What to pack to make your holiday healthier

With only a few weeks left to go of the school year many of us are now weeks away from our summer holidays. Packing savvily can help this be your healthiest holiday yet…

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So often we work hard to lose weight and tone up before our holidays, only to leave all our good habits at home when we go away. This means that we come home feeling overweight, bloated and annoyed with ourselves for undoing all the hard work we did before we went. There are a few things that you can pack in your suitcase however, that will help you enjoy a healthier holiday, meaning guilt is one thing you don’t have to bring back home with you. Here are my must-pack holiday items to help you have a healthier holiday…

A good pair of trainers

Whether you’d use them to run or walk a good pair of trainers means that you can get out and explore your destination in comfort. I love running on holiday because it allows me to get to see the places I stay in on my own (I leave the kids and husband chilling) and often at quieter times as I tend to run first thing in the morning. It’s easy to find routes in new places now. Either look at local segments on Strava, or if you’re staying in a hotel ask the reception staff for suggested running routes. I’ve started doing this in recent years and staff always suggest great routes that I might not have found on my own. 

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A new playlist/podcast/audiobook

If you like to listen to something whilst exercising making your sounds different to those you’d normally listen to can continue the holiday “break from reality” throughout your workouts. This can keep you more interested and motivated to keep doing them, especially if you only allow yourself to listen to certain podcasts/playlists/audiobooks while you are exercising.

Suspension training kit

If you’d like to be able to do some resistance training (think press-ups, squats, lunges, bicep curls, tricep extensions, shoulder presses, flyes and more), a suspension training kit like this could be a worthy investment for you, particularly if you’re a frequent traveller. The best-known version is the TRX but there are plenty of other (cheaper) variations available now. Essentially it is a strap system you secure to something sturdy such as a fence, tree or door, and which you can use to do a huge variety of exercises. They take up hardly any room and weigh very little so are great for tucking into a suitcase. Myself and several of my clients often pack one when we go away. 

Bike

Photo by  Paul Green  on  Unsplash .

Photo by Paul Green on Unsplash.

If you’re going in the UK taking a bike can offer you with another way to explore your destination whilst being active. If you’re going abroad you may not want to go through the faff of taking your bike on a plane, but if you’re a keen cyclist it may well be worth looking into it. Alternatively you could look into hiring a bike for a few days while you’re away. Destinations that have high appeal for cyclists (such as Majorca) will have plenty of bike rental shops, many of which have English-speaking staff. Just remember summer gloves and plenty of water bottles if you’re planning to be cycling in high temperatures. 

Active swimwear

By this I mean swimwear you can actually swim in, rather than just lie around on a sun lounger in. Let’s just say that many are not designed for actually getting a few lengths in (as I have learned from personal experience – say no more!). Also include goggles to make swimming more enjoyable. You don’t want to have to stop simply because getting water in your eyes is annoying you. 

Healthy snacks

Depending on where you’re going it can be a good idea to pack some healthy snacks. These can be handy whilst travelling and when you arrive in your destination. 

A workout plan

I often work with my clients to design special holiday workout plans for them, and you could do the same. Decide how often you want to workout, what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. If you are going to a workout based around bodyweight exercises such as squats, lunges, press-ups, sit-ups etc it can help to find one/a few workouts you like the look of before you go. Or you can always ask a fitness instructor or personal trainer to put a workout together for you. 

Realistic intentions

It is a holiday so you should enjoy yourself and not be overly stressing about working out and eating healthily. Before you go away it can help to think about what are some realistic things you can do to make your holiday a little healthier, that won’t ruin your enjoyment of it. You don’t want to set your intentions so high that you are no longer able to enjoy your holiday or to have a few indulgences without feeling guilty. Being mindful about your healthy before and during your holiday can really reduce the negative health impact of it though.

If you have any other suggestions of things to pack to keep your holiday healthy please feel free to share them with me. Have a great time wherever you’re going! ☀️☀️☀️

Laura Hilton