There’s nothing like being in flow with your wellness routine—when you’re consistently eating clean, working out, and making time for rest and rejuvenation. But when you quite literally have to depart from your day-to-day routine to travel, whether for work or pleasure, those wellness habits can too easily be sent packing.
Plus, room service, jet lag, and over-indulgent dinners can leave you feeling sluggish and mentally fatigued. Here are our top recommendations for staying on track when you’re on-the-go and how to feel a sense of balance no matter where in the world you are:
Where possible, look for accommodation that allows you to self-cater and has access to a kitchen. If you can whip up as-close-to a home-cooked meal as possible, even if it's just your breakfast smoothie, that can give you a great kickstart, setting you up well for the rest of the day of eating out. Plus, having access to a fridge means you can stock up on your preferred grocery items and take some nourishing snacks with you during the day.
It’s easy to forget to drink the same amount of water you do at home when you’re on the move most of your day. But drinking enough water will help your body cope better with all the exotic food (or wine) you might be enjoying by flushing out toxins, helping to manage your energy, and clear your mind when you feel overloaded. Pack a travel-sized, stainless steel or glass water bottle and fill it up often.
Before it’s time for “wheels up,” customize a short 5-10 minute workout that requires no weights or equipment but that gets your body moving. Find an online bodyweight workout, some tension-busting yoga moves, a cardio dance workout or research a fitness app that you can hit play on anywhere, anytime. But if a workout routine isn’t your idea of fun on vacation, choose to walk while you take in the sights.
An important part of a successful trip is getting enough rest and rejuvenation (including quality time under the covers). This gets easily compromised either to make the most of adventuring in a new place or in order to attend all those networking dinners. The great news is, the TSA recently updated their rules to now allow certain cannabis-infused products, including CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC in carry-on and checked bags. So now you can take your perfect nighttime winddown ritual with you.
While your wellness routine might not look exactly the same as it does when you’re at home—If you hit the road with a plan for maintaining a wellness routine while you’re away, you’ll be more likely to keep your body and mind feeling good. Be flexible and give yourself permission to enjoy your time away while doing your best with what you’ve got. Sustaining your wellness while you travel will go a long way toward the enjoyment of your trip and will ensure you can easily pick up your day-to-day schedule when you’re homeward-bound.