With spring just around the corner (praise Jesus) it’s time to start talking about spring break and hopefully some travel plans in your very near future! I don’t know about you but for a really long time I kind of just accepted that once I returned home from traveling that I’d feel kind of off– whether it was because I picked up some nasty germs on the plane and I am coming down with a cold, or that I completely overindulged and now my body is wondering what the heck happened. I started to implement a few simple habits that have completely changed the travel game for me and below I am going to share them! I would love to hear what you do to stay on track and healthy when traveling! Enjoy!
Before You Travel
Believe it or not, a lot of what goes on with our health can be prevented and controlled. When it comes to flying, there is a 10/10 chance that you are going to come into contact with some nasty germs– whether it be the handrail on escalators (please don’t hold those), the seatback table in front of you, or the passenger that is sneezing non-stop. Before you take off these are some things that you can do to ensure that your body is functioning at optimal health so that you will have a better chance of fighting off whatever nastiness you encounter!
Probiotics, Vitamin C and B Vitamins.
Load up on these to the best of your ability. Take a probiotic pill, or if you prefer, have kombucha daily. Drink fresh pressed orange juice, or eat an orange a day. They also sell those vitamin C packs at the store– just be sure to buy one that is more on the natural side because if not they are packed with hidden sugars. I also like to up my ginger intake prior to traveling, grate some onto your food or incorporate it into your juice/smoothies.
Drink your water.
If most of the time you slack on your water consumption make it an extra effort to meet your daily requirements before traveling. Travel dehydrates even the most hydrated body– so, be mindful.
Get your rest.
Aim for at least 7 hours a night. Sleep is when your body has a chance to repair and to fight off anything that isn’t beneficial. Additional perk:
While You Travel
The big trip is here! Whether you are flying or driving, there are different precautions you can take while en route that will help you to stay healthy! Apply the ones that fit your circumstances.
If you are flying be extra sure to pack some disinfecting wipes. The first thing that I do when I get in my seat is to wipe down every single surface that I will touch while flying. If my babies are traveling as well I wipe down even better or sometimes go over a second time. Things to focus on: seat back table, seatbelt buckle, armrests, headrest and if there is a screen any and all buttons/screen space. I am not sure if you have ever had a connecting flight where you stay on the plane… but, if you have, you may have noticed that nothing gets wiped down, like ever.
Pack Socks In Your Carry On/Purse
I cannot tell you the number of times that I get to security and realize that I have on some kind of slide or loafer… and no socks. Throw a pair of socks in your bag so that you can slip them on when walking through the metal detector so that your bare feet don’t have to stand where everybody else’s bare feet stood.
Lip Moisture, Lotion, Eye Drops, Saline, etc
Before I fly I apply an extra layer of moisturizer to ensure that my skin doesn’t dehydrate– and lately I have been layering the Jet Lag Mask under my
During Your Vacation
I know that there are two kinds of people– the ones who workout on vacation and the ones who don’t. I am not saying that you have to go to the gym while you travel, but, keep moving. Maybe that means making the choice to walk half a mile to get coffee instead of driving. If you are going to the beach, make it a point to walk the beach after breakfast (one of my favorite things to do– I always feel like I am checking two boxes, one: staying active and two: getting a tan while doing it). Throw your swimsuit on under your breakfast clothes and then make a commitment to hit the beach for a walk. Another option is to check out fitness classes offered by the hotel you’re staying at, or look into local studios and try a class you’ve never done before. If you are typically timid and shy and don’t like to go to classes for the fear of looking like you don’t know what you are doing– the benefit is that when traveling nobody knows you/will ever see you again! Have fun! I also always pack resistance bands.
Especially if you are in the sun and if you are drinking. Pack a reusable water bottle and every time its empty make it a point to refill it. If you get bored with water just ask for a slice of orange, pineapple, or add a little splash of some kind of fruit in there.
Eat Local Foods.
Literally, one of my favorite parts of traveling is to experience new foods. A lot of my
Allow yourself down time and rest. If you know that you are going to be out at the bars all night long then make it a point to chill by the pool or on the beach and try to catch a little nap if you can.
Wear Your Sunscreen.
I probably sound like your Mom, but do it. Honestly, you will end up with a better, longer lasting