Turkey? Check. Cell phone? Got it. Vacation exercise plan? Huh? Back-saving packing strategy? Nope.
No matter how well prepared you think you are for your holiday trips, there's usually one thing you've undoubtedly neglected to think about: you. And your car. And your overall mental health. It's easy for those things to get lost in all the menu planning and trip preparations, but forget them, and you'll come back after the holiday feeling frazzled, stressed, and possibly injured. Take these seven pieces of advice, and hopefully that won't happen. Hey, you might even wind up with a little extra change in your pocket!
#1: Pack for your back—the night before.
Loading up your luggage the morning of the day you leave could be a pain in your back. Fluids pool in your spinal disks while you sleep, and that makes your lower back tight and sensitive to irritation when you first wake up. Pack the car the night before and you may need fewer painkillers as you drive. Another simple but important bit of holiday travel advice: Tilt the rearview mirror up a bit so you won't slouch while driving. Your spine will appreciate it.
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Published on: November 23, 2009
Updated on: November 19, 2012