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Road T(r)ips: How to Prevent Fatigue on the Road

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By Madeline Klein on July 21, 2021 in Travel

Long road trips can be extremely daunting, we hear that. However, we’re firm believers that the destination is (usually) worth the journey. So, buckle up and fight your fatigue with these six tips.

Don’t forget the snacks.

This one is important for several reasons. One, healthy snacks provide you with sustainable energy that could last for at least a couple of hours. Two, snacks like popcorn or sunflower seeds can occupy your time without distracting you from the road.

Grab a couple must-have accessories to stick to healthy eating on the road.

Prepare, prepare, prepare.

Preparation is key for road trips, long and short.

  • The week of the trip:
    • Exercise regularly
    • Pack your bags
    • Plan the route
    • Try to relax!
  • The day before your trip:
    • Load up your car
    • Set out clothes for your travel day
    • Pack snacks and meals
  • On the morning of departure:
    • Start with a healthy breakfast chock-full of protein and hit the road ready for the day!

Stay hydrated.

An extremely wise person once said, “Hydrate or die-drate”. Okay, we’re not actually sure who said that, but it’s catchy and will hopefully help you remember to drink water on the road. While you don’t want to overdo it and have to stop for potty breaks every 15 minutes, drinking water can help keep you alert.

Catch some Z’s.

Sleep is SO important before a long journey. Although the pre-trip nerves may seem to conveniently kick in right as you’re dozing off, if you can get to bed early enough you should have no problem getting a full night’s rest!

Eliminate stress.

Leading up to your big trip, try to eliminate stress however you can. Whether this means checking off several things each day the week prior to your departure or making checklists galore, do what’s right for you. Your morning-of-the-trip-self will FOR SURE thank you.

Take active breaks.

Active breaks are a sure way to give you a jolt of energy without the crash that comes from caffeine or sugar. Find a local park on your route where you can stop and run a couple of laps or jump rope for 10 minutes. Your body will be grateful for the exercise and your reward is not only the added energy, but you’ll feel extra good for getting a quick workout in!

Let’s end with a quick reminder that if you’re tired on the road, you should always listen to your body and take breaks. Find a safe place to rest when necessary. Pushing your limits to reach your destination within a certain timeframe isn’t as important as driving and arriving safe! Just remember that everyone is different and these tips are just suggestions to keep you alert on the road.

Madeline Klein is Say's Digital Content Producer. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism, emphasis in Strategic Communication. Her experience is in writing and digital media. Madeline loves using her creativity to write and design new and exciting pieces of work for Say!