Traveling is one of my favourite things to do in life— I love seeing new places, experiencing different cultures and lifestyles, and of course checking out different food scenes.
When traveling to far destinations my typical routine gets thrown out the window. I’m definitely someone who likes some structure and routine in my daily life to help me feel my best, and because of this I like to make sure I pack a few staple wellness essentials with me to help support my well-being and the shifts my body goes through when traveling. Here are 10 things I’m currently packing when it comes to travel:
1. Protein Powder Packets
I like to begin my day with protein and some sort of healthy fat as part of my healthy lifestyle, it helps me feel balanced and satiated for longer periods of time. Protein powder packets are easy to pack and use, all you need is a small shaker bottle and access to some water and you’re good to go! I like to pack Vital Proteins collagen stick packs (collagen is the most abundant protein in the body) because they’re super easy to stir into coffee or water, and/or Garden of Life Canada protein powder packets with a small shaker bottle. Places like Whole Foods or any natural food stores sell individual packets and small shaker bottles, or you can easily purchase them online at any natural health supplement site. I personally do all my online supplement shopping at vitasave.ca, it’s easy to find your favourite products there at lower cost.
2. Immune Boosters
It can be easy for the immune system to become compromised when traveling. There are many factors that can contribute to illness when traveling— such as change in environment and schedule, coming in contact with different bacteria and viruses, fatigue, jet-lag, stress, etc. I try to boost my immune system as much as possible before traveling, however, I still like to pack extra vitamin C for immune defense and B-Complex to help combat stress and fatigue. I personally take AOR Vitamin C and Advanced B Complex Ultra supplements. AOR is an evidence-based, research-backed nutritional supplement company that is most trusted here in Canada. In addition, I can’t go without my Sea-licious Ultra Omega-3 double strength with vitamin D3 for overall immune support. Each serving contains the most powerful algae Astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant carotenoid that plays a critical role in modulating the immune response (source).
It’s important to keep healthy bacteria alive when traveling abroad to help support regular digestion and a strong immune system for any pathogens you might encounter. Traveling can affect the composition of the intestinal microflora due to factors like jet-lag, unfamiliar food, and altered circadian rhythms. I personally like to pack Genestra HMF Travel Probiotic when traveling— this probiotic is human-sourced, research-driven and does not require any refrigeration. This is super convenient as some probiotics require refrigeration to ensure the stability of the microorganisms, which can be unsuitable for traveling with if you don’t have easy access to a refrigerator. HMF Travel is a shelf-stable probiotic capsule that is easy to take anywhere to help support digestive health.
4. Sleep Regulator
The number one thing that becomes compromised when I’m traveling to different time zones is definitely my sleep. I like to do everything I can, and quickly, to help regulate my sleeping patterns so I can enjoy my travels to the fullest. I like to rely on a natural sleep aid for times like these, one that I have personally found very effective is AOR Ortho Sleep. This natural supplement is an award winning premium sleep and relaxation formula. The most important neurotransmitters known to regulate the sleep-wake cycle have been combined with the most powerful herbs traditionally used to promote sleep, yielding a natural sleep remedy like no other. In addition, Ortho Sleep contains a carefully formulated blend of nutrients and compounds that have been shown to be effective in combating insomnia, restoring a proper circadian rhythm and promoting healthy, restful sleep.
While we are on the topic of sleep, a lot of hotel rooms have electronics and little lights that can prevent you from falling into that deep REM sleep that is so important for your mind and body. Proper sleep is important to help balance hormones and blood sugar levels, and a quality sleepmask is super helpful for encouraging good sleep. I like to bring along my Silk Sleepmask— it’s a lux mask that’s pure high-quality silk, one size fits all, and also has anti-aging benefits. It’s super soft on the face and eyes, natural, hypoallergenic, dust mite-resistant, allows the skin to breathe (so important), and does not contain any toxic dyes.
6. Reusable Water Bottle
Traveling by plane, being on the go-go, and jet-lag all can lead to dehydration. Bringing a reusable water bottle with you and refilling it wherever you go is important for staying well hydrated when traveling. I like to pack along my bkr Naked Glass Water Bottle or my steel S’well bottle for hydration on the go.
As someone who lives an active lifestyle I know whenever I travel there’s always a decent amount of walking and activity involved. I like to bring along electrolyte packets that are easy to mix into water to help stay on top of my hydration, especially if I’m traveling somewhere hot where I might be sweating more. Ener-C makes a delicious Sport Electrolyte Drink Mix in a delicious berry flavour that’s easy to pack and use on the go.
When I’m traveling, especially to Europe, you better believe I’ll be enjoying my wine! Alcohol and different foods can rank high on the inflammatory scale, and because of this I like to pack some sort of anti-inflammatory boost with me when I travel to help ease inflammation from any foods/alcohol I consume that contribute to it. I like Four Sigmatic Mushroom Golden Latte Mix packets, they’re easy to pack, tasteful, loaded with antioxidant + anti-inflammatory properties, and all you have to do is mix them with water. I love making a cup in the evening before bed, it’s so comforting. Feel free to use my code THENOURISHEDVIBE at the online checkout for 10% off your next Four Sigmatic order!
9. Essential Oils
I’ve said this many times before, and I’ll say it again and again. Essential oils are such a big part of my life! I can’t travel anywhere without my Saje Wellness Pocket Farmacy kit. It’s a must-have for me that comes with different blends designed to support overall wellness, there’s a roller bomb in this kit for any ailment— like stress relief, immune support, pain relief, headache relief, and digestive relief. It’s an all-in-one kit that I get a ton of use out of when traveling.
10. Gastric Relief
In my opinion, a solid digestive relief supplement is critical when traveling. You never really know how your body will react to different foods when traveling abroad— it’s no fun at all when digestive discomforts like heartburn, indigestion, and gastritis occur. AOR Gastro Relief is a supplement both my husband and I rely on for relieving any digestive upsets. It’s fast acting, helps heal gastric lining, and protects the esophagus. Gastro Relief is a great alternative to antacids and conventional medications that helps reduce symptoms of heartburn, promotes proper digestion, and decreases stomach pain while promoting healing to the tissues that become damaged.
Thank you for reading today’s post, I hope you enjoyed! Do you have any must-have wellness essentials when it comes to travel? Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear!
*Always consult with a professional (like your Doctor or a Registered Dietitian) before introducing any new supplements into your lifestyle.