Growing up, I was the kid with good intentions, but sometimes a lack of follow-through... well, now that I'm reading this, this might still be me... OK, this is definitely still me.
But, what comes to mind are the countless soccer trips I'd go on, on which I would haul all of my textbooks with the naive (laughable) idea that I'd get allllll my reading done on the road. Really, they just turned into an extra-heavy set of dumbbells in my bag.
While packing daily workout clothes for bachelorette party weekends is still part of my good-intentioned, poor follow-through complex, one thing I've found I actually do better on the road at times is getting back on track with my skincare and supplement routine.
Here's the thing: for me, when I pack, I pack from an idealist standpoint. I think of all the work I'm going to get done on the plane, about how I'm going to wake up and go for runs before anyone else wakes up (even after a night of drinking) and about how I'm going to wash my face EVERY night and - ugh! I just wish I could bring my ACV with me, but it's not travel-sized! OK, I'm crazy.
But what's great - and what actually works - is that I also ration out my vitamins and supplements per the number of days of my trip and most (but not all) of my skincare products are travel-sized.
And I feel like sometimes this is the best way to get on track if you've been off the wagon for a bit. I know what you're thinking: who gets back on track while on vacation, but trust me - when everything you need is sitting in front of you - all measured out - it works!
When everything I own at this moment in time is either sitting in front of me in a small(ish), carry-on-sized suitcase (I've been getting really good at not needing to check a bag lately) or neatly arranged on the bathroom counter (vs. shoved in miscellaneous cabinets in my apartment), the process of "taking my vitamins" and washing my face suddenly becomes so much easier. Why would I choose not to take my supplements or wash my face when they're all rationed out and sitting in front of me? Also - hotel bathrooms are typically (a lot) nicer than my apartment bathroom, so I like to spend as much time in there as possible. Really piss everyone off, you know?
You might be asking: what exactly am I packing?
Vital Proteins. Preferably in stick packs form, but if I'm out of those, I'll measure a few scoops into a ziplock bag.
Hermona Box Spirulina Tablets
My skincare routine (minus the cleanser and toner - need to find travel-sized!)
My clarisonic - I go big with this, guys.
You might be asking: why the Vital Proteins? Is it really necessary to take collagen while on vacation for a few days?
Well, I'm glad you asked. Supplements are called supplements because they're an easy way to boost your current protein intake if you’re not eating enough protein in the first place. Protein supplements are perfect for:
Frequent travelers/busy bees who don't have time to eat a proper meal
Small eaters who have trouble stomaching a whole bunch of solid food
People looking for something that’s convenient and doesn’t spoil
So, in fact, it's likely you actually “need” protein powder MORE when you're traveling than when you're not.
I've been mixing the stick packs with my coffee, but you can mix them with water or milk when you're on-the-go.
Incase you need a reminder as to WHY we're adding collagen to everything:
Collagen Peptides blend into anything, hot or cold! And when they say unflavored, they mean it. No - the Marine Collagen peptides do not taste fishy. You can add a scoop to anything and won’t taste a difference!
It enhances hair, skin & nails: see here for proof
It improves digestion: naturally occurring amino acids in collagen peptides provide a strong line of defense for your gut.
It boosts joint health: face your first CorePower Yoga class like a champ!
PRO TIP: Pack protein powder when you travel! Add to water, coffee, almond milk, oatmeal, etc.
Forgot your Vital? No problem! Head to your local Whole Foods to grab some.
What do you pack when you travel? Do you take your supplements with you? Let us know!
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