travel fit: the ultimate summer survival guide [pssst...there's a giveaway!]

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.

ready...annnnndd....GO!



50 Responses

Sandra Jeske
Sandra Jeske

August 21, 2016

Planning is the key! and vacation is a time to be carefree …so plan now how exciting to splurge and indulge on a lovely cut up fruit cup in a beautiful plastic or glass ! or Sparkling water with a lemon twist served to you is elegant ! Plan to walk and move more than usual. Jump in every pool that you can! Walk a bridge. You see so much more walking than riding !and the people the faces the language listen even if you are on a stay-cation Indulge in the culture . back to food find a table or bench with a view eat slowly after all it is vacation taste all the bites of the food the first and the last ! ….smell you r food … look at the presentation and yes i remember eating at the golden arches and everyone had a happy meal including my kids in Sweden where they had glass glasses to drink from and paper was minimal and we enjoyed the time …we had cucumber sandwiches for breakfast in Germany and it was about the time and not stuffing our faces with food…so enjoy all of the effort and the people that you fill your tummy with while on vacation…plan to make good choices and be proud of the choices you make …if life throws you a curve ball ( there was no good choice so have some and remember ….embrace it catch it ) and at the next stop ie meal or snack just get back on the train and do not get derailed for the whole vacation Remember you ave a ticket for success! Use it !

fitbook.katy
fitbook.katy

August 16, 2016

hi all!! thank you all so much for entering and commenting with your amazing tips!! this giveaway is officially closed – the winner is @christinamariefit! congrats, christina!! y’all stay tuned for more amazing giveaways!

Michelle
Michelle

August 16, 2016

I commute 45minutes to work everyday and find that at the end of the day on my drive home, I am tired and start feeling like snacking. I make sure I pack extra crunchy veggies to have on hand to munch on so when I get home I don’t forage before having dinner.

Kate McCarthy
Kate McCarthy

August 15, 2016

My #livelifefit tip to make sure I always have water with me, I take a gallon jug and fill 1/2 way with water and freeze. When I’m leaving the house I grab with frozen water jug, fill the rest of way up and as the ice continues to melt I always have cold water with me. I also carry a plastic baggie with cut up mixed fruit and veggies. Between the water and fruit and veggies, it helps keep my hunger at bay for a while.

Kris Reagan
Kris Reagan

August 15, 2016

One of the best tools for weight management is to meal prep. This eliminates dangerous choices and the need to eat out, where many foods are prepared with additives, preservatives and extra calories. Meal prepping is fast, easy and you are guaranteed a delicious, healthy meal every time!

carrie renner
carrie renner

August 15, 2016

I mix a little PB2 (peanut butter powder) with vanilla greek yogurt and use it as a fruit dip. Also pack buts for protein. Every time you stop on your road tip…take a quick jaunt around wayside..do some jumping jacks.

Leslie Tillman
Leslie Tillman

August 13, 2016

make sure to stay somewhere with a mini fridge on vacation! buy your own groceries and make your own breakfast and lunch. saves you money too!

Melisa
Melisa

August 12, 2016

A little preparation and forethought saves you from making terrible last minute decisions. #TravelFit

Rebecca Irvin
Rebecca Irvin

August 12, 2016

My best #livelifefit tip is to keep water handy at all times. I purchased a Brita pitcher that I keep in our fridge at work and I refill my water 24oz bottle throughout the day. I save on buying individual water bottles and I get in plenty of water for the day!

Sineyda Ortiz
Sineyda Ortiz

August 12, 2016

To #livelifefit remember that everything in life is balance. Not to give up on your goals. Strive to carry healthy snacks with fruits and veggies wherever you travel. My favorite snack is protein bars on the go! #travelfit (@sineydaortiz)

Pauline
Pauline

August 12, 2016

My best #livelifefit tips are when I bring my dog and water and fresh fruit and veggies for both of us to snack on while exercising.

Neva Stolte
Neva Stolte

August 12, 2016

My favorite thing to do is set a timer to do planks or squats or some type of exercise to keep the body moving! And drink lots of water!

