For anyone in recovery, some of the most perilous times are when you\u2019re on the road and away from your usual routine. It may be tempting to forego meetings, especially since you don\u2019t know anyone at this new location and rationalize that it\u2019s OK to skip it just this time. But that\u2019s not the best approach, according to recovery experts. How can you keep your cool and remain steadfast on the road? Here are five ways to stay sober while traveling that may just prove to be a lifeline: 1. Plan Ahead and Locate a Meeting Since self-help and support group meetings are so integral to an effective recovery plan, when you know you\u2019re going to be traveling, take a few moments and search for meeting locations where you\u2019ll be. This is really painless and easy enough to do. One way is to download a free recovery app and use it to find meetings anywhere you are. 2. Be Kind to Your Body Long hours confined in a plane, car or other mode of transportation, irregular sleep, grabbing meals on the run, and trying to get accustomed to a different time zone and overcome the effects of jet lag all take their toll on your body and your mind. In recovery, such disruptions to your normal routine can spell disaster, inviting relapse \u2014 which is definitely something you don\u2019t want to have to deal with. Help ward off impending trouble by taking sensible precautions. Be kind to your body with these tips: \tGet good sleep. The average person needs an estimated 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily. Go for 8 hours, if at all possible. You may need to play catch-up as a result of getting up early to catch a plane or drive a long distance to get to your destination. Sleep is a natural restorative, helping your body and mind reconnect in a healthy balance. When you\u2019re well-rested, the challenges and stresses of travel \u2014 especially those that can wreak havoc on your ability to remain sober \u2014 will be easier to face and overcome. You won\u2019t be as tempted to reach for your drug of choice when the times are tough. Instead, you\u2019ll be better able to think clearly and make the right decisions about how to cope most effectively. \tEat right. No indulging in junk food, no matter how much your mind tries to trick you that that greasy burger and fries will satisfy your hunger. It\u2019s empty calories and not conducive to helping you cope with cravings and triggers you may experience on the road. No skipping meals, either. Even if it\u2019s a little less than a full meal, make sure to eat three meals a day. Concentrate on getting the right mix of proteins, complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, essential fatty acids and more, and avoid excess sugar consumption in food or beverage. Also, hydrate often by drinking lots of water, the body\u2019s natural purifier. \tTake an exercise break. It may be just a walk in the parking lot or walking to the restaurant for lunch or coffee. Get your body moving at a brisk pace. This keeps your energy level from stagnating and your thoughts from drifting to stuffing or indulging in something you shouldn\u2019t. 3. Take Time to Have Fun The old adage that \u201cAll work and no play makes Jack a dull boy\u201d (and this equally applies to Jill) is even more apropos when you\u2019re working or away from home. Even if it\u2019s only for a few days, such a disconnect from your normal routine can allow room for idle thoughts of having a drink at the hotel bar or finding a contact to score weed, anything to help you cope and forget about whatever\u2019s bothering you. An excellent way to keep these temptations at bay and stay sober in the process is to carve out some time to have fun. Granted, fun may not be at the top of your list on this trip, but that doesn\u2019t mean it should be off the table. Whether it involves taking in the local sights, checking out a new restaurant, or just going for a short drive to explore your travel destination, if it\u2019s something that you think you\u2019d like to do and you can make some time for it, go for it. 4. Relax While going to meetings, getting sufficient sleep, eating regular, healthy meals, getting some exercise and taking time to have fun are all proactive ways to stay sober on the road, it\u2019s also vitally important to wind down, allow stress to dissipate, and find that inner quiet that can help restore peace and balance. Many people in recovery find that allocating time for yoga or meditation helps them do just that. This is especially true for those who regularly practice these types of relaxation, but it can even do you good if you\u2019ve never before gotten into it. How? Shut off all distractions, including TV, cell phones, computers and tablets. Put a \u201cDo Not Disturb\u201d sign on the hotel doorknob. Darken the room by pulling the curtains. Sit or lie in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Allow your thoughts to come and go \u2014 and they\u2019ll certainly scream to begin with, each clamoring for attention. Acknowledge them and consciously let them go. Eventually, your mind will start to calm. There may be a recurring thought that seeks to entice you, but you don\u2019t have to succumb. Just let it be. Feel the peace as you unwind and the tension and stress leave your body. This feels good. It is good. And it\u2019s an excellent way to help you stay sober while traveling. 5. Stay in Touch With Loved Ones Yearning to hear the voice of loved ones and family members? Remedy this by scheduling a call so you can reconnect with them while you\u2019re away. This could be first thing in the morning as everyone back home is getting ready for their day or at the end of the day just prior to normal bedtime. Staying as close to normal schedules for family and loved ones will help you stay attuned to what\u2019s going on back home and feel part of the environment. Most of all, they\u2019ll appreciate that you\u2019ve made the effort to stay connected. Remember that isolation and loneliness are huge triggers to relapse. When you\u2019re on the road, cut off from your normal, safe, and effective routine, you need all the help you can get. Staying in touch with loved ones and family members is another proactive step you can take to stay sober while traveling.