If like me you’ve got a holiday booked for the summer and want to stay as on track as possible when it comes to your diet and workout routine, then you’re going to need to pack a few essentials. I love a beauty and fashion holiday haul as much as the next person, but making sure I’ve got these key items in my suitcase is slowly but surely becoming more important than remembering to pack my heels and beauty blender.
This will be the first holiday ever where I’ve taken my gym clothes and trainers away with me. Aside from a few morning workouts I also want to explore on foot as much as possible, so having something comfy to wear is a priority. I would never wear shorts to the gym in the UK but the humidity in Mexico is over 90%, so the thought of peeling off sweaty leggings means that shorts are a must. In addition to clothes, a fitness tracker is always a good idea. I haven’t been too good at remembering to wear my Fitit lately (oops) but taking it abroad to keep track of my steps is a good way to determine if I’m moving enough. As long as I don’t forget to take it off when I’m in the pool, because this one definitely isn’t waterproof. I’m going to have a really nice Fitbit shaped tan line aren’t I?
Constantly asking the bar for bottles of water might become annoying as they’re usually only 500ml, but as it’s so important to stay hydrated, going without isn’t an option. If you’ve got room in your suitcase or hand luggage consider taking your usual larger water bottle with you. Then, you can grab two or three bottles of water every time you go to the bar and pour them straight into your bigger bottle. Tactical hydration! If you can drink the water from the tap then obviously that’s easier, but a lot of holiday destinations advise bottled water only to avoid getting ill.
MUSIC & HEADPHONES
Nothing motivates me to workout more than a good playlist, and I’ve spent some serious time creating one specifically for our trip to Mexico. If Darryl and I workout together then I’ll probably just play it full blast in the hotel gym, as long as we don’t have company, but failing that I’ll whack on my headphones. This then also doubles up as flight and poolside entertainment.
SUPPLEMENTS & VITAMINS
Supplements wise, if you really can’t do without your trusty protein shakes or BCAAs, take a few sachets with you. I won’t personally be taking protein powder, but I know a lot of people might want to. One thing I’ve really got into lately is taking a vitamin tablet every day. After getting ill twice in a month I felt like this was my only hope and actually, they make a nice morning drink! I’ll probably take a tube away for Darryl and I to try and keep our immune system in tact.
Following these tips will set you up for a healthy holiday! Diet and fitness aside, make sure you enjoy yourself, you are on holiday after all…