Last week I went out of town to the doTERRA convention in Utah and had so much fun learning about the new scientific discoveries with essential oils from the medical panel there, among other things. When I travel I like to stay as healthy as possible so I can enjoy my journey. Here are some healthy travel hacks I use to stay on point.
Pack healthy food – Airport and airplane food can be not so great in the health and taste department. I always pack at least one meal in a travel container, along with snacks. I do this with trips abroad too, so no trip is too big for this strategy. Foods I like to pack are ones that can hold up for several hours on their own, like salads (lentil, quinoa or farro), Veggie-full sandwich (with toasted bread), fruit, washed and cut up veggies with hummus or cashew cheese and healthy bars.
Get hydrated, big time – Drink extra water before you leave. This will put you in the plus on hydration so you don’t have to play catch up when you’re on the go. If you can drink coconut water, even better. It will get you super hydrated and nourished so you have less jet laggy feelings. On the plane, skip the sodas, coffee and tea. Those will dehydrate you even more than the cabin air. Opt for water instead.
Elevate – When you get to your hotel, elevate your feet by lying on the bed like you’re sitting on the wall with your feet up towards the ceiling. Keep them up there for 10 minutes or however long feels good. It will reduce swelling in the legs and feet and also calm and balance adrenal function naturally.
Bring essential oils – Use oils to feel grounded even when up in a plane. Oils like Spruce, White Fir and Frankincense will bring a sense of calm and centeredness. Oils like Eucalyptus and peppermint can help with sinus issues from stuffy cabin air. Ginger and Peppermint can help with digestive issues. I always bring a travel diffuser with me so I can set the mood in my hotel room. Diffusing oils for sleep, relaxation, feeling cozy or to clean the air is always a nice little luxury to have when away from home.
Go to the grocery store – A lot of hotel rooms have a fridge that you can fill up with healthy food for breakfast, snacks and tea so you don’t have to be forced to eat what the nearby restaurants are serving. Restaurants are fun for sure but if you can get in some whole, healthy foods along with that, you’ll have a leg up on staying well. I like getting things like trail mix, veggies (snap peas are great snacks), fruits, real oatmeal, and dips like hummus and almond butter.
Do you have any healthy travel tips? If so, leave them in the comments below.