Make walking and wellness a priority while traveling.

Healthy Travel Guide for the Holidays

Whether you’re heading home for the holidays, traveling for business, or escaping to an exotic locale, you’ll have a much better trip – and feel better on your routine – if you stay on track with your health and fitness goals. Here’s how to make wellness a priority, no matter how many miles you log:

Plan for Fitness

When booking a hotel, check whether there’s a gym, fitness room or pool and the hours they’re open. But if not, no worries; with a few supplies you can make your hotel room into your own personal gym. Hint: download yoga podcasts or bookmark a fitness video before you go.

What to pack:
  • Stretch bands
  • Fitness clothes
  • Running shoes
  • Jump rope
  • Fitness video or podcast

Plan for Sleep

If you have trouble sleeping away from home, you’re in good company. But whether you’re headed to a high-powered conference or a relaxing vacation, you’ll have a much better experience with a good night’s rest.

Start by sticking as close as possible to your usual routine, going to bed and getting up at the same time you do at home. What doctors call “sleep hygiene” is equally important. For most people this means making the room as quiet and dark as possible and lowering the temperature to 68 degrees or below.  and healthy sleep habits you practice at home.

What to pack:
  • Earplugs
  • Eye mask
  • Melatonin
  • Relaxation podcasts

Plan for Walking

Bring comfortable walking shoes and maps so you’re ready to sightsee on foot as much as possible. On road trips, take plenty of breaks and use them to move, not sit. And while it’s temping to hail a taxi when trying to get around an unfamiliar city, you’ll see and experience much more walking than you would from the window of a car.

Melanie Haiken writes about health, wellness and fitness for national magazines and websites. She specializes in discovering and reporting the latest research on diet, nutrition, fitness, weight loss and other health-related topics. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Fitness, Shape, Health, Forbes, and other respected magazines. She also contributes health stories to numerous Kaiser Permanente newsletters and other publications.