Memorial Weekend just around the corner, and so we know many of you have travel plans on the horizon. But one question we come back to time and time again is: How do you remain active and healthy while on vacation?
It can be challenging, we'll admit, especially if the vacation includes lots of yummy foods, adult beverages, and lounging around (all good things in moderation!). While we're anti-restriction dieting, we prefer to come back from our trips feeling energized and rested, not like we need a week-long detox.
To help with this, we're sharing a few of our favorite tips for maintaining health and overall wellness while traveling. Whether you're going camping, flying to a tropical beach, or simply taking a road trip to a nearby city, we hope they'll work for you, too. Here's to a safe, fun, and relaxing holiday weekend!
1. Bring A Small Cooler With Your Favorite (Healthy) Snacks
Vacations are often equated with overeating and indulging in all the foods you wouldn't normally eat at home—but it doesn't have to be that way. To feel like your best self while traveling, we recommend bringing a smaller cooler along as your travel buddy. Pack it with a few of your favorite healthy foods, including washed and chopped fruits and veggies, protein powders, Vukoo bars, and dried fruits and nuts. You don't have to skip the dessert table or shy away from vacation food, but at least you have some nutritious snacks to choose from throughout the day, whether you're poolside or on the trails.
2. Bring A Water Bottle & Stay Hydrated
That's right—hydration is key! Especially if you're going to a beach or planning to consume alcohol or just generally being in the sun, hydration is essential for feeling like your best self. We recommend raveling with a reusable water bottle, which can be easily refilled in airports, at coffee shops, or once you arrive at your hotel/destination. Aim to drink as much water (if not more) on vacation as you do back home.
3. Plan To Do Something Active Once A Day
One of the main reasons we go on vacation is to rest. Whether this looks like reading our favorite book, catching up on sleep, or lounging by the pool—the idea is to slow down and relax. But this doesn't mean you have to forgo being active altogether. We recommend planning at least one activity a day while on vacation. That could be a morning walk on the beach, a short nature walk during your road trip, or even a few laps in the hotel swimming pool. Rest up, but also keep your body moving. It's all about balance!