My sisters and I take a lot of road trips, especially long ones, which is why I find road trip fitness to be real important. Often times, we have an 18-20 hour day in the car, so how do we do it? How does Mom do it? No one wants to be totally bored, and a bored driver is also a hazard. Check out my simple tips to keep everyone fit on the road!
We headed off to Nashville this week to attend BlogPaws. It isn’t a bad trip, fourteen hours in the car, but those hours can seem like an eternity if we don’t have a plan. We traveled to Vegas last year and have driven to Florida a few times which were more like 27 hour trips, and we survived.
My first tip it to break up the trip. Mom likes to simply get there, but this time we broke the fourteen hours into two days which made it much more comfortable. We stopped at Bailie’s breeder on the way to our overnight stop in St. Louis, and spent a few hours, then continued on the final two hours to the hotel where we could all stretch and chill out. The next morning, we met with another GBGV friend, Karen and her GBGV Chablis, for an hour before heading on the rest of our journey.
Make sure and stop at least once every three hours, get out of the car, use the restroom, get a drink, eat a snack. Why do you think they have those places called rest stops? This is not only important for your dogs, but for the human chauffeur. Human minds start to wander after three hours, diminishing their driving skills, and the risk of blood clots also increases. We all love a good stretch!
Sometimes you will see a nice area on your travels. Pull over, take a short walk and enjoy the view! We always travel with three leashes each. We have a short 4 ft leash for crowded areas, our usual 6 ft leash for average places, and we have long leashes for spots like this so we can race around a bit and burn off some energy.
These may seem like obvious tips, but it is surprising how many people don’t really take the time for a little road trip fitness. If you treat yourself well on the road, you will be all set when you arrive at your final destination!
I’m co hosting the FitDog Friday Blog Hop with SlimDoggy, and To Dog With Love! Please join us on Fridays to share your fitness stories with others, find new ways to have fun, and new fitness ideas too! Tell your friends to stop by as well – fit dogs are healthier, happier dogs!