Traveling for Thanksgiving? It can be great to head home for the holidays and spend time relaxing with loves ones. But before you do that, you have to actually get there. Here are some last minute ideas to prepare you for stress-free travel and to stay healthy on the road or in the skies.
1. Plan and prep your route.
Start off with a plan – how are you getting home? Are you flying? Set aside your boarding passes, license, and other important docs, and make sure you can get to the airport with plenty of time for the busiest travel time of the year. If you’re driving, make sure you have gas and money for tolls or an EZpass. It seems straightforward, but no one wants to be stuck behind the people who can’t find their last quarter. Maybe even splurge on a car wash and vacuum. It can take less than 20 minutes, and make all the difference spending 4 hours in a clean car vs. a messy one. All in all, prepare yourself and maybe your vehicle for the physical act of traveling.
2. Eat Healthy
Whether you’re going on a road trip or a plane, plan ahead. Make or buy some healthy snacks nearby in preparation for all the heavy food you’ll be eating. Pack some fruit, vegetables, nuts, or something that has protein in it to keep the hangry at bay. Try these homemade chocolate larabars.
Water is so important, especially if you’re traveling by plane. The air can be drying, so keep an empty water bottle with you that you can refill, and put on some extra lotion before you leave. If you’re in a car, bring plenty of water with you. If you need to stop? An extra five minutes never hurt anyone.
4. Keep Active
Whether you’re in a car or on a plane, it’s important to keep moving throughout your journey and to keep the blood circulating. Stop and stretch your legs at rest stops, and take a quick yoga pose or two to stretch out. If you’re on a plane, take a walk around the airport beforehand, and get up every hour or so to stretch your legs. Once in your destination, try and get in some small movement – a family walk after dinner, some yoga videos in the morning, or take your family to a yoga class! Lots of studios have donation-based classes where the cost goes to a local organization. Check it out and see what’s near you.
5. Enjoy yourself
Relax. Eat a big meal! Have pie for breakfast Friday morning. Take some time to recharge. Don’t worry if you skip a day or two of exercise. Give yourself a break and take it easy before you get back into the swing of things. Sometimes a disruption of routine is just what you need to work that much harder when you get back to it. Don’t stress if it takes a little longer than usual.