Tips for Travel Wellness

The last year has seen my family and I traveling all over the United States, from our Hawaii/west coast trip last spring, to southern Florida in the fall, to our most recent: a week in Arizona. Before 2016, I would not have considered myself a traveler. 

I hadn’t been on a plane since before 9/11 when I hopped on that 10 hour flight to Oahu in April. But now that we’re packing our bags and exploring new destinations regularly, I have a few tried and true tips I wanted to share.

Bring your favorite water bottle: Most airports have filling stations, and it will save you money (and calories!) durning travel and when you reach your destination. 

Eat at the right local times: One of the things that has helped me most with jet lag is eating meals according to local time, even if I’m not that hungry.

Hit the grocery store, even if you’re staying in a hotel…I try to keep snacks where we’re staying and carry some with me to keep me from snacking on unhealthy & expensive food while I’m out being a tourist. On the last trip I kept carrots, veggie dip and cheese & crackers on hand for munchie momemts. 

…But enjoy eating out every now and then, too. Eating out is fun and relaxing. As a mom, I don’t want to prepare and clean up after every meal while I’m on vacation. When we travel, my family tries to avoid chains we can find at home and look for food unique to the area. 

Arizona has awesome Mexican food. Epic amounts of queso, anyone?

Put a white noise app on your phone. Between time changes and loud hotel neighbors, sleep can be in short supply on some vacations. I downloaded the classical album my son falls asleep to at home to help him on the road, and I can fall asleep listening to the gentle sound of rain even in the middle of the desert. 

Relax. It’s a vacation, remember? It can be easy to try and see everything when you’re in a new place. When we went to Hawaii, I knew it had the potential to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so I wanted to see it all, and we did. But if you ask my son what his favorite part was, he’ll be quick to tell you it was the night we all piled into bed together and watched The Wizard of Oz long past his bedtime. Pick your top must-sees and maybe a few back-ups, but take advantage of the hotel pool. Break a usually strict bedtime or screen time rule. Let yourself sit on a balcony and read for hours (that was my personal favorite this time around). 

How do you stay on track with your wellness when you travel? Where is your favorite place to travel to? 


50 thoughts on “Tips for Travel Wellness

  1. We always go the grocery as soon as we arrive at our destinations and stock up on drinks, snacks, race nutrition, etc. Funny thing about white noise apps…I walked in to my daughter’s room last night and found her asleep to one!

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  2. Never thought about the white noise app but I always bring snacks on vacation, always way more than I need because I’m trying to take in as much of the culture and area that I’m in but just being prepared.

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  3. Love this post would love to visit Hawaii one day food looks amazing check out my first travel blog post and let me know what you think since I’m new to this blogging thing would mean a lot xxx

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  4. You’re right about remembering to relax. Too often, I think to myself that I’m in a new place and I have to try and do all the things. But this is exhausting. Sometimes you have to do nothing, even in a new place.

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  5. Awesome post! I love the idea about packing healthy snacks! I also totally agree with the attitude of going with the flow. I used to be very anal about tackling a to-see list of attractions but ended up stressing myself and my travel companions out. Going with the flow makes vacations much more enjoyable. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  6. This is wonderful – I am not a big traveller, but with our LO turning 7 this year I feel we’ll be doing alot more. Your post has some great tips – I love the idea of a white noise app!! Never even thought of that!! Thanks for posting!

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  7. Traveling in the South in the summer, take some precautions for the heat. Leaving early from the hotel in Arkansas will spare you (and your car) from the consequences of some extreme hot weather.

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