• Dr. Patty Hlava

Traveling Tips & Essentials, Part 2

Traveling can easily do away with the comfort of that predictability.

So what to do?

Bring elements of your daily routine with you!

  1. Drink room-temperature or warm water first thing when you wake up. This will not only help rehydrate your body after the fasting period of sleep, but will also help to counteract the additional dryness of air travel in the system. Sip on water throughout the day to keep the body nourished.

  2. Move your body in the morning. Ten to 20 minutes is good. Stretching, jumping jacks—get the heart rate up just a little bit to awaken your circulation and breath body, and loosen the joints. This helps counteract the extended sitting and contraction of air (or car, bus, or train) travel! A little movement goes a LONG way!

  3. Eat a lovely lunch, and limit snacking. Snacking while we’re still digesting our previous meal will lead to gas, bloating, and general digestive distress. Not a fun way to spend your travel experience!

  4. Take some time to really take in your experiences with your senses. Let your body digest it’s new environment: the sights, sounds, smells, sensations, and tastes are all new—give your body, and your mind, a chance to take it all in. Savor it!

Bonus tips:

In the past, when traveling I would find myself eating out a lot. Inevitably, I found myself eating more than I usually would at home, and much different (meaning more desserts and sweets) than I generally do. Over the years, as I’ve both gotten to know my body better AND learned the magic of Ayurveda, I do things a bit differently now—and I feel much better! No more energy and mood fluctuations, no more digestive upset! Just taking in all that I can of my new experiences.

Here are my personal travel “musts”:

  1. Water bottle that keeps water hot: I fill it at night with hot water either from a kettle (if there is one available), or from a coffee maker. I keep it full and carry it with me when I’m out and about. It saves on buying bottled water (and reduces single-use plastic consumption!), and keeps me hydrated!

  2. Yoga mat: In the morning, a few sun salutations wake up the spine, loosens my joints, and as an added bonus, it helps to keep my sinuses clear!

  3. Oracle cards and a journal: I find that taking just a few moments every morning when traveling to draw a card and reflect on its message is a great way to get grounded into a new day in a new environment. I set an intention for myself, using the card as a guide. Then, at the end of the day, a few moments of journal reflection on my experiences and any connections to the intention that arise. It’s a great way to help integrate and digest my experiences.

  4. Nasya oil: Oil for my nose. I won’t travel without it. It’s soothing, grounding, and amazing for sinus health.

  5. Jojoba oil: I like to travel with jojoba oil for a number of reasons. It’s fairly light and is absorbed quickly by the body. This makes it a great oil for self-massage when traveling. After showering—massage a bit into the body. It’s grounding, soothing the central nervous system, and lovely for the skin. The massage itself stimulates lymph flow, which helps support the body in detoxification. At night, I’ll massage a bit into my feet to thank them for carrying me about and to help support a deep and restful sleep.

Experiment and see what helps you stay grounded and in your body when traveling!

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