- Shovel (if your vehicle gets stuck in the snow)
- Mobile phone car charger
- roadside signal flares
- reflective cone
- Blankets and pillows
For Safety and Health:
- Band aids
- Mosquito repellant
- Off the counter medications like cold pills, antacid, medicine for diarrhea, motion sickness
- Sunscreen with SPF 15 or more
- A pair of scissors
Do this by packing some lip balm and some lotion. I usually start to feel dried out when I’m in the cold for long and my skin starts to itch. I quickly learnt to wash my face and arms regularly and moisturize. This helped me relax and also feel really great.
Overall, relax and have a great time while driving. Remember not to text and drive. Safe travels!