I travel a ton for work. I am often not on the ground for a full 24 hours, so that I can make it all work on the home front, too, making travel both awesome and nuts! Heading into the holidays, I thought I’d share my ‘secret recipe’ for staying healthy on the road, especially when must of us have kids in tow, visiting family over the holidays.
TSA lines can try the patience of anyone, and at any given moment, a kids’ yogurt, ice pack or sippy cup can be tossed into the trash can.
Here are some travel tips to get you through the next few months!
- Hydrate. Can not emphasize this enough. Being dehydrated impacts everything, including your mood. Start pounding water the night before you leave and pack a water bottle for each of you. Our kids hook them onto their back packs. I’ve carried one from my friends The Butler Bros across continents. Don’t leave home without it.
- Pack easy to carry, easy to eat snacks. Some of my favorites are Taste of Nature certified organic bars (truly the best, putting KIND to shame!), Justin’s single serve almond butter, and dried fruits. For the kids, they will pack a Bobo’s Oat Bar, Free2b Foods for allergen-friendly treats, squeezable applesauce or some oranges.
- Bring magnesium. Seriously. It’s the magic mineral that helps with stress, bloating and digestion. Travel can lead to all three! Sitting immobile for long periods of time, at the airport, on a plane, in a car, can back things up! Not to mention, that more often than not, food choices on the go are less than stellar. Magnesium helps with all of it. I love Natural Vitality’s travel packs.
- Pack wipes. Things get messy, whether you have toddlers or teens. Accidents happen, and you’ll be glad to have some wipes on hand for when they do. Whether it’s a drink spilling in the car or something getting tossed on the plane, wipes are a handy resource for controlling the fallout!
- Grab-bag your greens. It’s impossible to know what food or food like items you are going to find when traveling, what airports carry health food and where you can find them when pinched for time. There are so many companies filling in this space, from Vega to Healthy Skoop. Grab a few of their single serves and throw them in your bag. When your short on greens, they come in handy, and that fiber and nutrition help keep things running smoothly.
- Bring running shoes. You can lace them up any where any time. If you suddenly find yourself with some monstrous travel delay, you can walk. If you are visiting family and just need a breather, you can lace them up and get outside. It is one of the first things to go in my bag every trip.
- Remember medication. For some it may be the Epipens and Benadryl, for others diabetes meds, for others, blood thinnners for heart conditions. Make a note, especially when traveling with children on airplanes. It’s impossible to know what conditions you may face.
- Keep your hands clean and away from your face. Think about how many people go through the airport and onto planes every hour of every day. Bring along a hand sanitizer, wipes or just get yourself to the closest bathroom and wash your hands. A little prevention can go a long way to keeping you healthy all summer.
- Pack a lid. I always keep one in my bag for shade from the summer heat. In the winter, it’s equally as important for staying warm, on planes or wherever you land. More often than not, one of the kids ends up snagging it to keep the sun out of her eyes or to stay warm! It’s an easy thing to toss into your carry on or suitcase.