Are you ready for a road trip? Start your journey with these healthy tips and then round up your family and friends and load up the car for an unforgettable and memorable vacation. Click here for the complete list of 66 ways to have a healthy road trip this summer.
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1. Pack Compact Snacks to Avoid Overeating
Reuse a cleaned creamer bottle or fill up a new tackle box with healthy bites like nuts, seeds, berries, dried fruit, and granola. This way, you’ll cut down on multiple snack bags and boxes and won’t over-indulge because you can only have a small handful at a time.
2. De-Grime Car Headlights to Avoid Blurred Visibility
Oxidation on your car’s headlights can cause them to fog up and can be hazardous for you and other drivers. Make sure your car is seen in any weather by scrubbing down the headlights with a damp rag and a small amount of toothpaste. Wash the toothpaste off with clean water and then dry with a soft paper towel or clean cloth. Watch this trick in action here.
3. Navigate Rest Stops Wisely for the Healthiest Options
Skip the hot pretzel stands full of salt and carbs, pass on the cinnamon buns high in sugar and saturated fats, and make healthier snack choices like fresh, cut fruit and pre-made salads. If you’re looking to satisfy a salt craving, try beef jerky that’s high in protein but low in calories.
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4. Use Shoe Organizers to Corral Knickknacks
Maintain your sanity and your car windows visible by packing loose, small items like flip-flops, sunscreen bottles, hand towels, and sun hats neatly folded and in their own pockets in a fabric or plastic shoe organizer.
5. Keep Trash Confined in a Cereal Container
Line a cereal container with a plastic bag to use as a makeshift trash bin. The container makes it easy to brush crumbs, toss used napkins, and keep other litter contained on long rides.
6. Secure Your Cell Phone With a Binder Clip
Depending on your smartphone size, a jumbo or large binder clip (at least 2 inches wide) can help prop up your phone so you can use it as a GPS or reference a map before driving. Wrap the metal clips with non-slip black safety tape or wrap string around the metal so it doesn’t scratch your phone. With the handles folded up, add two snug rubber bands around the metal loops. Fasten the clip on your car’s air vent and gently slide your phone through the open space between the clasps.
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7. Always Pack a Car Emergency Kit
Whether you’re on the road for a few hours or a few days, make sure your car’s emergency kit is stocked and ready to go. Include essentials such as roadside flares, glow sticks, a can opener, clean work gloves, a flashlight with working batteries, extra batteries, a flat-head screwdriver, jumper cables, rags, pliers, scissors, a tire inflator, wrench, blanket, and paper towels.
8. Organize Your Glove Compartment
Stash important documents like instructions for changing a car tire and your car’s manual in your car’s glove compartment. Other useful items include an atlas, a cell phone car charger, spare plastic bags, and a packet of tissues.
9. Take Photos Before Your Leave
If you’re renting a car, photograph each side of the car before you drive off so you’ll have evidence of the car’s condition in case you run into any future issues. Take photos of any important documents as well like your passport or driver’s license in case the real item gets lost. Have backups on your smartphone or camera and leave photo printouts at home.
10. Clean Car Windows With Flip-Flops
Don’t have a squeegee on hand? Repurpose the soles of flip-flops as a window wiper after it rains. Get more easy ways to have a healthy road trip here.
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