Ah, holidays! Finally! You're ready to go: clothes-check! suncream-check! swimsuit or hiking shoes depending on your destination-check! Holidays are the perfect time to relax and recharge before the beginning of the new school year. But have you ever found yourself in a non-optimal situation while on holiday? A few examples being ravenous because you're visiting a museum and hadn't realised it would take you so long; feeling super thirsty but not having anything to drink; or feeling tired during the day because of a bad night's sleep.
I'm saying this right of the bat: This blog post isn't about feeling guitly for indulging during your holidays, or for straying away from your healthy habits for a few days. It's more about providing you with useful strategies to make your holidays even more enjoyable. Here are a couple of things that might not be on your typical list of things to pack or do, but that could help you avoid situations such as the ones I described above.
1. Earplugs. I admit I use earplugs. every. single. day. (And no, my significant other doesn't snore but I'm a very light sleeper). They are even more handy when I am on holiday. You just never know what noises you might hear during the night even in the best of hotels. And let's face it: a good night's sleep can really make or break the following day.
2. Snacks. There's nothing worse than being stuck somewhere without anything to eat and no possibility to access food (or the only option being french fries, pizza, etc.). My favourite on-the-go snack is nuts. Any nuts really: almonds, brazil nuts, or seeds such as pumpikn seeds or sunflower seeds. They have fat and protein that will keep you full much longer than sweets or plain fruit.
3. A reusable water bottle. Again, mother nature is well done, because thirst is one of the most uncomfortable feelings there are. That's because water is important. In fact, if you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated. So take a reusable bottle with you (preferably not plastic!), make sure you don't leave your hotel without a full bottle and refill whenever possible.
4. Do some research on eating out options beforehand. Thanks to the internet, you can now get the address for a restaurant for that first night when you know you'll arrive late and will want dinner right away. It will avoid you having to settle for a restaurant you wouldn't normally go to because you're too tired to look around or because everything looks full.
Do you have any other strategies? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!