With the festive season and summer holidays under way, many of us are thinking about taking little (or big!) adventures to visit family, check out a new little camping spot, or fly overseas for a little winter trip. Traveling can be hard on the body, and so we’ve come up with a list of PHYSIO travel tips to help you stay as comfortable as possible so that you can have a fantastic time with your festivities.
Whether you’re traveling by car, plane or by bus, make sure to sit in an optimal posture to keep comfortable and to prevent possible injury. Consider investing in travel neck pillow or a lumbar roll to help keep your spine in neutral. You can also improvise a lumbar roll by placing a rolled up sweater or blanket behind the small of your back to help counter the unfortunate seats they have in cars and planes.
Drink plenty of water to keep your muscles hydrated, your skin fresh and your respiratory system ready to fight any illness. Low humidity in airplanes can lead to dehydration, which can be easily prevented by sipping on water periodically during the flight.
It is also important to also keep hydrated while driving, even though you may need to make extra pit stops, as those stops will allow you to move around and keep the blood flowing.
As hard as it might be, try to adjust your sleep schedule to local time zones as soon as possible (even before you take off if you can!). Try to avoid the “I can’t go to sleep now, it’s 2 pm back home” mentality and get yourself ready for bed at your normal time in the new time zone. This adjustment will help you change your body clock quicker and will allow you to maximize every day of your holiday.
Pack bags that will not be a pain (literally!) during your trip. Remember wheels don’t work very well on cobbled streets, nor in the snow, and heavy backpacks aren’t great during long treks! When picking up any bag from the ground, remember to use your legs, and ask for help if you can’t pick up your own bags.
Also, make sure to pack proper shoes/sandals/winter boots for active holidays. Ensure that you’ve broken them in before you go so you don’t discover on Day 1 that they hurt your feet. No one wants to be stuck walking around ski hills, stunning beaches or ancient streets with terribly sore feet!
When on a driving holiday, remember to take breaks on both long and short trips to stay awake and to prevent any unwanted stiffness. You can use these little stops to check out neat little towns or just as a quick stop to fill up water bottles to keep your body moving and the blood flowing.
With air travel, get up and move about the cabin (when the seat belt sign is off of course!) or do some airplane exercises in your seat. You can do ankle pumps, shoulder shrugs or some small stretches/exercises recommended by either the airlines or your physiotherapist to prevent any unwanted soreness, and to ward off the possibility of blood clots with long flights.
On your way!
If you have any niggling injuries that you think might be flared up during your next adventure or have any questions about our travel tips, give us a call at Physiologix on (09) 3511 1112 or email us from our website physiologix.com.au and we’ll help get you sorted for a great trip. We love traveling too, and hope that you can enjoy your trip injury free!
Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!