Arlene Samms
Arlene Samms

August 12, 2016

I take my wonderwoman shaker cup, fitbook, & fitlosophy journal and I make my home routine a part of my vacation. I still take a relaxing day to plan my week ahead in my fitbook sitting at the pool or sipping a drink in a quiet corner somewhere. For the time I’m gone I may modify my workouts to body weight if there’s no gym and as a tourist there’s always walking involved! Park and walk wherever you can!

Christina Dezelan
Christina Dezelan

August 12, 2016

When I travel I make sure to pack healthy snacks and protein powder. That way I won’t be tempted to buy the unhealthy fast food at the airport. I also always bring my Fitbook so I can record my workouts and what I’m eating.

Jennifer Palmer
Jennifer Palmer

August 12, 2016

My tip……stay active, but make sure to hydrate!!

Denise
Denise

August 12, 2016

My tip is to go on youtube and subscribe to channels that post exercises that you can do wherever you’re staying.

Kim
Kim

August 12, 2016

Prepping my meals to take on a road trip has been helpful for driving by the fast food restaurants and staying on track! ;)

Shawn Champiom
Shawn Champiom

August 12, 2016

One of my favorite things about #livelifefit is the fact it helps you when you don’t even realize it. It takes a couple times before getting used to it every day but as soon as you get there, it motivates you in ways you wouldn’t even think it would. Not only that, but it’s almost a support system as well. I love it!!

Ashley Nordberg
Ashley Nordberg

August 12, 2016

We’re headed to Disney Land in 2 week yahoo! My big plan is to have everyone carry hydration packs so we won’t be tempted to get sugary (+expensive) drinks. Also going to hit up a store the night we arrive and grab healthy snacks we can pack into the park.

JoAnn
JoAnn

August 12, 2016

Always have healthy snacks on hand and put them where you can see them.

Sarah Bacon
Sarah Bacon

August 12, 2016

I always have snack assorted to portion sizes and have my snacks separated from my daughters snacks. I always keep a mini cooler in the car and have extra goodies in there if we are on the road.

Karen
Karen

August 12, 2016

I love to walk when I am on vacation. I try to plan trips that require walking to view the area instead of riding in a car!

Elena Grigoryan
Elena Grigoryan

August 12, 2016

On vacations I try to stay away from snacks. Well considering I actually have something to do, I don’t have to eat when I’m bored :D.

Jazmin
Jazmin

August 12, 2016

For every craving you have there is a healthier alternative. So before you indulge drink a glass of water and plan wisely. Its a life style change and smart options are part of the change. It only takes 21 days to make a habit that can change your life.

Fiona
Fiona

August 12, 2016

my best travel fitness tip is to ENJOY your vacation. I tend to slow down and relax on vacation and this helps with weight loss immensely.

Jennifer
Jennifer

August 12, 2016

My best #livelifefit tip is to not over do it. Just because you are traveling does not mean all healthy choices should go out the window- enjoy yourself but try to be the best you possible and stay hydrated! I love a good cocktail as much as the next person but everything within limits, stay accountable

Mary Alice Povolny, PhD
Mary Alice Povolny, PhD

August 12, 2016

As a Clinical Psychologist, I believe that we know ahead of time EXACTLY how healthy we are going to be while on vacation. Before you leave, spend some time thinking about your goals and how you want to feel when you arrive home. Use your #fitbook to write down goals and intentions so you have a terrific time during and after your time away!

Jamie Spenner
Jamie Spenner

August 12, 2016

Pack a cooler with frozen water bottles to keep the healthy fruits and veggies cold and have clod water to drink later when it thaws out.

Kelly
Kelly

August 12, 2016

Love yourself enough to eat well, and move!

