Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Tips for Holiday Travel

Holiday travel is upon us! It’s that wonderful time again, where you’ll overpay for a ticket that has one connecting flight and a two hour layover, which is a plus because it beats mind numbing traffic. Unless you enjoy traveling at a snail’s pace with endless loop of Dora and Diego reverberating off the windows. At least the former methods definitely beats arm rest wrestling with the loud ipod guy on the $20 dollar mega bus.

Whether you’re on plane, train or automobiles, long car rides and flights can take a tremendous toll on your body and health. While we are usually cautious as to what we eat or drink in our daily lives, we also need to pay close attention to our physical well being when traveling. Here are some tips to help you make your travels safer:

Traveling by Plane

  • Pack lightly, save your back and shoulders the extra stress by leaving behind things you don’t need. Coordinate your outfits so you need fewer clothes.
  • Don’t lift your carry-on luggage into the luggage rack – Let the flight attendant help you.
  • Reserve an aisle seat – There are many benefits to this. You have more space. You can get up easier and don’t have to twist and contort your body as much.
  • Use a seat support – If you have your own, this is the best. Otherwise, make sure you have an extra blanket and/or pillow for back support. Recline your seat as often as possible. You take pressure off your back by doing this.
  • Stay hydrated while you fly.

Traveling by Bus/Train

  • Stretch your body and prepare your mind for the journey ahead. Stretch your arms, legs and your whole body and at the same time, go over your trip in your head. You’ll be mentally and physically preparing yourself or a long journey.
  • Get off the bus/train and stretch your legs whenever it stops. The body and mind can go crazy if it’s still in one position for too long. So take advantage when the bus stops to get some fresh air.
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. You’re not driving, so this is the perfect time to let your mind wander and just enjoy yourself.

Traveling by Car

  • Check your back pocket. Many people keep a lot of things in their wallet. Remove it because it makes you lean slightly to one side, which is not good for your back because your leaning position will create undue force on it.
  • Check your belt. Is it tight on your waist? If yes, loosen your belt. Always remember, a tighter waistline puts more pressure on your lower back.
  • You can provide great relief to your back just by making some small adjustments in your sitting position. The idea is to make it more bearable and more comfortable for you – you can do this by moving the seat a little lower or higher or moving it a little back or ahead.
  • Don’t drive for long hours at a stretch. If you keep driving without taking any break, this is the worst thing you will be doing not only to your back but also to your car.
  • So next time, you’re tapping your fingers impatiently waiting in traffic or at airport check-in, breathe easily knowing that these travel tips by MaxWell Medical can help you TRAVEL COMFORTABLY!


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