Wednesday, August 9, 2017

How we stay HEALTHY while Traveling!

Okayyyy, so I wanted to share some of my favorite things I pack for us when we are traveling to help keep us healthy. These are all legit on my “to pack list” every time we travel, and especially when we fly. Obviously there are tons of germs in an airplane (and recirculated air means you get to breathe it alllll in), but it’s also pretty likely you may not sleep as well, eat as much fiber as normal and things may slow down in the bathroom, & you may not get as much sleep as usual. (If you have an early flight at the Atl airport, anyway.) Traveling just leaves ya run down sometimes, so these are my secrets to staying WELL while traveling.

{This little pink lunch bag is my “snack bag” and goes with me on every trip. If you’ve seen me at an event, you’ve seen it with me. May have even seen Big Jon rockin it a time or two! Everyone always comments on how nicely the pink goes with his outfit.}

**Also some proof I mayyyy need to go shopping since I’m wearing the same pants in every pic…different years… #cheap #imeanfrugal

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Butler Faves for Traveling:

AdvoGreens: These are a part of Jonathan’s morning routine.  (He likes to mix it with cherry Spark.) Great way to get some digestive enzymes, pre and probiotics, and some greens! I bring the snack shakes too in case we want a snack in the room before bed. (I always bring 3-4 shakers cups & we buy bottled water when we get there.)


Aquasana Water Bottle: Confession: I am a TOTAL water snob. I am hard core about drinking “clean” water and will not apologize for that. At home we drink water from our Berkey water filter, & I bring my huge growler full of clean water whenever we go somewhere. I don’t necessarily love bottled water either, but to me it’s a better option than tap water. When we’re traveling, I bring this Aquasana water bottle because it has a built in water filter. I don’t typically use it unless we are traveling and it definitely gets the job done on the go. If I have my pick of bottled water, I prefer Voss, Evian, or Fuji. (I know, I know…$$$$…water snob. But Jon is pretty picky too so he’s okay with it! But we usually just buy a huge pack of whatever to keep in the hotel room since we go through so much of it.) This is the one I have:

Citrizinc Chews: I don’t use these all the time, but we keep them in the snack bag while we’re traveling (and also take them if we start feeling a little under the weather). They taste great & give that immune system a little extra boost.


Probiotic Restore Ultra: I take them every single day anyway, but they’re especially important while traveling. Gut health + immune system are very closely linked, so it helps keep everything working like it should. LOVE me some Probiotics! I may even double up and bring the FastMelts too.


Fiber Drink: I hate to be all TMI & talk #2 on here (not really, but at least it makes me sound more ladylike with that disclaimer, right?), but have you ever been on a trip and NOT gone to the bathroom regularly? I don’t know exactly why it happens- probably a combo of a few different things (like not drinking enough water, not eating as much fiber, disruption of normal routine/environment), but it ain’t healthy, friends. We should all be going to the bathroom 1-2 times Plus, it helps you feel more full so you eat less junk! I personally drink the peaches and cream because I love the way it tastes. It helps keep things moving right along while traveling.


Lemons: Yes, I bring my own lemons, and no, I don’t care that it’s weird. Most places have hot water in the lobby so I can continue to make my warm lemon water in the mornings. It’s part of my morning ritual along with Spark and Rehydrate and it’s something I do every single morning when I first wake up to get things moving, hydrate/detox. Tons of benefits!

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AdvoGreens Meal Shake & shaker cup: Obviously we are eating out for most of our meals while traveling. I try to make the best possible choices & help control it by bringing our own snacks. But, it is SUPER helpful to be able to control at least one meal. We typically use it for breakfast, but sometimes we’ll do lunch if the hotel has a decent breakfast. The new plant-based shakes are my jammmm – Jonathan’s too actually. I like salted caramel and he likes chocolate chip cookie dough. (On the go we like to eat Panera, Chipotle, & Zoe’s.) 24 g protein & 24 g carbs is the perfect 1:1 ratio, & it actually fills you up.


Sleep Works: I bring this for Jon because it helps him fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly but still wake up feeling refreshed. Sometimes it’s difficult to fall asleep when you’re traveling, so this is super helpful. I’ll get back on it when I’m done nursing.


Socks in airport: I always try to remember to either wear shoes that require socks or at least pack a pair that I can put on when walking through security. Because barefoot on the airport floor? NO thank you.

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Spark + Rehydrate: Seriously, don’t go anywhere without it. Hydration is SO important, & we love the mental focus and clean energy the Spark gives us. The stick packs are more convenient on the go, but I’ve never had a problem flying with the canisters either.

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Apples, homemade nut/seed mix, & Pro 20: I bring enough apples to eat one each day while I’m gone. (That way I know it’s organic and I’ve washed it at home.) There is truth to the ole “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” saying. (Seriously, research validates it.) We also love almonds, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc. so keep a glass jar full at home & just distribute into little baggies to bring with us. Quick, easy, & fills you up. We also love Pro 20 because it is an awesome way to help make sure you’re getting enough protein (20g of hydrolyzed protein), & you can fly with them in your carry on since they’re only 3 oz. #winning  Cuz let’s be real…my snack bag is coming with me on the airplane. If you have a husband who gets “hangry” (like straight up out of the Snickers commercials) without food, you get me! Haha!


C-Grams: A little vitamin C when your body might typically be getting run down is always a good thing!


Hand sanitizer: I have some from Ava Anderson I’m still using up, & I keep Babyganics in the kiddos’ bags. We make sure to wash our hands as often as possible too. I prefer good ole fashioned regular soap and NOT antibacterial, but I figure it’s fine while traveling.

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OnGuard Essential Oil: I’ve been using this since October and LOVE it. I typically diffuse it at home and very rarely use anything topically, but I do apply a little drop. I also have a roller ball with a carrier oil so it’s more diluted. I carry them both in my carry on (inside a double bagged plastic bag) & have never had any trouble.

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Sound Machine: Hotel rooms are almost too quiet for us now that we are used to sleeping with a box fan and air purifier in our room. I caught myself struggling to go to sleep on one of our trips, so we just started bringing one of the boys’ sound machines. Next time we will just download a white noise app on our phones. #duh

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Clear Mood & Oasis (for Jon): Because, have you ever driven through Atl traffic or gone through Hartsfield-Jackson airport? If not, congrats. And if you have, there is no explanation needed as to why this is essential.


That may seem like a lot, but it’s all things we have on hand anyway, and it’s just second nature to pack it now. Jonathan has become accustomed to me taking care of us in this way too and he really appreciates that I have all of these things ready for him when we’re traveling. I just like to make sure the only thing we bring home is souvenirs and not any yucky sickness. Winking smile

Anything else you do to help stay healthy while traveling?? (I should totally start bringing our own sheets too after the video I saw the other day about hotels not changing out sheets….YIKES!)

Oh, and I’ll take alllll the tips I can get for unpacking, because I DREAD doing it so bad that I usually end up leaving the suit case on the floor in the closet for wayyyy longer than I’d care to admit. Unpacking is the worst!

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