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When I plan a trip, I always have a ton of things I want to make sure we see and do. After days of rushing from one thing to the next, you end up needing a vacation to recover from your vacation. Instead of being completely exhausted at the end of your next trip, below are tips for making sure you see it all while remaining energized.
Once you decide on your vacation destination, make a list of the sights you want to see before your trip. By planning ahead, you can avoid cramming it all into one day or being upset because you forgot something. Since traveling to the Grand Canyon was such a lengthy road-trip for us from Texas, I knew there was a chance we wouldn’t head back again soon, so it was important to us to see the top sights.
Break Down Your Schedule
Once you have your priority must-see list, make a schedule. A flexible schedule is important so you don’t stress out on vacation. Not only does stress make for bad memories, it makes you feel run down. Spread out your sight-seeing over the number of days you are on the trip.
I knew we wanted to watch the sunset at the Grand Canyon, so I scheduled that on a day we were able to relax a little in the morning. The day before, we got to the Grand Canyon as early as possible to beat the crowd and harsh sunlight for photos. Trying to squeeze both of those into one day would have left us burnt out.
I know you are on vacation so you may want to sleep in, but when it comes to outdoor travel or sightseeing, the earlier the better. Hiking during the afternoon in the summer can be brutal. The heat from direct sunlight will zap your energy faster than anything. By waking up earlier and getting a head start on the day, you can accomplish a lot of sightseeing by lunchtime and then take a break. You will actually have more energy at the end of the day than if you would have slept in and started after lunch.
The main thing is to try to avoid doing the majority of your outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day, which is from 1pm to 5pm. If you are going to be doing strenuous activities such as hiking during those hours, try to find shade as often as possible.
Stay Hydrated and Take Breaks
When keeping an active outdoor schedule it is important to stay hydrated. Remember to take small breaks during your day. You can schedule your picnic lunch in the shade during the hottest time of the day to avoid being out walking, and with the same philosophy, stop to take photos of the various sights to give your legs a break from being on the constant go.
Pack Emergen-C® Energy+
When planning for a busy trip, pack Emergen-C® Energy+ to fortify your body and support your energy level. Emergen-C® Energy+ is available in bold-flavored Blueberry-Açai, powder-packed Lemon-Lime, and fruit-y Mango-Peach – flavored with natural, real fruit flavors. It’s also gluten free.
Emergen-C® Energy+ is a powder-packed formula with natural caffeine from green tea to focus your mind*; calcium, magnesium, potassium and other key nutrients to help replenish your body*; plus 7 B vitamins to fortify you and vitamin C for immune support.*
I love how convenient the little packets are for travel and busy lifestyles. You can toss a few in your hiking backpack to have on hand at all times. Just by adding water, you can create a refreshing, fizzy drink mix.
Adults can take one or two packets at a time. I used two packets in my glass bottle of water.
You can find the new Emergen-C® Energy+ at your local Walgreens. It can be taken with the Emergen-C® or Emergen-C® Immune+ products so that you can support your daily wellness needs. Use products as directed.
Be Silly and Have Fun
The most important part of your vacation…. have FUN! We love taking silly photos. It has become a tradition for my son to take jumping photos at each destination. If you follow us on Instagram, I’m sure you have seen him jumping at the beach or on top of sand dunes.
While being silly, laughing and enjoying quality time with your family, you will stay motivated to keep going. Seeing my kids smile is the best dose of energy I need.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.