Summer is peak travel time for a lot of families. Vacations are a great way to relax, enjoy some time away and indulge a little bit, but they can also lead to over-indulging, exhaustion, and illness if you’re not careful.Stay happy and healthy while you enjoy your vacation! Click To Tweet
The good news is, with a little planning and effort, you can help your family stay happy and healthy while also enjoying a great vacation. Making sleep and exercise a priority, as well as making an effort to snack well and drink enough water are easy ways to make your trip a success!
Here are more details and some simple tips for staying healthy on the road:
Sleeping – While it may be tempting to try to cram as much as possible into vacation, don’t skimp on sleep. Traveling can take a toll on your immune system so it’s important to get enough rest so your body can fight off germs and keep you healthy.
Snacking – While it’s probably not realistic to expect that all of your meals on vacation will be as healthy as the ones you eat at home, there are some things you can do to keep things on the healthier side. Try renting a place that has a kitchen you can cook in for some meals! Packing healthy snacks is also helpful. If you have access to a fridge, you can hit the grocery store when you get there for things like cheese and dried fruit and nuts to whip up some quick snack mixes like these: (Healthy Snacks To Go.) If you’re traveling by car, bring along a cooler filled with snacks like Chia Pudding or homemade gelatin snack cups. If you don’t have access to a cooler or fridge, you can still pack things like homemade granola bars, these Apple Cranberry Cheddar Muffins, homemade Apple Cheddar Crisps or Cheddar Fish Crackers.
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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.