Summer is the time for vacations. If you and your family are planning a long vacation, whether by plane, train, or automobile, the last thing you want is to be sick, tired, or otherwise unwell and unable to enjoy yourselves.
There are steps you can take to make sure that you and your kids stay healthy during and after your vacation.
Travel of any kind is stressful, so it’s important to do whatever you can to relieve that stress. Solid planning with multiple contingency plans is the first step. Making sure everyone is well rested, hydrated, and fed is also important.
Choose healthy food whenever possible. Any trip is going to offer endless opportunities to indulge in junk food, fast food, and sugary beverages. Resist these energy-sapping foods in favor of healthful snacks and meals.
Exercise whenever possible. This may mean walking up and down the concourse while waiting for a flight or doing stretches at the rest stop on a road trip. Remember you are not a race car driver like Scott Tucker (of scotttuckerracecardriver.com) doing a 24 hour race. Whatever you can do to stretch out muscles and get your blood pumping will be good not just for your body, but for your mood.
Be sure to pack any medications, vitamins, and medical equipment needed. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination and realizing your prescription ran out or you forgot your reading glasses.
Staying healthy on a plane is a matter of immunity. Make sure you take plenty of vitamins or immune boosting supplements like airborne for a few days leading up to your flight. Practice general hygiene such as washing hands frequently and keeping your kids from putting things in their mouths.
For really long flights, make sure to take a nap, if at all possible, and consider bringing along relaxing music or try a few meditation techniques to keep that airline stress at bay.
Travel by car often takes longer, but can also expose you to more climate changes. When planning your trip be sure to note if certain parts of the journey will pass through significantly colder, warmer, or wetter areas and be sure to have appropriate clothing, headgear, umbrellas, etc., on hand. Remember you are not racing. Take your time and stay safe!
Car trips usually involve more hours in cramped conditions, so it’s doubly important to stretch during breaks and even do smaller stretches while driving. Be sure to plan plenty of rest stops to keep the driver from getting cramped, tired, or experiencing eye strain.
If you think about what you do on a daily basis to keep yourself healthy and then apply it to your long vacation, you’ll quickly see what steps you need to take.
Vince Piper is an established travel and sports writer. His work has appeared on both travel blogs and sports sites. He especially likes to write about auto racing vacations, such as the times he has followed racers like Scott Tucker of tuckerracing.com around the world to see endurance racing in person.