While I’m staying close to home right now, I know many of you are in vacation mode. After a busy few months of travel, I thought I’d revisit some of my top tips for a healthy trip. Safe travels to you!
- Carry a glass or stainless steel water bottle. It’s so important to stay hydrated, especially during a flight – it will prevent water retention and other issues associated with dehydration the next day.
- Bring your own snacks. Plane/airport food is usually very high in sodium. This is OK in moderation, but save the splurge for a great restaurant when you arrive! Pack some healthy treats that are travel-friendly, like raw almonds, dates stuffed with seeds, sliced veggies, an apple, rice cakes with almond butter, and – my personal favourite – bliss balls!
- Drink herbal tea. Bring tea bags with you for the flight and once you arrive at your destination. Consider ginger or peppermint to aide digestion, and chamomile to soothe.
- Pack your supplements. I especially like to bring a B vitamin complex for energy, stamina and recovery (it also seems to help with jet lag), zinc to keep your immune system strong, and a probiotic to maintain good gut bacteria and aid digestion.
- Bring an eye patch. It will help you enjoy the restorative sleep you need, both on the plane and once you’ve arrived at your destination. The darkness will support melatonin production (since light can destroy the production) and it will help with jet lag too.
- Use lavender oil. I dab some on my temples to induce calmness and rest on the plane and when going to sleep while I’m away. Adjusting to jet lag, lighting and a different bed can cause stress on your body and this routine is very soothing.
- Keep moving. I don’t worry too much about formal exercise when traveling, but I stay active exploring my surroundings. Walking, biking and jogging is always a great way to sightsee. You may even find a fun local yoga or dance class!
- Bring a healthy book. I love to take a new wellness book with me to keep me busy and inspired. It’s also a great opportunity to take a “switchoff” from social media!