2018: Simple health tips for a safe road trip

Road trips can be fun and rewarding if you take the time to prepare for the road ahead. Being willing to go with the flow if traffic hits, weather changes, or you feel as if you need a break can make a big difference, too. So pack, prepare, and don’t forget to wear your seat belt!

2018: Simple health tips for a safe road trip
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There is a real pleasure in driving long distances. Even on today’s congested roads; the freedom, the sense of adventure, the sheer joy of the road unfolding before you. But without proper planning, your adventure could turn into a nightmare.

Taking care of your health on the road is a key aspect of travel. Here are a few things you can do to travel safe and keep your health in check.

Dr Gautam Bhansali, Consultant Physician at Bombay Hospital offers a few tips for travellers

  • Get at least seven hours of sleep for two consecutive nights before the road trip. Ensuring that you get sound sleep is key for maintaining your energy reserves
  • Do not drive fast or speed unnecessarily.
  • Don’t play loud music while driving as it can distract you
  • Take a break for 15-20 minutes after every 100-150 kms. Walk around and stretch your body
  • If you are sleepy, pull over and take a short nap of 20-30 minutes
  • Sit in a stiff seat for proper back support

It is also important to watch what you eat on a road trip. Ankita Ghag,  Dr Ankita Ghag, Clinical Nutritionist, Vacchan Aarogya and Diabetes Care 365 has suggested some options you can try out

  • Carry light home-made food like thepla and methi paratha
  • Snack on khakhra, roasted peanuts or chana
  • At a restaurant, eat foods which are easy to digest. Plain khichdi is recommended for vegetarians. Non-vegetarians can stick with grilled chicken. Don’t eat heavily on the road.
  • Avoid alcohol

To avoid acidity

  • Eat often, eat small and frequent meals
  • One can snack on cucumber slices or eat seasonal fruits

Stay hydrated

  • Consume adequate fluids. Don’t stay thirsty for long
  • Apart from drinking water, one can also sip on watermelon juice, coconut juice and lime juice
  • Keep water bottles handy in the car