I travel every few months for work and/or fun and have to say I do love it. Exploring a new place, experiencing new things, meeting and talking to new people. Traveling opens up my eyes to a whole new world beyond my everyday.
That being said, there are a few comforts from home I miss while globe trotting. Healthy, fresh, whole food being the number one thing. Within the past two months, I’ve traveled quite a bit, so definitely take notice of the poor quality of fresh, readily available food.
Currently in Vegas for work, I have thought about the mistakes I’ve made in the past few trips I’ve made, so thought I’d share.
Here are a few tips I’ve picked up to make traveling a bit healthier and more enjoyable.
- Bring an empty, reusable water bottle. If you’re flying, you’re not able to bring water through security, but you can fill up your water once you get past the check-point. In Denver International, there’s a water filling station outside many of the bathrooms, which saves me money and keeps me hydrated!
- Bring healthy snacks. Ok, if you’re anything like Mike and I, you’re often in a hurry the day you leave so preparing a healthy snack to bring can be an after thought, but don’t let it be!! The snacks in the airport are not only outrageously expensive, they’re full of sugar, salt, fat, preservatives. Nuts, raisins, apples, granola, carrots, veggie wrap with hummus….to have a bag or two of healthy stuff makes the world of difference!
- Pack fruit in your bag. When I travel for work, I’m often non-stop, so don’t have a chance to eat properly. By packing a few apples, oranges or clementines, pears in your bag, I’m at least having one serving of fruit.
- Don’t drink on the plane or even beforehand. I know this can be tempting, especially if you’re heading on vacation! But alcohol is dehydrating and puts strain on your kidneys and liver. Flying is extremely dehydrating anyway, due to the pressurized air they pump in planes. Try to avoid the alcohol and stick to water!
- Get sleep! Again, it’s hard to jump into a new routine, especially if there’s a time change or if you take a red-eye. Try to get to bed early your first night in a new location, no matter how excited you are! Getting good sleep will make or break your trip.
- Incorporate Yoga. This is a practice you can do anywhere, no matter how little the space! If you’re new to the practice, try Yogaglo – as long as you have internet, you have access to classes! Just 15 minutes in the morning will awaken your body, calm your nerves, and prepare you for the day. Hotel Yoga is the best!