you work diligently for months to eat right, exercise, take good care of yourself, and then one little summer getaway threatens to derail alllll that hard work with its theme-park churros, road-trip fast food + vacation relaxation. we’ve all been there. the secret to staying on-track this summer? always. be. prepared. when you’re loaded up with healthy meals and snacks, you’re a lot less likely to give in to that $12 slice of greasy pizza.
behold: the ultimate summer survival guide to travel fit, which includes all our 8 must-haves for making it through that summer vacay without losing momentum. [p.s. there's a giveaway at the end because we love you, so keep reading, goal getters!]
[healthy chips] what better simple snack for a day at the beach than a bag o' chips? especially bean-based chips from Beanitos. not your average tortilla chip, plant-based protein gives these guys a little extra muscle. plus, their new hint of lime flavor is the perfect accompaniment for our summer-cocktail fave, the skinny margarita.
[snackstak] it's not always just what you're eating - but how much. proper portion control and having healthy snacks at-the-ready is key to avoiding vacay junk food. yes, go enjoy a yummy meal - you're on vacation! but stash all your healthy faves - carrots, hummus, berries, almond butter, protein powder, supplements, the combos are endless - in these pre-portioned containers for effortless portion-controlled snacking all day long.
[peanut butter packets] need a little midday boost? all-natural nut butters (like Crazy Richards) are a perfect pick-me-up packed with protein + healthy fats to stave off hunger. drizzle onto some apple slices, slather on a banana, or just squirt it straight into your mouth for a nutty little (healthy) treat!
[fitfuser water bottle] it's always important to stay hydrated, especially on hot summer days, and even more so while traveling! bonus: recent studies show that people who drank 2 cups of agua before a meal lost 5 pounds more than those who didn’t. travel tip: sip up before you chow down! try infusing your water with fruits + herbs to add a little oomph to your h2o! some of our chief fitlosopher's latest creative concoctions to try: watermelon + basil, blueberry + lime, strawberry + lemon. tip: use frozen berries when infusing so it flavors AND chills your agua. (cool!)
[protein bars] beware: most protein bars are just processed, sugar-packed junk food posing as health food. oh, but not Rise Bars (our chief fitlosopher's fave flavor is lemon cashew, with snickerdoodle a close runner-up). these little beauties are each packin’ anywhere from 15 to 20 grams protein with no more than 5 real-food ingredients per bar, which makes for a delish healthy nibble. tip: stash 1 in your car, your carry-on + your gym bag so you're never caught in a time/travel crunch!
[resistance bands] have bands, will travel. staying on-track isn’t all about the food. finding time to fit in a little exercise is crucial for keeping up the progress. the perfect solution when you’re on the road and don’t have access to a full gym? these super portable, lightweight fitness bands from our friends at Perfect Fitness, designed specifically with travel in mind. just toss ‘em in your bag + go!
[meal management tote] speaking of bags, you’re gonna need one to tote all those snacks - not to mention all your travel essentials. not only does the camille tote from Six Pack Fitness have plenty of room for all your goal getter goodies, it also comes preloaded with 4 sure seal containers and 3 freezer packs, so you’ll have 4 homemade meals at-the-ready, making that roadside burger stand seem a lot less tempting. it also sports a dedicated laptop slot and organizational pockets for gym, sports + travel gear!
[some good reads] and last, but certainly not least, you always need a good beach read! whether it's a juicy summer novel or a glossy new mag, take time during vacation to disconnect from technology and just relax. see the new SELF mag on newsstands by chance? pick up this summer olympics issue to get inspired by all the athletes - and flip to page 62 to see our goal getter fitspiration journal in all its goal(d) glory. and while you're at it: read up on our 3 goal(d) medal tactics to negotiate #likeaBOSS.
[3 more safe bets] so these may not help you stick to your goals, per se, but we are all about safety first! no summer vacationer should be without a basic first aid kit, multi-use wipes + a good, clean sunscreen.
so whether you’re road-tripping across the U.S. of A., hittin’ up a theme park, or just hangin’ by the pool this summer, these essentials will help keep you on-track. and guess what, goal getter?? ALL this could be yours! just head on over to our instagram for a chance to win! bonus points when you comment right here on the blog with your favorite goal getter tip for staying healthy on vacation.