June 19, 2020
You’ve chosen the RV lifestyle for the ability to live your life to the fullest: go where you’ve never been, do things you’ve never done and, most importantly, to learn and grow. To live out your adventure’s full potential, it’s imperative that you protect your physical, mental and social health. Here are our best tips and tricks for staying healthy on the road.
One of the many perks of RVing is preparing home-cooked meals in your very own kitchen, so why not take advantage of it. Create a weekly menu, and make a grocery list with only those ingredients, some healthy snacks and, of course, always choose water to drink. Planning your meals ahead of time will eliminate the urge to splurge at every pit stop. If you’re needing inspiration or just want to switch it up, check out our Mobile Meals episodes on our YouTube channel for some healthy ideas.
You may not have the luxuries of workout equipment while traveling, but you have something even better: the great outdoors. Take the walking path through the woods, take your dog for a jog near the ocean, hike the mountains and ride your bike around the lake. Your Class B+ RV can take you anywhere, which is better than a boxed-in, crowded gym. Don’t rule out rainy days; you can still get your morning stretches in, yoga mat sprawled across the motorhome floor and work the same muscle groups you would using a machine with resistance bands.
When you’re vacationing in a Class C motorhome, there are no specific check-in or check-out times, so make sure to get plenty of sleep. Luckily, you won’t have to deal with a hotel lobby and can even go completely remote, meaning no one will see you - dress comfortably. Jeans are appropriate for going out on the town but sweatpants and an oldie-but-goodie t-shirt are perfect for the drive. Unfortunately, even under the comfiest of clothes, sunburns are painful and potentially dangerous, so load up on sunscreen even on cloudy days.
Driving cross-country means long car rides and more time to spare; go ahead and listen to a podcast, audiobook, or favorite playlist to sing along to. Luckily, Thor Motor Coaches come equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to download apps on your phone that are designed for brain stimulation. This much time traveling the road is also the perfect opportunity to play question games with your family to bring you closer together. For example, “Who is one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with and why?” is a perfect conversation starter.
Of course, while you’re out on an adventure you’ll want to experience new things but sometimes it’s nice to do something near and dear to your heart. Get creative with photography, writing, sketching or DIY crafts. Get your mind stimulated with crosswords, chess or puzzles. Studies show that being outdoors is beneficial to your mental health and you can enjoy one of your favorite pastimes like fishing, motocross or bird watching. Living in your toy hauler provides endless possibilities to engage in your passion.
Most of us don’t like it when things don’t go according to plan, but the allure of Sprinters is the ability to create your own schedule, so try to be flexible if your itinerary isn’t exact. The previously mentioned healthy diet, physical and brain activities or hobbies can also help take your mind off of or even relieve stressors. Other relaxation methods, including meditation, prayer and simply venting to a loved one can help aid you in a time filled with worries and anxieties.
Even if you’re not a social butterfly, getting out of your comfort zone to meet new people on the road is advantageous to your social health. If you’re staying at a campground, talking to your neighbors or signing up for group activities could lead to a life-long friendship. You may find a new friend to join you for your morning jog. Of course, don’t forget to give your friends and loved ones at home a call or video chat.
As important as social interaction is, it’s also important to balance that with your alone time. Don’t take on too many things at once or agree to plans that you don’t want to follow through. Be assertive, not passive or aggressive. If you’re feeling like you need some alone time, just let your friend know. In the long run, they’ll appreciate your honesty more than if you skip out on plans or are moody from a lack of me-time.
There truly isn’t a better way to spend your free time than to give back. Studies show that volunteering with and for others corresponds with happiness, health and social bonds. Your goal was to travel the country and live life to the fullest. You can use your ability to travel anywhere to help communities across the country. Lift up and inspire hope in others.
Feeling inspired to travel the country in one of our 2021 motorhomes?
Compass AWD™ has all-wheel drive and Ford® safety systems, including AdvanceTrac® roll stability control, so you have a stress-free drive. Safely maneuver through the winding roads for the ultimate hiking trip. The upgraded dash with an 8-inch SYNC® 3 infotainment system will be perfect for everyone to enjoy the newest podcast episode. The new interior Home Collection™ will be the perfect icebreaker at the campground because you’ll want to show off its crisp and modern aesthetic.
Sequence® camper van may be compact, but it has a fully-equipped kitchen with a two-burner gas cooktop and convection microwave oven to prepare delicious and healthy Mobile Meals. Bring along two adult-size bikes for the trip around the lake on the Thule® bike rack. Want some alone time? No problem, the Sequence has a 190-watt solar panel with an optional Re(Li)able™ lithium battery system, allowing you to distance yourself from the crowds.
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