5 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling
Traveling can take quite the toll on your body. You are out of your usual routine, you probably don't have some of your everyday essentials, and maybe don't even have access to a lot of your usual amenities. Don't let jet lag, dehydration, and constant street food get the best of you! Check out my top five tips for staying healthy while traveling.
01. Drink water
Always pack a re-usable water bottle when traveling. I like to bring one with a filter built right in so I don't have to worry as much about where my water is coming from.
As a good rule-of-thumb, I try to drink half my body weight in ounces of water daily and even more when I am traveling. It is so easy to get dehydrated when you are in a new climate, flying, and eating out more than usual, so drink up!
Remember, if you're flying, you can cannot take a full water bottle through security. Just make sure to fill it before you hop on the plane and you'll be good to go!
02. Move your body
Stretching is something we can all do in limited space, with limited time. It is amazing what a quick stretch sesh can do to rejuvenate your body. Aim for 5-10 minutes of stretching each day while traveling. Sometimes, I even like to stretch while I'm still in bed (because why not?).
I also recommend sneaking in an actual workout or two. There are so many ways to get a little exercise while you're away. If you can, try to stay in a hotel with a fitness facility or score a free trial at a gym nearby. Most hotels at least have pools you can get a good workout in. Better yet, take a bike or walking tour of the city you're visiting. Grab your pals and make it part of your trip!
03. Eat well
This is where most people seem to get stuck. Don't worry, you're on vacay, you can totally have dessert! But, pack some healthy snacks like dried fruit, nuts, and seeds for when hunger strikes and the only thing nearby is fried street food.
Believe it or not, you can take fruit and other foods on the plane with you. Just double check the TSA website for any restrictions. If you're road tripping, be sure to pack a cooler for all your border-friendly munchies. I like to hit the grocery store the night before I leave and stock up on things like fruit leather, apples, and granola bars. Aim for easy, packable, healthier options that you can stock up on and munch throughout your trip.
When eating out, make sure to have something fresh on your plate. Try to get a salad, some fresh fruit, or steamed veggies in the mix at each meal. Its best to stick to what you would normally eat with a few indulgences here and there.
If you're staying in a hotel, ask for a room with a kitchenette, if possible. I have stayed at hotels that even provide a blender, perfect for making smoothies (and margaritas!). This will also help you save some cash while you're away because you won't be hitting up the restaurants as much.
04. Bring the essentials with you
A couple years ago, my husband and I stayed in a boarding house in Rincon, Puerto Rico with some friends of friends. We were too young to rent a car, had no idea where we were (except that it was the middle of nowhere!), and were suffering from dehydration and dozens of itchy bug bites. During our stay, I needed a bandage for some reason, so we had to hike a few miles up the road in the sweltering heat to find a Band-Aid. We eventually came across a tiny little shack that sold only a select few items, not including bandages, of course. The woman behind the counter ended up letting me buy a single Band-Aid off of her and, luckily, all was well in the end. That day I learned that there a few small items you should never travel without, just in case.
My list includes: travel size bandages, lip balm, disinfecting hand wipes, moisturizer, and a travel size journal and pen for jotting down notes or directions. Don't forget to pack your re-useable water bottle or filtering straw, either.
These are all small items that can be tossed in a baggie and will come in handy in a pinch!
05. Rest when you can
Pack your eye mask and catch those Zs when you can. Don't let the fear of missing out stop you from grabbing a power nap when you need one. Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, right?
When we go on trips longer than four or five days, I try to schedule an afternoon or even a full day to just hang out and relax. Sometimes we go for a swim, have a friendly billiards match, grab dinner at the hotel restaurant, or just watch movies in our big bed (perfect time for those margaritas). Resting can be fun too!
Explore the world, stay healthy, and have fun.