It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s… VACATION TIME!!!!
If you couldn't tell, I’m a little bit excited.
Scratch that-- I’m a LOT excited. I have to say, along with no school and hot, sunny weather, going on vacation is one of my FAVORITE ways to make the most of summer.
There’s something about being away from home in a new environment that just steals stress away (it’s perfect for my anxiety).
But while you’re on vacation, new settings and surroundings can make it harder to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You no longer have access to your fridge, your bed, or your workout equipment.
But with a few little gadgets, you’ll be able to maintain your healthy lifestyle with ease, so that you don’t have to give it a second thought while you’re relaxing on vacation.
Warning: Some of these are not healthy lifestyle related, but I wanted to include them because they’re super handy :)
Food and Drinks
Beef sticks are a perfectly portable, on-the-go high-protein snack for vacations and car rides. I like getting some Paleo ones from Walgreens (which is especially convenient because there are Walgreens just about EVERYWHERE in the US).
Fruit, especially the super convenient ones like apples and bananas, are the perfect healthy snack to take on vacation, and you can also get them from some gas stations.
Sunbutter balls… how do I describe them?
Just the perfect balance of yummy and delicious.
There’s really no words to describe them… just check out this recipe for them so you can taste for yourself.
Sparkling water is an everyday essential, and there’s no way I’m leaving for vacation without it. I love cherry lime, key lime, citrus, and cherry flavored. They’re a fun way to stay hydrated!
Giant water bottle
Wherever you’re going, this is a MUST. You never know when the next time you’ll get water is, and it never hurts to have a backup. Plus, gas station water bottles are usually in plastic (I’m not too fond of plastic because of the chemical leaching). I use a half-gallon water bottle (that also happens to be super cute).
Also, a lot of hotels don’t have tap water in the rooms, so bringing your own can help you stay hydrated without looking to purchase bottled water for assistance.
I find that with sparkling waters and my big water bottle, I’m perfectly well-off water-wise.
Collagen peptides are a perfect way to sneak in some protein when the restaurant doesn’t give you enough. Add it to your coffee in the morning for a perfect morning-time protein boost.
Stress and Anxiety Management
Vacation is a time to de-stress. Use these tips to help you keep stress at bay.
A tiny journal is essential for me. I don’t want to bring a big bulky journal for space purposes, so a small one allows me to still keep up my journaling habit without taking up too much space.
Orange essential oil
I find orange essential oil to be both calming and energizing. I can use it in the morning for a pick-me-up or at night for relaxing and winding down before bed.
Always, always, always. Non-negotiable.
Unless you’re traveling alone, you're gonna be with other people. Sometimes, you just need a break, but hotel rooms don’t leave a lot of space for alone time. Put your headphones on, play some music or a podcast, and enter into your own little world.
As an introvert, this one is super, duper important to me.
Sometimes on vacation the easiest way to keep up with your active lifestyle is to go on a walk or run or do some sprints. Find a beautiful area to go on a hike and explore your surroundings!
Make sure you come prepared with clothes you’re willing to sweat in.
Bodyweight workout videos
Bodyweight exercises are often the best to do on vacation because they don’t require any equipment, unless you have access to weights. Unfortunately, weights are pretty hard to travel with, although you can probably bring a lighter set or two without much trouble.
I always bring my hat with me on vacation to protect my face from the sun and for walking in the woods. It also helps keep the sun out of my eyes.
Odds are, you’re going somewhere where it’s not raining all the time… this could mean you’ll need some sunglasses to keep the sun out of your eyes!
I’ve written before about why I don’t use certain sunscreens (and why I love Beautycounter’s sunscreen). Long story short, it’s a sunscreen I trust that isn’t too white. Check out Beautycounter sunscreen here.
Extras (for funsies)
I have a cute little toiletry bag where I keep all of my toiletries, including my toothbrush, toothpaste, hair bands, sunscreen, flosser, lotion, brush, and orange essential oil. It’s super handy because I can keep all of my little things in one spot, so that they’re not all sprawled about in my suitcase.
Sometimes hotel rooms are really bright-- in this case, a sleep mask can be helpful for keeping the light out of your eyes.
Most important takeaway
Stressing is the absolute WORST thing you can do on vacation. Don’t stress about the vegetable oil in your restaurant meal or having dessert or staying up late or life not being totally the same as it is at home. Life is different on vacation, so enjoy it while it lasts. Soak up each second of peace that you get and let that carry you through vacation and beyond.
Vacation isn’t the time to worry about being perfect with your eating or sleeping, and sometimes habits won’t be the same on vacation. It’s a matter of adjusting to your surroundings and taking advantage of the opportunity you have to have fun and enjoy the vacation life.
Vacation is a time to relax and destress, not a time to get caught up in all the little tiny details of every single thing you eat and do. Sometimes I stay up late or don’t eat “perfectly” or don’t do my usual workouts on vacation because destressing and recharging is more of a priority for me.
If making sure that you eat as best as you can and doing all your workouts the same as usual is going to help you feel better on vacation, then great. But stressing over the little details won’t pay off as well as enjoying the moments you have, savoring them, and not letting stress control your life.
The ways I’ve shared with you make it easier to incorporate elements of a healthy lifestyle by preparing in advance and not setting yourself up to get caught up in the little details while you’re vacationing.
Peppard, Christiana Z. “Mindbodygreen.” Mindbodygreen, 9 Oct. 2017, www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11193/7-reasons-to-never-drink-bottled-water-again.html.