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Essential Health Tips for Every Road Trip

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A road trip is something that you associate with excitement and having a good time. The last thing you want to think about is how you may get injured or sick. However, with just a few simple precautions you can make sure that you and all your passengers stay fit and healthy for your entire journey. Here are the essentials for keeping healthy on your long journey.

Keep hydrated

It can be easy to forget to drink when you are traveling. Some people even cut down on fluids because they don’t want to have to stop to go to the toilet. This is not a good idea. It is essential that you remain hydrated so that you can be alert which is obviously essential if you are the driver. However, it is also true that becoming dehydrated can make you irritable and that is not great if you one of the passengers either! A long road trip can be a stressful experience so you need your wits about you.

Keep some small bottles of water or juice in the car and top up every time you stop for a break. When you stop for a break you can have a coffee to keep you awake but remember that the driver should always pull over and have a rest if they feel tired.

Make your road trip stress-free

Be healthy and happy on your road trip with these tips. Pexels, CC0 License.

Banish the smoke

If you smoke inside a closed space like a motor vehicle, the levels of cigarette pollutants can build up to unhealthy concentrations. This can make your eyes water, make your throat sore and increase the risk of long-term health conditions. For the sake of your own health and health of your passengers, it would be best to leave the cigarettes at home. This does not mean that you have to turn the journey into an unpleasant ordeal or make very frequent stops for a cigarette. Check out LoveVapory for a healthier alternative.

Move around

Obviously you can’t take part in an aerobics session inside a car but you can take care of your body’s movement and posture. There are clear dangers associated with sitting in the same position for too long including trapped nerves and even deep vein thrombosis, which has very serious implications. The answer is to take frequent breaks. Stop the car in a safe place, get out and walk around. Do some simple stretches and get some fresh air.

As a passenger in a car,  you can move your neck gently from side to side to ease tension and stiff muscles. You can also circle your wrists and ankles to aid circulation to your hands and feet.

Prepare a first aid kit

It makes sense to take simple first aid kit with you on a long journey. Keep it in the glove compartment where you can get at it easily. All you need is some sterile wipes, some simple dressings and some antiseptic. It may also be useful to have some painkillers. Remember if you are travelling with children, you need medication that is suitable for their age group.

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  1. rollyachabotbooks July 12, 2017

    Hi Christy… Great advice as I prepare for a long sojourn over the big rocks. The fire hazards BC are having now are starting to make planning a little difficult. I do have a very good first aid kit, an emergency rations kit and of course lots of water, coffee and of course Mars Bars… “Never leave home without Mars Bars.”

    Hugs and all

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 14, 2017

      Haha always have those Mars bars on hand :) Safe travels to you, Rolly!

  2. Heidi July 12, 2017

    And a good playlist!! It will keep you and the time moving!

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 14, 2017

      You got that right!! What songs would be on it? I said to Tanya that we would need some Bon Jovi.

    2. Heidi July 14, 2017

      Eminem Lose Yourself. I get so focused when that song comes on when I’m working out.

    3. Christy B July 14, 2017

      That would make one heck of a good workout song! Do you have a post on good workout tunes? :)

    4. Heidi July 14, 2017

      This post is a treadmill workout with a playlist.
      https://thefitfrequentflyer.com/2017/02/26/your-next-treadmill-workout-with-playlist/

      Maybe we should collaborate!

  3. indianeskitchen July 12, 2017

    We always stop every two hours whether we need to or not! Everything you posted was great advice!

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 14, 2017

      Breaks are good – stretch the legs and refresh :)

  4. robbiesinspiration July 12, 2017

    Some very useful tips, Christy. We will be travelling soon, I am so excited.

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 14, 2017

      That IS exciting! I hope it’s a great adventure :)

  5. da-AL July 12, 2017

    great tips – thank you!

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 13, 2017

      — Wishing you good health :)

  6. Tanya July 12, 2017

    Love a good road trip! Good music is essential too :)

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 13, 2017

      Totally with you on the tunes :) How about some Bon Jovi? :)

    2. Tanya July 14, 2017

      There isn’t much I don’t like, he is definitely easy to sing along with!! 😉

    3. Christy B July 14, 2017

      Living on a Prayer will be on the playlist then :) Have a great weekend, Tanya!

