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
- 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