It’s hard enough to stay healthy at the office—staying healthy on a business trip is a whole other story. Between red-eyes, marathon meetings, and the siren song of room service, good intentions can easily be derailed on the road. But it’s simple to keep your diet and exercise regimen in check while traveling; all it takes is some preparation. Here’s our must-pack travel checklist.
From airport temptations to late-night business dinners, it’s easy to fall off the healthy eating wagon. Keep cravings at bay by packing snacks that include a balance of healthy fats, carbohydrates, and protein. One Medical Group nutritionist Samantha Treyve, MS, RD, likes these nutritious, portable, packaged snacks:
- Elemental raw food bars
- Trader Joe’s pre-packaged roasted almonds (pair with a piece of fruit or dried fruit)
- Ruby Bay salmon jerky
- Health Warrior Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Bar
- “Meatie” Scooters
Be sure to pack any prescription medications you use, along with copies of your prescription in case you need a last-minute refill. If you’re a One Medical member, you can request refills via our app. If you’re traveling to a different time zone and are currently on a medication that must be taken at the same time every day (like birth control), make sure you keep the timing consistent; either adhere to your local time zone or adjust the timing of your dose by an hour each day leading up to your trip so you’re in sync with the new time zone by the day of your arrival. If you have any questions about how to adjust the timing of your medication, contact your provider.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a comprehensive list of over-the-counter medicines to pack in your suitcase. Here are the essentials:
- An antihistamine and/or decongestant for allergies
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or aspirin to treat minor aches and pains and relieve fever
- Cough drops for a sore throat or to soothe a dry mouth on the plane
- An antifungal and/or antibacterial ointment for minor injuries
Health Insurance Card
Be sure to keep your card in your wallet for any unexpected doctor’s visits or prescription refills.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep a mini first-aid kit in your luggage with:
- Antiseptic cream
Earplugs and Eye Mask
Sleeping on an airplane can be tough due to cramped conditions and occasional turbulence. Make relaxation a little easier with the help of an eye mask to block out light and earplugs to drown out noisy neighbors.
Lightweight Running Shoes
You don’t need a gym membership to fit in a good workout on the road. Just lace up your running shoes and get out the door. One Medical’s Arnold Lee, MD, recommends Brooks Puregrits for trail running and Mizuno Wave Creations for hitting the pavement. No room in your suitcase? Wear your sneakers on the plane for a no-excuse workout solution.
Even if you can’t leave your hotel room for a workout, you can still fit in some strength training. Choose a set with varying lengths to challenge different muscle groups, and an attachable strap for fast and easy clean up when you’re ready to check out.
Long flights and back-to-back meetings can leave your spine in knots. Stretch it out on a foldable yoga mat that packs neatly into your carry-on.
Refillable Water Bottle
It’s easy to get dehydrated during flights, but it’s also important to drink up when your feet are firmly planted on the ground. Invest in a refillable bottle that you can carry around at all times; you can even purchase collapsible bottles that fold easily into your suitcase.
If you’re single and sexually active, it’s a good idea to keep condoms in your carry-on. Consistent and correct use of latex condoms reduces the risk of HIV and other STDs and conditions like HPV, genital herpes, and syphilis.
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