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8 Ways to Stay Healthy on Vacation

I gained 2 pounds while I was in Reno. But let’s face it, gaining two pounds on vacation isn’t that bad compared to the damage I’m capable of. I know there are people that can vacation without weight gain, but I am not one of them. I’m not going to say no to sweets and alcohol because that is crazy talk. I want to be able to enjoy myself. That’s why there was some of this.

And this.

And a lot of this.

So, I’m not going to tell you an amazing story of willpower here. But I will tell you the things I do to minimize the damage when I’m out of my comfort zone.

1. Pack snacks.

I bring snacks for the plane and for the hotel. I don’t want to go to a store or restaurant every time I’m a little hungry. So I bring protein bars, packets of oatmeal, beef jerky, almonds, and Hershey kisses or M&Ms. That way, I have a few healthy snacks and I’m prepared in case a chocolate craving hits. Although, the chocolate thing didn’t work out so well this time around.

Their french vanilla truffles are ridiculous.

2. Bring sneakers and workout clothes.

I may not work out on vacation, but if I don’t have those shoes and clothes with me, I definitely won’t work out.

3.  Book a hotel that includes breakfast.

On vacation, I eat out for most of my meals. If the hotel has breakfast included, I can at least cut that down by one meal a day. Not only do I save money, but I will have one of the hotel’s healthy options like oatmeal, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, or yogurt. Then, I confiscate some fruit for a snack later in the day.

If there’s no free breakfast, I use the hot water in the coffee maker to make instant oatmeal.

4. Book a hotel that has a gym.

If I have 30 minutes or so when nothing is planned or I wake up early before the day’s activities begin, I’ll go to the gym. I didn’t work out for more than 40 minutes at a time, but I did work out twice while I was in Reno. And I made both of them speed workouts (like this one) so I got the most out of a short workout.

5. Bring a bathing suit.

Sometimes I don’t use my bathing suit depending on the weather, but our hotel had an indoor pool which was nice since it was cold. Swimming is exercise too, so if I have time, I do it. I didn’t use my suit this time around but I brought it, so at least I was prepared.

6. Walk somewhere.

I like walking because I get to enjoy where I am more. Hubs and I walked to the grocery store twice, walked to lunch, and walked to get frozen yogurt. None of it was very close, but we got to see some pretty views that made it worth it.

We also took the stairs instead of the elevator. But that may have been more so we didn’t punch the girl’s softball team that was taking over the hotel.

7. Limit snacking.

When I’m on vacation, my meals are bigger. At home, my meals are smaller but I snack. So when I’m on vacation, I limit my snacking so I’m not eating even more than I should be.

8. Control what you can.

Hubs and I had lunch on our own the day of the wedding. We walked to a restaurant that was about a mile away and ordered salads (instead of the burgers we wanted) because we knew we’d be eating more that night.

So now you have my tips, what are your tips for staying healthy on vacation?

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