Nothing beats traveling to exotic destinations, soaking up the sun and making it a priority to slow down.
But what happens when you’re a health-loving-holistic-foodie that doesn’t want to get stuck eating glutinous travel food or doesn’t want to get sick from all those germs lurking on the plane and just can’t live without their fully stocked supplement cupboard or beauty care products for a week?
You travel with these essentials below and you’ll be energized, glowing and healthy all week long!
It’s so interesting to me to see what people eat while on the plane. One time, I remember sitting beside a lady who pulled out a slice of white bread.
White bread! I don’t see how that is going to keep her energy high and brain fuelled. As a health-conscious-foodie, I know you won’t be pulling a slice of white bread out of your bag!
But, many people don’t think to pack healthy snacks for their flight or plan their meals while traveling.
Here’s a few snacks I like to pack for the plane:
- Sliced peppers or other veggies
- Fresh coconut chunks
- Nut butter
- Gluten free, low sugar protein bars
- Single serving protein packs
And although it may not be the norm to pack a blender, the nutra-bullet is fairly compact that if you can fit it in your luggage, I highly recommend it. Being able to whip up your own protein-packed smoothies in the morning in your hotel room, is always a great way to start your day. Especially if you have access local exotic fruit!
Now what about your supplements and beauty care products? What happens if you catch the stomach bug? What products are necessary for suncare?
Here’s my list of travel essentials that are a must for everyone:
- Probiotics – They need to be travel friendly and shelf stable (meaning they don’t need a fridge). This will help protect your tummy from any nasty little critters and bugs you might pick up while traveling. Not to mention, they support your immune system and keep that digestive tract in tip-top shape. LGS Gut Therapy Acute Probiotics are perfect while traveling.
- Digestive Enzymes – need some assistance breaking down your carbs, fats and protein? It’s not uncommon to over indulge while traveling but in doing so, our digestion can take a hit, leaving us feeling bloated and gassy. Be sure to take 1 digestive enzyme after each meal to help aid in digesting your food more thoroughly. LGS Gut Therapy Intensive Enzymes consists of a full complement of enzymes as well as the anti-inflammatory plant enzymes that work incredibly well.
- Activated Charcoal – This amazing product will help to save you from traveller’s diarrhea and/or settle an upset stomach. No one likes a stomach bug while on vacation! Simply take 2 capsules if you get hit by the bug or for added assurance, you can take 1 cap a day to help clean out those toxins from getting you in the first place.
- Tea tree oil – This essential oil is antibacterial and antifungal, which is great to have on hand for bug bites or stings. Plus, one little drop in your hand makes for the perfect all natural hand sanitizer.
- Lavender Oil – This essential oil is relaxing and soothing, which is especially great is you have anxiety while traveling or flying. It also works incredibly well on sunburns and bug bites. It’s best to mix a few drops with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or sweet almond oil before rubbing onto your sunburn.
- Peppermint Oil – From headaches, to sinus congestion, muscle pain and digestive upsets, this essential oil is perfect for travel. Plus, it’s also energizing which is great for jet-lag.
- Sunscreen – this is a must if you’re traveling down south. Although I highly recommend spending time in the sun without sunscreen (for at least 20-25mins, depending on your skin type) to absorb that much needed vitamin D, it is important to protect your skin from those hot rays when you’ll be spending hours outside.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing sunscreen:
- Make sure it’s all-natural, free of toxins and preferably organic. Why? Not only will you absorb those toxins into your skin and body, but you will pollute the ocean and sea life.
- Look for unscented – this is always best and typically means it’s a lot more natural. Most scents or fragrances in beauty products are synthetic, which you want to avoid.
- Buy Sunscreen for babies – typically it’s the same formulation that’s used for adults, but the packaging is different. As a bonus, it’s often less expensive and gentler on the skin.
- Body Butter and/or Oil – Just like your sunscreen, you want to choose an all-natural, preferably organic body butter or oil. This will save your skin after those long days in the sun, plus, it can help to prolong your tan! The sun can dry skin out, and burns can cause free radical damage. Feed your skin with nutrient rich, nourishing oils like jojoba, sweet almond, avocado oil or body butters like shea or cocoa.
Pack these essentials for your next trip and you’ll keep your immune system strong, your skin nourished and vibrant and enjoy eating without any of the digestive upsets.
BIO – Samantha Gladish is a Weight Loss and Women’s Health Coach. She is the founder of www.HolisticWellness.ca; a website dedicated to helping women lose weight and balance their hormones through delicious food. Samantha coaches and supports women from around the world on natural beauty, holistic health and nutrition. Her philosophy is that through changing the way we eat, think, move and care for our bodies, we can heal ourselves and live a life we love. Through therapeutic lifestyle changes, whole foods, and straight-forward guidance, clients become confident and empowered to lead healthier and vibrant lives. Clients report greater levels of energy, confidence in their bodies, and release excess weight after many years of feeling stuck.
Samantha is a Holistic Nutritionist, Women’s Health Coach, author, speaker, natural beauty advocate, and self-proclaimed foodie. For more information about Samantha and her coaching, visit www.HolisticWellness.ca.