Happy & Healthy Travel Tips
Posted on November 21st, 2016
It’s that time of the year again – the holidays! As much as the holidays are a magical time filled with pumpkin pie and glittering lights, it can also be an extremely stressful time – especially if your holiday plans involve travel.
Here are some tips to make your travel happier and healthier:
1. Make a list
As a creative-in-the-moment type of person, organization hasn’t always been my strong suit. Lack of organization can be a problem when it comes to packing as you might forget an essential item. Make a list to ensure you don’t forget anything. I use this same list when I’m repacking. This instantly relieves any stress that I could be leaving something behind.
2. Healthy snacks
Airports aren’t always the easiest place to find healthy and affordable foods. Prepare ahead of time with healthy snacks like an apple, pumpkin seeds or almonds. If I know I’m going to be on the plane for a meal, I like to bring my own food. This ensures that I won’t get stuck eating some meal that I don’t like or that is super unhealthy.
Sitting for too long slows our metabolism, affecting our bodies’ ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down fat. Do a short sun salutation flow in the morning to get circulation moving. Sneak in some steps by walking around the airport terminal prior to boarding. About every two hours on the plane get up to take a short walk. Travelers on long flights are more at risk for blood clots. In addition, exercises like pointing and flexing your foot and moving your ankles in circles is a great way to keep blood flowing in the veins. Moving regularly is especially important if you’ve recently had surgery.
Flying dehydrates us making our skin dry and unhappy. Drink plenty of water before, during and after the flight. It’s best to avoid coffees, teas and alcohol as those only further dehydrate your skin. Bring a water bottle so that you don’t have to keep refilling a small cup. To keep my skin extra happy, I bring a lotion (make sure it follows TSA regulations and is in a bag) to moisturize my skin.
5. Practice mindfulness
With all the chaos at check in and security, it can be easy to get stressed. Practice mindfulness while standing in lines. Feel your feet rooted in the ground -make sure your arches aren’t collapsing. Focus on your breath. Take a deep inhale, pause at the top, and exhale fully. Embrace this sense of presence as you place your items on the scanner. Spread kindness to everyone you encounter, particularly the TSA agent. This is their busiest time so they are also stressed! If they don’t reciprocate the kindness, do not become bothered. You might also want to download an app like Headspace or Simply Being for the plane.
Namaste & safe travels! xo