Last weekend, I took the 10+ hour road trip down to Charleston, South Carolina – one of my all time favorite places. I love road trips and traveling, but I don’t love feeling crappy after my vacation ends. Travel can be filled with over-indulgent meals, gas-station snacks, and very little exercise. This ultimately leaves me feeling bloated and sluggish by the time I return home. Nothing is going to stop me from enjoying my vacation, but I have some tips that I use to stay on track while traveling (accompanied by pictures of the beautiful Charleston). 1. Pack Accordingly – I normally dread packing, but I don’t mind as much when it’s food :). I bring a good amount of snacks for the traveling part, but also for something to eat when I reach my destination too. I get cranky when I’m hungry, so I try to come prepared! You never know when you might hit traffic or have a flight get delayed, so having healthy food on hand is a must. Here is what I packed last weekend:
- Baby carrots
- Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal (in muffin form)
- Greek yogurt
- Lots of water!
When I have an abundance of goodies for the road trip, I am less tempted to grab the snacks at gas stations. Also, when I pack ahead, I know that I will have something to eat once I get to where I’m going. 2. Plan a Little – I say a little because I don’t like to stress too much about scheduling every detail of my vacation. I like to relax, have fun, and do things on impulse too! There is some planning that can be helpful, though. For example, I often look up restaurant menus ahead of time so I have a better idea of my options. If I know that I am going to an Italian place where I’m going to order a giant plate of pasta, I try to incorporate more fruits and veggies earlier in the day since I know I’ll miss out on them at dinner time. I try to be aware of everything that I’m taking in during the day and keep it balanced, while still enjoying myself. 3. Move! – Vacations usually mean taking a break in any normal workout routine. While some trips involve a lot of walking or activity, others are more lounge-by-the-pool style. My advice as far as exercise goes is simply to do something. Whether that is taking a walk after dinner, doing a few laps in the pool, or using the hotel gym, try to move a little everyday. In Charleston, we did a lot of walking downtown, so I wasn’t too concerned about working out. I did manage to fit in one good run, and it felt absolutely wonderful. Another thing to keep in mind is that you always feel good after a work out – really, when is the last time you regretted working out? (Never, right?) So do what you can with what your vacation permits! 4. Leave Some Wiggle Room – Don’t be too hard on yourself while you’re on vacation. This is supposed to be a time to relax and be happy! Unexpected things are bound to come up and something will go wrong. You might find that you accidentally just devoured a huge piece of homemade chocolate raspberry cake by yourself (guilty). But hey, these things happen. Keep a conscious mind and don’t let yourself get too carried away. Most importantly, try to enjoy each and every moment of your vacation. Life is much too short for regrets!
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How do you keep your cool while traveling?