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I’m writing this post on the road through Idaho with my future mother-in-law and 2 dogs on our way back to Portland. If you’re planning your own road trip, I have a few tips for keeping yourself healthy and sane from last week. My lab will be getting extra busy with experiments in the next couple of months, so I’m getting in most of my vacations in now. Which is why I will be jetting off on Friday (so soon!) to visit my sister in California and will need to brush up on how to avoid gaining 10 pounds in 3 days.
1. Pack light & fit in that food
Yeah, I know it’s not my strong suit either, but save plenty of room for food & toss the curling iron you almost certainly won’t use. Real food takes up space (plus it’s more squish-prone) so don’t pack your snacks last without leaving plenty of real estate for it in your carry-on.
2. Drink plenty of water before you leave the house
This serves two purposes. For one, you’ll be less tempted by the bad pastries at most airports once you arrive. And the second perk is that you’ll actually remember to use the restroom before you hop on the plane. Win-win.
3. Good entertainment
If I’m actually enthralled by whatever show or podcast or book I’ve brought along, I’m much less likely to want to get up and grab a thousand calorie latte while waiting for my flight. This isn’t the time for inspirational reads if you love trash romance novels (like me). I’ll even set aside a podcast that I’ve been looking forward to for my travels as well.
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4. Keep to your workout schedule
Setting the tone for the day is an effective way to get the ball rolling on healthy travels. Even if it’s just a quick 10 minutes in your PJs, keeping those habits going will remind you that your vacation doesn’t exist in some alternate dimension.
I’ll see you all again Sunday!