A trip to either a local or international destination is a good time to rekindle the bonds with family, relatives, and friends. Pretty sure everyone will be excited to pack their things up and get ready to head out on the open road for a long and stimulating drive. Whether you plan to go cross-country or check out local attractions, you would like to have everything prepared. You do not want to get stuck along the way and don’t have the basic necessities like the best water bottle for travel, wearing protective clothes and accessories, some good music to keep everybody’s mood up, some packed hydrating snacks to get you through a few hours of inconvenient traffic, and so on.
If you get stalled on the way to your destination for some unforeseen events, make sure you are ready for it. A sudden road accident, a detour, an ongoing festivity or event, can add a few minutes to hours to your time on the road. If it happens to be during the hottest part of the day, you can easily get dehydrated. And you know what happens when you don’t have sufficient body water in your system.
You may still be way too far from your destination and source of clean drinking water may not be available for the next thirty minutes or so. Remember that when you get dehydrated, you can easily get irritated and be out focused. You don’t want to experience these unpleasant things. All you would rather want to remember when you set out on a road trip are the great memories, the enthralling natural beauties, and all the fun and laughter.
Fortunately, there are some simple changes that you can do to make sure that you will have an enjoyable trip without the troublesome time during a traffic jam. Even those times will be a time to be merry if you won’t forget to do these changes.
Follow these on how to stay healthy while on your ride the next time you hit the road:
Don’t forget to wear sunscreen
Long hours on the road can be harsh on your skin and your eyes. If it’s summertime or the temperature is just too warm outside, you may subject your body to the damaging effects of the sun. To ensure that you will be safe throughout your travel, don’t forget to wear appropriate clothes and accessories to give you the right cover. Even if you are staying inside your car, you can still get sunburned on your face and your arms while you are driving or just sitting inside your ride waiting to reach your destination. Make sure to apply sunscreen that provides full coverage to both UVB and UVA (I and II). Pay extra attention to the areas of your skin that may be hit directly by the rays of the sun.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) also recommends applying sunscreen 15 minutes before you head out and about every two hours to make sure that you’ll get the necessary protection from the sun. To better understand how sunscreen works, you may want to check out the frequently asked questions about this product on AAD’s website.
Don’t text and drive
Texting and driving are not a good match; they can’t be done at the same time. Even though it may be tempting to check your phone or to text message updates, don’t. You might have heard news of people getting hurt because they tried to answer their phone or would text will inside the car. According to the Association For Safe International Road Travel, about 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day on a global level. Not only does it increase the risk of horrible road accidents, it is just totally unsafe. Also note that the Radio Frequency (RF) from one cell tower to another may have a negative effect on your health, especially if you receive or make a call near a cell tower that sends and exposes you to wavelengths that may not be within the acceptable range.
If you really need to use your phone, pull over before doing so. You can also take the time to rest for a while, rehydrate, take a selfie or a groupie, and enjoy the view.
Pack hydrating snacks
It is always a great idea to have some packed snacks that you can munch along the way. If you can bring fruit slices and other hydrating foods it will just be the best. Remember to bring your food when you get out of the car as the heat inside the vehicle may spoil your snacks.
Keep a cooler and your reusable water bottle handy
Proper hydration is crucial wherever you are. You’ll need it more when you making long drives. If your body does not have enough stored water, you may feel exhausted and sleepy. This can make long drives back home a lot more difficult and difficult. To avoid this unpleasant experience, always make sure that you have your reusable water bottle with you before you head out. It’s also best that you drink enough water and eat hydrating foods an hour before you drive or set out to travel.
Never leave without using the bathroom
You may want to hold your pee for a bit longer but it’s not healthy. If you do, you may develop a urinary tract infection. If you use the bathroom before getting in the car will also mean that you’ll have space for more water as you hydrate while on the road.
Pack a first aid kit
You don’t know when accidents will hit. Make sure that you keep a first aid kit on hand Band-Aids, hard candies, a reusable water bottle, gauze, alcohol pads, as well as OTC medication for a headache, vomiting or nausea. If at some point on the road trip, you feel bad or are sleepy, pull over and let someone else drive instead.
Store shortcuts to emergency numbers on your phone
No one would ever wish unpleasant things to happen. Still, you need to stay on the safe side. Keep emergency numbers easily accessible and let those who are with you know them as well, so anyone can make a call if ever the unexpected comes.
Keep your phone fully charged
You can’t make a call if your phone’s battery is depleted. Yes, you can always charge your phone on your car’s charger, but it’s still best to keep a fully charged phone. It is also a smart thing to bring a portable power bank that you can use during an emergency.
Your safety is always a primary concern. Make sure that you follow these tips so can maximize the benefits of your road trip.