5 Wellness Essentials to Pack in Your Travel Bag Every Time

As an avid traveller over the years, I’ve learned that it’s important to pack a few key essentials in order to improve the chances of maintaining my wellness practice while I’m away from home. With a little bit of preparation, it’s been possible for me to continue your routine (albeit with a bit more flexibility than usual) whenever I’ve felt like I needed a bit of grounding over the years. So what do I pack before any trip I go on? Today, I’ll detail five of the essentials that are must-haves every time I decide to hit the road.

1. A Travel Yoga or Exercise Mat

First up, you can’t go wrong with packing a travel yoga or exercise mat in your bag. This will not only serve as a reminder that you should carve out a bit of time for your wellness practice, but will make it easy to do a session no matter where you are. I have a smaller option that helps with travelling light, which is always a good way to go. Explore your options, keeping its weight in mind along with your other luggage in order to make sure you don’t have to pay for excess baggage on flight. You’ll be doing yoga in the bush/by the sea/in the mountains before you can say bon voyage!

2. Protein and Super Greens Powders

Protein powder never goes amiss in my home, and the same applies for when I’m travelling. Super greens powders are essential too, acting as a probiotic if you end up eating things that aren’t part of your usual routine (usually the case during an adventure abroad). Both of these allow you to get the nutrients you need, while also helping with preventing bloating. Stock up on both before you go, and carry them in well marked containers so you don’t get any raised eyebrows from customs officials or emigrations officers along the way.

3, A USB Travel Blender

A travel blender is perfect for throwing together a quick shake, and you won’t find me on holiday without a portable USB option. Compact and easy to use, these are electricity efficient and durable enough to be stored inside your luggage. A small book of quick smoothie recipes can be helpful too, in order to throw something together when you’re peckish with a couple of familiar ingredients found during the course of the day.

4. A Journal or Meditation App

Mindfulness remains one of the important aspects of being abroad, especially as travelling to a new destination requires quite a bit of patience. Having a small journal and pen on hand can be a great way to centre yourself on a chaotic day, or simply be a way to track some of your observations along your journey. A meditation app (ideally downloaded to be used without WiFi access) is a good idea too, in order for you to squeeze in a few guided meditations no matter where you happen to find yourself on any given day.

5. Good Walking Shoes

A final essential to pack before you go anywhere is a durable pair of walking shoes. Whether you’re visiting a city, small town, the bush or you’ll be hidden away in the mountains, well-fitting trainers can mean the difference between a night of tending to blisters or exploring comfortably on a walk or a hike. Don’t be afraid to pay a little more upfront for a pair of sneakers that will survive any conditions. You don’t want to be scrambling to pay for a new set during the trip, especially if you’re swiping your card in a foreign currency. Once you’re sorted with this and the other four essentials mentioned here today, you’re ready to get the most out of your next exploration into the unknown.