[su_dropcap style=”simple” size=”5″]S[/su_dropcap]o I’m off on the road again today, as I am every other day of the week. In one airport, out of another, shuffling through security, into on cab and out of another. It’s a chore. And if you don’t do it often , it can be painful.
But, after nearly 20 years into and out of airports, there are ways for you to make travel a little less stressful, especially on your health and your digital life.
[su_spoiler title=”Rest Assured You Need Rest”]Resting before travel is like gold. Many people think, “Oh, I’ll sleep the plane.” I’m sorry to tell you this but the person sitting next to you has other thoughts. And they are not keeping it to themselves. Which is why counting on the two minute of fitful sleep you are likely to get is not going to be enough. This is why I try to get at least 7 hours of sleep before I have to travel. If it means going to be early for that 5:30 flight, then do it. Nothing will keep you awake and alert better than a good night of rest.[/su_spoiler]
[su_heading size=”18″ align=”left”]Health[/su_heading]
First of all, you need to get credit for all the escalator climbing, concourse running, cab hailing and sidewalk time you’re going to put in. And regardless of your phone preference, there is only one thing to use:
From the moment you wake up to the time you fall asleep and even in those semi-conscious hours looking through the tiny windows of that commuter flight, Fitbit is there summing up your day as well as you sum up a column on a spreadsheet. It’s also a good conversation starter at the water cooler (as it counts the steps it took to get there). Download the app and get moving.
[su_spoiler title=”Rest Assured You Need Rest”]Speaking of water. Travel makes you thirsty. For a number of reasons but first and foremost is the air on the plane. It’s dry. And while an hour of anything is tolerable, it’s best to drink plenty of water when you travel. That’s why I’m easy to find carrying a water bottle everywhere I go. With airports now outfitted with water dispensers (not water fountains, though they may be connected), it’s an easy way to stay hydrated. http://theflightattendantlife.com/waterandairtravel/[/su_spoiler]
Water is life. They find it all sorts of places. Even Mars. And from what the internet says, there is about as much moisture on a plane as there is on the less mysterious red planet. That being said, I being a camel with me to stay hydrated. There are other brands you could buy but consider the free replacement parts, insulated so there is no sweaty bottle messing up your papers and you’ve got a winner. Hook it on your bag and go, go go.
And last but not least is some quick nutrition on the go. I’m not a fan of fast foods. Don’t get me wrong, the smell of cinnamon buns and french fries are almost enough to stop me dead in my tracks. And sometimes, between flights, even fast foods aren’t quite fast enough. But a little Jay Robb in great, easy to use, easy to carry drink bottle and you’ve got a quick meal on the go. No compromises. In addition to the Camelbak, I carry a Blender Bottle with me to shake up a quick protein drink on the go. With the ProStack system built in, I can pre-measure everything the night before and off I go. Saves time, money, and my waistline.
In Part 2 of How I Travel, look forward to some tech gear to make you travel a little lighter and more enjoyable. A commuter bag to die for, tiny storage large in size and sweating the small stuff.
And as always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome.