5 Must-Pack Items to Keep You Healthy While Traveling
We frequently hear from our coaching clients that travel can completely derail their wellness journey. However, after living nomadically for six years (where we are always on the road) and working with clients in roles that travel frequently. From flight attendants to travel nurses. We have learned how to help people stay on track no matter where in the world they are. One of the easiest ways to stay on top of your health while traveling is to pack a few essential items that will help you stay fit and healthy.
Here are 5 things that you should pack to keep your wellness game strong while on the road.
#1 Resistance Band
Resistance bands are a great way to workout when you’re on the go. They can be used for a variety of exercises, including pull-ups, squats, lunges, and more. They’re lightweight and easy to carry around in your suitcase so you can use them anywhere! That added touch of resistance is really going to help make sure you are challenging your body and give you an effective workout. We love these bands: HERE
#2 Jumping Rope
If you’re looking for a way to stay in shape on the road, jump roping is one of the best options. It’s lightweight, portable, and easy to do anywhere!
Here are some reasons why you should pack a jump rope next trip:
Cardio + Core: Jumping rope is a full-body workout that improves your cardiovascular fitness while also working your core muscles. This is especially true with double unders, which require you to jump twice in the air before landing — talk about an effective way to kick it up a notch so you can get back to enjoying your trip.
High Intensity: Jumping rope is also a high intensity exercise; In fact jumping rope burns around 124 calories in just 10 minutes, and a high-intensity 10-minute rope-jumping workout is the equivalent of 30 minutes of jogging. However, as with all movement, we encourage you to set a pace that challenges you but meets your level. We do not want to push it too hard then be injured for the rest of our trip.
#3 Tupperware Containers
We always pack some of our own meals. If we are flying, going on a road trip… We make it happen. It definitely takes more planning. However, even if you can pack a few meals and snacks like nuts or veggie sticks from home so that you don’t have to buy them at an airport or convenience store. This helps you avoid having to choose foods that likely will not serve you on your wellness journey.
We of course always enjoy meals while we are traveling! Such a huge part of travel is to enjoy local dishes and unique flavors. However, by having some of our own meals and snacks ready, it helps to implement more balance and choose to eat out for those meals that will really serve us. As a rule of thumb, we aim for the 80/20 (80% of our meals are whole foods-based and nutritious while 20% are a bit more fun!).
#4 A reusable water bottle
Did you know: More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills every day – a total of about 22 billion in one year alone! As a traveler our environmental footprint can add up, as many of the products geared towards travelers are disposable. In order to keep up with your hydration goals and help reduce environmental impact. We suggest bringing along a reusable water bottle that you can refill throughout the day at cafes, tourist attractions and your hotel. Some of our favorite types of reusable water bottles are made from glass or stainless steel. Avoiding single use water bottles also helps us avoid BPA and other plastic toxins that can then make their way into the bloodstream, this can be particularly harmful for women as it has been found to be an endocrine disruptor (impacting to our hormones). So packing a reusable bottle is a great way to do something positive for your health and the environment. A double win!
Eye mask and earplug
The last thing you want when traveling is to be uncomfortable at night. If you’re staying in a hotel or Airbnb, make sure you have earplugs and an eye mask to help block out the light and noise. They are lightweight and can make a big difference when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. We even put them in our carry-on to help us have a sound rest when on long overnight flights.
We are so excited for you to implement some of these practices so you can realize that just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you can’t stay healthy. You can truly have it all! When you feel good physically, it also makes it that much easier for you to be present and fully enjoy your trip. Not to mention feel good when you return home and not feel like you need a vacation from your vacation.
Would you like to travel the world while focusing on your wellness journey? Want to learn exactly how we have been able to stay healthy while living nomadically for six years?
We would love to have you join us at one of our upcoming wellness retreats! Where we will work with you to help you find a perfect balanced approach to wellness that you can take with you anywhere in the world. For a list of our upcoming wellness experiences click HERE