Every time we pack the car for a road trip, I always pack a bag of common medicines- just in case. I know what it’s like to get sick on vacation, and I can attest it’s no fun. Even though my family spends weeks on the road each year heading to family friendly destinations and back home, there’s always a sigh of relief when we hit our driveway without incident or illness. Last night’s #AmwellMD Twitter party sponsored by Amwell gave all of us #TMOMs insight into how to stay well when traveling.

Staying Healthy on the road is a snap with our tried and true TravelingMom tips! Photo Credit: Nicole Wakelin, Nerdy TravelingMom

Staying Healthy on the road is a snap with our tried and true TravelingMom tips! Photo Credit: Nicole Wakelin, Nerdy TravelingMom

Q1: Who Got Sick When You Traveled with Your Family? What Did You Do?

Karyn Locke, Road Trip TravelingMomI did- boo! I had to drag myself to an emer. care center in #Orlando- costs hundreds of $$.

My family is passionate for Disney, so you can understand how miserable it was to have a bout of influenza during an autumn trip to Walt Disney World two years ago. With me stuck in bed compliments of a high fever, sore throat, chills, sweats…you name it, I had it, I lovingly sent my husband and daughter to the parks with out me. There was no sense in them hanging around a resort room! After a couple of days of not getting any better, my husband basically carried me to the car and we headed to an emergency care center. Hundreds of dollars later, I was on the mend just in time for our last day at the park.

Q2: How do you save $$ when you travel?

Becky Davenport, Budget TravelingMomI save money by staying prepared for the unexpected!

As a single mom living on a small budget, saving money is priority to me. One thing I learned right away was; I must always be prepared for anything. Kids are needy, accident prone, and unpredictable – one minute we may be swimming in the ocean and the next running a 100 degree temperature. In the back of my car – which is horribly unorganized – you will find the most bizarre things, but all of those things are items that I have found we need! Here is a list of 17 unexpected things that can ruin your budget!

Traveling well can mean physical as well as mental health wellness. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke, Road Trip TravelingMom

Traveling well can mean physical as well as mental health wellness. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke, Road Trip TravelingMom

Q3: What is your biggest health concern when traveling?

Gwen Kleist, Healthy TravelingMom:

My biggest health concern is making sure my family eats healthy and drinks enough water while traveling. We always bring fruit and instant oatmeal packets with us to hotels- ensures a healthy (and inexpensive!) breakfast and you can use the coffee maker in the room to heat water for oatmeal!

Q4: What are your top picks for healthy destinations? Why?

Susie Kellogg, Unstoppable TravelingMom:

To me healthy living is one the most important aspects of parenting outside of faith.  Healthy living consists of being active, eating well and taking care of oneself to ensure viability now and later in life. As a full time traveling mom of 12, I definitely have some of my favorite spots that are conducive to our way of life.

Boulder, CO
 
Good weather, proximity to hiking, climbing, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding and biking make Boulder a top choice for those of us who love the fresh clean air of the outdoors and staying fit and healthy via the activities of nature  Boulder also is reknowned for it’s organic, “crunchy” lifestyle … it’s extremely easy to eat healthy in Boulder, CO!
Columbus, GA
 
The southeast, in my mind is not necessarily a mecca for healthy eating.  I have tried in vain to simply find organic milk in AL and TN, let alone superfoods and organic meats and produce.  It’s a ftuitless endeavor. However, Columbus, GA, one of our favorite whitewater spots, has a network of really incredible local restaurants that cater to those of us who are looking for more healthy fare.  And Columbus, GA is home to the Chattachoochee River where you can raft, kayak, body, board, surf, and fish. In fact, if it’s water sports you are looking for,  USA Today picked the Chattahoochee Whitewater Park as one of the Top 12 man-made Adventures in the World!
 
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Where else do you have the pressing desire to be in great shape, then when you are at the beach?  Huntington Beach takes “beach body” to a whole new level.  The competition is fierce out there on the sand!!  But apart from having some of the best waves we’ve ever had the pleasure of surfing,  Huntington Beach is health on steroids.  You can find every health food item, every exercise class ever invented, and some of the best organic core workouts on earth in the form of surfing!  Love, love, love, Huntington Beach!

Traveling well means taking precautions when flying with kids. Credit: Amy Barsegian, LifeStyle TravelingMom

Traveling well means taking precautions when flying with kids. Credit: Amy Barsegian, LifeStyle TravelingMom

Q5: Aside from avoiding germs what are other ways to travel well?

Gina Vercesi, Unplugged TravelingMom: I’m a runner and I always try to go for a run when I travel. Easy way to decompress & balance the vacation debauchery.

I’m not a big germaphobe (though Tonya Prater’s article about the 5 Germiest Places in a Hotel Room seriously grossed me out!) but I do like to find ways to stay healthy when we I travel. Travel can stress your system.  Even when you’re headed to a totally relaxing vacation destination, the rigors of travel–dietary changes, flying, a different sleep schedule- can tax the body.  Being sure to eat as many fresh, unprocessed foods is the primary way I like to keep our family in good health on the road.  Yes, everyone likes treats on a vacation, but I find that if we go overboard no one feels that great.

Q6: What’s in your wellness toolkit? Apps? Trackers?

Carissa Rogers, GoodNCrazy TravelingMom:

When I am traveling my secret weapon is a good friend of mine is married to a physician, and I know I can reach out to her at any time for a quick triage conversation. Not everyone has a BFF married to a Dr. though, right?

Amwell sweeps ad for TMOM sidebarThat’s where an online solution like Amwell can be so valuable especially while traveling, those times when you just need a quick call to ask whether a simple prescription will solve your issue or maybe you DO need to find an urgent care ASAP.

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