Holiday Travel

Traveling can be incredible, but can also be stressful, especially during the holidays. Whether going with family or friends, it's important to stay healthy and stay grounded—no explosions at the airport because the lines are too long. Follow the tips below for safe and healthy travel.

Know Before You Go:

- Have a set itinerary of what you will be doing each day. If you have free time, promise to let yourself be spontaneous and don't get stressed if the plans don't go your way.

- Find out what restaurants are in the area. If you have special dietary needs, make sure there are restaurants that can accommodate you.

- Exercise can really help relieve stress. Work out at the hotel gym -- or better yet, walk outside and explore the area. If you are near the mountains, take a family hike.

Pack Light:

- Bags that are too heavy can hurt your back and/or neck. Pack only what you need and add a couple of extra items at the last minute. Wear your heaviest jacket and pair of shoes on the plane.

- Don't pack a hair dryer. Most hotels have them; and if you have to go sans blow drying for a few days, the environment will thank you; think of all of the energy you will be saving.

- Don't carry too much cash—find an ATM or use credit cards.

Eat Well:

- Airplane food is getting worse and worse. Make sure to pack snacks such as nuts and fruit.

- Have a mixed fruit and vegetable juice when you get off of the plane. Not only will you be quenching your thirst; you will be replenishing your body with vitamins and minerals, giving your immune system a boost.

- If you have eating restrictions, find a store near where you are staying which offers up healthy alternatives; for example, soy yogurt for those who are vegan or lactose intolerant.

- Breakfast can contain a lot of sugar; order oatmeal, which is filled with fiber, and pack whole-grain cereal bars just in case.

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