There are so many wonderful things to see and experience as you travel in the United States. From soaring mountains in West Virginia to endless ocean views in California and from Nevada’s amazing deep canyons to plateaus that seem to touch the sky, this country has it all. But before you jump in your car or on a plane and head off on the trip of a lifetime to your favorite States, there are some things you need to think about in terms of your health. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to stay healthy while traveling in the U.S.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is essential if you want to truly get the most from your trip. Your mind and body need rest when you’re constantly on the go and you’ll need to take every opportunity you get to re-energize for your next adventure. How much sleep should you get? Listen to your body and it will tell you!
Bring Your Medication with You
Do you need to take medication every day? Perhaps you suffer from migraines and you need strong painkillers to ease the pain when it hits? If so, it’s important to take your meds with you. You will have access to pharmacies in every town and city you pass through but you may need to have a doctor’s prescription if they cannot be given over the counter. Likewise, if you take medical marijuana to treat a condition you have, it’s best to take a supply with you. However, if you run out and you’re in a state like Oklahoma where MMJ is legal, you can easily get a card online and buy what you need.
Do yourself a favor and do not try to squeeze too much in as you’ll be sure to regret it. Sit down and plan an itinerary that allows you to see plenty but without overdoing it. Remember, you’re on vacation and you do not want to return home feeling more tired than you did before you left.
Walk When You Can
Most cities in the U.S. are very spread out but there will be lots of opportunities to get those steps in. Take the stairs instead of escalators and lifts. Opt to walk where you can and avoid taking taxis and public transport for short distances. Not only will you see and experience more of daily life in new destinations but your body and mind will thank you for it too.
Pack a Lunch and Snacks
It can be pretty hard to stay on a healthy eating buzz when traveling in the U.S. From delicious doughnuts and creamy milkshakes to sweet apple pie, Texas barbeques, and towering hamburgers, most of the food you’ll see will be rich in taste and rich in calories. For a healthier option, it’s always a good idea to bring a packed lunch and some snacks for the road. Think fresh fruit, bottled water, and a healthy sandwich or salad. There are plenty of health-conscious restaurants in the bigger cities but despite the food is really tasty with big portions always guaranteed, it can be considerably more expensive.