This is such a busy season for traveling and it can be hard to stay healthy with all of the hustle and bustle. So for today’s post, I’m going to share my best tips to stay healthy as Christmas and New Year is just around the corner! Whether you are traveling by plane/car or staying home for the holidays, these tips on how to stay healthy while traveling and throughout all the busyness!
1. Hydrate before, during, and after your flight
You’ll hear me say this time and time again, but, hydration is literally the KEY to staying well. I know drinking water can sometimes be tough while on an airplane. However, if there’s a will, there’s a way! 😉 Therefore, I tend to choose the aisle seat, so I can get up to pee as often as I need.
Along with that, I recommend purchasing a high-quality reusable water bottle to carry with you everywhere and can fill up once you get past security at the airport. My favorite is the S’well stainless steel water bottle! It keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, and it’s BPA, phthalates, PVC, lead, and cadmium free. Not to mention, it’s such a cute water bottle and so easy to refill and keep you hydrated on the go!
2. Come prepared with your own healthy airplane (or car) snacks
Coming prepared with healthy snacks for the airplane or car is probably the easiest way to stay healthy while traveling! For me, I always bring fruit with me when traveling. It’s easy to throw an apple, an orange, or a banana in your bag and you don’t have to worry about it going bad!
I also love other easy on-the-go snacks such as turkey jerky, trail mix or granola, RX Bars, and pumpkin seeds!
- Turkey Jerky: Trust me, I never thought I’d eat jerky. I had an outdated perception of it, but now I consider it a healthy, clean protein option when I’m traveling. My favorite jerky is from the brand Epic because it has the cleanest ingredients with no added sugar!
- RX Bars: RX Bars are my go-to protein bar! They are gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, and grain-free. Made from whole food and packed with 12 grams of protein per serving! SO yummy and perfect for keeping you fueled up on the go.
- Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite snacks because it’s high in zinc, magnesium, and iron. These nutrients help build your immune system, boost your mood, and fight colds. The magnesium content alone can help your muscles relax and can give you a more restful nap on the plane! Making them the perfect airplane snack!
- Trail Mix: A little container full of mixed nuts is perfect and practical for traveling – no mess, full of protein, and healthy fats! YAY! This is my FAVORITE nut mix ever! It’s so delicious…like way too delicious!
3. Amp up your supplement intake
Of course, the winter alone is a vital time to amp up your supplement intake. But especially if you’re traveling this holiday season! This is why I love using the brand Care/of – and I have my entire family hooked on them too! I love this brand because they come in custom, individual packs so that they’re perfect for your specific needs and you’ll never forget to take them since you can easily toss a few packs into your carry-on/travel bag!
In my pack for this season, I have an elderberry supplement, which is amazing for immunity. Vitamin B12 is great for energy. A probiotic is essential and an absolute must for me because they also keep your digestive system happy and healthy! And lastly, magnesium which is so good for relaxation and keeping your bones and muscles strong and healthy!
Because Care/of is completely customized for me and my health goals no matter which season, these are the only supplements I take with me while I am traveling! They’re very convenient and easy to store in any bag or purse whether you’re on a plane or in a car!
I actually have an entire post about Care/of vitamins that goes more in-depth about the brand and why they’re the only supplements I use. You can find that post right here! 🤗
4. Move your body in any way
This should already come as no surprise, but one of the best ways I stay healthy is by keeping active. Before a long flight, I do a quick 10-minute cardio session at home and stretch it out before I’m trapped on the airplane. However, even on an airplane make it a habit to do a few stretches – especially if the flight is super long. Trust me, no one is going to judge you, if anything, you may inspire a few people to do the same!
Along with that, another very useful item to travel with is resistance bands! These workout resistance bands are my favorite to travel with and not many people think of these! I love to bring these along because you can get a workout in anywhere – and I mean ANYWHERE! Airport? Yep. Hotel? Yep. They’re so easy to toss in your bag since they hardly take up any room at all! And if you need any ideas here is a 30-minute resistance band workout video that you could watch at any time – anywhere!
Lastly, when I’m in a new city, I personally love exploring by bike. It’s a great way to exercise while seeing the new city (of course, it’s weather-dependent). And it feels like you’re not actually working out, but you are! 😉Along with that, if I’m eating out a lot, I always, always make sure to move, otherwise, I’ll just feel like a swollen, bloated mess!
5. Set yourself for quality sleep
Proper sleep will help keep your immunity and digestion healthy, while lack of sleep will contribute to their distress. Travel is not known for being very kind to our sleep patterns—from jet lag to busy schedules to unfamiliar sounds, lights, and distractions – there are many ways sleep can be disturbed while traveling.
Therefore, traveling with an eye mask, earplugs, and/or sound machine can help if you’re a light sleeper. For long-haul flights or bus/train/car rides, packing a good quality travel pillow can help you catch some much-needed, quality sleep! Also, be sure to remain mindful of caffeine and alcohol consumption if you’re having trouble sleeping while traveling—both are significant sleep disruptors.
6. Always have hand sanitizer
Traveling to new areas (especially when getting from point A to point B via public transportation) exposes us to new germs we may not yet have immunity to. Therefore, our chances of getting sick definitely increases. This is why keeping your hands clean (especially before eating) is even more important when traveling. With that, I recommend using an organic hand sanitizer that has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties.
No matter what, I always have hand sanitizer with me in my bag. Especially when traveling! It’s so easy to keep germs away with a simple spritz. This hand sanitizer is my absolute favorite one because it’s organic, smells delicious, really cleans my hands, and the spray itself is flawless (you’ll just have to try it to see what I mean 😉).
7. Stay comfy
This one may seem odd but trust me you’ll find this tip very important! Fluctuating temperate can cause a bit of physical stress in that it forces your body to expend energy keeping your internal temperature constant. And as many of us know, airplanes are notoriously cold (yet also stifling hot before take-off), so it’s helpful to travel with a travel blanket and to stay warm on long flights.
Also, be sure to wear comfy clothes (the airport is not a fashion show) and comfy shoes. I always bring a pillow with me as well. Simply because I’m not a big fan of the neck pillows and because a comfortable pillow that reminds me of my own bed really allows me to stay comfy, relaxed, and sleep better on a long flight or during a long road trip!
Do you have any tips for staying healthy while traveling?
I would love to hear them in the comments!
Happy travels! 💛🌎