Nutrition Tips for Traveling

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Summer is a time whenmany students leave campus to travel, whether it is for a weeklong trip or a whole summer abroad touring Europe. It can be difficult to stay healthy while traveling because your normal routine is disrupted. You may not have a gym nearby or a kitchen stocked with healthy food. Never fear- the key to staying healthy while traveling is to plan ahead and get creative with what you have available at your destination.

Be Prepared

Always bring your own healthy meal on the plane, don’t rely on the airline for healthy options. Also, bring your own snacks like almonds, cranberries, carrots, and celery with nut butter.

Stay Hydrated

Drink A LOT of water while traveling, your skin and hair will thank you later. The air inside the cabin of a plane usually has a humidity level of 10 to 20 percent — much lower than a comfortable typical indoor humidity of 30 to 65 percent. Many suggest drinking eight ounces of water for every hour in the air. Try bringing your own tea bag on the plane as a healthy alternative to water.

Ask for Alternatives

At the hotel don’t be afraid to ask for a customized meal, especially when ordering room service, most of the time they will be accommodating. Order something delicious, fresh and healthy rather than fried or processed food that may be on the menu.

Remember Moderation

It’s easy to lose track of your health while on vacation because you want to eat and drink as much as you want. Feel free to indulge but keep portion size in mind, you don’t always have to eat everything on the plate. Some strategies include ordering half-sized portions, sharing entrees, , and take home leftovers if you have access to a refridgerator for food-safe storage.

Explore your Options

Google organic and healthy restaurants in your area and go on an adventure. With the new health kick trend in large cities there are so many great restaurants opening up that won’t necessarily be near your hotel. If you’re stuck with what is close-by, look for menu items that include vegetables and other plant foods.

Get Moving!

Going sightseeing and finding ways to stay active during your travels can help offset any extra calories you might consume. So go ahead and take that stroll after dinner, swim in the hotel pool, sign up for kayaking or paddle boarding, or go on that early morning hike or walk on the beach! Another tip is to pack a travel yoga mat and a jump rope. Look up videos of yoga or bodyweight exercises that you can perform in your hotel room. You can still get a good workout in with equipment that fits easily in your suitcase.

Do your have any tips for staying healthy while traveling? Share below!

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