As many of you know, I travel quite a bit both personally and professionally. This week I am flying on seven different flights.
Seven. Different. Flights.
Sadly, that’s not abnormal for me but in honor of my seven flights this week, here are my seven top healthy travel tips:
Airplanes are notorious for dry cabin air, this will rapidly dehydrate you and your skin. For every hour in the air, consumer one cup of water. This will help your skin from drying out, your throat getting sore and keep your body running normally.
Pro tip: bring a reusable water bottle to refill at the airport to reduce plastic waste and save money on expensive bottled water.
2. Care for Your Skin
As mentioned above, cabin air is going to dehydrate you. Before leaving for the airport, I apply body lotion paying special attention to my hands. For some reason, my hands dry out quickly so I reapply during the flight as needed. Please do not use scented lotions, that’s just rude to do in a small enclosed space.
Pro tip: on long flights, bring you skin care products and treat your face to an extra dose of hydration. Yes, people look at me weird but I would rather have clean, fresh skin when I land.
3. Food Combine
For some reason, people go completely off the rails diet wise while they travel – I used to be one of them! But just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to eat everything in sight. For me, enjoying the local foods is part of the travel experience so I will try dishes with animal products. By structuring my meals with proper food combining, I avoid digestion issues and minimize weight gain. Not sure what food combining is? Read more about it here.
Pro-tip: have as many vegetables as possible and eat as plant based as possible. I will always start my day with a healthy breakfast no matter where I am in the world. When you’re plant based caloric intake doesn’t matter as much.
4. Bring Your Own Snacks
Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to find healthy food at the airport? Don’t even get me started on airplane food! I try to bring my own food as much as possible when I fly to avoid the unhealthy airport options.If you are leaving for an extended period of time, then it’s a great way to clean out your fridge.. Throw all your raw veggies in a bag for a snack or bring leftovers into a container and then grab utensils/napkin at the airport.
Pro tip: We aren’t perfect so stay tuned for my series on how to eat healthy at various airports!
5. Stay Active
I can’t tell you how many people have sent me that meme but I travel so much that if I didn’t work out on the road, then I would rarely be in the gym. Almost all US hotels have a gym, even if it’s small there is no excuse for you to get a workout in. Running, jogging or even a long walk is a great way to explore a new city.
Pro tip: get in a quick high intensity cardio session as soon as you land, even 15-20 minutes is fine. If you’re anything like me, I get super puffy when I fly and this helps quite a bit.
6. Stay clean
Sometimes I can’t even think about all of the germs that we are exposed to when we travel, from TSA security to airport bathrooms to airplane seats – it’s actually scary. I blame my mother, she always said that we had to “boil ourselves” after traveling. Always wash your hands before and after using the restroom; carry a non-scented hand sanitizer and use that at your seat before you eat or touch your face.
Pro tip: If showering after you land isn’t an option, then make sure you shower before getting into bed. You do not want to bring all the germs into the bed and on the pillows.
7. Plan Ahead
I try to book my travel so I have enough time to hit the grocery store, workout and shower as soon as I land. Having this time will allow you to set yourself up for healthy travel. I will look for a Whole Foods or healthy grocery store between the airport and my hotel to maximize my time. Look for hotels that have refrigerators, when traveling for work I try to stay in Marriott or Hilton hotels that have small kitchens. Look for healthy restaurants in the area and have the list handy before you go.
Pro tip: If you attend a lot of business dinners or go out to eat a lot then research restaurant menus beforehand and know what you’re going order – this means you won’t be tempted with unhealthy options.