5 healthy packing tips for 10,000 ft
Travel can really mess up your routine, and if you travel frequently it can play a major factor in keeping you from achieving your health and fitness goals.
I used to think of flying as an excuse to get junk food. I even had a rule that I could have anything I wanted at the airport, which normally meant popcorn, a glass (or two or three) of wine, Raisinets and an arsenal of gossip mags.
While I’ve kept the gossip mags (you can’t part with everything), my junk filled journeys have been replaced by a healthier routine that gets me to my destination feeling fresh and not completely jet lagged.
It’s important to be prepared for your flight so you’re not forced to eat airplane food, which is full of preservatives, salt and sugar. Here are 5 things you’ll find in my bag before I take flight:
1. HARD BOILED EGGS
Three eggs will give you about 18G of protein and are easy to carry. You might even be able to find them at the airport if you can’t make them in advance.
2. HEALTHY FATS
I normally bring an avocado or almond butter packets and a small jar of coconut oil to keep me from eating plane peanuts. Coconut oil is an excellent fat burner, so you could even be slimming down as you doze off to Zoolander 2.
3. PROTEIN AND GREENS PACKETS
If you’re on a long flight and need more than one meal, a protein packet is a great mid-flight snack. Just mix with water and, if you want a full meal replacement, add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Vega One and Sun Warrior are my favorite brands - with flavors like chocolate and vanilla chai, it can feel like a real treat!
In addition to protein packets, powdered greens are a great way to make sure you’re getting your in-flight veggie fix without having to eat airplane food. I’d recommend Amazing Meal in chocolate flavor.
4. HOT WATER BOTTLE
It’s important to stay hydrated when you travel, but often times the water cups given to you in-flight are too small and not topped up enough. Some flights these days will even take the water bottle you bought after security before your board the plane. Luckily, I found a way around it: bring an empty bottle! Now a flight essential, I always bring a hot water bottle and just fill it up on the plane.
5. VITAMIN D
If you’re on a long flight (like 8+ hours), a vitamin D supplement will make up for the lack of sunlight. Vitamin D is a great mood booster, helps you absorb nutrients like calcium and keeps your immune system going.
BONUS TIP: If you're going to have a drink - because who doesn't like to have a glass of wine at the airport - try to have it before you board. Drinking on the plane will dehydrate you and make it difficult for your body to bounce back after a long flight.