South by Southwest 2013

Hydration and Nutrition on the Go

In honor of SXSW 2013, we’re sharing our favorite beauty and wellness travel tips. Our last post emphasized the importance of basic skincare and using sunscreen when on vacation. Today, we’ll talk about the importance of ample hydration and good nutrition.

Most of us have a tough time drinking enough water while at home, much less when distracted on vacation. But hydration becomes even more important when traveling – air travel is very dehydrating, and an event like SXSW means lots of walking and time in the sun.

Think about packing an empty, reusable water bottle in your luggage. Once at your destination, you’ll be able to toss it in your purse or bag and fill up as needed throughout the day. You’re more likely to drink water if it’s convenient, and there’s nothing convenient about fumbling for change and then waiting in line to purchase water at a large event.


Next, nutrition. It’s so easy to get off track with eating habits when on the road, and the results can be bloating, constipation, and skin that tells all. That’s no fun when you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself!

Luckily, with a little forethought you can maintain a healthy diet on the road. First, start out your day with a breakfast routine that is similar to what you eat at home. Many hotels offer a complimentary breakfast. You can’t go wrong with healthy staples like yogurt, oatmeal, and fresh fruit, all of which are generally available at hotel buffets.

Next, do a little shopping before you leave home and stock up on healthy snacks – nuts, dried fruit, granola bars, and whole-grain crackers. These can often be found in single serving packages, ideal for travel purposes. It’s much easier to pull a handful of almonds out of your purse than avoid temptation at a chip-laden snack bar. With a bit of moderation and reasonable choices for lunch and dinner, you’ll be full of energy and ready to tackle each day.

With a little pre-vacation planning, you can stick to healthy habits on the road. To sum it up: Including a reusable water bottle and prepackaged healthy snacks in your luggage can go a long way in helping you look and feel your best when traveling.

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