Tips For The Traveler

I love to travel and I bet you do too. Spring will be upon us in no time which means more road trips, weekend getaways, vacations, and spontaneous adventures. There are, however, a few things to consider while out and about, traversing the world. A traveler may find themselves exhausted just from the general elements, and they may also notice their green practices start to get pretty relaxed while away from home. I've gathered up some tips over the past few years for staying green and feeling better.

Pack light
Packing lighter can relieve so much stress when traveling because you have less to worry about and be responsible for. Downsize your toiletry bag. Depending on what your trip consist of, pack accordingly with beauty supplies. If you're road tripping across the country, you probably don't need the full makeup collection. Click here if you'd like extra tips for packing ultra light on your next trip.

Choose comfort
Slip on your comfy shoes before you head out the door. This may be a no-brainer, but wearing comfortable shoes while traveling is one of the best tips of all. You may be walking a lot once you arrive to your destination, or maybe you'll have to run from gate to gate to catch a quick flight. Driving in certain shoes can start to hurt your feel after awhile, too. Blisters will rain on your parade, so save yourself the pain.

Unplug it
Before you leave your home, ensure to turn down or unplug and appliances that don't need to be plugged in. Even if your TV or computer is turned off, if it's plugged in, it's still stealing energy. Be sure to turn down the water heater as well as it's another big energy burner.

Eat clean
Traveling is hard, and finding healthy food options on the road can be even harder. It's easy to rely on restaurants for every meal while you're on vacation, but the cleaner you eat, the better you will feel. Not only will skipping on the restaurants make you feel better, but it will make your bank account feel better as well $$$.  Gas stations and convenient stores are high-sugar, high-sodium, and high-fat traps. Before your trip, map out all the stores that provide healthier options, or pack your own snacks. Always opt for fruits and veggies when they are available, and reach for a pack of almonds over chips.

H2O on the go
Drink more water than you think you need and then drink some more. Also, bring a reusable water bottle with you everywhere. Travel can rapidly dehydrate your body, and especially if you travel by plane. Most airports have drinking fountains, so it's easy to fill up your bottle once you've passed security. If you're staying in a hotel, you can ask for a pitcher of water with your room service. Opt for water whenever you can, and trying to avoid the sugary drinks. A lot of people say to pass on the coffee too; I, personally, like my coffee when I'm traveling, so really, make it your call.

Stretch it out
Long hours in the car, train, or plane can cause all kinds of body stiffness. Hotel begs and lugging around your baggage can also cause all sorts of aches and pains if you're unused to it. Be sure to take the time to stretch throughout the day, and if you're driving a lost distance, don't get to make stops every once in awhile.

Just relax
You're adventuring, so have fun! Remain present in your surroundings and give to the road. Soak it all in. Enjoy the scenery. Traveling can yield amazing insight and views. Take a deep breath when things get a little rough and stay thankful for the opportunities to see the sights.

Extra preparations
Be prepared for certain situations such as your phone dying at a really inconvenient time, headaches, or rips in clothing. I like to keep an extra phone charger on me when I'm traveling as well as a car charger. It never hurts to keep a bottle Ibuprofen or Tylenol on you for headaches, and it's also not a bad idea to just keep a small first aid kit packed away in your bags. Things can happen and it's better to be prepared than just plain out of luck.

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