Top Five “Do’s” for a Safe, Summer Family Road Trip
by Mollee Bauer, Pregnancy.org
The first day of summer has come and gone but the season is certainly far from over! If you’re like most families, it’s about that time to pack up the car and take a road trip!
Rather than focus on the types of vacations you can take via the family wagon, how about learning how to make the trips healthier? By practicing green living and bringing your nontoxic habits with you, your trip will be safer, hipper and more eco-friendly. The best part is you and the family won’t miss out on the fun and festivities! Bon Voyage!
1) Be fuel-efficient: Always keep your vehicle in tip-top shape. That means changing the oil on schedule, keeping tires inflated, and packing lightly. The more weight you have in the car, the more fuel you’ll burn. Think about what items weigh the most in your luggage, like shoes. Only bring what you really need. Some folks pack, look at the amount, purge and repack.
3) Use your own water bottles: Our landfills are chock-full of water bottles (1.5 million tons of plastic a year!). Use BPA-free plastic or aluminum bottles with a water-based nontoxic lining avoid leaching. You can store jugs of water in the car (again, think about weight) or just fill up the bottles when you stop!
4) Avoid chemical hand sanitizers: While everyone agrees they can be a mom’s best friend, you’re better off making your own hand gel. You can find the least toxic option over at the Skin Deep Database. This is another opportunity to practice reading labels!
5) Get some fresh air: While this might seem backwards, if you’re in heavy traffic, you can always open the windows a bit to help reduce the carbon monoxide emissions building up over time in the car. If you’re going to be on the road for a good part of the day, you’ll want to make sure to get fresh air by opening the windows or taking planned breaks outdoors along the way.
When will you be hitting the road? What do you bring with you? Where will you be heading?