Ahh, it’s travel season.
Vacations, weekend trips, and lots of adventures. Whether you’re jetting around the world or heading to downtown for a staycation, I’m giving you all my tips for staying on track and healthy while you’re traveling.
1. Have fun!
First things first, HAVE FUN. Relax. Splurge a little. You are on vacation after all. But that doesn’t mean you have to binge eat all of the deserts and carbs within your reach.
I used to have an unhealthy splurging habit. Once I gave myself a little bit, I would go all out because I felt like I blew it. I would end up feeling tired, getting sick, and super disgusted with myself. I knew I had to break that toxic cycle so I decided to change. Self-control and a healthy mindset is a beautiful thing, my friends.
Have an ice cream cone while walking the streets of London or eat a huge bowl of spaghetti in Italy. It’s okay. I give you permission! 🙂 Just make sure it’s not every meal and listen to your body. Give it lots of good nourishing foods but also treat yourself!
2. Pack Your Meals
Set yourself up for success by packing your own food. Airport food is the worst. And it’s so dang expensive. No thank you! I always pack at least one meal for the plane and a ton of snacks. Same goes for a road trip. We have a big cooler bags that we pack our food in so it stays fresh. As long as it’s not a liquid it’s totally fine to bring to the airport. Security has never given me any trouble. 🙂
My food packing list:
- Pre-made smoothie
- I bring a travel mug with butter, MCT oil, and a portable milk brother for my Bulletproof Coffee
- At least one meal (something easy like a Siete wrap)
- Perfect Bars
- Cheese sticks
- Grapes, carrot sticks, pickles
- Nut butter packets
(For some healthy snack and meal prep ideas head over to my Instagram)
3. Bring a water bottle
I cannot stress this one enough. Travelling is so dehydrating and puts your immune system to WORK. Staying hydrated is one way to keep you from getting sick and feeling sluggish while you’re trying to have a good time. If I’m flying I always drink at least 64 ounces of water before I get on the plane and another 64 during. I know that may seem like a lot and you will pee like fifty times but your body will thank you for it later.
It’s especially helpful if you’re traveling somewhere water isn’t as accessible as America. I suggest getting a 32 oz Hydroflask so you can fill up with large amounts at one time. I found that it was more difficult while traveling in Europe to get still water, at least the amount that I normally drink. Even in most restaurants, they give you very small glasses of water and it seems like an inconvenience to ask for more so just bring your own and you won’t have to worry about being thirsty!
4. Stick to a routine
Stick to a routine but still be spontaneous! I know that’s a little contradictive but sticking to some of your normal everyday habits will keep you in a more mindful headspace. For me, I try to work out every day on vacation. That doesn’t mean I’m going all out and finding gyms or workout classes in new places (which can be so much fun) it just means that I’m elevating my heart rate at some point in the day by being active. That could mean going on a walk, swimming, doing a hiit workout in my hotel room.
This one is my favorite hiit combination. It requires no equipment and I can promise you will be sweating.
5. Make Goals ahead of time
Jacob and I always set some sort of intention before a trip by saying how we want to eat, what’s important to us on a trip, and what kind of activities we want to participate in. Nothing too formal, just setting a mood for what we want the trip to look like.
6. Boost your immunity
A week or two before traveling I start supplementing things into my everyday routine to help my body not get sick. Airport germs and pollens from a new place get me 80% of trips I go on so I add extra superfoods to my smoothies, drink a lot of bone broth, and take Elderberry Syrup every morning for about a week.
I like to bring some of these things along with me to keep in my routine. I swear by Elderberry Syrup and bone broth.
7. Walk/bike instead of taking transit
This is easier in some places rather than others. When we’re traveling we’re always mapping out how long it takes to get to the places we want to visit so we can determine if we can walk or not. If you can’t get there by walking, try biking. If it’s just not doable, that’s okay too. Just make mindful decisions to move your body!
Also, choosing activities that require motion is a great option! Walking tours, surfing, hikes, etc. All of these are so fun you’ll barely even notice that you’re exercising!
8. Participate in local wellness activities
Many cities have free fitness classes you can join in. Look them up ahead of time and jump in! It’s another super fun way to get a sense of the local culture. Go to yoga in the park or an exercise that is local to that region.
Remember, most Lululemon stores have free yoga classes on Sunday mornings so if all else fails and you can’t find anything, reach out and see what they have planned!
9. Skincare skincare skincare
Breakouts are almost completely unavoidable for me while traveling. The combination of airplanes, eating out more, and new environments really get me. To combat breakouts, I have a few things I do.
The first is drink a ton of water. Second, I make sure to bring face wipes, skin oil, and sometimes even a facemask on the plane. Keeping my skin hydrated on the plane is an absolute must. This face oil by Cocokind is amazing and it’s super hydrating. Perfect for dry environments!
I also pack toner and cotton rounds in my purse to clean my face throughout the day. This cleans all of the pollutants and dirt from the air off your skin without stripping its natural oils.
I hope this list helps make your next trip exactly what you want it to be. Have fun! 🙂