Nikki Wellness Travel Tips
For someone with MAJOR wanderlust, who hasn’t traveled much in the last couple of years, I sure have been catching up lately. When I stopped to think that my bi-monthly manicures (self-care, yo!) have been in Chicago and Park City, it made me laugh that not one has been at home in Florida.
I’m currently writing this blog on a flight back to my hometown of Chicago (where I need to get my nails done again, LOL).
Keeping up my health is a top priority and I have developed some habits that I don’t travel without.
Here are the 6 things I do to stay healthy while traveling:
1. Fend off germs
Let’s be honest, catching someone’s germy germs on the plane is a real thing. I’m not OCD and don’t have an actual phobia, but I still bring disinfecting wipes to wipe down the seatbelt and the tray table because…ew!
The other thing I do is bring along my fave essential oil, DoTerra’s OnGuard. It provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support and protects against environmental and seasonal threats. You can add a drop or two right in your water bottle and drink it. Plus, it smells ah-mazing.
2. Take care of my mental health
Every now and then a little anxiety kicks in when I fly. Just in case, I like to be armed with my fave meditation apps like: Calm, Breethe, Headspace, and Buddhify. If there is no WiFi on board, I have some relaxing playlists pre-downloaded on my Spotify. Just be sure not to forget your headphones!
And for a little extra calming insurance, I carry a bottle of StressArrest from my fave supplement company, Designs for Health, in my bag. It’s an herbal supplement designed for nervous tension. Let’s just say it’s a like a natural form of Xanax and it takes the edge off ever so slightly – taking you from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest” mode.
3. Pack healthy snacks
Let’s talk sustenance because, have you met me? I always fly early in the morning, and without proper preparation, it’s nearly impossible to find a healthy meal. Not to mention, buying food on-the-go (especially at the airport) costs an arm and a leg, am I right? Here are the snacks I prepare to make sure I have healthy options, don’t impulse buy, and keep my travel food budget under control.
First, I make myself a protein shake and pour it into a tossable cup so that I can drink it on my Uber ride to the airport. This ensures I have a healthy meal pre-flight and stops me from making any silly impulse junk food purchases at the airport shop (can you say Snickers, Doritos AND an oversized chocolate chip muffin packed with sugar? For $30? SURE!) Trust me, I’ve done it MANY times.
I also pack a piece of fruit like a banana or an apple in my carry-on bag. Yes, it’s possible to buy fruit at the airport, but who wants to pay airport prices for fruit?
Next, I make my own homemade trail mix the night before and bring it with me for any hangry moments. It’s a little salty, a little sweet, a little crunchy and a little chewy. I mean, it satisfies every possible craving.
What’s in it? SO SIMPLE! I dump a bag of raw almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, and Brazil nuts into a large Ziploc bag. I add low-sugar dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips, and chopped dried apricots—and voilà! The perfect snack.
And, let’s not forget water. I buy two huge bottles once I pass security and try to finish them both by the time I land at my destination. Hence, I love an aisle seat because let’s just say I spend a good portion of any flight running to that tiny bathroom. ☺
4. Plan my workouts ahead of time
I used to be someone that would pack a bunch of workout clothes and then put them, untouched, right back in their drawers once back home. Now, I try to strike a healthy and realistic balance.
I always feel SO much better when I get my workout in so the first thing I do is visualize how much happier I will feel for just doing it. If I’m too tired or just not in the mood for a strenuous workout, I will throw on my workout stuff and go for a nice long walk. At least I get my body moving and being outdoors always helps with my mood. Plus, I love to see the sights and locals doing their thing early in the morning before I get to play tourist later in the day.
If there’s not a good hotel gym or the weather is not cooperating, I use apps on my phone like Sworkit or ClassPass Go… or just hop on Pop Sugar Fitness to grab a quick workout right in my room. YouTube is your endless library! Trust me, I have worked up a HUGE sweat without ever heading out of my room.
5. Plan meals ahead of time.
Now back to food because…food.
I am a gal who LIVES to eat (not eats to live, like so many do). I am the girl that claps and does the happy dance when the server comes over with my food. I may even cheer and yell, “YAY!” Sorry, not sorry. SO, what’s a girl to do when she wants to indulge in deep dish pizza in Chicago, apple pie in Wisconsin, and loaded nachos in Scottsdale?
I balance my meals. I plan ahead. I figure out which meals we will be enjoying and then I:
- don’t skip meals to “save calories,”
- make sure the other meals are filled with whole foods and are healthy choices, and
- enjoy the pizza, pie or nachos MINDFULLY, ON PURPOSE and GUILT-FREE.
If I wolf down a delicious treat in two bites, while doing something else and then feel guilty about it, what was the whole point anyway? Ya see where I’m going with that?
6. Listen to my body
Most of all, I listen to my body. It tells me LOTS Of things…like to take a nap. Eat more green stuff. Buy more water. Go to sleep earlier tonight. Hit the hotel hot tub and ease sore muscles. Hit the gym. At this point in my life, I’m super in tune with how I feel and what my body needs. It’s up to me to give it whatever that looks like.
I can’t wait to land and see my fam…and mindfully enjoy some deep dish pizza, of course! Bon voyage!
P.S. If you want to purchase the essential oil or supplement I mentioned, shoot me an email at [email protected] and I will hook you up!