    4. Tanya July 14, 2017

      Thanks Christy, same to you! 💁🏼xo

    5. Christy B July 14, 2017

      You = awesome! :)

  7. Great idea for a post, Christy. You’re right that “remaining healthy is last thing you want to think about” on a road trip — and so we usually don’t! Good reminder – and excellent advice.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 13, 2017

      I wish you well if you travel this summer, Madelyn. Road trips are fun, can be inexpensive, and it’s great to just go wherever the heart pleases :)

    2. And I can easily take my puppy! That’s the best part.
      xx,
      mgh

    3. Christy B July 13, 2017

      Awwww :) Do you have any posts that include your puppy in them. Dogs can relieve stress ((Hugs))

    4. YEP! Tink GuestBlogs from his point of view from time to time. His last one talked about our R&R visit to a cabin [TinkerToy’s Trip to the Woods] – with photos. You can still find it if you scroll down our sidebar right now, tho’ it will eventually “age off.”

      Most of his posts can always be found under the Guest Post dropdown (center of bottom menubar at the top of every page). Links to others are within them.

      Tink says, “Thanks for asking!” (he thinks the articles I write are boring – lol).
      xx,
      mgh

    5. Christy B July 13, 2017

      OK, I’m going to read a bit about Tink’s adventures then in the post you suggested :) So cute you make him a guest poster ~ And NOPE sorry Tink but Madelyn’s posts aren’t boring at all <3

    6. You two-legses always stick together – but we 4-legs know you really don’t mean it.
      Woof! TINK

  8. shehannemoore July 13, 2017

    Ah the joys , the joys of roadtrips. I do hope you will do a road trips with kids one……xxx

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 13, 2017

      I hope to go on a road trip again one day.. Too bad you’re not close enough to get to xx

    2. shehannemoore July 14, 2017

      Would be brill. Loves me a good road trip. Furthest we go now is down to York every so often. the Mr does not like long journeys. We do that one in shifts. xxx

    3. Christy B July 14, 2017

      It’s good you have a plan that works, including taking breaks.. That way everyone is comfortable. Wishing you and family a lovely weekend :)

    4. shehannemoore July 14, 2017

      Aw thank you. Hope yours is good with your loved ones xxx

    5. Christy B July 14, 2017

      Thanks hun! I’ll see family and also hope to work on my book (yes, I know, I’m getting there!)

    6. shehannemoore July 15, 2017

      OOOH!!!! That just all takes time but you WILL get there x

    7. Christy B July 15, 2017

      Thanks sweetie xxoo

  9. Doctor Jonathan July 13, 2017

    Excellent helpful tips that people should seriously consider following. Seems so simple, yet can truly make a HUGE difference!

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 13, 2017

      Sometimes it’s the simplest things, right?!

    2. Doctor Jonathan July 19, 2017

      Absolutely! :-)

  10. Teagan Geneviene July 13, 2017

    The first aid kit is a great recommendation, Christy. I recently saw a small one on an Amazon deal and got it for my glove compartment. It’s a good idea for every day, not just road trips.
    Have a thriving Thursday, my friend.

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 13, 2017

      Excellent idea to have it in the car daily, just in case, Teagan! Happy Thurs, dear friend xx

  11. Thank you for the essential tips!!

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 13, 2017

      Your encouraging comments are so nice xx

    2. Most welcome 😊

  12. vivachange77 July 13, 2017

    Excellent advice. Thanks, Christy.

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 13, 2017

      Hi my friend :) Hope you’re having a nice day

  13. dimplescookbook July 13, 2017

    Great and essential tips Christy. You have an amazing blog.

    Reply
  14. Excellent tips for the vehicle traveler, Christy. As a person who has had DVT, I can assure you it’s important to strecth, walk or just move often. Even if you haven’t had an issue with DVT compression stockings are a good way to keep the circulation in your legs. They can be removed easily. They now come in fun colors including neon.
    Isadora 😎

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 14, 2017

      Hi Isadora :) You’re so sweet to stop by. Great point about compression stockings! I have a friend who has bright green ones ;)

    2. 😎

  15. dgkaye July 14, 2017

    Christy you’re blowing me away with your helpful posts! You need to put them all in a book my dear! This was excellent. And don’t forget to keep some wet wipes in the glove compartment. :) xoxo

    Reply
  16. thetravelsthatmakeme August 17, 2017

    Great tips! It’s hard to stay healthy on the road- thanks

    Reply
    1. Christy B August 18, 2017

      Bring on the healthy living! :)

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