I’m teaming up with Ricola® Herb & Throat drops, as part of a campaign with Socialstars, to bring you this sponsored post all about staying healthy while you travel this spring.
Hi friends! And a very happy Tuesday going out to you! Spring is in the air, and I’ve got vacations on the mind. So today I’m going to share with you how I stay healthy and active when I travel.
This is timely, because Dave and I are hopping on a cross-country flight in two weeks to head to Florida to visit my family and attend a huge wedding for one of my best friends. We’re pros when it comes to planning, packing and making big trips, because we’ve been doing it for nearly three years now. And although we don’t say no to all.the.food.and.drinks.and.fun when we’re on vacation, we’re both pretty adamant about maintaining some balance by being active and focusing on our health in other ways.
How to stay healthy while you travel
Spring is the perfect time to take a trip, so if you’ve got one lined up, put these tips in your back-pocket to make sure you have a happy and healthy adventure …
Pack plenty of healthy snacks. I do not leave home without snacks. Healthy items in my carry-on bag and in my purse while I’m out-and-about on vacation typically include the following:
- Granola bars
- Trail mix
- Protein powder (you just never know when you’ll need it)
- A baked sweet potato (sounds weird, but this is a great snack or meal on the plane, when topped with almond butter — trust me, it travels really well)
Yes, you want to eat and try the food in the locations you visit, but you don’t want to be walking around starving, so be prepared with healthy bites at all times. Hanger on vacation? Not a good plan!
A peek into my carry-on bag when I’m planning for a trip: Extra socks, a water bottle, a book, a resistance tube, a banana, some almonds, anti-bacterial, shades and my Ricola Revitalizing Herb Drops.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I always have a reusable water bottle with me, wherever I go, which I drink before the security line at the airport, then I fill back up after I make it through security. But in addition to drinking water on the day of the journey, I also like to drink a lot the day before I get on a plane and throughout every single day of my vacation. You just feel better when you’re hydrated, so drink up! And don’t rely on those tiny waters that you get for free on planes or at hotels, bring your own larger bottle to have more than enough H2O on hand. (However, if you’re traveling to a foreign country, make sure you’re filling up with safe and filtered water.)
Explore on foot with a walk or run. There’s no better way to explore a new area, than to walk around it. I’m all about going on walking tours and getting everywhere you possibly can by using your own legs. Don’t be scared to get lost out there, because you just might stumble upon some lovely views. While I usually don’t run outside, whenever I go on vacation, I like to get out for a short jog with Dave to see our surroundings. You see so much more at street-level than you do from the windows of a rental car or cab. And sometimes you even get a nice sports bra tan from an outdoor run, and who doesn’t want to come back from vacation with that mark of success?
Start your day with a super-short workout in your room or outside. While I do like to take a week off of all workouts maybe once or twice a year, I still like to be active on most of my vacations. I always travel with a resistance tube, because I can use it for exercises in my hotel room and also use it to help stretch my tight muscles after sitting for too long in the car or on a plane. Resistance tubes are so easy to throw in your bag and are very versatile. If you don’t have one, try doing some push-ups, planks and jumping jacks in your hotel room for about 15 minutes to get your blood flowing before you start the day. It’s certainly not going to hurt you to fit that in before beginning your adventures. And if your hotel has a gym? Use it!
Rent bikes to tour the area. Need to get from point A to point B while traveling? Why not bike? It’s so easy to rent bikes, and it’s the perfect and fun way to get yourself where you need to go. If you ever visit San Francisco, I would definitely suggest that you rent bikes to ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. This is something that Dave and I have done with visitors and done ourselves when we first moved here. So beautiful and also a good dose of exercise and vitamin D!
Don’t forget about nutrients to keep sickness at bay. It may seem easy to eat nothing but junk when you travel, but if you’re normally a fairly healthy eater, you’re bound to feel differently if you go a couple of days without any quality food in your system. In addition to eating some greens (alongside bacon-dusted french fries, perhaps), pack some vitamins and enjoy some energizing nutrients, like you those you find in Ricola Revitalizing Herb Drops. These drops are made up of herbs cultivated in the Swiss mountains using natural farming methods and are a natural way to boost your immunity. Every little bit helps when you’re out of your normal surroundings and on-the-go.
Sleep and nap. If you’re anything like me, you want to fit in as much as humanly possibly when you’re away from home on a trip. But don’t forget about getting some ZZZs. If you change time zones and feel some jet-lag, it’s okay to nap. Our bodies and minds need the recovery you get when you sleep, so make it a priority. I find that the afternoon nap makes an appearance when I’m on vacation much more than it does in real life. Why not? It’s good for you.
The most important part of travel
Most of all, have fun, and don’t stress! Vacations are good for the soul, and I look forward to them so much. While I like to let loose and veer off my schedule a bit when traveling, I know that being healthy is a priority to me no matter where I am. So with these tips, a plane ticket and an open mind, I’m ready to rumble! I hope you will be too!
*Disclaimer: As part of a Socialstars campaign, this post in sponsored by Ricola. I’ve really enjoyed learning about this family-owned Swiss company, its rich history and the product line available throughout this campaign. So thanks Ricola. However, please know that all the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. For more information on Ricola, you can visit Ricola on Facebook or on Twitter.
Questions of the day
Do you have any trips planned for the spring or summer?
How do you stay healthy while traveling?
What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?