It’s no surprise that being low on energy while traveling can be a recipe for disaster. Fatigue, stress, and being surrounded by so many people can wreak havoc on an immune system.
Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of 5 healthy travel tips and the must-have items that go along with them.
Technology is Key
What You Need: Cell Phone + Killer Playlist
Could you get in a great workout without a great playlist? We know we can’t! Besides being the home of your ultimate fitness playlist, your cell phone can help you find local gyms and lets you download fitness apps for when you can’t leave the hotel room.
Schedule workouts into your cell phone calendar to keep you on track while on holiday. Make the schedule, stick to it, and when in doubt, remind yourself that your health is a priority.
Pro Tip: Bring your TruBeat Heart Rate Monitor on vacation with you so you can stay just as motivated out of the gym as in it.
Walk the Walk
What You Need: Proper Attire + Sense of Adventure
Sporting the latest workout gear is not only to show off your epic style. It can also determine the amount and quality of exercise you do. If you’re not prepared with the right equipment (proper shoes, sports bra, or fleece-lined leggings when the weather is cold) then your motivation to hit the gym- or pavement- might be limited.
Traveling provides a unique workout opportunity like hiking local trails or walking to that restaurant 8 blocks down the road. Exploring not only allows you to stay healthy and save money but really allows you to immerse yourself in this new environment. Your body, memories, and wallet will thank you.
Easy (and free!) ways to fit in a workout while traveling:
- Walk to restaurants, museums, and other landmarks
- Hike or jog local trails
- Walk in the airport while waiting for your flight
- Yoga in the park (or hotel room)
“I make myself do some Sun Salutations or a little Vinyasa before I unpack and settle down in the room.” –Cristina Osorio
Pack the Snacks
What You Need: Healthy Snacks + A Tiny Bit of Prep Time
“Traveling and being in the airport often leads to regretful dietary decisions that provide little to no actual nutritional value for your body,” said Instructor Sammie Mack.
Instructor Cristina Osorio said, “Keep food simple while traveling. Resist empty carbs like chips and pretzels. You aren’t actually moving enough to burn those calories.”
Some Sammie and Cristina approved healthy snacks:
- TruFusion Power Bar
- Whole Fruits
- Cold-Pressed Juice
- Vigilant Eats Superfood Cereal
- Anything with Chia
“Chia digests really slowly and keeps me feeling full longer, so I eat a chia pudding before getting on the plane,” said Cristina.
Long Live The Earth! Pack your snacks in reusable bags instead of plastic baggies. Saving the world never tasted so good.
Water > Whiskey
What You Need: Hydroflask + Willpower
The number one rule to staying healthy is staying hydrated.
If you’re flying, make this easy on yourself by bringing your own (empty) hydroflask to fill up after security. That way you can measure how much you’re consuming without having to purchase expensive and environmentally harmful plastic water bottles.
“Making sure that you are adequately hydrated throughout the day is essential to delivering nutrients throughout your body and regulating body temperature. Aim to drink 0.5-1.0 ounces of water per pound of body weight over the course of an entire day.” – Sammie Mack
And as much as we all like to enjoy an adult beverage here and there, avoiding alcohol (or severely limiting it) is key to staying hydrated.
“I travel a lot, and it’s so easy to be in the “I’m on vacation” mind set where having a beer in the airport seems like a harmless thing. Beer is full of carbs and all that happens is that I get fat…and slowly turning into an alcoholic. Also since altitude and alcohol cause dehydration, after day 7, my lips are chapped, I’m getting headaches, and all the sudden I can’t even get through a full yoga class. DRINK WATER…more of it…ALL THE TIME while traveling.” – Cristina Osorio
What You Need: A love of T.I. + Vitamins
Don’t break your routine just because you’re in a new place. This doesn’t just go for your diet and exercise but also your supplements. Keeping your nutrient intake up is vital in maintaining health, especially while traveling. In addition to Vitamin C and your regular daily supplements, Sammie said:
“Take an adrenal health supplement by Gaia Herbs. This supplement is great on a day to day basis, but is especially useful when your adrenals have been wiped of all their energy. This herb complex aids to optimize adrenal gland function, in order to aid in combatting stress, which can cause disorder in the immune, nervous, and inflammatory pathways.”