Spring break is around the corner, and for many people that means a road trip is in order. Whether you’re headed on a family getaway to the beach or an adults-only scenic drive, road trips can be a great way to bond with your friends or family. Just because you’re in the car doesn’t mean you have to throw all your healthy habits out the (car) window. Follow this road map for a healthier road trip.
Pack your own snacks
Think ahead and pack your car and cooler with healthy, car-friendly snacks. Portable, healthy food will keep you full on long stretches between rest stops. Avoid the chips and candy at the gas station to prevent bloating and a heavy stomach. Buy snack-size plastic baggies and fill with nutrient-dense snack foods. Mixed berries, carrots and homemade trail-mix (don’t forget the chocolate) are all good choices. Whole fruit and single-serving granola bars are also good, handheld options for the ride. Don’t forget your reusable water bottles!
Stretch every hour
Sitting for long periods of time can leave you feeling tired and stiff. Pull off at a rest stop or small town once an hour to give yourself a five-minute break. Get everyone out of the car, run a few laps around it, do some jumping jacks and stretch your arms and legs. This is also a good chance to switch drivers so nobody gets tired behind the wheel.
Choose wisely at mealtimes
The fast food dinner is a staple of any good road trip. Allow yourself one anything-goes meal at your favorite drive through, and the rest of your trip, make healthier choices. If you can stop in larger cities with a natural grocery store, you can usually find healthy, whole-wheat wraps or a large salad bar. Otherwise, stick to sub sandwich shops (load your sandwich up with veggies and lean meat).
Plan something active
After long hours in the car, the last thing you should be doing at your destination is laying around! Plan an activity that will get you up and moving. Walk around the historic district of the larger cities, or take a family walk at the beach. Splash around in the pool or go for a hike in a national park. There are lots of ways to get active on vacation!
A well-thought out road trip can be one of the best vacations you’ll ever take. A little planning is all it takes to keep yourself healthy on the road. Plus, the healthier you eat on the road, the more you can splurge at your destination!