When you travel or go on vacation, it’s easy to get off track with your typical diet. However, having a vacation doesn’t mean letting yourself go completely without regard for health. After all, a vacation is a break from your regular life, but not the lifestyle. So if you are pouting about now and thinking that you have to continue eating bland food while traveling, that is not the case. It is still possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling and stay safe in food and health while enjoying your vacation.
Since your traveling and vacation begin when you start packing up for the journey, let us share some tips to help you pack for a healthy and fun vacation.
1. Pack Germ Fighting Supplies
Traveling to new places, especially if you’re going on a vacation in the woods, exposes you to many diseases. They will be present every step of the way, and since you can’t avoid this situation, it is best to be prepared to tackle them instead. But before you start packing, you must first decide the activities you plan to partake in. For example, if you plan to explore Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains, make a list of things to do in Pigeon Forge and then pack accordingly. But some basic supplies that you need are:
- Wet wipes
- Mouth Wash
- Sanitary covers
2. Pack a safety kit
When you travel or vacation, you are exposing yourself to new places. It would be best to prepare for emergencies by packing a necessary first-aid safety kit. Keep a carry-on first aid kit in your car and some medications you may require in emergency cases.
First aid items to include
Your first aid kit should include the following things:
- Adhesive bandages
- ACE bandages
- Cotton swabs
- Aloe vera lotion
- Hot/cold packs
- Latex gloves
- Safety pins
- Rubbing alcohol
- Sterile gauze pads
Venturing into new places also means getting exposed to local germs and viruses. Therefore, you should pack some necessary medications to stay safe and healthy throughout your trip.
- Allergy medicines
- Anti-nausea medicines
- Anti-diarrhea medicines
- Antiseptic creams or wipes
- Saline rinses
- Eye drops
- Pain medicines
- Prescription medicine
Outdoor safety gear
Let’s pretend you’re going camping or hiking. In that situation, it’s best to plan ahead of time to avoid running out of essentials like food and water:
- Rain parkas
- Waterproof matches
3. Pack your sleeping gear
Traveling means that you won’t get the comfort of a bed very often, and your sleep schedule will be disturbed. But sleep deprivation is not the best way to enjoy your trip. For this reason, always pack some sleeping gear alongside to ensure that you get the best possible sleep. Some things you may need include:
- Travel pillow
- Noise-canceling earplugs
- Eye mask
These essentials will ensure that you get a fulfilling nap or sleep and wake up fresh enough to enjoy your vacation.
4. Pack your electronic accessories
Running out of batteries is one of the biggest challenges while traveling. Therefore, make sure that you pack the electronic accessories that you may need during your travel, such as:
- Portable charger
- Power bank
- Charging cords
- Travel adapter
5. Don’t rely on road trip snacks
Sitting in the car for hours can make anyone hungry. That is why the secret to a happy road trip is to keep everyone’s bellies happy. However, your diet and healthy lifestyle tend to go completely off track because of gas station food and snacks. Pack up some healthy road trip snacks to keep you from mindlessly snacking on unhealthy food to save that from happening. So some things you can pack for your travel include:
Pack fresh veggies and fruits: Just because you are on the road doesn’t mean you can skip the daily fruits and vegetable portion. So keep fresh fruits and vegetables in a cooler or ice pack. Some fruits that are good for road trips are:
- Apple slices
Some vegetable options that you and your family can munch on while on the road are:
- Snap peas
- Cucumber slices
- Sliced bell peppers
- Baby carrots
Keep whole-grain options: fiber is crucial during road trips because you don’t want added digestion issues. Therefore, pack up some popcorn bags that are road-friendly and delicious, and low in calories. You can also pack up some cookies, granola bars, muffins, cereal bars, or crackers to munch on while you drive.
Pack dried fruits and vegetables: Instead of the high-sodium, high-calorie chip from the drugstore, choose a healthy plant-based choice. You can pack beet chips, sweet potato chips, kale chips, raisins, dried cherries, dates, etc.
Pack some protein: Vegetables and fruits won’t fill you as much, and protein is necessary to energize you and your family throughout the trip. Therefore, some protein snack options include hard-boiled eggs, hummus, meat sticks, yogurt pouches, lunchmeat roll-ups, cheese sticks, etc.
6. Pack some entertainment
You are bound to get fed up with the radio, so you must pack up some entertainment. You can make a travel playlist of your favorite songs, download some movies or seasons to watch, or ebooks on your device to keep you engaged. You can also relax with some addictive phone games to keep you entertained throughout the way.
7. Pack necessary documents
While all the fun and delicious things are necessary, packing up some important documents you might need during your trip is also crucial. For example, if you are traveling by road, pack up some copies of your ID card, driver’s license, etc., and keep them separate from the original. If you are traveling out of the country, make photocopies of your passport and ID card, and keep spare passport photos.
It may sound like a lot, but packing with every plan in mind ensures that you’re not caught off guard in any situation and have some plan to help you out. Therefore, these tips ensure that you have a healthy and fun time while traveling and enjoy your vacation to the best of your abilities. So what if all of these things don’t fit in a small backpack. Sometimes overpacking can prove to be your savior.