We are heading to Arizona on Monday, and I am starting to get our family packed and ready for a week of sunshine, good food, and disconnecting. When I pack for any trip, I am not just focusing on clothes, toiletries, and toys. I also think about the must-have items I keep in my home to keep myself and my family healthy.
Living a healthy lifestyle is a commitment, and often requires planning and some sort of consistency and routine. So it makes sense that when you go out of town and enter a new environment without a lot of your wellness tools, fave workout spots, and are eating out more, you can fall off the wellness wagon.
If you plan ahead a little, traveling does not have to unravel your healthy mindset. Here are a few things to do before and during travel:
- Research healthy restaurants that use whole or organic foods/are farm to table/focus on veggies. You can usually find bloggers who have written entire articles on their fave spots for a cup of matcha, gluten free friendly restaurants, or places that have healthy options. I also look up where the nearest Whole Foods or natural market is so I can stock up there if I need to.
- Look up barre, yoga, or orange theory classes (whatever you are into) that are close to where you are staying. I also like to research trails or hike areas, because I love to take long walks when I am on vacation.
- If you are staying in an Airbnb, check beforehand if they have a blender. Usually they do, and that way you know you can make your frothy elevated latte or a nourishing smoothie for breakfast. I even made my own almond milk at the last Airbnb we went to!
- Order small packets of your staple items. I have found travel friendly options for Vital Proteins Collagen, Ghee, Amazing Grass (an awesome supplement to add to smoothies), Calm (A magnesium drink that is great for anxiety), and coconut oil, and nut butters. I love that I have all of this with me even before I step onto the plane.
- Pack your vitamins! For me this includes probiotics, a daily multivitamin, and digestive enzymes. These can be especially helpful if you have tummy troubles and are eating out more than you are used to.
- Pack snacks for the plane. Airports are notorious for having a ton of unhealthy and processed food, and it can be tough to find something healthy there. I always feel terrible after two hours being sedentary on a plane eating chips or candy. I usually pack almonds, avocado, Simple Mills crackers, cucumber, celery, a bar (I love Macro or Rx Bars), or even a sandwich or a wrap if the flight is during lunchtime. If the flight is in the morning you can bring a cup of instant oatmeal and add hot water to it right before the flight. Bring a baggie with dried fruit, nuts, and a packet of PB and you are set! I also make sure to bring a water bottle to fill up at the airport. Make sure you drink a ton of water! Flights can be very dehydrating.
- If you are on vacation, it is okay to indulge in moderation. You are there to relax and not worry about food. Luckily there are some tricks you can use to balance your nutrition + wellness
- If I am craving a burger, I like to order it wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun, and will start with a salad and get the dressing on the side. I share my fries with my husband and son.
- Going out to brunch? Order an omelette and add a ton of veggies. Remember if you are ordering a latte with almond or coconut milk they are usually the sweetened version, so you do not need to add more sugar. You can also always get a side of fruit instead of anything fried–but if you are craving those potatoes, get both! Like I said, it is all about moderation!
- Balance your meals. If you know you are going out for a really indulgent meal (think steak house, Italian comfort food, etc.) focus on protein and veggies throughout the day. Start the morning with a bowl of oatmeal or a smoothie and add protein rich foods like peanut butter, collagen, or protein powder.
- I usually like to start my day with a walk or a Tone It Up workout. If I don’t workout in the morning, it usually doesn’t happen that day. Running after a toddler is exhausting, and I like to relax in the afternoon while he naps. Working out in the morning also frees up your day for any activities. I do not work out everyday, and definitely like to take breaks from exercising when my body needs it.
- On our last trip we ate breakfast every morning at home. This is especially helpful if you are staying in an Airbnb, but do not be afraid to ask your hotel if they have a fridge if it does not already come with your room. We usually go the market the day we land so we can have all of our healthy breakfast items on hand for the next day. I love starting my morning with an elevated latte and avocado toast, and it gives us more control to fuel our bods with good food!
- I love bringing my fave non-toxic bath salts or masks (I love Franklin & Whitman) and some Honest Hazel eye gels to use while traveling. These products calm my skin and help me to relax and unwind.
- I usually bring a few essential oil rollers to use to relax me on the plane and to use throughout the trip. I can’t live without basic essential oils like peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, and eucalyptus. These especially help when traveling with a toddler!
I hope this helps you to remain more balanced and keeping with your wellness routine while you travel!