Whether you are taking your family on vacation or making a solo business trip, flying, or driving, it’s challenging to stay health while travelling. After being on the road for the past few weeks, I know! The break in routine causes us to skip workouts, choose fast food (thanks, airports), and let go of self-care practices. Follow the 3 hacks below to ensure your break from reality doesn’t set your wellness journey back.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
There are tons of distractions while travelling. These often keep us from staying well hydrated. While on the go, it’s common to drink even less water because who wants to keep stopping for bathroom breaks while on the road, or worse, climb over other passengers en route to the plane’s water closet (the horror). Leading up to a trip, it’s SO important to get enough water. The dry air on planes deprives your body of water and sitting in a car for several hours is bad for circulation. Nothing is worse than feeling bogged down and dehydrated, especially when you are away from home.
When packing, toss in a reusable water bottle. As long as it’s empty when going through security, you’re good to go! Most airports have water fountains (or even better, dedicated hydration stations) for easy refilling. I’m talking about you, Chicago O’Hare.
- Get Moving
Ok, before you roll your eyes, hear me out. We’ve all used travel as an excuse to let go of workout routines. It’s so easy to do. I *cough* “forgot” my sneakers once. Rather than succumbing to this excuse, use your travels as an opportunity to get moving in new ways. If you are staying in a new city, take a stroll around your hotel to take in the local sights and sounds. If you are on a family vacation, spend one of the days bonding over exercise like skiing, hiking, and swimming. Shameless plug, check out our Facebookpage for pics from my recent ski trip!
- Treat Yourself
The fast pace of travel often pushes self-care practices to the bottom of the priority list. Most of us choose sleep over a shower before a 6am departure. Bring face wipes with you for your long flight or car ride. Washing your face will make you feel refreshed, even if you haven’t had an opportunity to shower yet. Before bed, put a few drops of lavender essential oils on your pillow. The lavender will calm you and help you unwind from the busy day. And, if you’re like me, sleeping in a hotel isn’t always my most quality sleep, so doing anything to help catch a few (quality) zzz’s is important for the next day.
Try a few of these tricks during your upcoming travels or share your tried-and-true methods for staying healthy on the road with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you!