Summer travel, no matter how far or near, can pose a challenge for the healthy minded eater. Actually, travel at any time of the year can make it tricky to stay on track with healthy habits, but just like other travel plans that have to be made (airline tickets, hotels and what to wear), you need to plan for what goes in your body, too. We like to call this plan Wellness Travel Essentials.
With a little planning, you can head out stocked with essentials that travel well and help keep wellness a priority in a “Thrive & Dine approved” kind of way. Want to know what a few of our go-to items are? Here are some of the things you can expect to find in our luggage this summer:
For General Wellness – Stress, interrupted sleep patterns and sharing public spaces like airplanes, bathrooms and handrails of busses and trains all contribute to compromising our immune systems. When flying, start with wiping down your airplane seatbelt and armrests with a sanitizing wipe. Hand sanitizer is a must, but don’t stop there. Our immune system needs a boost and here are some ways to get it.
- Probiotics – help to balance your gut flora and help minimize digestion issues (and upset stomachs). 80% of our immune system is in our gut, so give it a little attention. I bring non-refrigerated probiotics, like these from Jarrow
- Daily vitamin C and other minerals – One of our absolute favorite immune boosting travel supplements is Oxylent. This powder, which comes in individual packets for easy transport, quickly dissolves in a glass of water and boosts your system with electrolytes, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.(By the way, this is great for the morning after you’ve had a little too much to drink, too)
- OnGuard, a great essential oil blend from DoTerra, helps boost your immune system by simply letting 2-3 beadlets of the blend dissolve on your tongue once a day.
- For those times when the germs of sharing public places get to be too much and you feel that tickle in the back of your throat or your nose threatens to start running, turn to Umcka. This natural cold treatment has always prevented a potential cold from growing into something more. It comes in chewable and powder form.
- And for those times when you do eat something that upsets your stomach, try DigestZen by DoTerra, Stomach Rescue liquid or simply, activated charcoal tablets. Or when things aren’t quite ‘moving’ as you’d like, Smooth Move tea is an effective, gentle way to relieve constipation.
Keeping the Hunger Monster Away – these snacks and food items are easy to pack and carry with you for those moments you find yourself hungry and with ‘nothing good to eat’.
- Nearly every airport we’ve been in has fresh fruit for sale. Buy it when you see it and take it with you on the airplane to supplement what they will serve you in the sky – which is never very healthy. Once you’re at your hotel, grab a piece from the breakfast buffet to take with you for the day. Apples, bananas and oranges travel well.
- Chia shots – these little packets are awesome! Keep them with you and sprinkle them onto yogurt and salads or shake into a bottle of water (shake every few minutes until they float freely) for a dose of omegas, protein and fiber.
- Individual nut butter packets and organic, red rice & quinoa Stackers by Lundberg Family Farms. These two things combined make a great snack, and if you add a piece of fruit to it, you’ve got a mini-meal.
- Pack a few snack bars, such as GoMacro and Square Bar. There are a lot of these grab-and-go bars around, but these two brands have healthier ingredients than most.
- Homemade trail mix – choose your favorite combination of healthy raw nuts and seeds and add a bit of dark chocolate chips or golden berries to the mix for a sweet treat.
- Individual protein powder packets – great meal replacement option that can easily be poured into and shaken in a water bottle. I like Vega One for their great combination of vegan protein, vitamins and minerals and greens, not to mention delicious flavors like Vanilla Chai. You can even ask the hotel to blend it with ice for you… yum!
And the most important thing to remember when traveling…
WATER! Drink lots of water all day long! Hunger and fatigue are signs of dehydration – choose water first! And don’t save this last tip just for traveling… make it your daily goal to drink more water than other drinks.
Where ever your travels take you, go prepared, knowing you aren’t compromising your wellness for the sake of vacation. Bon Voyage!