They say health is wealth, and it’s no different on the road! Keeping well and strong – both mentally and physically – is easier than ever with these top tips.
Pack a punch with nutrients
Keeping healthy starts with what we’re putting into our bodies. Without adequate nutrition, we can fall into mineral and vitamin deficiencies – impacting not just the way we feel, but also compromising our adventures. Ensure you’re looking after yourself by eating a balanced diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, proteins and carbohydrates to help keep you feeling good.
It’s all about making some smarter choices here and there, and not completely changing the way you eat. Try switching out the lunchtime meat pie or fast food for a fresh banh mi or salad sandwich. Alternatively, opt for a side salad instead of fries once in a while, or even switch up the fizzy drink for a smoothie or a kombucha. And don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water!
Keep calm and carry on
Mental health is just as important as physical health, and especially after the pandemic, it’s vital to be kind and take care of yourself. While we’re all well-versed in connecting with friends and family remotely, remember that it’s okay to feel like life on the road can also be isolating at times. Check in with your loved ones regularly, and keep them updated on your travels by taking lots of photos.
Taking care of your mental health on the road doesn’t have to simply be about reacting to your feelings – it can also include incorporating mindfulness into your everyday routine. Quiet your mind and get contemplative with meditation, gently stretch your body with yoga and Pilates, get some fresh air on a walk or bike ride, and try to get enough sleep.
It’s also a good idea to brush up on your basic life-saving knowledge with first-aid training and a CPR course. Also ensure that your car, camper or caravan have a working first-aid kit, snake bite kit, defibrillator, fire extinguisher and fire blanket. If the unthinkable does happen to you or someone you meet, you’ll be able to deal with it confidently and accurately.
You should also ensure that you’re taking care of your skin by wearing a good-quality, high-SPF sunscreen daily – no matter the weather. Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world, with at least two-thirds of Aussies currently developing a form of the disease before the age of 70, so it’s crucial to protect yourself from the harsh sun rays. Plus, no-one likes a sunburn!
For more healthy tips while on the road, read the Spring 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia.