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10 Wellness Tips to Revive Your Travel

September 9, 2015

It’s no secret that I travel A LOT. I’m young, control my own schedule and am itching to see the world so if it’s realistic for me to get away, I will find a way to make it happen.

I also preach *wellness* which we all know can be somewhat complicated when you’re always on-the-go. Living out of a suitcase is not the most conducive to making healthy choices.

10 Wellness Tips to Revive Your Travel - Healthy Travel Hacks.It’s also easy to fall into the trap of travel + vacation=adios wellness goals. I travel for work and for pleasure, but I don’t do anything differently if it’s one or the other. Health will always be a priority for me, while still leaving room to have a little fun!

With enough practice I have mastered the art of healthy travel so today I am sharing with you my 10 Wellness Tips To Revive Your Travel!

1. Pack Snacks

This is a rule I live by whether I am travelling or not. I suffer from a severe case of Hangry when I haven’t eaten so I always always make sure to pack snacks.

My top recommendation for travel snacks is definitely any kind of energy ball. Part of the reason I love energy balls so much is because they’re super portable, immediately filling and can be customized to your liking. Here are my top choices for travel-friendly recipes:

Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls
Almond Joy Energy Balls
DIY Healthy Trail Mix

10 Wellness Tips to Revive Your Travel - Healthy Travel Hacks.2. Bring a Yoga Mat

I am that girl who travels everywhere with her yoga mat. 90% of the time I’m not actually doing yoga, but using it to stretch, exercise in my hotel room or look cool and trendy (kidding!). But really, it’s not out of the ordinary that you’ll see me rolling out my mat at the airport to get in a good stretch. People will stare but only because they’re jealous (at least that’s what I tell myself…).

3. Carry Body Cloths

After a long day of travel or exploring a new place, you know that feeling of needing a full-body wipe-down? I love being outdoors so naturally I accumulate quite a bit of dirt and sweat over the course of the day. The Aura Cacia Revive Body Cloths immediately help combat this feeling with their pre-moistened, alcohol-free and compostable (!!!) wipes.

They’re the perfect solution when showering isn’t an immediate option, but your skin still needs a quick refresher. Infused with aloe vera and oat, they’re also great for soothing your skin! Just throw them in your carry-on for a cleansing pick-me-up while you’re travelling. Bonus: no need to worry about carry-on restrictions!

10 Wellness Tips to Revive Your Travel - Healthy Travel Hacks.4. Pack Pre-made Breakfasts

This is both a wellness tip and money-saving tip. We’ve all experienced those horrible continental breakfasts where your options for breakfast range from sugar-laden muffins to a bagel to sausage made from who-knows-what. Sometimes this is all you have to work with so you do the best you can but a great way to avoid this is to pack some pre-made breakfasts.

Again, energy balls are a great solution (squish two into a cookie and call it a breakfast cookie!), pre-made oatmeal packs that just require hot water (recipe coming soon) or worse-comes-to-worse my Healthy Trail Mix on its own or topped on yogurt if available. 

5. Bring Workout Clothes

When in doubt, bring workout clothes. We’ve all had those moments where we think we won’t have time to workout and don’t want to take up room in our suitcase, but you never know when 20 minutes may pop-up giving you time to get a quick sweat on. My biggest tip would be to bring a pair of quick-dry shorts, tank and a sports bra so that if you can get multiple workouts in you can wash them in the sink and they’ll dry quickly. Don’t rule out the option by not packing them!

10 Wellness Tips to Revive Your Travel - Healthy Travel Hacks.6. Wear Your Running Shoes

I’ve never been more grateful that running shoes are currently in style! I’ve never been the type of person to dress up for the plane or train so you’ll likely find me travelling in my runners. This is for two reasons: 1) They can be a bit clunky so wearing them takes up less space in my bag and 2) If I’m wearing my running shoes I am more likely to be active as I travel.

I HATE sitting so power walking around the airport or up and down the aisles of the train (yup that’s me!) is a great way to avoid back-pain and get in your workout while travelling.

7. Pack Your Own Travel Toiletries

This tip requires a bit of work up front but it’s so worth it. I make or purchase natural versions of my toiletries and while I’m certainly not going to turn down conventional soap if I don’t have an option, if I can avoid it and not smell then I consider it a win! I spent a few hours one day labeling travel-sized bottles (under 3 ounces) that I can use for my natural toiletries. This way when I’m travelling I just have to top them up a bit and I’m good to go. 

It did result in an interesting discussion regarding my DIY Natural Deodorant at airport security but I’ve otherwise never run into an issue and I like knowing what products I’m using on my body!

10 Wellness Tips to Revive Your Travel - Healthy Travel Hacks.8. Eat a Salad a Day

This is a little game I like to play when I’m travelling. I aim to get in at least a salad a day. Sometimes it’s a small side salad (my heart gets crushed a little when I turn down those French fries LOL!) and sometimes it’s a full meal, but aiming to get in your veggies is a great way to promote your health without it being all-consuming. 

9. Carry a Water Bottle

Depending upon where you are, having your own re-usable water bottle is key to preventing dehydration. This is one of the top wellness goals you can stick to with very little effort. Bring a reusable water bottle and fill it up as often as you can! Of course if you’re in Western Africa with little access to clean water, I wouldn’t recommend this, but within North America this is the easiest solution both for staying hydrated and avoiding plastic not-so-eco-friendly water bottles.

