Karen’s Travel Essentials: Stay Energized, Regular, and Thriving On-The-Go
Updated: Sep 4
Travel is an important part of my life, both personally and professionally. While I love the feeling of adventure and discovering new places on this beautiful earth, I don't enjoy the physical toll that travel can take.
Despite its myriad joys, travel can exert a considerable toll on the body. Long hours of sitting, particularly during flights, can lead to poor circulation, muscle stiffness, and increased risk of deep vein thrombosis. At high altitudes, the reduced air pressure and oxygen levels can lead to altitude sickness and exacerbate dehydration, with the dry cabin air further diminishing our body's water reserves. This dehydration, coupled with indulgent travel diets, can disrupt our digestive systems. Moreover, crossing time zones or simply having an altered schedule can disturb our circadian rhythms, leading to jet lag, compromised sleep quality, and a general feeling of disorientation. Such physical strains emphasize the importance of self-care strategies when on the move.
Whether I'm traveling for work or a long-awaited vacation, staying vibrant and feeling my absolute best is non-negotiable. To ensure that I'm fueled, focused, and fabulous, there are a few trusted items I never travel without. Let me share my secrets with you!
Items To Pack for Sustained Wellness:
Dark Chocolate Snacks/Bars: These are my indulgent yet guilt-free treat, providing a rich source of antioxidants and a mood-enhancing boost!
Chia Seeds with Flax Meal: A fabulous fiber-packed duo ensuring my digestion remains on point, plus they're a great omega-3 source.
L-Glutamine: This amino acid is a lifesaver for gut health, aiding in repairing and supporting my intestinal lining especially after indulgent meals.
Moringa Powder: A powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, Moringa ensures I’m getting my daily dose of greens for sustained energy.
Mikuna Protein Powder: Perfect for muscle recovery after a long day exploring, and ensuring I meet my daily protein requirements effortlessly.
Sakara Metabolism Super Powder: Enhances digestion and fires up my metabolism, ensuring I feel light and energetic.
Instant Coffee: My morning ritual to kickstart the day and stay alert during those early morning excursions.
Sakara Metabolism Bars: A tasty and convenient way to support digestion and provide a midday energy lift.
Sakara Detox Bars: Ideal for a quick snack that also supports my body's natural detoxification process.
To Take on the Plane:
Almonds: Packed with protein and healthy fats, they're the perfect plane snack to keep hunger at bay.
Homemade Quinoa: A protein-rich grain that keeps me full and ensures I've got a healthy option amidst in-flight offerings.
Grapes, Apples, Carrots: Hydrating, vitamin-packed and delicious, these ensure I get my fresh produce intake, even at 35,000 feet.