Planes, trains, and automobiles! Holiday travel should be filled with fun, relaxation and excitement (hello, roadtrip!)—not stresses, frustration and exhaustion. Here are my top 5 favorite tips for staying happy during holiday travel.
1. Avoid Hanger
You may have not heard the term “hangry” before, but I bet you’ve experienced it yourself or with one of your loved ones. Hanger is combo of hunger and anger. To avoid this, I always make sure to pack snacks with me. Some of my favorite on-the-go snacks are:
- Trail mix
- Sprouted whole grain sandwiches
- Pre packaged protein snacks
2. Get plenty of sleep
Stay refreshed and make up for any lackluster airplane or car half-sleep by getting some rest ahead of time. If I know I’ll be traveling, I’ll book a good night’s sleep (whatever that means to you – for me that’s a solid 8 hours) into my schedule for the day before. I think of it as booking an important meeting with myself. If I don’t have time to catch some zzz before my trip and I know the only sleep I’ll be getting will be on the plane or in the car, I come prepared with travel pillows, ear plugs, and a sleep mask—whatever you need to get some rest on travel days.
3. Pack light
A lightweight scarf that is. I always pack a scarf in my carry-on. Whether I am in the car and want to cozy up in the backseat, or if I want to warm up on a chilly airplane, a scarf can help with that. Being comfortable goes a long way to staying happy on travel days. (Men, if you’re a scarf fan, great! If not, your favorite hoodie works just as well).
4. Stay hydrated
Take your hydration on the road with you. Flying can be very dehydrating, as can driving for long duration in the car without sufficient water. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after your travels. I always make sure to take Vega Sport® Hydrator, herbal tea bags (such as chamomile and peppermint) and a water bottle with me (just make sure to empty it before going through airport security). Staying hydrated can help with jet lag, so you can spend more time with your family and less time trying to get adjusted to your destination time zone.
5. Stretch it out and move around
If you are on a plane or in the car for more than an hour, be sure to give your body some movement. On a plane try some calf raises and side bends. In the car, pull over and get a good full-body stretch in, or try some of these yoga poses for circulation once you arrive at your destination. If you are staying in a hotel, check to see what their fitness facilities are like. You may luck out and find they offer complimentary runners and foam rollers! You can also do a yoga flow in your hotel room—check out Vega Ambassador Kreg Weiss’s MyYogaOnline.com. Don’t forget to take time for yourself. Hotel spa massage, anyone?
Making a list and checking it twice—how to you gear up for holiday travel?