For a person who is pretty stuck in her ways, it’s amazing that I lasted five weeks abroad.
Though I absolutely love to travel, two weeks away from home is usually my limit. After that, I start to desperately miss my bed, my yoga classes, my staple foods, and it goes without saying, Mr. Chow.
This trip however, I was pretty content with my nomadic life — minus my Chow withdrawals of course.
I think this had to do with the extensive supplies I brought along on the journey.
From a bulk jar of earplugs (these were a lifesaver) to a gallon bag of chia seeds (aka Mr. Clean for the digestive tract) to about 1000 packets of Barney Butter (the question is what didn’t I slather almond butter on), I managed to anticipate just about everything I could ever need as a wellness-obsessed RD-to-be in one of the croissant capitals of the world.
A lot of people commented on my Instagram asking how I stay fit while traveling and it’s this preparation that keeps me on track. So today I’m sharing my travel bag must-haves for fitting in fitness — and fun — on the road.
1. A Great Beach Bag
You obviously need a great bag for your gear. This adorable tote from Stella + Dot is chic and durable. PS – it’s also on sale!
2. A Big Summery Scarf
This pretty scarf will keep you warm in over air-conditioned planes, trains and cars, and then double as a super cute beach blanket or sarong.
3. A Pair of Chic Slides
Summer shoes shouldn’t be fussy — you need stylish kicks that you can kick off at a whim. This pair from Dolce Vita is not only totally on-trend but also soooo comfy.
You can’t find two pieces of fitness equipment that are better equip for traveling (besides your own bodyweight). Lightweight and flexible, these babies can be tossed in your carry-on or beach bag for a quick workout anywhere.
In Italy I would do a circuit, three times a week, using both. One minute of jump rope, one minute of a resistance move like biceps curls or shoulder press, back and forth, for about 20 minutes. Boom.
5. A Stylish + Sporty One Piece
If you’d prefer to cool down during your sweat sesh, pack a trendy one piece that is fashion-forward and functional. This sleek swimsuit from Ted Baker is perfect for lap swimming, then lounging poolside after.
After my vacay sweat sesh and before I hit the beach to relax, I always make sure to replace my electrolytes. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my hands on any of these in Europe, but when I’m in the states, I pack a case of Propel to stay hydrated on weekend road trips.
Propel is the only water on the market with enough electrolytes to replace those that you lose during exercise.
6. Eco-Friendly Sun Protection
I stay safe and keep the planet safe by using sunscreen that doesn’t harm the environment. MyChelle’s Sun Shield Sunscreen and Sun Stick are mineral-based and made with natural moisturizers like avocado, jojoba and vitamin E. They are also free off chemicals that can damage fragile coral reefs.
7. Healthy Snacks
They may be number seven on this list but healthy snacks take up about 7 lbs in my luggage. I always have a few pieces of fruit, a bunch of nuts, a few bars, and a bag of granola on me when I travel.
The best way to stay fit while traveling is to properly fuel your body!
Weigh In: What are your must-haves for fit travel?
*This post is sponsored by Propel but all opinions are my own.