5 WAYS TO PACK & PREP FOR HEALTHY TRAVEL

Happy Thursday, my friends! But can you believe it's ONLY Thursday?! Despite being pretty crazed these past few days, this week seems to have crawled by. When my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning, I thought, "Finally! Thursday." I love Thursdays. Always have, always will.

This post is in part inspired by one of my favorite clients who is getting ready to take a fabulous vacation. Okay - I love ALL my clients - really and truly and genuinely. I feel lucky to get to work with each individual I do. But this girl in particular is a total gem. Always sweet, always smiling, always ready to sweat. Just a joy to work with. 

And it just so happens that I'm also getting ready to go on a quick, sunny getaway. So I thought it'd be fun to share a few tips and things to keep in mind when you're traveling for a few days (and packing a carry-on suitcase) but don't want to fall completely out of your routine.

· If you have a personal trainer, ask them for homework. I had my trainer write out a plan for me when I traveled to Palm Beach for a week in August. Sometimes when I travel, depending on where I'm going, I like to plan to take group fitness classes. (I love the SoulCycle in West Hollywood, and the Pure Barre in Sarasota. Both studios I could visit in NYC, but it feels like a treat in different cities.) However, it's always a good idea to have a plan! I know firsthand how frustrating it can be to walk into a gym (especially one you're unfamiliar with) and not know what to do next.

· Pack a pair of sneakers that work for fashion and function. When I'm going somewhere for 2 or 3 days, I want sneakers that do double-duty: they look cute with casual clothes, but they also work in the gym. (For instance, I love these Nikes - I keep a pair in my locker at work - but I personally loathe the way these, or any really super sporty looking sneakers, look with jeans. Not flattering!) As you can tell, I'm very anal/picky about sneakers, but I love this pair (on sale!!!) and this pair (also on sale) with both tees and jeans and tanks and leggings.

· Similarly, if you're traveling somewhere chilly, pack a pair of plain leggings that can be worn out with boots and a long sweater just as well as they can handle a workout. I know I've probably mentioned lululemon's Align pants about a million times by now, but for good reason: they're insanely comfortable, flattering and they translate seamlessly from barre to the bar.

· Pack grippy socks. The reason is 3-fold: 1) They work well as "slippers" in your hotel room; 2) If you pack running sneakers and decide to do a weight-lifting workout instead, you can wear these on the gym floor sans sneaks; 3) If you decide to take a barre, Pilates or yoga class when you arrive at your destination, you won't have to buy a new pair. :)

· Pack healthy snacks that could stand in as part of a meal when needed. The hotel I'm staying in has a gratis breakfast buffet, so I know I can get hard-boiled eggs, bananas, and usually yogurt pretty readily. I always bring my own almond butter packets and Paleokrunch bars so I know I'll have a rounded out morning meal with protein, good carbs and healthy fats. Jerky is also a good item to have and pairs nicely with the aforementioned eggs and bananas. Forgot to buy beforehand? Starbucks now carries Field Trip turkey jerky, which is gluten-free and pretty tasty. 

How do you stay on track when you travel?

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for reading! :)