Summer is the perfect time to travel! Travel allows times for rest, relaxation, bonding, and fun in new and exciting places. There are things you and your family can do to help maintain your health and wellness during the journey to and from your destination. Here are a few tips that I’ve found to be helpful.
1. Stretch Your Legs
No matter which method of travel you are using, if it will be hours before you arrive take a break to walk around and stretch your legs and other parts of your body. Sitting for long periods of time can allow blood clots to form in your legs which can be life-threatening. This precaution should be done while driving, on a long flight, or, on a train. The captain lets you know when it’s okay to move about the cabin for a reason. Stretching your legs will ensure proper circulation is occurring. If flying for hours, it’s also a good idea to wear compression socks to prevent clotting as well.
2. Don’t Drive Sleepy
An alert driver is a safer driver. Always try to get adequate sleep before getting behind the wheel. If you find it hard to keep your eyes open, let another licensed driver take over or pull
over and get some rest. It’s better to arrive later than expected than to never arrive at all.
3. Drink Water
It’s important to stay hydrated. You can keep the water cool in a small cooler or insulated bag or freeze them before you leave and allow the ice to melt along the way. Sodas and energy drinks may be tempting but they are full of sugar. Water is always the healthier choice.
4. Obey the Rules of the Road
According to experts, driving just 5 miles over the speed limit increases the risk of a fatality 12 times. So, follow the speed limit for safety’s sake and to avoid costly tickets. It’s also important not to follow the driver in front of you too closely in case there is a need to stop abruptly.
5. Pack Healthy Snacks
Pre-packed snack boxes are always a kid and adult favorite. Include low-sugar, low sodium treats like fruit, veggies, cheese and crackers, and your taste buds and your body will thank you.
6. Avoid Driving Distracted
Distracted driving includes texting, watching your phone screen or other electronic devices, attending to children and/or pets, etc. Taking your eyes off the road for a second can lead to a serious accident and no one wants that.
7. No Drinking and Driving
Driving while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs is illegal for a reason. It impairs your judgment and motor skills -- both of which are very important when operating a vehicle.
I wish you safe travels and great memories that last a lifetime.