I traveled a lot last year. I visited Hawaii, drove all over Ireland, enjoyed a fitness-inspired vacation in Mexico, plus many more trips. It was definitely an amazing and adventurous year!
Obviously, I love to travel, but I don’t always love what traveling does to me. Long days with limited nutritious food options, dehydration, and lack of sleep are just some of the not-so-fun parts of traveling, which can easily derail my normal lifestyle, but I do my best to fight back with some healthy habits. Here are just some of the things I do when I travel to ensure a more healthy experience!
Bring a reusable water bottle
One of my healthiest habits when I’m at home is drinking water throughout the day, but it’s not always easy or affordable when traveling. In the past, I found myself purchasing multiple bottles of water, which was neither budget- nor environmentally-friendly. Instead of wasting money and natural resources, I always pack a reusable water bottle that I can refill as many times as I want. And having a fresh bottle of water with me at all times encourages me to drink up to help prevent dehydration!
Plan healthy snacks
I’m a huge fan of packing healthy snacks when I travel, and I’ve learned that with a little advanced planning, eating nutritiously really doesn’t have to be a challenge. Sure, I can typically find healthy options at the airport or train station when I travel (my favorites: bananas, KIND bars, yogurt parfaits, Starbuck’s Protein Box), but not every location offers these healthy choices. So before I travel, I always look online to see what food options are available, and if they’re not the healthiest, I pack my own. Looking for some ideas? Here’s a post that features a number of my favorite healthy, travel-friendly snacks.
Pack sneakers and workout gear
Even when I think I won’t have time to exercise, I always pack my sneakers and a pair or two of workout clothes just in case I can squeeze in a quick sweat session. Sometimes, a quick run before breakfast or a CrossFit-style workout in the hotel gym (or my room) is exactly what I need to boost my energy and keep my healthy habits at top of mind. Plus, having my sneakers encourages me to walk more in general, so it’s easy to stay active when I travel.
Schedule a fun workout
Traveling doesn’t mean that I take a break from my workouts, and I almost always plan a couple of fun ones into my trip. I enjoy exercising in the morning, such as running with friends, because it sets a healthy tone for the rest of my day. It also prevents me from skipping my workout later in the day when fun plans pop up. Additionally, I’m an avid CrossFitter, so I always look for local boxes when I travel. Even if you’re not into CrossFit, you can search for your favorite classes when you travel. It’s fun to mix things up, meet new people, and explore my new surroundings!
Getting a good night’s rest is definitely a priority for me when I travel. If I’m sleep deprived at any point in my trip, I get cranky and easily frustrated, so I’m no fun to be around. My cravings also get a little out of control when I’m tired, so it’s difficult for me to make healthy choices with what I eat. When I am well-rested, however, I’m able to make better choices and feel good about them!
Question of the Day
What are some of your healthy travel habits?