As you might have guessed I try to be as healthy as possible and this can sometimes prove difficult when you’re on the go. So I decided to put together a list of my top tips for healthy travel.
1. Buy a camping cutlery set. I take mine everywhere I go, this means I can eat salads, fruits, muesli or soup from a mug in the hotel or other things like avocados. This is my favourite and best used tip for healthy eating on the go – with one of these lots more healthy foods become edible. It also has the added bonus of meaning you’re not using single-use (environmentally unfriendly) plastic knifes and forks (that is if the store even has these).
2. Take a large lunch box of fruits and veggies and other good foods with you. This means at least for the first few days you’ll be a good girl or boy! Don’t worry about the wasted space this takes up on the way back – I simply take the lid off and pack things in the box (it’s actually great for anything that you’re worried about getting damaged or leaking).
3. I take my own healthy muesli with me and some almond milk. I have personally found that almond milk (not the stuff you buy from the refrigerated areas of the super market, but the one off the shelves) is fine to consume for brekkie with my muesli for 3 days without having to put it in a fridge. So this is a great option for a healthy breakfast when living out of a suitcase.
4. If you pass a supermarket then always buy some fruit. Even if you’re not hungry at the time, you will be later and if it’s close at hand you’re much more likely to eat this than go and find a vending machine or corner shop that sells chocolate and crisps etc.
5. I take my tin water bottle everywhere with me. I top it up whenever I come across drinking water taps or fountain and it means I always drink enough water every day and that I’m not buying lots of single use bottles (better for my health and that of the environment = winner).
6. Take your own herbal teabags. I take a small supply of organic herbal teabags everywhere I go in my handbag. This way anywhere that has hot water means I can have a healthy herbal tea. These days many more places sell herbal teas, but I still find I use them up, especially when staying away from home or visiting friends and family.
7. If it’s impractical for you to take your fermented foods and drinks with you (to maintain good gut health) then then next best thing it to take a really good probiotic with you. This helps to minimise the risk of tummy upsets.
8. Decant some coconut oil into a small glass jar. I take coconut oil everywhere with me. It’s solid at home temperature, so does not need to go in the silly clear liquids bag when going through the security check at the airport. It’s a great moisturiser and make-up remover, is great for stings, bites, sunburn and many other things as listed in my blog post about coconut oil (click here).
9. Pack a deodorant rock. I don’t use antiperspirants due to the toxic load of the harmful chemicals in them, so I have tried out most of the natural alternatives and I have found the PitRock salt rock the best of the lot. It allows you to naturally sweat without smelling. Again it’s a solid so does not need to go into the clear liquids bag when going through security and because it’s antibacterial it doubles up for helping with spots, bites and stings also.
10. Take a set of ear-plugs in your make-up bag. These can then be used on planes, trains and in noisy hotel rooms. A must for getting adequate sleep.
11. Before you leave check out if there is a health food store, raw, vegan or vegetarian restaurant close by, or as a last resort. a M&S or Waitrose (for their large range of yummy salads) close by. You can wander around cities for hours and not find these when usually they are only a street or two away if you know where to look.
12. Get grounding! The best thing for jet lag is to ground yourself once you get off the plane. This simply means taking your shoes off and connecting with the earth again. I rarely suffer from any sort of jet lang by doing this, it works a treat.
13. Meditate. Use the time on the plane/train to meditate. Not only will this help to ground you, but you’ll feel more energised, less jet lagged and more relaxed.
14. Get stretching. I find most hotel rooms aren’t big enough for a full yoga or pilates routine but most are big enough for a few basic stretches. This is a great way to start the day, stretches out those cramped travelling muscles and is also energising. I’ve even been known to do a few on the plane as well; you feel heaps better afterwards.
15. And my final tip is if you can fit your smoothie maker and/or juicer in your hold luggage then do it! This has saved me many a bad meal before. Smoothie makers these days are quite small and you can pop just about any fruit and vegetable in them with some water (and if you’re like me then some raw enzyme protein powder) when on the go and there you have a healthy snack or breakfast.
What healthy tips do you have for travelling?
Here’s some healthy travel tips from others…
In Sonnets Kitchen: Top 7 Healthy Travelling Tips click here.
Trip It: 10 Tips for Healthy Travel click here.
The National Geographic: How to Stay Healthy on the Go click here.
My New Roots: Recipes & Tips for Healthy Travel click here.
Sick on the Road blog click here.
The Independent Traveller: Eating Well & Staying Active click here.