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, whether traveling by RV, car, or another type of vehicle.
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 are 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.
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 the 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 options online for a healthier alternative.
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 a 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 traveling with children, you need medication that is suitable for their age group.