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Healthy Travel Tips for Busy Moms: Make Your Vacation Stress-Free

Healthy Travel Tips for New Moms: Make Your Vacation Stress-Free

postpartum Jun 12, 2024

As busy moms, we all look forward to our family vacations, but the thought of travel days can sometimes be daunting. Between packing, navigating airports or long car rides, and keeping the kids entertained, it's easy to fall into unhealthy habits that can leave you feeling sluggish, bloated, and less than your best when you finally reach your destination.

I'm sharing tried-and-true healthy travel tips that will help you stay energized, nourished, and stress-free throughout your journey. After all, the last thing you want is to start your well-deserved vacation feeling like you need another vacation to recover from the travel day itself.

So, let's dive in and explore some simple strategies to make your next travel day a breeze!

1. Hydration is Key: Pack Those Reusable Water Bottles

One of the most important things to prioritize during travel is staying hydrated. Dehydration can lead to headaches, fatigue, and even dizziness, which is the last thing you want when you're responsible for keeping an eye on your little ones.

Pack reusable water bottles for everyone in the family and make it a point to refill them frequently, whether you're at the airport or making pit stops during a road trip. Not only is this better for the environment, but it also saves you money and ensures you always have access to fresh water.

Pro Tip: Set a reminder on your phone to take water breaks every couple of hours, especially if you're driving. This will not only keep you hydrated but also encourage you to stretch your legs and prevent swelling, joint pain or even blood clots from forming during long periods of inactivity.

2. Fuel Up with Protein and Fiber: Pack Snacks Wisely

When hunger strikes during travel, it's tempting to reach for convenient but options like fast food or vending machine snacks. However, these choices often leave you feeling unsatisfied and sluggish shortly after.

Instead, pack snacks that are high in protein and fiber to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Some great options include:

  • Nut butter packets or single-serve nut butter pouches with whole-grain crackers or apple slices
  • Trail mixes with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
  • Protein bars or energy bites made with ingredients like oats, nut butter, and dried fruit
  • Fresh or dried fruit paired with cheese sticks or yogurt

Not only will these snacks keep your energy levels stable, but they'll also prevent the dreaded "hangry" moments that can ruin even the most well-planned trip.

3. Stick to Your Routine: Maintain Regular Eating Times

When you're on the go, it's easy to fall into the trap of skipping meals or eating at irregular times, which can wreak havoc on your digestive system and overall well-being.

Do your best to stick to your regular eating schedule as much as possible. This means packing a balanced breakfast or snack to enjoy before you hit the road or board your flight, and planning ahead for meal stops or airport dining options that align with your usual meal times.

By maintaining a consistent eating routine, you'll help your body feel more regulated, reducing the likelihood of bloating, constipation, or other digestive discomforts that can put a damper on your vacation vibes.

4. Move Your Body: Stretch, Walk, and Explore

Sitting for extended periods during travel can lead to stiffness, muscle cramps, joint pain and even an increased risk of blood clots. That's why it's crucial to make movement a priority, even on those long travel days.

If you're driving, plan to stop every 2-3 hours to stretch your legs, do some light exercises (like calf raises or arm circles), or take a short walk around the rest area. Not only will this boost your circulation and energy levels, but it'll also give the kids a chance to burn off some pent-up energy.

If you're flying, take advantage of layovers or delays by exploring the airport terminals. Many airports now have designated walking paths, playgrounds, or even outdoor spaces where you can get some fresh air and movement in before your next flight.

And don't forget about the power of simple stretches and exercises you can do right in your seat or at the gate! Even a few minutes of movement can make a big difference in how you feel when you finally reach your destination.

5. Prepare Ahead: Stock Up at the Grocery Store

One of the best ways to ensure you have access to healthy, satisfying meals and snacks during your trip is to stop by a local grocery store once you arrive at your destination.

Stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and any other favorite foods that will help you feel your best. This way, you won't be entirely reliant on restaurant meals or convenience store options, which can quickly become tiresome (and expensive) over the course of a week-long vacation.

If you're staying in a hotel room with a fridge and microwave, you can even prep simple meals or pack picnic lunches to enjoy during your daily adventures. And if you've booked an Airbnb or vacation rental with a kitchen, you'll have the flexibility to cook full meals, just like you would at home.

By taking a little time to plan and prepare, you'll not only save money but also have the peace of mind of knowing you have healthy options readily available, no matter where your travels take you.

Remember, mamas, your vacation should be a time to relax, recharge, and create cherished memories with your loved ones. By incorporating these healthy travel tips into your routine, you'll be setting yourself up for a stress-free, energizing journey that allows you to truly savor every moment of your well-deserved getaway.

So, pack those snacks, fill up those water bottles, and get ready to embark on your next adventure with confidence, knowing that you've got the tools to stay nourished, hydrated, and feeling your best every step of the way!

If you need guidance ensuring your overall diet is nutrient-dense and balanced while navigating life as a new mom, check out The Postpartum Shift program. It provides meal plans, snack ideas, and recipes to optimally nourish moms during pregnancy, postpartum & breastfeeding. 

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Hey mama,

I'm Brooke Miller,

Before becoming a mom, I chronically dieted & thought "eat less, move more" was the healthiest option. I dealt with exhaustion, mood swings, hormone imbalances (not getting a regular cycle), high cholesterol and weight cycling. I felt like something was wrong with me.

Before I got pregnant with my first son, I discovered the balanced nutrition approach I teach inside The Postpartum Shift. Once I implemented the framework, I was energized, gained strength, got my period back, lowered my cholesterol & maintained my healthiest weight. I continued this during my pregnancies & postpartum periods and recovered quickly after birth, made more than enough milk for my babies, had energy (even with the sleep deprivation) & stable mood. Postpartum was really enjoyable.

With a decade of experience as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor, I created The Postpartum Shift to help moms boost energy, mood, metabolism & milk supply to have a stress-free & enjoyable postpartum experience.

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