As the founder of MizzFIT.com, I travel a great deal. Mostly it’s from coast to coast which means up to 6-hours on a plane plus the time it takes to get to the airport. In New York City and LA, traffic can set you back up to an hour and half! I love flying to new destinations and hitting my favorite cities whether it’s for work or play, but I’ve learned that traveling can be gruesome unless you’re well prepared. For me, that means packing healthy & smart! Check out my tips to make your next trip an easy one.
- Choose your luggage wisely and make sure everything matches.
I say this because someone once walked off with my luggage because it looked like everything else coming down the carousel. Luggage brands like Tumi make suitcases and carry-on’s that come in unique prints and colors that will stand out from all the rest. Not to mention they’re very stylish and hold up well. I don’t know about you, but I can’t go anywhere without my hairdryer so I like traveling with hardshell suitcase because it protects everything inside my bag from all the tossing around that happens behind the scenes at the airport.
Also, coordinating your bags will help you avoid losing them. If you accidentally leave one behind or lose sight of one, people will remember your ensemble and know who it belongs to. To even further ensure the identification of your bag, buy high quality bag tags. Not only will you save yourself stress but you’ll look like a very put together jetsetter!
- Carry-on your “home away from home needs” for long flights.
Make sure to pack and organize your carry-on bag with everything that will make your long flight the most comfortable for you—within reason of course! For example, I like to pack healthy snacks that will fill me up so that I don’t end up ordering or spending too much money on plane food (which is usually unhealthy and pricey). Oatmeal cups that can be mixed with hot water are a great, filling option especially the ones that include berries and nuts. Peel-able fruit is a no-brainer. Just avoid sodium at all costs—which makes you feel uncomfortably bloated while up in the air.
A travel pillow is a must! I’ve learned my lesson from too many neck aches suffered without them. Slip on shoes or thick socks that give your toes free range will help you relax. So will ear plugs or comfortable headphones. And if you plan on working, remember to pack a pen and all the technical stuff. I recommend a petite travel mouse because computer track pads can make your hands cramp.
- Take a workout with you! Just make sure it’s slim.
I hate the feeling of not being able to exercise when I’m away from home, even if it’s just for a couple of days. That’s why I like to take my workouts with me but they have to be lightweight and slim. Forget the dumbbells! Instead pack a travel yoga mat, workout DVDs that you can play on your laptop in your hotel room, a jump rope, Valslide gliders or even a travel hula hoop that folds in half.
The key to packing fit is making sure you think ahead about your mind-body needs. Traveling healthy means staying sane. With all your travel “tools” in tow, you can embrace your trip without any negativity. Yes, there will be a delay…or someone sitting in your seat when you board (typical problems) but at least you’ll be equip to create your own Zen once the plane takes off!
Contributing Editor, Bianca Jade, a leading lifestyle, beauty and fitness expert, is the founder and editor of top fitness, fashion and wellness website, MizzFIT.com. Known to her readers as MizzFIT, Jade brings the latest trends in fitness apparel and accessories from around the globe, highlighting active wear from both emerging designers and major luxury sportswear brands. Through her writing, Jade is continuously committed to furthering a movement of feel-good exercise and female empowerment.