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5 Healthy Travel Essentials

Get your healthy on with these super-easy tips

Please welcome Deb Lowther, a freelance writer who aspires to inspire families to live healthier through physical activity, smart eating and lots and lots of outdoor family-time.

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Traveling with your health and well-being in mind doesn’t require painful prep-time and unwieldy gear lugged through airports. But it does take some thinking – before you leave home. Whether you travel for business or pleasure, feel free to steal Deb’s healthy travel tips and start enjoying your travel more!

Water bottle – fill it!

Water Bottle - fill it!Keep your water bottle close at hand all times and fill it up often throughout the day while travelling whether being active or just relaxing. Hotels, resorts, restaurants, airplanes and cottages usually have jugs of filtered water on hand for quick and easy refilling.




Healthy snacks – take them!

Before your trip, whip together your own homemade version of trail mix with whole grain, low sugar cereals, raisins and almonds, and store in resealable bags. Bake some healthy oatmeal cookies for the plane or slice up fresh fruit and veggies for the car ride. Even take a few empty baggies with you to grab extra healthy snacks like cheese cubes or veggie sticks at the buffet in case the munchies hit later.

Running shoes – pack them

walk or run on your vacationFor every member of your family.  Plan to get active on your vacation. Slip in a run before breakfast, a game of tennis before lunch, a hike on the beach after dinner and check out the cruise ship gym. Staying active keeps you healthy and makes all the relaxing more rewarding!

Sleep – get lots!

If you’re traveling to a different time zone, start adjusting your sleep patterns a few days before the trip. This avoids being sleep deprived (and grumpy) for the first few days of your vacation.  While on vacation don’t forget to get your 7-8 hours a night so you’re alert and ready for exploring and your immune system stays strong.

Restaurant rules – set them!

set your restaurant rulesFrench fries, ice cream, brownies, and pop are all fun treats, but if you’re at all-you-can-eat buffets, or restaurants with kids night after night while on vacation, too many ‘treat foods’ too many days in a row may not be so healthy. Plan to have vegetables and fruit every day and ensure there’s protein at every meal. Make treat foods, a treat – even on vacation.

Fill it, take it, plan it, bring it, drink it, plan it, eat it and ENJOY it! Have a healthy & happy vacation where ever your travels may take you next!

What are your tips for staying healthy when traveling? We'd love to add them to the listing. Drop a comment below or talk with us on GoGirlfriend's Facebook or Twitter pages.

About Deb Lowther

Deb Lowther ~ Deb is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running on the trails. She ensures her own kids are having fun while being active and eating healthy.  Writing for many website and magazines, Deb’s goal is to inspire others to raise healthy, active families. Follow her on Twitter Twitter, Pinterest and find more healthy tips on her RaisingHealthyKids website.

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