5 Easy Ways to Make Travel a Little Healthier

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We’re at the beginning of a pretty busy season, thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, the New Year – this means pretty much all of us are in for a little bit of traveling.

So I thought to myself, what can we do to make our travels this year a little healthier? Here are a few ideas:

 

1. Bring your own snacks

It can be particularly difficult to find healthy choices in airports or at gas stations, so even if you fear eating all your food before take-off or before you e left the state, it’s actually a pretty good idea to bring your own food.

Personal food recommendations: granola, air-popped popcorn, yogurt (if you have access to a cooler), fruit, roasted chickpeas, protein shake, olives, avocado.

2. Take the long way around

Before I go any further, I’ll acknowledge that for a lot of us, due to time restraints, this just isn’t an option, and if you have kids, the idea of making the trip longer might sound NUTS, but bear with me- it could actually be helpful.

The journey is half the fun with traveling! If you’re road-tripping with young kids, I think making somewhat frequent stops (they need the bathroom anyways) at interesting places where you can explore around a little and stretch your legs, will actually allow the kids to run off a little steam, and tire them out so they stop asking just when you’ll get there. And if you’re not traveling with kids, even better, stop at places that interest you and walk around a little bit.

If you’re flying, stops aren’t really an option, but you can make small changes, like walking instead of using the escalator and moving walkways.

3. Stay hydrated

Bring your bottles and fill them up! It’s actually more important to stay hydrated on flights than it is on road trips. The trick is to fill up in the airport though – there are still some concerns about the cleanliness of aircraft water – although this does seem to be getting better.

4. Take the train

If you’re traveling within the country and a train is an option, go for it! These have a much lower carbon footprint than planes do, and the more people who do this, the less airplane pollution we will have!

If you’re up for an even bigger environmental challenge, see if you can sail there!

5. Rest

Although it might seem counterintuitive, especially if you’re traveling for a vacation, traveling can actually exhaust your body. If you’re road-tripping and able to drive and sleep in shifts, give it a try. If you’re flying or on the train, sleeping is even easier (provided your don’t miss your destination).

Where are you traveling to this Holiday Season?

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