As Memorial Weekend is quickly approaching families all over are preparing for their family getaway to relax and spend quality time with their loved ones. While parents try to maintain their sanity on the road, the children are trying to maintain their boredom. It’s busy times like these that we forget to bring the car charger…. oh and sitting properly in the car. Remember to take a deep breath and this too shall pass. Ergoprise has compiled a list of Ergonomic Travel Tips and other useful tips we have researched to keep your sanity and health while traveling this holiday.
I ran across this article by SheKnows that has some useful tips for traveling with kids.
- If your kids have a tendency to fight in the car, come up with creative ways to minimize conflict. Bring along a stopwatch so that they can time each another’s turns with a toy that they have a hard time sharing. (That’ll get you out of the not-so-fun job of playing toy cop!) Try to seat them as far apart as possible so that they’re less likely to get on one another’s nerves. And give them “car miles points” for every 15 minutes of fight-free travel and allow them to redeem these “points” for special treats and privileges.
- Bring along a “surprise bag” full of long-forgotten toys and other treasures. (Hint: Start saving those gimmicky plastic toys that show up in birthday party treat bags. They’ll probably keep your child entertained just long enough to make hour-long trip down the highway to Grandma’s house.)
- Bring along some activities that your child can enjoy in the car without creating a huge mess. Here are a few ideas: a cookie sheet covered with magnetic letters and numbers, a peel-and-stick sticker book, an Etch-A-Sketch drawing toy, bendable rubber figures like Gumby and Pokey, a kaleidoscope, a puzzle book, and a felt board. Don’t forget to bring your child’s favorite music tape or book on tape so that you can pop it into the car’s cassette drive if the going gets tough.
- Play classic games like “I Spy,” “20 Questions,” and “License Plate Bingo.” If you’re really creative, you might even find ways to play charades while you’re zooming down the highway.
- Bring along plenty of snacks and drinks so that you won’t have to take as many snack breaks. Aim for healthy but no-mess snacks like raisins and other types of dried fruit, dry cereal, crackers and cheese, vegetable sticks, and so on. Buy refillable juice containers and fill them with juice. (If you pop them in the freezer the night before, they’ll slowly defrost while you’re traveling and you’ll be able to treat yourself and your kids to ice-cold juice — the perfect drink to quench your thirst in the middle of a hot July day!)
- Don’t forget to bring along a picnic lunch. If you plan ahead, you should be able to find a provincial park or rest stop area that has restrooms. It’s a great alternative to dining at your local fast-food joint: you can bring along healthier foods and save yourself a wad of cash at the same time.
Now that we have the kids taken care of we can now think of keeping you pain-free and ergonomically sound. Here are some ergonomic travel tips for you and your family while traveling on roadtrips.
- Proper Seat Adjustment: Make sure to properly adjust your seat before starting the roadtrip. Adjust your seat to support your body and lumbar region. Seat height should be below hips. If you will be driving for longer periods of time be sure
- Proper Posture: Sitting for prolonged periods adds strain to the structures of the low back, and poor posture puts even more stress on your spine. Make sure that your back is aligned against the back of your seat in a sitting position and that your headrest is supporting the middle of your head. Keep the shoulders straight and avoid hunching forward. Make sure both feet are firmly resting on the floor or a footrest. If you are driving, adjust the seat and steering wheel to a comfortable position to avoid reaching for the wheel.
- Move as Much as Possible: Sitting in one position for extended periods of time stiffens the back muscles, which can put stress on the spine. Get up and stretch and move around frequently – every 20 to 30 minutes if possible. A little bit of movement is better then none.
- Bring your own Back Support: Seats in cars just do not provide the extensive type of support for the lower back and/or neck. A lumbar support cushion can be used to make your seat more comfortable and support your lower back. May we suggest the McCarty’s Lumbar Support Seat Cushion for future travels?
From all of us at Ergoprise we hope you have a wonderful and safe Memorial Weekend full of fun memories with your family. Be kind to your body and remember to practice good sitting. And for your next roadtrip consider travel ergonomics to keep you healthy and comfortable.
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