As I prepare for an upcoming trip, I am reminded of past travel adventures and challenges that put my health and immune system in jeopardy. I have learned a few tips and tricks to keep me energized and healthy while I’m on the go, and I would like to share them with you!
- Stay hydrated. I like to carry a BPA-free or stainless steel water bottle. It’s so important to stay hydrated when traveling, especially when flying. This can help prevent water retention and combat that after-flight sluggishness.
- Pack healthy snacks. Bringing along your own snacks not only will give you a healthy food choice but can help you save money rather than splurging at the airport or pulling over at the closest drive-thru. Preparing snacks with protein, such as peanuts, can help keep you full longer.
- Get sleep. Sticking to your regular 8 hours of sleep a night is important. Your body doesn’t know you’re on vacation when you decide it’s okay to party a little later than usual because, hey, you’re on vacation right? Letting your body rest will help reduce stress and keep you energized and refreshed for your travels adventures. Many find it helpful to bring a mask to sleep in to block out the light, especially if your travel overseas.
- Take your vitamins. Taking immune-boosting vitamins can help counter stress and fight off colds. Taking a good probiotic can help keep you regular and going while you’re on the go. Magnesium has also been known to help.
- Drink herbal tea. Sipping on warm herbal tea, such as ginger or peppermint, can help aid digestion when traveling. Try chamomile and lavender tea to soothe and calm nerves.
- Get your body moving. Sitting for long periods of time can make you stiff and tired. Set aside some time in your travels to move your body. You don’t have to go out and run 5 miles or attend a 90 minute yoga class. Setting aside just 10 minutes of stretching can do wonders. When I can I like to bring my yoga mat to continue my yoga practice when I travel and set aside a few peaceful moments. If you do practice yoga, and headstands are a part of your practice, I highly suggest including them in your travels. Being upside down helps get things circulating throughout your body, especially after a long flight.
- Use essential oils. My three favorite essential oils are lavender, lemon and peppermint. Lavender has many calming effects. If you have trouble sleeping, using a drop or two of lavender on the bottom of your feet can help you sleep. When traveling, you can put a drop on your wrists or inhale the scent from the bottle to help calm your nerves. I like using a drop of lemon oil in my bottle of water when I travel. I love my warm lemon water in the mornings, but I do not always have a fresh lemon handy, so using lemon essential oil in my water is the next best thing. Peppermint is great if you tend to be prone to upset stomach when traveling. To use peppermint oil to help calm nerves, you can rub a drop or two on your feet or stomach or take one drop internally. If you are road tripping across country, inhaling peppermint can be a quick pick-me-up!