jess’s tips for staying healthy (and having fun) while traveling!

good morning friends!

we’re officially down to the wire on the wedding-happenings! today is our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner plus lots of last minute prep. i knew i’d be super busy today and probably wouldn’t have time to post, so i put our a call for guest posters, and the lovely jess answered my call! πŸ™‚ jess is a fellow wisconsnite and madison-lover, and even though we haven’t met in person yet (which is changing soon!) she’s definitely one of my favorite blends!

jess has been a traveling machine this summer, so i’m sure she has some great tips for staying healthy while traveling!


Hi Everyone! My name’s Jessica and I blog over at Healthy Dairyland. I love running, baking, yoga, beer, and traveling! This year I seem to be traveling a lot and I’m loving it!

It can be difficult to stay healthy when you are traveling. Food options can be limited and it’s tough to fit in workouts. It’s also easy to go overboard on desserts and drinks while traveling, but I have some tips for staying balanced while on the road. Everything boils down to three basic rules: plan ahead, eat smart, and stay active.

Plan Ahead:

Always pack healthy snacks like granola bars, chopped veggies, fresh fruit, peanut butter packets, trail mix, and even instant oatmeal packets. Especially when you are roadtripping it is essential to have some healthy options so you are stuck with the McDonalds at a truck stop! Can’t bring food with? Plan ahead and search for healthy stops along the way or what restaurants are available at the airport or train station. When you prepare to eat healthy, it is much easier to stay on track!

Also prepare for workouts! Don’t forget to make room in your suitcase for a couple of workout outfits and pair of sneakers. You won’t feel guilty about the ice cream sundae if you put the time in at the gym. Plus you would be surprised how easy it is to find 30 minutes on vacation to visit the hotel gym when you have your running shorts and a tank top with you!

Eat Smart:

Staying healthy on vacation doesn’t mean you don’t get to indulge. You just need to indulge wisely. Cheeseburger at the airport? Nope. A deep dish pizza in Chicago or clam chowder in New England? Go for it. Don’t throw all caution to the wind though. If you are going to have an indulgent lunch, make sure you balance it out with lots of fruits and veggies at breakfast and dinner. A lot of time I will have a light and healthy breakfast if I know my lunch is going to be calorie laden, and if dinner is going to be a big night out I’ll keep lunch simple with a salad. You can’t have it all! Not even on vacation.

Before you take a bite ask yourself if it is going to be worth extra time at the gym post vacation. Vacation isn’t an excuse for overeating and overindulging, but it is an excuse to eat amazing foods you can’t get at home.

Philly Cheesesteaks in Philly are always worth it. Some random cheeseburger in fries…you can get that anywhere so don’t waste the calories and fat on it!

Stay Active:

Every trip I go on, I stay active. When I can, I make time my trips for the gym, yoga, or even a workout in my hotel room. Thanks to podcasts and smartphone apps you can bring workout classes with you on vacation. I always keep a few yoga podcasts and a couple workout apps on my iPhone for when I travel.

My own yoga studio in a hotel room πŸ˜‰

Staying active doesn’t always have to involve a traditional workout – walk an extra block, skip that cab and go on foot, go for a hike, take the stairs! Having an active vacation is a great way to keep your trip healthy without having to spend time on the treadmill.

Walks on the beach are my favorite

Running the stairs counts too!

Going on a trip whether it’s for work or a vacation doesn’t mean you need to come home with tighter pants. Little things can keep your health and fitness in check. Just remember – plan ahead, eat smart, and stay active!


thanks for all the great tips, jess! i’ll make sure to keep these in mind when i head to orlando for a conference in october! also, i’ve never been to philly but i think i want to go now just for the cheese steak! πŸ™‚

everyone make sure to show jess some love and stop by her blog to say hi and look around for a bit!


About sarah

hi, i'm sarah. i'm a graduate student, dog lover, newlywed, blogger, aspiring baker/cook, and a veggie lover. :)
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3 Responses to jess’s tips for staying healthy (and having fun) while traveling!

  1. Thanks for letting me guest post! Have a fabulous weekend!! πŸ˜€

  2. Mac says:

    Hope the days goes well.. so exciting with the big day coming up!

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