Planes, Trains and Automobiles – How to Navigate Travel Without PAIN!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – How to Navigate Travel Pain Free

The holidays are one the heaviest travel seasons of the year. Whether you are flying, driving or taking a train there are some things we can do to minimize injury due to posture and improper lifting techniques.

If you are like me you may have a tendency to over-pack when it comes to travel. Personally I would rather have too much than not enough. But, if you are staying at a friend or family members house who has a washer/dryer you or a hotel that offers laundry you may want to take advantage of those services. The lighter you can make your bag, the less stress you will put on your body when it comes to lifting.

Here are some simple guides to follow when working with luggage:

  • Bend at the knees, use your strong leg muscles, and squat to lift heavy items. Avoid bending at the waist.
  • Carry items as close to the body as possible
  • When bending, use your legs to take the majority of the weight and not the back muscles.
  • Try to distribute weight evening across your body. If you have sling type bags try shifting sides from time to time.
  • Move the your body to the bag instead of pulling the bag toward you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and plan accordingly
  • Use curbside check-in, sometimes a carry-on doesn’t really save you a lot of time.
  • Consider pre-boarding especially if you think you may need a little help or you are traveling with children or older people.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance, that is what the attendants are there for.

Do a posture check.

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