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Your Complete Guide to Staying Healthy While Traveling

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Life on the road and in between grocery stores can present challenges when it comes to maintaining good health. With minimal time to stretch your legs, let alone get a workout in, the commuter lifestyle also allows little flexibility in preparing healthy meals. Fortunately, a little planning ahead can make a big and positive impact on your health.

What’s in Your Bag?

Whether you’re on your annual vacation or flying out-of-state on business every week, the items you pack can determine how healthy you’ll be during your trip. First, consider what kind of bag to use. Make sure you have a versatile, comfortable bag that can hold a wide variety of products.

A seasoned traveler knows the importance of packing some snacks and beverages. Don’t rely on airport or gas station provisions. Instead, pack nutritious meals and snacks in sandwich bags or to-go containers for easy access during your journey (more on what to bring momentarily!). Also be sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated and refreshed without consuming empty calories or unnecessary chemicals. A great water bottle makes for an excellent travel item, and this one from Lifefactory is both durable and BPA-free.

A few key toiletry items will also help you look and feel your best while simultaneously being environmentally friendly. Pack your favorite shampoo, soap, lotion, sunscreen, etc in small travel-sized containers, so that you don’t have to settle for whatever’s available at your hotel.

Last but not least, staying productive, rested, and energized is key for your health! For sound sleep, try these awesome earplugs, this particular eye mask, and a Therm-a-Rest neck pillow (for the flight). Lavender essential oil and a wearable Inner Balance sensor from HeartMath can help you to relax and let frustrations from crowds or delays melt away. And don’t forget to pick up an external battery charger so your devices can stay powered up too!

A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

Chances are that at some point in your travels you’ll find yourself exhausted, with a rumbling stomach, and staring off into the distant neon lights of a Cinnabon menu. Though it might seem easy enough, that processed, sugar and fat-filled snack is only going to send your attitude or your energy levels into a nosedive. Avoid the temptation by taking a little time to plan your snacks before you leave.

Whether you stay gluten-free or you’re eating primal, planning ahead gives you the freedom to cater to your tastes and needs. Organic fruits and veggies, hummus spread on a gluten-free tortilla, rice cakes with nut butter (Justin’s Nut Butter is a great option), Medjool dates and nut butter, hard boiled eggs, and avocados with sea salt and pepper are just the beginning of many healthy options! Almonds, protein powder, and natural beef jerky are also great, and nothing hits the spot like a tasty trail mix made of gluten-free oats with coconut flakes, dried cranberries, and walnuts.

In a time-crunch or a place where finding these options is a little tricky? Before you leave, get online and plan where you’ll stop for meals so that you can choose healthy options. An app called iExit will help you in this endeavor, pinpointing great restaurant options all along your route.

If you absolutely have to eat fast food (and you really don’t), opt for the grilled chicken or salad option. Remember that even Walmart sells organic whole foods, and Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods both carry many ready-to-eat, healthy options.

Supplements for the Road

Even with the best snacks, it can still be hard to maintain a balance of vitamins and minerals. If necessary, add some supplements to your travel diet.

A quality multivitamin covers all your nutrient bases, and vitamin D3 will protect you from travel germs, helping to fight off infection and strengthening your immune system. If you’re having trouble getting in your veggies, you can try a green powder to supplement those nutrients. Finally, herbs like echinacea, elderberry, and oregano boost your immune system.

Photo of a woman talking to a phonePHOTO: SUNKIDS/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Life on the road and in between grocery stores can present challenges when it comes to maintaining good health. With minimal time to stretch your legs, let alone get a workout in, the commuter lifestyle also allows little flexibility in preparing healthy meals. Fortunately, a little planning ahead can make a big and positive impact on your health.

What’s in Your Bag?

Whether you’re on your annual vacation or flying out-of-state on business every week, the items you pack can determine how healthy you’ll be during your trip. First, consider what kind of bag to use. Make sure you have a versatile, comfortable bag that can hold a wide variety of products.

A seasoned traveler knows the importance of packing some snacks and beverages. Don’t rely on airport or gas station provisions. Instead, pack nutritious meals and snacks in sandwich bags or to-go containers for easy access during your journey (more on what to bring momentarily!). Also be sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated and refreshed without consuming empty calories or unnecessary chemicals. A great water bottle makes for an excellent travel item, and this one from Lifefactory is both durable and BPA-free.

A few key toiletry items will also help you look and feel your best while simultaneously being environmentally friendly. Pack your favorite shampoo, soap, lotion, sunscreen, etc in small travel-sized containers, so that you don’t have to settle for whatever’s available at your hotel.

Last but not least, staying productive, rested, and energized is key for your health! For sound sleep, try these awesome earplugs, this particular eye mask, and a Therm-a-Rest neck pillow (for the flight). Lavender essential oil and a wearable Inner Balance sensor from HeartMath can help you to relax and let frustrations from crowds or delays melt away. And don’t forget to pick up an external battery charger so your devices can stay powered up too!

A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

Chances are that at some point in your travels you’ll find yourself exhausted, with a rumbling stomach, and staring off into the distant neon lights of a Cinnabon menu. Though it might seem easy enough, that processed, sugar and fat-filled snack is only going to send your attitude or your energy levels into a nosedive. Avoid the temptation by taking a little time to plan your snacks before you leave.

Whether you stay gluten-free or you’re eating primal, planning ahead gives you the freedom to cater to your tastes and needs. Organic fruits and veggies, hummus spread on a gluten-free tortilla, rice cakes with nut butter (Justin’s Nut Butter is a great option), Medjool dates and nut butter, hard boiled eggs, and avocados with sea salt and pepper are just the beginning of many healthy options! Almonds, protein powder, and natural beef jerky are also great, and nothing hits the spot like a tasty trail mix made of gluten-free oats with coconut flakes, dried cranberries, and walnuts.

In a time-crunch or a place where finding these options is a little tricky? Before you leave, get online and plan where you’ll stop for meals so that you can choose healthy options. An app called iExit will help you in this endeavor, pinpointing great restaurant options all along your route.

If you absolutely have to eat fast food (and you really don’t), opt for the grilled chicken or salad option. Remember that even Walmart sells organic whole foods, and Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods both carry many ready-to-eat, healthy options.

Supplements for the Road

Even with the best snacks, it can still be hard to maintain a balance of vitamins and minerals. If necessary, add some supplements to your travel diet.

A quality multivitamin covers all your nutrient bases, and vitamin D3 will protect you from travel germs, helping to fight off infection and strengthening your immune system. If you’re having trouble getting in your veggies, you can try a green powder to supplement those nutrients. Finally, herbs like echinacea, elderberry, and oregano boost your immune system.

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