I travel a lot. Case in point: over the course of the past year I’ve spent over six months away from home. When I was younger, being in another city, state or country was less frequent and therefore felt more special. Away from the confinements of my 9-5, I’d stay up late, sleep in, eat at different times, and toss aside my routine altogether.
While there is certainly something to be said for getting out of your routine, if you travel frequently like I do, you can quickly become rundown, exhausted, and even sick. This is where routines come in. If you can make your travel life look more similar to your life at home, you’ll be better able to stay healthy and productive. Here are some tips on how to do so.
- Plan ahead. Bring along some of your favorite snacks so you’re not caught in a situation where you’re hungry, but have nothing to eat. I pack a variety of foods including nuts, bars, dried and fresh fruit, beef jerky, carrots and hummus, and more.
- Book a room with a fridge. Look for hotel rooms that come with a fridge, that way you can stock up on some of your regular foods (bonus: you’ll save money too!). Or check out apartment or home rental options on sites like Airbnb.com, which come with full kitchens and more storage space.
- Make a grocery store run. Head for the closest food store to pick up some basics. I stock up on yogurt, oatmeal and fresh fruit, so that I can my regular breakfast at least a few of the days I’m away.
- Hydrate. Often overlooked, hydration has a huge impact on our mood and energy levels. Carry a water bottle with you on every trip and make a point to fill it up whenever you can.
- Don’t skip meals. Being off-routine can often mean big gaps between meals which can affect your mood and energy levels. Make a point to try to eat every five to six hours. If you aren’t sure what your schedule will be like, pack some snacks to take along with you.
- Find time to move. You don’t have to stick to your usual exercise routine when you’re away, but try to find different ways to move throughout the day. This could mean talking a walking or biking tour (a great way to see a new city!), going for a hike, or taking a local yoga or fitness class.
- Set a bedtime. Count backwards eight hours from when you need to wake up, and make that your bedtime. If you can pick a bedtime that is close to your usual home bedtime, even better.
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