Pack Up Your Workout

Summer is in full swing and that means it’s vacation time. Covid or no, we’re all trying to find a way to enjoy some relaxing time away from home. A long-planned vacation, family visit or just exploring a new place – whatever your reason for hitting the road, you’re probably not keeping your exercise routine top of mind. Combine that with the cookouts, parties and treats that make vacations so memorable, and keeping your health routine can be tricky.

Exercise routines, in particular, can fall by the wayside when you’re busy barbecuing with family or making repeat visits to the swim-up bar. Runners (and walkers) can get out almost anywhere, but unless you’re in a hotel with a weight room or your cousin’s house has a tricked-out home gym, getting a well-rounded workout can be a bit tough. Luckily, with a little planning and a small corner of your weekend bag, you can take what you need with you. Here’s a simple packing list.

Remember your feet. At the top of your list should be your favorite workout shoes and several pair of good socks. If you’re a runner, opt for thin, quick-drying socks that wick moisture away from the surface of your feet. Walkers may prefer more cushioned socks for their rambles. Find the type of sock that works for you and pack a few extra pairs. I like to take a pair for every day I plan to work out. Once I’m finished exercising, I can change to clean, comfy socks for the rest of the day.

Resistance saves the day. Maintaining your strength workout while traveling can be especially difficult. Who wants to bring along a set of dumbbells? However, with a small investment into resistance bands, you won’t worry about missing Leg Day again. Resistance bands are like giant rubber bands – for your body. Using different resistance-level bands means you can keep up your strength training without having to worry about using wet wipes on the cruddy equipment at your Airbnb. 

Remember to stretch. If you can fit a yoga mat in your bag, great. There are some great travel mats out there. But, when I can’t fit mine in, I try to make enough room to carry a large towel I can put down wherever I am.

Stay hydrated. It’s easy when you’re in a new place to get a bit out of sync. Make sure you carry a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated! The summer heat can sneak up on you quickly, especially if you’re in a more humid environment. Take a drink even if you don’t feel thirsty. By the time the body registers thirst, you’re already a bit dehydrated.

Carry it all with ease. If you’re driving to your destination and have room to pack a tote, you can keep all your stuff in one easy-to-carry bag.

Whether you’ve got a 3-day weekend or a longer trip planned, get out and enjoy your summer travel!

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