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Your wellness routine doesn’t have to go out the window when you travel. I love getting out of my element, exploring somewhere new, and immersing myself into a different culture while feeling my best. My ‘wellness on the go’ comes from three things: the essentials I bring in my purse, the snacks I prepare, and finding ways to connect with the community in the cities I visit.
Here are a few ways to set yourself (and your wellness) up for success–wherever you’re going!
- Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer: I use this ALL the time. Its made with organic alcohol, glycerin, and organic lavender oil, plus it’s also a non-toxic option for hand sanitizer and works as a deodorant if needed.
- Tea Bags: These are a must for travel. I always bring an organic ginger tea for digestion support.
- Reusable Water Bottles: Important to have on the road! Most airports have water refill stations, too.
- Essential Oils: There are so many great options, but the two that are the most supportive are peppermint and lavender. I use peppermint topically for stomach support and headaches, and lavender as a sleep aid or for any anxiety.
- Travel-size Rose Water: I think we are all familiar with how travel and flying can dry out our skin, I love traveling with a little rose water for a refresher.
- Wander Wet Bags: Since I like to travel as minimal as possible, I typically use a Wander Wet Bag for all my organization. It’s eco-friendly, plus the inner lining is waterproof, so I can just throw my bathing suit in there without worrying about any mildew!
As a part of my carry on, I make sure to reserve space for a snack bag–I use stasher bags to keep everything organized. Simple snacks are a great way to stay nourished, while still having healthy options to grab and enjoy. If you're on a road trip, there are more options you can pack in a cooler, but if you’re catching a flight, here are a few options to consider:
- Date Balls: These are high in protein and easy to travel with, which makes them a great snack to have on the go.
- Dried Fruit: Not only are they easy to pack (in a reusable bag), you can take them for a plane snack or a quick snack for your whole trip.
- Apples and/or bananas and almond butter packets
- Raw carrots and hummus
- Reusable utensils
Once I get to my destination, there are some things I like to incorporate in my routine to learn about the community and feel my best after eating good food and trying new things!
I’ve found the best way to see a new city or place is to go to a local coffee shop and a workout class. My favorite workouts are yoga and Pilates, so I use the MINDBODY app to find a local class to take, and it’s always a good way to meet new people. Post-workout, you can also relax with a massage or acupuncture. I check the MINDBODY app to see what options are around me!
Food is a huge part of travel and provides so much insight into the culture. A must is finding a local farmers market or health food store. It’s so helpful to stock up on some fruits and snacks to have at your flat. I always get lemons for warm lemon water in the mornings. There are huge benefits to digestion, and I find it helpful when eating foods out of my normal routine.
Want to travel well? Wherever you may wander this summer, don't forget to explore new places to workout, or work on your wellness, with the MINDBODY app!
Did you know you can make mouth-watering “fake” cheese with macadamia nuts? Yes, macadamia nuts. If you’re craving that creamy consistency but your stomach isn’t down for dairy, try out this recipe inspired by Simple Vegan Blog!
Once taken out of the oven, it’s ready to serve. It will be difficult to transfer – so if you can decorate the pan and serve directly on it with crackers and veggies that’s what I recommend.