Use these nine easy, practical and affordable tips for maintaining your healthy lifestyle while you travel!
School is officially out and the busy summer travel season has commenced! As much as I love to travel (I live to travel, honestly), I have learned that maintaining my 60+ lb weight loss is definitely a lot harder when I’m on the road.
At home it is always easier to get to the gym every day, prepare healthy meals, take in enough water, etc. The minute I leave the house, however, I have to work that much harder to stay healthy. From frequent restaurant meals to busy schedules with limited sleep (and never enough water!), it is no wonder so many of us return from a trip feeling sluggish and exhausted.
In fact, this is exactly what inspired me to start my wellness travel series, What to Eat & How to Burn it Off, two years ago. My mission is to show people that it is possible to travel well, travel frequently and actually return home feeling energized and refreshed. To date, I’ve traveled to 20+ destinations including Denver, Vancouver, Palm Springs and more.
When my friends asked me to share my tips for staying healthy during summer road trips, I couldn’t wait to get started. As luck would have it, I had a road trip already scheduled to Detroit so the timing was perfect to not just write about my experience but to show my Instagram followers exactly what I did to stay healthy on my trip.
If you missed those Insta-Stories, no worries. Here is my list of 9 Tips for Staying Healthy During Road Trips:
Book Accommodations with a Kitchen:
Hands down, one of the easiest ways to keep your nutrition on track while traveling is to book a hotel room or rental unit with a kitchen. Even if you can get your hands on a mini fridge, you’re one stop ahead of the game.
Whether it’s a yoga mat, an exercise band or even your favorite workout app on your phone, a little pre-planning can pay off big when you’re on the road. Even if you can carve out just 10 minutes, three times a day, to sneak in a yoga workout or do body weight workouts at the park or in your hotel room, you’ll feel so much better when you get home knowing you stayed active while away.
Instead of hitting up just any gas station, I always recommend fueling up before you leave so that you can run into the store to stock up on healthy, portable snacks for the road. From fresh fruit to granola bars to cashews and more!
Get Your Zzz’s:
As tempting as it can be to cram your schedule to take in as much as possible during your trip, I urge you to listen to your body and get enough sleep. If you find yourself craving sugar at the end of the day, that’s a sign your body is tired and searching for energy (in the form of sugar.) Instead of indulging in a sweet treat, head to bead. When you hit the road in the morning, you’ll be re energized and ready to go.
Make Pitstop at Local Parks to Run Around:
Thanks to handy tools like Google and Google Maps, I love mapping out my drive and finding local parks to stop and stretch my legs along the way. If you have little ones like I do, this is not only beneficial, it’s practically mandatory. Kids have a ton of energy (or is that just mine?) so assuming they’ll want to sit still in a car all day is not only impractical, it’s not going to be much fun for anyone involved. Do yourself a favor and build in stops every couple hours. The fresh air will make everyone a whole lot happier.
Search for Healthy Restaurants:
Before I hit the road, I love using websites like Yelp, TripAdvisor and Google to scope out healthy restaurants along my route and in my final destination. While it does require a little pre-planning, I find that I make up the time along the journey because we don’t have to drive in circles deciding on where to eat. Even better, we don’t end up in a drive through making poor decisions.
When you’re on the road, it’s even more important to stay hydrated. While I love coffee as much as the next gal, be sure to make water your primary beverage of choice throughout your journey. The health benefits of drinking water are endless but top on my list are the fact that it keeps my skin hydrated, keeps my energy levels high and helps maintain a healthy digestive system. (Read: limits bloating!)
Stock the Car with Healthy Snacks:
There is no better way to avoid making poor food decisions along your road trip than to stock your car with healthy, portable snacks.
My boys love freeze-dried fruits (mango is their current favorite), my husband loves Planters whole cashews and I’m a sucker for date bars (especially the chocolate peanut butter flavor!) These shelf-stable snacks are great for stashing in the glove compartment or in reusable bag in the back seat. Depending on the length of your trip, a cooler with ice is also great for storing beverages and perishable items.
Take a New Class at a Local Fitness Studio:
My final tip is to sign up for a class at a local fitness studio in your final destination! Almost every studio offers one day guest passes and many hotels have fitness offerings as well. Not only is it a great excuse to try out something new, but it’s a fun way to stay active during your road trip. When you get home you’ll be so glad you maintained your fitness routine while away.
What are your best tips for staying healthy during summer road trip season? I’d love your tips! We are heading on another road trip in just a couple weeks. Can’t wait to hear your ideas!
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