Traveling, whether for work or play, means lots of planning, navigating, and waiting. Properly taking care of your brain and body during this time is so incredibly crucial for you to fully enjoy yourself. Check out a few ways to help regulate your travel experience and keep you on your A-game health-wise.
If there’s one thing you should know about me (if you haven’t learned already), it’s that I am obsessed with my snacks. I refuse to exist anywhere in the world without a hefty supply of life fuel nestled safely inside my bag. Keeping a stash of healthy foods, especially for on-the-go situations such as traveling, may serve as a burden for most. But when you possess a repertoire of super power chow right at your fingertips, you live with the building blocks that unlock your potential energy. We all want to feel more vivacious and ready for life, but this process begins with what you put into your body. Check out some ways I have found that make nourishing yourself and your loved ones a positive experience.
Traveling via car:
When planning for overnight stays, weekend trips, and other vacations via car, you fortunately are able to bring a cooler along with you! This simple item is seriously golden when it comes to travel. The possibilities are pretty much endless when it comes to transporting all that you need food-wise. Cut up fresh fruits and vegetables for your trip so that you can reach for healthy options instead of fast food on the road. Pack some yummy cold food items such as chickpea salad, hummus, pre-made smoothies, hardboiled eggs, and almond milk. Oh, and don’t forget the silverware! If you’re staying at a hotel, you can refill your cooler as often as needed, so this makes it really easy to keep your food fresh for your entire visit.
Traveling via plane:
This one may take a little more effort on your end, but carrying the proper foods for plane rides is so crucial to your traveling well-being. Choose foods that will not perish easily such as apples, berries, bananas, nuts, bars (my favorite are Lara Bars), jerky, dried fruits, cherry tomatoes, mini bell peppers, and dark chocolate. Once you reach your destination, try to catch the local markets for snacks instead of eating out every single time you’re hungry. This will save you lots of money, time, and help reduce hanger in the long run!
The simplest yet easiest thing to forget about during travel is your water intake. When you’re walking long distances across new places, you will need even more water than what you’re used to drinking at home. Bring a refillable bottle and fill it up multiple times a day, wherever you stop to eat, have coffee, grab dessert, etc. Staying hydrated will help keep your muscles happy, reduce brain fog, and aid in increasing energy levels. All great benefits for travel!
Yes, believe it or not, as long as you are a living human you possess the ability to stretch your body as often as you please! Take advantage of this amazing gift by utilizing little morsels of time throughout your day. For example, each morning instead of becoming upset watching another day of negativity on the news, opt to stretch your body. You will be amazed how the blood flow and movement first thing in the morning will set your day up for success. During travel by car, stretch at gas stations when you need to stop for potty and/or gas breaks. When flying, stretch while you’re waiting at your gate. Try to carry a stretching ball with you, as this is an effective way to get deep in those muscle areas you never even knew existed.
Taking adequate care of yourself during travel is easier said than done. But your body will be able to do so much more when you simply take care of your precious life space day in and day out.