Marsha McMunn
Marsha McMunn

August 12, 2016

Remember to getup during the workday! If you have a (mostly) desk-job career, be sure you move every hour or hour and half! Take a lap around the building or just down the hall! Studies show that sitting for hours at a time is horrible for your health – - a great workout after the workday doesn’t compensate for the hours of sitting. http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/21/health/sitting-will-kill-you/

Breana
Breana

August 12, 2016

Always have your workout buddy and plan your workouts together! You are both making exercise a priority and will hold each other accountable. Plus, it’s always more fun to exercise with your buddy!

Rennie
Rennie

August 12, 2016

Getting family and friends to join in on your walks makes it easy to stay on track

Susan
Susan

August 12, 2016

#livelifefit my go to is planning ahead. #failtoplanorplantofail I always have a healthy snack (nuts usually), water and a protein bar with me. Love the giveaway!!! Fingers crossed!

Amy
Amy

August 12, 2016

Always have water with you and pack snacks so you’re not tempted by all the junk.

Dana
Dana

August 12, 2016

I brought my iPad and have been getting up early everyday to get a workout in while everyone else is asleep. Doing it first thing in the morning helps we stay on track while on vacation

Sarah
Sarah

August 12, 2016

Always be prepared – have water, nuts, fruit with you so you don’t have to snack from a vending machine.

Barri
Barri

August 12, 2016

Always take almonds and water. Be sure to rest as making good choices is harder when I am tired.

Kesha Werstein
Kesha Werstein

August 11, 2016

I try to eat healthy and be active while on vacation. If I am driving I pack healthy snacks.

Gracie Camacho
Gracie Camacho

August 11, 2016

My favorite travel tip is to make sure I book hotels that have gyms and offer mini fridge, it made such a difference on my last trip to be able to keep water cold and have veggie snacks cool.

Brandy
Brandy

August 11, 2016

My favorite way to #livelifefit on vacation is to bring my fitbook and remember that even on vacation, food counts!!

Sol
Sol

August 11, 2016

My favorite way to stay fit while on vacation is using fitness blender workouts, they are free and for some of the videos you don’t need any equipment!

Erin
Erin

August 11, 2016

My favorite goal getter tip is “Don’t stress about the scale. Just because the number isn’t budging doesn’t mean your body composition isn’t. Remember to measure inches to track your gains!”

Sarah Siska
Sarah Siska

August 11, 2016

My fave travel fit tip is to plan your workouts ahead of time and wake up early in the morning! I also love making my own snacks to bring like homemade energy bars!?

Marina an
Marina an

August 11, 2016

#livelifefit

Marina An
Marina An

August 11, 2016

do the cardio in the morning and evening, eat clean no matter where you go and when and don’t forget to workout!

Ruthy Shemanski
Ruthy Shemanski

August 10, 2016

I ALWAYS always bring water, a bag of baby carrots, apples, and bananas on any road trips we go on!!! @watchruthygetfit on IG ??I hope I win!!!!!

Rhonda Lovell
Rhonda Lovell

August 10, 2016

Traveling with children? Bring your inner kid along to #travelfit :) Even small towns or resorts have playgrounds or children’s areas. Don’t just watch the kids have all the fun. That jungle gym is fun family time and fitness rolled into one!

Deborah Farris
Deborah Farris

August 10, 2016

Travel with your fave healthy snacks in order to be able to stay away from the fatty snacks! #TravelFit (@deb2569)

Melanie
Melanie

August 10, 2016

Hey y’all! Everyone has had those moments where they are majorly hungry and stop at a food place to get some grub. Now, you might want to order the bacon burger, cheesy fries, the big fried chicken dinner or whatever greasy mess calls your attention. I’m here to say STOP and think of how that is going to make you feel. I know it’s hard but no matter how ravenous I am, I’d still rather opt for ordering whole foods (<—My #travelfit tip). Greek yogurt & fruit, sandwiches with no spread and salad/fruit instead of fries are a good choice, or dishes with minimal processing like pan seared fish with steamed vegetables. Your body will thank you for making smart choices when traveling so that you can continue to have the healthful energy to keep on going.

Keara
Keara

August 10, 2016

My best #livelifefit tip is to balance everything…self control and love everything you do, be realistic and do not starve yourself #travelfit

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