After the all the time you spent planning and saving for your time away, the last thing you need is something to get in the way of actually enjoying it. With a little bit of mindfulness and planning ahead, you can stay on top of any unforeseen issues, and enjoy your vacation just as imagined!
1. Healthy snacks. Most likely, each meal of your trip will not be planned out ahead of time. We all know how quickly those fast food options can turn into added pounds on our backside. Instead, pack your bag with granola bars or homemade trail mix (great list of recipes here). This will not only save you calories, but both are great for eating on the go.
2. Vitamin C. Supporting your immune system is key when traveling; this even more true when traveling to another country. Jet-lag, crowded places, and unfamiliar foods can take a toll on your body. A daily Vitamin C supplement can help neutralize free radicals and support your immune system so you can stay ahead of any illnesses. I find it easiest to pack the powder form and add it to my water every morning. Emergen-C has a lot of flavors to choose from and also comes in tablet form if your prefer.
3. Workout gear. If you plan to indulge while on vacation (and who doesn’t?), you’ll also want to get in a few workouts to ensure you’ll still fit in all your clothes when you arrive back home. Do some research on your hotel/accommodations. Do they have a gym? Is there a park nearby where you can get in a quick run? If not, bring workout equipment with you. My favorite option is using resistance bands. I purchased this set from Beachbody and can get in a quick 15-20 minute workout without even leaving my hotel room. They also roll up for easy storage and take up about the same amount of space as a pair of socks.
4. The right footwear. Think ahead about what type of activities you will be partaking in. Water sports? Going on a hike? Bringing along the right shoes will ensure that you don’t end up with any pesky injuries. This article has some great reminders/tips for packing. The last thing you need is a painful blister on day 1 of the trip!
5. Mini first aid kit. Hopefully you won’t need to use it, but it is always a smart idea to pack a few first aid essentials: bandages (in various sizes), alcohol swabs, medical tape, ibuprofen, etc. You never know what can happen, but it is always best to be prepared. These essentials will easily fit into a small toiletry bag, and can be stowed in your carry-on. You can also purchase a pre-made kit. Johnson & Johnson has a 12-piece kit for just over a dollar.
6. Hand sanitizer. It is almost a guarantee when traveling that at some point during your trip you will have to use a restroom that is less than stellar. The only thing that can be worse is then finding out that there is no soap. Enter hand sanitizer, perfect for staying germ-free on the go. Bath & Body Works’ travel size sanitizers come in over 30 different scents and are under $2 each.