Todays episode talks about what I am packing for a 16 day trip in multiple cities across the USA. From exercise tools to what food is going in my luggage, my goal is to help you be prepared for your next trip!
Hello and welcome to Fit For The Road, a podcast dedicated to making healthier choices when you are away from home!
Todays Leading Thought is “I don’t believe in luck, I believe in preparation.”Bobby Knight
As you may know, I tend to obsess over being prepared when I travel. I want to make sure that I am always ready for anything on the road. In todays episode I share what I am packing for a multi city trip (CLE – AUS – CVG – LAS). I would love to hear from you and what you always have to have in your suitcase when you travel! These items help me to mitigate any issues that could pop up to take me away from my goals.
Before we jump into our topic, here is a weight loss update, at the beginning of 2019 my starting weight was 192, and my body fat was around 25%. As of today, my weight is hovering around 176 and my body fat is around 21%!
This week I also had a significant #NSV that I am super proud of. When I started weight watchers at the beginning of January, I made a promise to myself that I would run 5k non stop before I turned 30. For the last 7 weeks I have been following a 5k training plan and I am happy to report that last Thursday I ran 5k non stop!
Let’s get started with a few items I use for storage,
Packing cubes – These packing cubes allow me to pack more items into a smaller space as well as stay organized while I’m on the road. (Link)
Sandwich bags – Sandwich bags are great to have in your bag so you can portion your food out in your hotel room. They are also great to have on hand for taking snacks like hard boiled eggs or fruits from the hotel breakfast bar or the lounge! (Link)
Water bottle – My trusty Nalgene bottle. I can’t recommend this water bottle enough. It is durable, easy to carry, and carry’s plenty of water! (Link)
Exercise is super important to me when I am traveling. As you know from the previous episode, hotel gyms are not very dependable so here are a few things I pack to make sure I can get a full workout in my room if I can’t make it to planet fitness or they have a less then stellar gym at the hotel.
Resistance bands w/ door accessory – Resistance bands are truly a road warriors best friend. I pack 3 different resistances for different workouts as well as a small hook that goes into your door jam in order to do different workouts! (Link)
Door mount for resistance band workout – Here is a link to a door mount if you don’t already have one (Link)
Swimming goggles – Sometimes just running on the treadmill or lifting dumbbells gets boring so I started packing swim goggles so I can get a few laps in at the hotel to start my day off right! (Link)
Foldable yoga mat – I have talked about this in the past and I cant recommend this enough. I use this to do yoga in the room as well as other exercises like sit ups, pushups and other HIT workouts! (Link)
Scale – I am a fan of monitoring my health journey and the scale is the quintessential tool for monitoring both my weight and my BMI. I love this scale because connects to my phone via Bluetooth and syncs with Apple health! (Link)
Vitamins – Cant forget my vitamins! (Link)
Zwift tracker – This is a new tracker that I have yet to really get into. I like the idea of Zwift and being able to run in a virtual world but I am more interested in how it can measure things like pace and stride to help me become a better runner. (Link)
Apple Watch – My Apple watch is my constant barometer for healthy habits. I have a constant reminder on my wrist of where I am at for calories, standing, and exercise goals. I also enjoy having the notifications from the Hidrate app to remind me to stay hydrated! (Link)
AirPods – Airpods are the one piece of tech that if I lost them, I would find the nearest BestBuy or Apple store and replace them immediately. They are small, light weight, always charged and easy to keep in my pocket at all times. They also fit comfortable in my ears when I am working out and I have yet to have one fall out! (Link)
When I travel by car I keep a bin full of food as well as other supplies in my trunk so I can prep in the hotel. Doing this prep helps save $ as well as make sure I have the right food throughout the day! This trip is a little different in that I wont have my vehicle so everything I pack will have to fit into my luggage. My goal for the food I bring is not to meal prep over 40 meals, it is simply to offset the road food so I am not always eating un-healthy meals.
Ole Wraps – These wraps are only 1 SP on weight watchers and they are a really nice size, you can use them to make breakfast burritos or make a late night snack with your PB2 powder! I have also grabbed one before going out to help manage my appetite so I didn’t make poor decisions at dinner. (Link)
Protein Bars – Protein bars are great in a pinch, especially if you are at conferences or working long hours. That being said, you don’t want to depend on protein bars alone on your trips. I usually buy 2 different types of protein bars, the Protein One bars which are only 2 SP. These are great for in between meals or if you want a sweet treat that doesn’t cost you a ton of points. The other protein bars that are great and a little more substantial are Quest bars. Quest bars weigh in around 4 SP but they tend to fill me up more then the protein one bars. My favorite flavors are birthday cake, mocha chip, chocolate chip. (Link)
Note: Make sure you check the weight watchers app before choosing what flavors you are gonna buy, all of them are not 4 points!
Popcorn (low point) – Microwave popcorn is a great snack and best of all it packs nice and flat allowing you to bring several bags and not take up precious real-estate in your bag. (Link)
Tuna and Chicken Creations – These small pouches of goodness should be in everyone’s bag. Super low in points (1-2) and full of flavor. Also, I am not a huge fish person and I don’t think the Tuna creations taste fishy at all. (Link)
Powdered Peanut Butter (PB2 chocolate) – In the past I have used powdered peanut butter in smoothies and protein shakes but never as a stand alone option, boy was I missing out. Powdered peanut butter is a great snack for road warriors. Simply mix the powder with a bit of water and boom you have peanut butter that is low in points. I will mix some up and eat it straight, but it on the ole wrap, or I will use it as a vegetable dip. (Link)
Reduced sugar jelly – I like to bring jelly in case I want to make a PB&J wrap or I also use it to spread over an english muffin. (Link)
Protein Powder and Pre-Workout – Protein powder is a must have for me on the road. Whether it is right after a workout or during the day in between meals, protein shakes keep me full and keep me fueled for the day. Also if you get a vanilla flavor, mix it with coffee to make a DIY latte. (Link)
Turkey Jerky Sticks by Jack Links – These small jerky links will only cost you 1 point a piece or 3 sticks for 2 points. I will keep these in my bag in case I get hangry while working. (Link)
Ice Tea / Lemonade mixers – I have gotten really good at not drinking pop or other artificially sweetened beverage but sometimes I want just something different from water and coffee so I decided to pick up some ice tea flavoring to add to my water to mix it up a little bit. (Link)
Salt and pepper – I grab a few packs of each from the breakfast bar in order to have on hand if I decide to cook anything in the hotel room.
Hotels / Plane
Apples and bananas or other fresh fruits are usually available from the hotel breakfast bar. Grab a few before leaving for the day to not only save money but stay on track!
Hard Boiled Eggs are another great source of protein and of course won’t cost you any points. If you have a fridge in your room and you have your handy dandy sandwich bags then save some for later!
Hopefully these items will help you next time you go on a long trip. I am eager to hear what you pack when you hit the road. I’m always looking to up my game and find more healthy things to eat on the road. Have a great week!