What are your summer travel plans? Any road trips coming up? We have already taken one and have another coming up in a few weeks. As you can imagine, there is plenty to prep and plan before we leave in order to ensure everything goes well while we’re on the road. Most importantly, we want to make sure everyone is healthy –and stays healthy– on the trip!
Stay Healthy on a Road Trip
The summer months traditionally mean long road trips to distant family vacation spots. Growing up, we did the same 10-day road trip for about 6 years in a row. We started in Dallas, drove to Carlsbad Caverns, then onto the Grand Canyon, the California coast, 4-Corners Monument, and back home. Of course there were other stops along the way, but these were the main attractions we stopped at each year. With my own family, I crave the open-road and sense of adventure. Whether we drive clear to one of the oceanic coasts or never leave the state of Texas, we love the idea of a road trip.
But, in addition to making them entertaining and fun for the whole family, we always strive for safety first and have a plan before we leave.
- Snacks — A quick stop at our local CVS can have us stocked and ready to hit the road in no time. In fact, this past April, CVS unveiled a new store design that introduced a new assortment of healthier food and health-focused products. Healthier food choices now make up approximately 50% of all food options found throughout the store. Better snacks on the road mean healthier guts and happier road trippers.
- Water — Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body. At CVS, you will find a variety of water choices, including Alo Exposed Waters, to help avoid sugary options while on the road. After all, dehydration is NOT a part of the plan.
- Sunscreen — Did you know that you can even get a sunburn in the car? Whether the sun is beating in through the window and your arm is inadvertently hanging out the window, be sure to slather on some sunscreen to protect your skin.
- Stop — After several hours in a car, it’s important that everyone get out and move around a while. Take a restroom break, walk around, stretch. Your body will thank you for it.
- Rest — It’s important to know your body’s limits. In addition to water and food, our body needs rest. Get plenty of sleep each night before hopping back in the car to continue on your journey. Alternate drivers as needed and always relinquish your time behind the wheel once you begin to feel sleepy.
Mostly though, be flexible. What if dehydration strikes on the road? Sunburn? Poison ivy? Or maybe you forgot to pack prescription medicines or pack the first aid kit. Sometimes, no matter how much planning you do, things happen. Fortunately, with over 9,700 locations across the U.S., you can locate a CVS store near you for essentials.
And remember, the MinuteClinic® nurse practitioners and physician assistants can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions.
Plus, you can use the CVS Mobile App to refill prescriptions, transfer them to a different location while you’re traveling and even get text alerts when your medication is ready for pick up. Not to mention, with Curbside Pickup, you can easily be in and out. You could be back on the road –and on your way to wellness– in no time.
What’s your best tip for staying healthy on road trips?
Find a CVS location near you — no matter where you are on your leg of the journey!