According to the U.S. Travel Association, 1.7 billion vacations were taken by Americans in 2016. This number is expected to grow in 2018. Whatever the purpose of your travel, it’s important that you don’t lose sight of nutrition. Many people think that it’s okay to eat a completely unhealthy diet just because they are on vacation. Traveling alters your body’s natural schedule. Time zone changes, shifts in sleep schedules, and easy access to fast food can have powerful effects on your body.
Take note of these five easy steps to keep your body in tiptop shape while on the go.
1. Pack healthy snacks.
When you’re hungry and on the go, it can be difficult to stay away from processed, high-fat foods. Try to prepare for the trip ahead by packing healthy snacks. Sugar-free, dried fruit, pretzels and hummus, and apples with nut butter are great options.
2. Pack light.
Some people tend to go overboard when it comes to packing a suitcase. Even though your suitcase is allowed to weigh a certain number of pounds, doesn’t mean you need to make it reach that number. After sorting out the items that you want to pack, take another look and eliminate anything that you think you won’t need. Carrying around heavy bags can have detrimental effects on the body. Another helpful tip is to consolidate toiletries. Instead of bringing the entire container of Aspirins, take out how many you think you would actually need while away and put them into a zip lock bag.
3. Don’t forget necessary nutrients.
Companies are making it easier to pack your vitamins and supplements. There are companies that will combine customized dietary supplements into individual daily packs. This makes it much more convenient to pack all your pills without having to bring full containers. Since it isn’t easy to eat vegetables on the go, your body may lack folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, lutein, and many other nutrients. Combat this nutrition deficit with multivitamins.
4. Keep your blood pumping.
Whether you’re on an international flight or road trip, you’ll be sitting for many hours. Sedimentary travel can cause blood clots. Prior to your trip, ask your doctor about adding an omega-3 supplement to your diet. It will help maintain healthy blood flow.
5. Water is key.
Hydration is crucial while traveling. Bring a reusable water bottle with you so that you can easily fill it up at airports and bus stops.
Wherever and however you travel this year, make nutrition a top priority. You will be happier, healthier and more energized wherever your travels take you.