Happy Christmas week everyone! I am one of the many that will be packing up and hitting the road this week. We are spending Christmas in Buffalo with my boyfriend’s family. This is the first Christmas that I will not be spending with my family and it makes me a little sad, but I’m also very excited to partake in Kris’ family holiday traditions! In honor of my tendency to become alarmingly hangry when my routine is switched up in any way, I thought I would share some tips to prepare for a healthy (and happy) road trip.
1. Eat a real meal before you leave
Especially if you are planning on working out before you hit the road. There is nothing worse than riding that workout high riiiight until you get in the car and realize you are starving. And subsequently end up at the McDonald’s drive through ordering a Family Dinner Box. Then hating yourself for the remainder of the
trip day. Make sure you include protein to hold you over for a while.
2. Pack portable snacks!
Pack snacks not just for the road trip but also in case you get hungry during the trip. That way you know you have something healthy to munch on instead of waiting until you are starving and eating the entire tray of Christmas cookies. Is there really ever a time that there should not be snacks readily available? I always keep granola bars, nuts, a banana, or some sort of snack in my bag. I am so guilty of of being hangry (hungry + angry), and most times there is no warning. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 😡 <—— that’s me. We watched the Lego movie this weekend and I totally related to Uni-kitty (a little too much), this is me when I’m hungry:
3. Prepare your Entertainment
Sometimes when I am sick of the radio I prepare something ahead of time that will keep me entertained and more importantly – awake. Maybe some holiday Christmas music? The Transiberian Orchestra has an awesome Pandora holiday station. But if you’re not feeling the music, you can also download an audio book from iTunes. I did this for a long road trip in October and I loved it. I am so guilty of almost falling asleep when it gets dark and I’m in the car, so I needed something that would keep my interest. The only downfall is that you have to download it with wifi, so it takes a bit of preparation. There is also a podcast for just about every interest, which is a great time killer. Also – I like to stock my kindle before I go anywhere so that I know I will always have entertainment if the need arises.
4. Plan Milestones / Pit Stops
If at all possible, plan ahead for pit stops or milestones in your trip. Maybe you know there is a Starbucks off of a certain highway exit? This gives you a chance to stretch your legs, get some caffeine, and have something to look forward to that doesn’t seem as daunting as the final destination.
5. Plan for Workouts
Many times the holidays fly by and it feels like you don’t have a moment to spare. Sometimes there is just no time to fit in a workout, especially when you are spending time with loved ones that you don’t see very often. But if you need a little endorphin boost (or a stress reliever), there’s no harm in having a no-equipment workout on hand. I hate to admit it but I am so much happier when I get in a workout. Maybe it’s the endorphins? Maybe it’s a feeling of accomplishment? Maybe there is something wrong with me? But I’m pretty sure I do everyone a favor when I get my butt out of bed a little early to sneak in some sort of physical activity.