How to Stay Healthy and Safe On The Rotary Trip
It is a physical hardship to do this trip and you have to take care of yourself on the trip. We are up at 6:30 am every morning, busy and active all day and we are in extremes of temperature, and conditions. On the Western Trip we face desert, rain, mountains, white water, big cities, -5C to 50C temperature variations. On the Eastern Trip cold winds, rain, snow, and changing weather.
Follow These Rules:
Get some sleep: Don't stay up all night, you will get sick. Get plenty of rest. 8 Hours is best. If you sleep at night you can enjoy the cool stuff we'll see on the trip.
Drink 2+liters of water a day, more in Desert Conditions: If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Drink .
On The Eastern Trip you have to drink too. Dehydration makes you feel ill and susceptible to disease.
Let us know if a roommate is in trouble: If your friend or roommate is sick, dehydrated, not eating, depressed, or just unhappy, tell a chaperone and let us address the issue. You might save their life.
Let us know if you are sick: Don't be macho, or stupid. If you are sick let us know so we can look out for you and take care of you if you are really sick. We carry a first aid kit on each bus to deal with minor illnesses and cuts.
EAT: Don't starve yourself. I eat like a horse on these trips and still lose weight. We are extremely active and you need fuel to move. Eat fruit, whole grains, protein, and drink milk and fruit juices. Don't starve yourself. You will get sick. Throw some nuts, dried fruit and snacks in your backpack and if you feel hungry snack. We will also be around a variety of restaurants and usually a supermarket where you can get healthy food.
If you get wet, change into dry clothes: We may encounter rain and snow on the Trips. Keep dry and warm. BRING A RAINCOAT OR PONCHO!!!!
USE SUNSCREEN: The sun in the American West and the south is intense and I once got sun poisoning from spending 40 minutes in a parking lot without a hat on the first day of the trip. My Latina daughter fries in the mountains. Minumum of 30 SPF, 100 if you have a fair complexion.
Important Clothes to Pack on the Trip