10. Relax! You’re on vacation.

If you’re on vacation, be kinder to yourself and more forgiving when you can’t stick to your health goals 100%. Vacations are meant to revive your soul, not make you feel bad. Stress is equally as detrimental to you as that triple-chocolate molten lava cake you ate for dessert so relax and have a little fun! You can always get back on your game tomorrow.

10 Wellness Tips to Revive Your Travel - Healthy Travel Hacks.Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Aura Cacia. I was compensated for my time. Thank you for supporting the awesome brands that allow me to continue to bring you content that I hope you enjoy!

How do you revive your day when you travel? Share how on social media using #ReviveMyDay (and tag @auracacia!) or tell me more in the comments below.

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  • Reply
    Alicia
    September 9, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Packing snacks, wearing running shoes and bringing my own breakfast, yes, yes yes. I actually do most of these things when I travel and perfect time for this post since I am heading on vacation next week. So excited!!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 9, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      Have the best time! Where are you off to? I’ll be in Yosemite/San Francisco next week!

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        Alicia
        September 9, 2015 at 6:11 pm

        I’ll be heading to Bermuda! Cant wait for a relaxing beach week and some snorkeling. I really need to get to the west coast of the USA sometime. Enjoy your trip

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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    September 9, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Awesome tips and couldn’t agree more! So many of these I totally do. Running shoes for the win!! I hate being uncomfortable while traveling. I travel quite a bit for work and always bring my gym clothes in case there is time for a quick workout. Or really, I just MAKE time in the morning and get it done with. I’m a snack packer as well and suffer from daily hangry syndrome. That shit is no joke (or so my husband tells me) 😉

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 9, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      I can’t wait for the day when I come across the only other person wearing running shoes in the airport and it’s you 😉

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    Nora (A Clean Bake)
    September 9, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    These are great tips! Thank you for sharing!

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    She Rocks Fitness
    September 9, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I always wear my running shoes when I fly…That way I have them with me and there is no excuse to walk, run, or hike. I love those body wipes. I carry a packet in my purse at all times. Thanks for sharing!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 9, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      So awesome! I’m obsessed with them 🙂 I’ve been carrying them with me everywhere!

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    Fred Deltorchio
    September 9, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Great tips Maven, especially wearing your running shoes to travel. Here is another for swimmers (like me). If you have a swim suit that is almost ready to toss, and a similar pair of swim goggles, save them for your next trip. Pack them and use them for one or two swims on the journey and them toss them out when you leave to come home. Saves room in your bag and they get to die in the coolest places.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 11, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Great idea Fred! I’m gonna pass this onto my boyfriend who’s a swimmer!

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    September 10, 2015 at 12:45 am

    These are such great tips – most of which I did when travelling from the UK to Australia – geez that was a long trip! But having my own snacks, body wipes, bringing an empty water bottle (and asking the air staff to fill it up with bottled water) really truly helped me to cope!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      A seriously long trip! One day I’ll make the trek out to Aus but you can bet I’ll be toting a bag full of snacks and wipes with me 🙂

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    Les @ The Balanced Berry
    September 10, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Loveeee these tips! I’m definitely thinking those wipes would make a great addition to my gym bag. My only other favorite travel tip is to pack my resistance bands in my suitcase. That way if the hotel gym is crappy (or non-existent) I can still get a decent workout in!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Resistance band!!! Such a great idea! Can I just bring you on vaca and you can whoop my butt ;p

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    dixya | food, pleasure, and health
    September 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    i completely agree about packing snacks and running shoes. you will also most likely see me in running shoes and shorts 90% of the time.

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    Beverley Cheng
    September 11, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    ooo this is such a good post! i generally follow all your trips you mentioned, although i could do a bit better with a salad a day. especially if im at an all inclusive, it’s really hard to turn down Mexican style pizza. It’s just… so good.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 11, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      UGH I know!!!! It’s so hard! But worse comes to worse you can a slice of pizza AND a salad!

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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    September 12, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I always wear my sneakers at the airport because there’s no way you’ll get me barefoot at security lines. Also, running is the easiest way to exercise in a new city and I can’t do that without my sneakers. They’re also the most bulky so they’re not going in my bag; much easier to keep on my feet. Last, I don’t understand people who wear six inch heels and pencil skirts at the airport. Air travel is already so uncomfortable. Why make it worse for yourself?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 14, 2015 at 6:46 am

      Exactly! It isn’t 1952 where airplane travel is still a big deal! I’m on several planes a month so at this point it is so unspecial I’d consider wearing my pyjamas!

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    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    September 13, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    I’m always in athletic clothes when traveling. Gotta stay comfy!! Love the salad idea!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 14, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Thanks, lady! I totally agreed. Off to SF today and you better bet I’m fully athletic-clothed out!

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    Rebecca Dawkins
    April 26, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Hey, Thanks for sharing! I know I am a bit late reading this, but as I’m going on a trip now so I thought that I must read something about packing before leaving. This is helpful. Thanks again!

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    Miriam Rhonda
    November 2, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Really cools tips and to do lists. Thansk a lot and I am sharing

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