Health Tips

Checklist for Healthy Holiday Travel

‘Tis the season to be traveling…with more than 46 million people driving at least 50 miles from home during the Thanksgiving weekend. According to AAA, air travel is projected to be at the highest level since 2007, with nearly 4 million people flying to their destinations. So before you hit the roads (or skies), take a few moments to plan for healthy holiday travel.

Traveling by Automobile

Traveling by Plane

Prescription medications can be one of the most difficult things to purchase while traveling. If you need refills and haven’t called them in yet, do so immediately. Be sure to take extra medication with you in case your travel plans are delayed. Also plan ahead for over-the-counter medication needs like aspirin, decongestants and antibiotic ointments. And if you have the space, throw in some bandages and a thermometer for good measure.

Whether you are traveling by car or plane it is very important to stay hydrated, which even helps with jet lag. Also consider packing your own healthy meals rather than stopping for food along the way. Good nutrition will help you remain alert, while protecting the waistline. With just a little planning, you increase your chances of having safe, healthy holiday travel.

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