Destination: Healthy

5 Tips to Healthy Travel

June 18, 2019 / Lydia Mendel / No Comments

 “So I’m going to (insert vacation destination here)… and I need a good shoe.”

This is something we hear all the time from our customers at Playmakers. My response is always, “Well you’ve come to the right place.” As both a Fit Specialist and frequent traveler, I am able to draw from my first-hand experiences when preparing customers for a trip. While Playmakers has you covered for your all traveling shoe and apparel needs, here are a couple of pointers to support you on your journey…even after you leave the store.

Drink water.

Going from place-to-place can be a hindrance to hydration, oftentimes leaving you feeling fatigued. You’d think that it would be from a long flight or car ride, which can definitely play a part, but drinking water may be a huge factor in maintaining optimal energy levels. Whenever I travel, or go anywhere for that matter, I ALWAYS bring my Hydroflask! This is a must have to avoid paying for overpriced water, saving a plastic bottle, and staying hydrated. If you’re taking it to the airport, be sure to empty it before going through security and find a water fountain after. My Hydroflask has reminded me to stay hydrated all around the world, and has even accumulated stickers from destinations along the way. Who needs a passport when your water bottle works just the same?

Sunset in Yosemite. Photo taken by Bill Kim.

Food is fuel.

To me, being on vacation isn’t a free pass. I enjoy treats, of course, but I also eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. It’s much easier to enjoy where you are when you are properly nourished. One of my favorite things to do while traveling is seeking out healthy restaurants, cafes, and local farmer’s markets. If this isn’t something you normally do, give it a try! You might be pleasantly surprised by the way a healthy food is prepared and come home with new ideas.

A great way to stay on track is to use a kitchen if you have access to one. Or bring your own single-serve blender! Something I enjoy every morning, even when I’m not traveling, is a smoothie – packed with hydrating, antioxidant-rich fruits, and a protein powder that is also a multivitamin. It is sort of like health insurance… or nutrient assurance. Smoothies are really easy on your digestive system which is something often compromised by the stress of travel.

Wondering how you’ll fit a blender in your suitcase? PRO TIP: Use it to hold your socks!

Since we’re on the subject, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Smartwool socks– they are a must for traveling. They’re naturally antimicrobial so you only have to bring a couple of pairs. I recently went to New York City and wore one pair of Smartwool socks the entire week. I walked everywhere, my feet even got wet from the rain, and they never smelled. You read that right.

The Butcher’s Daughter, NYC

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Lydia Mendel

Lydia Mendel is a FIT Specialist at Playmakers and certified Integrative Health Practitioner. She enjoys making nourishing foods and helping people become their most beaming, healthy self. She’s a bicoastal lady at heart, however, grew up in Mid-Michigan, traveling as much as possible since graduating from her small-town high school with a class of 120. Her aspirations include many things, with empathy and empowerment of others at the heart of it all.

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