Stay Healthy On the Go
This is sponsored content from BlogHer and Crystal Light.
Call me a troglodyte, but I don't really enjoy traveling all that much. It's partly the getting there and partly the being there, but mostly it's that even if a vacation is an excuse to escape an exhausting routine, I honestly almost prefer the routine because it's comfortable and I'm a big old 'fraidy cat when it comes to trying anything new. I'm a creature of habit, I like surrounding myself with the familiar, and I'm not good at improvising. I like going to the same restaurant and ordering the same dish. I like plans and I like sticking to them. I think status quo is the way to go (rah rah rah). Basically, for a good time out on the town, don't call me.
But don't get me wrong. I definitely appreciate having the chance to travel and see new things and meet new people (or return to favorite places to be near our favorite things and people), but when pressed, I'd have to admit to the dark corner of an empty room (or right here on the Internet for all to see) that sometimes my favorite part of travel is the having been there part. Ah, memories--there's nothing like traveling the world from the comfort of your favorite armchair. (I saw a New Yorker cartoon about this once; one thousand gold stars for the person who finds it for me.)
When I am traveling, though--or even when I'm just away from home in general--I do my best to have a good time and keep my anxiety under control, and one of the ways I do that is with food. Food is my security blanket, and for me that always means packing an arsenal of snacks. The happy side effect of this is that because I prefer wholesome munchies over junk, it's generally easier for me to stay healthy when I'm on the road (or in the air or on the tracks) because if I'm turning to the whole grain granola bars, nuts, fruit, and water I've brought with me, I'm less likely to succumb to the delirium of low blood sugar and, say, accost a New York hot dog vendor or propose marriage to the guy selling giant soft pretzels. (I'm also, however, more likely to guiltlessly order dessert--as a reward for having eaten healthy foods all day, of course--but hey, I'm on vacation! If you can't have dessert on vacation, you might as well just stay home, right?)
For me, a good travel snack is four things: healthy; available in a single-serving to-go package; able to be tossed in a suitcase, backpack, or purse without making a mess; and of course loaded with tasty goodness. How convenient for this blog post that Crystal Light has a variety of beverage options that fit the bill!
Perhaps you've heard I'm flying cross-country this week to attend a certain blogging conference? If you're going too, here are a couple of tips from me to you:
Tip #1: If you, like me, hate buying overpriced beverages at the airport--a hard thing to get around considering they don't let drinks past security--pack your carryon with an empty water bottle and some Crystal Light OnTheGo packets in your favorite flavors. As soon as you're through security, fill up the bottle at a drinking fountain, shake in some Crystal Light, and you're on your way (with more money in your pockets and less junk in your system).
Tip #2: If you're at BlogHer this weekend and feeling peckish or dehydrated between conference sessions, remember: I'm the girl with the snacks. Come find me and we'll share.
Want to win $100? Tell me in the comments what you do to stay healthy while on vacation, and then be sure to check out the BlogHer round-up page for six more chances to win $100 or, even better, the $1,000 grand prize.
Official contest rules are here.
More information on Crystal Light products is here.