Health tips for long journeys

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Health tips for long journeys

For many of us, travelling is one of the most important things we’ll do in our life. Experiencing the variety and diversity of the world means we get a fuller life and a richer understanding of our place on the planet. We experience the joys of other people’s ideas, cultures and histories. World famous sites and landmarks will become memories rather than pictures we see in magazines. But travelling is not easy, unfortunately.

One area we must consider is our health, particularly for long travels – whether on planes or car.

Eat properly

On planes, we’re generally provided food and snacks. Of course, we can bring our own, though there are severe restrictions on what is and isn’t allowed. For example, in America, the TSA has a list of food we’re allowed (and even then, they distinguish between carry-on and checked in). We should consult the necessary documents to make sure we don’t fall foul of any rules.

Similarly, if we’re travelling by boat we should also ascertain we have the proper preparations in terms of food.

When it comes to car rides, however, we’re more free, though that comes with a cost. If we require a meal or snack, we must find a place to acquire it. Depending on where we’re travelling, this could be difficult. It’s ideal to plan in advance – perhaps even buying a cooler box or proper storage. We don’t want food to go off when we most need it. It’s important to stay hydrated and fed on long journeys.

Stretch and breaks

It’s very bad for us to remain in one position for too long. We must be able to move around, stretch and so on. This matters in any form of transport, whether by air, sea or road. If we’re driving, it’s ideal to take frequent regular stops – to stretch our legs, gauge our tiredness levels and just get a handle on where we are.

As Women’s Health Magazine points out:

“When you’re parked in an airplane seat (or, really any seat), your [muscles] are shortened... And when your muscles are shortened for a long period of time, it can make them tight... Since your legs could be bent for hours on an airplane, it's hard for your blood to circulate properly and nourish your muscles, which can also cause pain.”

To avoid pain and any further damage, we must make sure we get circulation going.

Peace of mind

We should also be certain of our destination, directions and so on. As any navigational course, like a RYA radio course, will tell us information is everything. This helps us prevent any disasters and can aid us should any health situations arise (for example, calling emergency services or knowing where the closest medical facility is).

These are just some ways to stay healthy and maintain our well-being on long journeys.

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