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As soon as Halloween is over, the winter holidays begin - cue shopping, get-togethers, and lots of time spent in the car, on trains and on planes to visit family and friends. Don't let your health (or sanity!) fall by the wayside during the most wonderful time of the year. After all, the holidays are really about celebrating with the ones who matter most.

Here are a few simple tips you can use to make sure your family is extra prepared while being out-and-about this holiday season:

Pack Snacks

GoGo squeeZWinter is an inherently busy season for a lot of people, especially families with kids getting time off for winter vacation. When traveling during this time, it is easy to let snacks slip through the cracks knowing roadside stops may be an option. Avoid the backseat hanger and pack snacks for the kids (and yourself, too). Take no chances and pack snacks like fruit, nuts and seeds, and sandwiches to nosh on the road or in the air. And, of course, include some GoGo squeeZ applesauce and YogurtZ for easy, healthy, mess-free, 100% recyclable snack options the whole family can enjoy. Bonus: they're TSA-friendly!

Create Shared Moments

Travel time is still time shared. While the tendency is to regard time spent on the road, riding rails and in the air as a necessity to get from A to B, see it as carved out, built-in quality time for parents and children to bond and make memories. Our time nowadays is at a premium with work, school and scheduled activities. Instead of finding ways to kill time on tablets and mobile devices, use the routes to and from locations to enjoy each other’s company.

In between showing your children the songs that you loved when you were their age, put on a song that everyone knows for a family and friends sing along that’s sure to bring you together. I Spy, the License Plate Game, 20 Questions and your own spin on 'I’m Going on a Picnic' are classic activities for children and adults alike, and good old-fashioned conversations about what your kids were grateful for this year and look forward to in the next can help you learn about each other in surprising ways.

Stay Hydrated

Stay HydratedSo important it deserves its own bullet. When we're busy, we forget to drink water. Bring a reusable bottle to fill up on pit stops. By replacing your disposable water bottle with a refillable alternative throughout your travels, you can even circumvent some of the rules and regulations that come with exploring in transit.

For example, TSA regulations stipulate that liquid carry-on items can be no larger than 3.4 oz. per item. Unopened or not, standard sizes for bottled water averages at around 17 oz., or five times that maximum. Airport security will not allow full water bottles, but an empty reusable bottle can be filled once you go through. Many airports even have water stations especially built to fill your bottle to the top with clean, filtered water.

Walk It Out

We've all heard that sitting for extended periods of time isn't great. Take the time to (carefully!) pull over at a scenic view, stand up to briefly stretch your legs when the seatbelt sign comes on, and do a fun family exercise such as jumping jacks or some standing bends to keep the circulation up.

Walk it Out

Bonus: if you’re on a train or in an automobile and a rest stop allows you to do so, do it outside. Not only does stepping into nature to take a stretch and walk around unplug us from our machines (which saves energy), it can actually make us healthier. The happiness boost that comes from being around fresh air, direct sunlight, and actual plants is just one of the benefits of engaging with the natural environment while getting to your next destination.

Where are you and your family traveling this holiday season? Tell us in the comments below. / Issue 198 - August 2018
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