Sunday, December 2, 2012

Holiday Help!

We talked about airplane travel but for lots of people, the holidays are spent in the car traveling to families who live close, but not so close that you don't need to plan ahead!

If you are going to be in the car for more than even 5 minutes, bring a bottle of water. My husband laughed at me when I told him I get panicky if I'm in the car without my water but guess who's always stealing sips from my water bottle!

The longer the drive, the more water you need to bring and you may have to factor in food. If you don't plan ahead, you're likely to end up hitting a fast good drive through and lets be honest, you're going to order a burger over trying to eat a salad in the car! When I'm going anywhere longer than two hours away, I pack a cooler of food with me. I always have 3oz bags of cooked chicken, raw almonds and some kind of fruit. (and water, never forget water!)

I also pack gum in my purse all the time but it's especially a good idea when you're going on long trips. Driving can be stressful, especially if the car is loaded with people and the weather is bad! Chewing gum has been shown to reduce stress and help you stay alert - perfect for those winter roads. It's also the perfect choice when you're bored hungry. Long car rides can get tedious and often what we think is hunger, is really boredom (or thirst...did I mention water?)

When you stop for gas or to pee, bang out 20-30 squats. Will you look foolish squatting while your gas pumps? Yes. Should you care? No. Because you may look goofy now, but your butt will look great later.

And lastly, if you're taking a long drive to someone's for dinner or a big meal, it's still a good idea to have a light snack if the drive is over 2 hours. Showing up starving is a great way to get sucked in by the fabulous feast and overeat!

What do you take in the car with you? How do you handle long car trips?l

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