Maintaining Health While on a Camping Trip
By Brandi Swieter
Too many campers head out on a camping trip without first thinking about their health. They indulge in s'mores with no qualms, head out to participate in activities with no fears, and otherwise enjoy themselves on the trip without any care for their well-being, other than perhaps bringing along some bug spray. Campers need to maintain health even while camping if they want to keep their bodies healthy and strong to handle the atmosphere.
Drink Plenty of Water
People need to stay hydrated if they want to be able to complete the activities they want to perform. Muscles get fatigued easily. The body gets dehydrated and tired in the sun. Campers will not get to enjoy their trip if they don’t make sure to drink enough water while they’re away. It’s one of the most important things they can do for their health.
Pack Healthy Snacks
Though a s'more or two won’t do much harm, campers shouldn’t be gorging themselves on hot dogs and marshmallows the entire time they’re camping. It’s beneficial to pack some healthy snacks that will provide the body with adequate nutrition. Protein bars and trail mix are easy to grab at any time, while fruits and veggie sticks can be kept in a cooler for even healthier options. Packing up enough food for the trip will help make sure there are healthy choices each day rather than having to get what’s available at the camp store or heading into town to the closest fast food place.
Bring a Variety of Medicine
Getting sick is no fun while on vacation, but it does happen. To ensure optimal health, campers should pack a variety of medicine that they can use if needed. This will help them recover much faster and be able to participate in at least some of the planned camping activities. Aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, anti-diarrheal options, and antifungal creams should all be included on the list.
Have a Chiropractic Visit Before and After Camping
Campers should see their chiropractor both before and after their camping trip to maintain optimal health. Heading into The Joint Chiropractic before the trip can help ensure the body is properly aligned and the joints have no restrictions so campers can enjoy their activities as pain-free as possible. They should then visit again after the trip to remove any restrictions that were placed on the joints during the many activities they completed. Chiropractic goes a long way for maintaining health and wellness.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wilmington, N.C.