I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX® to write this post. MiraLAX® is a laxative used to treat occasional constipation. All opinions are entirely my own. #ReLAXOnTheGo #CollectiveBias
Over the past few years, I have had several trips a year between Alaska and Colorado. I have also had occasional trips for my own businesses during that time. We even took our first ever family vacation to Hawaii.
As much as I enjoy seeing new places and having all the experiences that come with travel, there are some issues that occasionally come up.
First off, travel can generate its own special kind of stress.
If I am flying somewhere, I have to worry about getting to the airport early enough to make it through security.
If I am driving long distance, I need to make sure the vehicle is ready for the trip and plan my route.
Then there is the stress associated with being in an unfamiliar place.
One of the results of these layers of stress is that travel can become one of those times when occasional constipation. And when that happens, I get worried about it.
5 Ways to Maintain Your Healthy Lifestyle While Traveling
The more things you can do while traveling to stay on your normal schedule and routines, the better. However, that is sometimes easier said than done.
I’ve found these tips help me to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling.
Tip #1: Choose Your Travel Outfit Wisely!
Years ago, people dressed up when traveling by air or train. Now it looks more like anything goes with people in whatever they feel like wearing.
I like to be dressed comfortably enough, but have added my new travel friend, compression stockings, to the mix when I will be flying more than 2 hours or stuck in a car for many hours each day. My embracing these special socks came after a girlfriend noticed my ankles were somewhat swollen after a long trip from Alaska to New Mexico by air.
I always make sure my shoes are great for walking, too.
Sneakers are a favorite for travel, although when flying up to Alaska I will sometimes wear my hiking boots instead.
Tip #2: Make Time to Move Around!
This pairs well with my use of compression socks. Our bodies need motion to stay in a more optimal range of health.
If I am flying and have a long enough layover, I take a walk around the concourse just to walk.
Long road trips by car have me adding at least a few minutes to each gas station stop just to walk around and get my circulation moving.
Tip #3: Stay Hydrated!
Water is crucial for our bodies to function well. When you are traveling, it can be easy to forget or actually forgo drinking enough water. Traveling by air is dehydrating, yet I witness many people on board the plane not drinking or selecting beverages that dehydrate you more!
I always pack a stainless steel water bottle in my carry-on bag. It arrives at the airport empty and is filled when I am at the gate. I just leave a little extra space at the top and open it carefully when on the plane as it will become pressurized.
Driving long distances for travel can provide the temptation to not drink so you don’t have to make frequent restroom stops. However, that’s doing my body a disservice if I take that approach.
Tip #4: Pack Your Own Snacks
Aside from saving money, I find that my choices tend to be healthier than most of what I can get on the road (or at the airport.) Personal favorites include an apple, some form of protein-rich bar, and possibly some nuts or a ‘gorp’ mix.
Now, there are times when I do pick up some food on the run. I always try to make sure there are plenty of vegetables included in my dish.
Tip #5: Bring Along Helpers
These helpers are not people, but rather things that help your body function properly while you travel.
While drinking lots of water, being physically active, and eating nutritious food with plenty of fiber can help, there are times when occasional constipation still occurs. There is a whole different level of uncomfortable when this happens and my fun trip may no longer seem like as much fun.
Before heading off on my next adventure, I can stock up on the helpers. The latest addition to my travel bag are the MiraLAX® Mix-In Pax®. I found them on the shelf at the nearby Target and knew this was a super convenient way to have a helper on hand.
I like that it works with my body’s natural process to provide effective relief from occasional constipation. Specifically, it works with the water in my body helping to get things moving naturally. No harsh side effects for me!
Note ~ Like anything, please use as directed.
These packets fit nicely into my ‘necessities’ bag which I keep inside a larger travel bag.
Later this month, I’m heading on the open road for my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. The last thing I want is to be miserable from my body being out of sorts.
Rather, I will be traveling more prepared with MiraLAX® Mix-In Pax® on hand. After all, I want to enjoy my time with the family and not be worried about how my plumbing is working (or if occasional constipation has occurred.)
What are some ways that you maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling?
Is MiraLAX® Mix-In Pax® a helper you’ve packed into your bag?