Staying on top of what you eat while on the road, the trail or simply lounging by the pool can be tricky. To help you stay on track we gathered up a few of our favorite tips to staying healthy while traveling, and we added a few good ideas from some of our Travel Blogger friends!
First things first. Packing. It is not easy to pack for a vacation and airlines don’t make it easy with their luggage fees. So how can you account for all your organic, natural and homeopathic hygienic needs? By moving everything into smaller TSA approved containers. I know, its a task but considering the alternatives shopping or shipping it may be worth the hassle.
Shipping – If you are going away for more than a few days, the only alternative is to mail a package of items to your hotel before you leave. I am not against this idea if I am going away for more than 7-days!
Shopping – Upon arrival, locate the nearest (if available) grocery store. Grab all the items you need. Problem. This takes time away from your vacation, natural products may not be available, and they may cost above what you normally would pay.
Checkout our quick reference packing check list!
- Natural toothpaste – Tom’s of Maine is our fav and comes is travel size.
- Shampoo and Conditioner – (if you don’t mind using a two-in-one Shampoo + Conditioner this is a good space saver!
- Non-aluminum deodorant – Tom’s of Maine again : )
- Simple make-up needs
- Non Toxic Sunblock
- Bug Spray – DoTerra Terra Shield is compact and all natural!
- Feminine needs
- All natural Body lotion
- Medication if necessary
Ok, so we have our Natural Hygiene products covered. What about snacks?
Traveling has got to be one of the biggest challenges when you are food conscious person. No matter what you prefer your diet to be, traveling is bound to kink up your routine. If you are in Chicago your going to want to try the Pizza right? Or the Big Huge Hot Dog on the Jersey Pier?? Tasteful treats are everywhere. The tricky part is maintaining self-control! Here are a few tips so you don’t fall completely off the wagon!
Healthy Eating Tips for Travelers
1. Save some space – in your checked bag for a stash of “good for you snacks”! Our favorites are;
- Beef jerky
- Dried or fresh fruit
- Individual packets of nut butter
- Dried chickpeas
- Whole grain crackers
all pack and travel nicely.
2. Plan eating wisely – Try not to put yourself in a “I am starving” situation. Ditch the burgers, fries and mayo smothered sandwiches. If you are about to sit on an airplane, a tour bus or train for 1/2 a day, ask for a turkey lettuce wrap, a salad or a mix of protein packed individual items like nuts, a banana and some nut butter.
3. No time for airport food? – If you are forced to eat on the plane you don’t have to binge on Jack and Coke with a side of pretzels…. Todays airlines are catching on that passengers want more than peanuts. Some airlines offer protein boxes with hummus, and whole-grain crackers, all of these options provide a balance of protein, fat, and complex carbs.
4. When in Rome – You are on vacation, so don’t beat yourself up if you dive into the local fare. In many countries, part of the culture and experience of your trip is the FOOD! This is where planning comes into the equation. Look into what is available in the area for fresh foods, types of restaurants and plan out what is an absolute MUST TRY and what you can either pass on or substitute.
5. Exercising on the road – Sounds crazy? I swear it’s not! Many hotels and resorts offer gyms with amazing, top-of-the-line equipment and unique group classes. There is NOTHING wrong with working out while on vacation. My fiancée thinks differently on this, but I feel my best when I exercise a couple times a week. No matter what Hemisphere I am in : )