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What’s the most important RV trip prep? Your personal health

Getting ready for an extended RV trip usually involves making reservations, packing the RV, checking RV systems, and making arrangements for your stix-n-brix home while you plan to be away. You probably have preparation checklists (like this one). Don’t forget to include the most important part of RV trip prep—you and your health! Face it! If you get sick or feel tired as your trip begins, you may compromise your entire adventure. That’s why you need to consider some personal health prep before your RV travels begin. Here are some tips to help you do just that!

Rest up

It’s important to get plenty of rest before your RV trip. Not only will you be more alert as you drive, but adequate rest will help you better organize, pack, and plan. Good rest will also help keep your immune system strong.

Exercise

There’s a lot to do when preparing for an extended RV trip, but don’t let your preparations keep you from your daily exercise routine. Schedule a time for the gym or your daily walk, if necessary.

Prescriptions

Be sure to take all your prescribed medications as directed by your doctor in the weeks/months before your trip.

Stress

As you prepare for your RV trip, do all you can to manage your stress levels. To do this you may need to begin packing and other required preparations several days (or even weeks) before departure. A relatively stress-free prep period will put you in a better mood and strengthen your immunity, as well.

Hint: Use exercise to help reduce stress if you begin to feel overwhelmed. Express anxious feelings to your travel partner and elicit help with travel prep, if needed.

Sanitization

Be diligent about sanitization as you shop in preparation for your trip. Wash hands often when frequenting shops or grocery stores and encourage travel partner(s) to follow your lead.

Eat sensibly

Prior to your departure, eat plenty of protein-rich and high-fiber foods. Supplement these with foods that contain probiotics (like yogurt) and reduce your intake of foods rich in carbohydrates.

Drink water

Drink at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water each day before you travel. If necessary, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to rehydrate frequently.

RV trip prep: Check with your doctor

Research the places where your travels will take you. See if there are recent outbreaks or illnesses reported. Relay this information to your doctor and see if he recommends any pre-trip medications or suggests additional precautions.

Can you think of other pre-trip tips for boosting personal health? Please share them in the comments below.

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Roger V
3 months ago

We’re probably one of the few that travel with a portable AED. When we retired and got the motorhome, our daughter bought us one because, “well, you’re old now….”. Super nice gift, but we laugh every time we think about that awkward moment!

Snoopy
3 months ago

About getting a good nights sleep before you leave. Lets face it as your laying in bed your thoughts are, did I do this & that or forgot something! I know I think about that stuff before any trip, either a week end or for 2 months!
Snoopy

Jane
3 months ago

Have a check list

Jim Johnson
3 months ago

from a semi-annual migrationist- Having medical professionals familiar with you and your body is important. They are the ones best qualified to manage medications and processes for chronic conditions. Multiple docs for chronic issues often result in poor medicinal management. Primary care physician appointments are often annual and comparatively easy to work into an nomad lifestyle. And remote access to medical records for acute care has greatly improved. Eye exams are also usually annual. However, dental visits are typically semi-annual with rigid insurance company schedules, and there is far less remote access to dental care records. As a result, we have to be in one location twice in a six-month time frame and it more than anything else dictates when we seasonally leave and have to return to an area.

Cathi
3 months ago
Reply to  Jim Johnson

We have the same schedule for the same reasons. If we don’t get to our winter headquarters with appointments already on the books, it is hard to get that second Dental or cardiac appointment before we plan to leave again in 6 months.

Tommy Molnar
3 months ago

“Drink at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water each day before you travel”.

Maybe I’m reading this wrong, but it sounds like Gail is saying you should gulp down eight glasses of water every morning before moving on. That’s a lot of water in a couple of hours.
Maybe have a catheter installed?

Larry
3 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Actually, the push to drink 8 ounces of water per day came, (wait for it), from the bottled water industry. There are no good studies that indicate the need for this. Your body will tell you when you need to drink by making you feel thirsty. Just don’t ignore what your body is telling you.

Tommy Molnar
3 months ago
Reply to  Larry

I totally agree, Larry. I used to get daily emails from a Dr. Douglas who was way off the medical mainstream thinking process. He was the first one I read who said drinking a certain amount of water each day was bad advice. Drink when you’re thirsty. Don’t drink when you’re not. Not hard to understand. Unfortunately, Dr. Douglas died several years ago.

Lisa Adcox
3 months ago
Reply to  Larry

If not enough water and you get dehydrated, it can cause health issues. Kidney and Bladder issues and yes stroke. My husband did not listen to his own bodies signals. Summer and early fall of 2021. He was dehydrated and his Kidney functions were off. They had him pick up water intake and functions got better. Then things went down hill. He had a stroke. His kidneys, bladder and prostrate leads him to a specialist. That parts better due to better water intake but he suffered major stroke to point traveling fulltime off the table. So yes maybe bottled water wants to sale water but it’s still very important to your well-being. Even if no bottled water industry.
The need for so much water is real. Bottle water companies seen the way to sell water to make it easier for us. People get thirsty and pick up things to quench the thirst that many times is doing you more harm than good. Rick was a robust,active and healthy man. Now his life h!s changed and him and I am thankful he is here and can now get around but life will never be the same.

Judy G
3 months ago

Traveling full time for twelve years, it was especially useful to have prescriptions refilled at Walmart pharmacies. Once in their system I could do efficient ‘one-stop’ shopping while on the road.

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