When you travel, sometimes your health gets put by the wayside as you see the sights and find new adventure. Maybe you don’t eat as well as usual or you are too busy relaxing or on the road that your regular exercise just doesn’t happen. In some cases, travel can also cause some health problems through catching a cold from another traveler, exhaustion from jet lag or a food related sickness from a poor food choice.
Some people are choosing to vacation in an RV so that they have more choice and flexibility to tailor their travel to their specific health needs. With a few slight alterations to your holiday plans, traveling can be a rejuvenating, healthy experience. Since RVs are available worldwide, it is an option no matter the travel destination. With that in mind, we are going to go over five ways that traveling in an RV can keep you healthy.
Immune System Boost
One aspect of traveling that makes many people cringe is the germ factor. We try to overlook it, but hotel pillows, public bathrooms, and public spaces can get pretty disgusting depending on how often (and how well) they are cleaned. So often travelers bring back souvenirs in the form of bacteria or a virus because of a contaminated public area. That is one way to put a damper on your travel experience in a hurry.
Sleeping in your own bed protects your immune system so you can enjoy your trip instead of worrying about what you might catch. More and more hotels are beginning to have a problem with bed-bugs. The problem for you is that they are hard to see, and many travelers bring them home without knowing it. Yuck!
Everyone knows airports have a reputation as germ magnets. However, worse than the airport is the plane itself. The tray where you work and eat can have up to eight times as many germs than even the toilet! By traveling around in an RV, you can skip this health hazard, making sure that you are sick less and traveling more. The other benefit is that you are able to carry around your Vitamin C and other health supplements to have on hand when needed instead of having to run out to the shop unexpectedly.
Local and Healthier Food
In an RV and unlike in many hotels and other accommodations, you will be equipped with a kitchen, much of the time a full one. Now you can store snacks and meal ingredients, cutting down on the cost to eat out and especially offering healthier food options. The refrigerator and freezer offer the ability to store fresh food, so you can have breakfast, lunch, and supper right at your fingertip, saving you from seeking out convenient, unhealthy options.
In an RV, you are able to stay away from on the go, fast food and eating out. You can be a healthier person overall by grocery shopping as you travel and visiting farmers markets and roadside fruit and vegetable stands. As well, you can enjoy new local and fresh food or stock up before you go and whip up homemade meals on the go! This aspect is why many healthy travelers are choosing to head out in an RV or small campervan.
Keep Your Sleep Cycle
Traveling is supposed to be enjoyable but if you don’t get a goodnight’s sleep, it can be a drag. Hotel beds can be uncomfortable, and you never know what you are going to get. No one wants a back ache when they travel, and sleeping on a hard, well-worn mattress can be rough on even the liveliest traveler. One of the best benefits of traveling by RV (aside from having your own kitchen and private bathroom on board) is that you get to bring your bed with you. You can also add a memory foam mattress topper, your favorite combination of pillows and blankets and you will be sleeping soundly and waking with energy to appreciate every moment of your trip.
When you fly, you often have to get up early and go to bed late, which can mess up your sleep cycle long before even factoring in jet lag from changing time zones. It can also cut precious time out of your holiday while you have to rest and recover from the journey. Airports wait times are becoming longer as security measures and other policies require you to arrive hours before your flight it set to leave. Many people are starting to become anxious about air travel and stressed over the process, not to mention delayed and cancelled flights, fighting to retrieve luggage and handling missed connections. When RVing, however, you don't have to worry about these things. If you change time zones while driving, you can get used to them overtime and if you get tired, you can simple pull over and take a nap. Make sure you’re parked legally, but many cops would rather you sleep than drive drowsy.
When traveling by other travel methods you have to know where you want to go ahead of time and often times you have zero control over your plans or pace. However, when you leave in an RV you don’t have to know where you want to go ahead of time. This allows you to have independence and influence on your own plans and life. The control aspect of traveling by RV can provide stress reduction and help you feel better about taking it slow and doing it on your own way!
You can make unanticipated stops without panicking and you have the flexibility of choosing the route you want to take and how long you will stay at each destination. Some people like the freedom so much, they spend the winter away, traveling by RV to warmer climates, to attend health retreats, or to fulfill a bucket list adventure.
Traveling with Your Pets
When you go to board a plane, you can only bring a pet if you have a service animal. Otherwise they have to be put into the hold which can be dangerous and stressful on both parties. Having an RV means that your four-legged companion can join you right where you are at all time. Traveling with a pet also offers a host of benefits for your health from anxiety reduction to a boost to your overall health and immune system. No to mention that your furry friend is a part of your family and casts quite a bit at both hotels and boarding facilities.
Overall, there are a lot of health benefits to traveling by RV and we are sure that there are many more that we are not talking about here that you could find depending on your own health concerns. Traveling by RV is a great way to see the world, stay healthy and bring, your pets along!
Staying healthy while you travel doesn’t have to be a challenge. Take some time before you go and see if you cannot prevent some unhealthy habits by adjusting your plan to suit your lifestyle. Wherever you go, and whatever you see, you can do it all and remain healthy.
Shelley Trupert works for Outdoorsy, an RV marketplace for consumers and pros. She has been camping for almost 20 years and is always looking to find the next hike, off the beaten path. While she used to enjoy tenting in the wilderness, she prefers to camp in an RV now—whether it is a Class C or a teardrop trailer—to enjoy a little comfort after a long day outdoors and the ease of travel it provides. Her goal is to hike in all of the national parks in North America.