Posted by: Patricia Hysong | July 25, 2015

Anytime Travel Tips

Are you planning a vacation this summer or in the near future? Whether it is a week long camp trip to you favorite spot in the mountains, a trip back home to visit family and old friends or a several week, once in a lifetime trip to your dream vacation spot, here are a few travel tips that my make your vacation more fun and less stress.

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No matter where you are going:

  • make sure you are as healthy as possible before you head out. Get plenty of rest and enjoy healthy foods to keep you feeling your best.
  • if you are heading overseas, check with your doctor or health clinic to make sure you have all the necessary vaccines you need to travel internationally. Make sure to do this early because some vaccines take time to be effective and\or require more than one dose.
  • make sure you have packed your prescriptions. It’s not a bad idea to pack them in several different bags in case something happens to one, then you will have enough in another to get you through until you can get to someplace to get what you need.
  • if you suffer from allergies, check your destination’s pollen index for what might be flaring up so you can be prepared before you go. One site that might help with this is Pollen.com.
  • try new foods sparingly at first, just until you know how your body reacts to the introduction of new cuisine. Also, enjoy but don’t over indulge too much or you may miss out on other events because you ate too much or ate something that didn’t agree with you.
  • in addition to trying new foods, make sure you make plenty of healthy choices as well and get the rest you need to keep up your strength to be able to enjoy all that your vacation has to offer.
  • flying though several time zones can cause jet leg. If traveling east, try going to bed earlier and if traveling west, stay up later. Book daytime flights, don’t drink alcohol or caffeine, increase you water intake and avoid heavy foods to make the experience more agreeable.
  • check weather information at your destination and consider what biting bugs may be enjoying the same place you would be enjoying if they weren’t there. Pack clothing and bug spray appropriate to keep you comfortable no matter the weather or the bug situation.
  • if driving, especially with children or pets, make sure they are as comfortable as you are. Bring things that will keep the children engaged in the trip and enjoying seeing and learning new things. This will help with the “are we there yet” questions and the behaviors that being cooped up in one space for long periods of time might produce. Pack healthy snacks so if boredom does set in and they are suddenly starving to death, you are prepared. Keep the needs of your pet in mind, keeping them hydrated, cool and making necessary stops will make the trip less stressful on them and on you as well. When they are out of the vehicle, keep your pet on their leash for their safety and that of other travelers they may encounter.
  • when visiting campgrounds, national parks or enjoying the great outdoors, always follow the rules and regulations regarding fire, fireworks, food storage, garbage disposal, and respect where you are. Leave it better than you found it and don’t cause stress to the environment or the animals that live there.
  • always be aware of your surroundings, especially in an unfamiliar area. Travel with someone that knows the area if possible but if not, use common sense and good judgement. If something, someone, or someplace makes you feel uneasy, get yourself out of the situation before it escalates.
  • make sure someone knows were you are going and have a set time to return or some other form of contact with them to let them know you are safe. Leave an itinerary with a trusted friend or family member so there are opportunities to reach you if need be.

Vacations often end up being more stress than fun. Preparing in advance, keeping the little things in mind but not stressing about them may help you relax and enjoy what you’re doing and where you are. Have a wonderful summer and ENJOY!

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

 

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