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My Travel Essentials For A Healthy Trip

If you’ve been following my journey, you know that I’m completely dedicated with my vitamin and supplement regime. Being someone who is on a plant based diet, I’m very aware of the vitamins and nutrients my body needs to be healthy and happy. That’s why I partnered with Nature’s Way to bring you this post in celebration of their 50th birthday.

Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies in North America are huge. Many people aren’t getting the proper nutrients they need to feel the best, and take care of their bodies. People will go years without ever figuring out why they feel a certain way, and I try and be incredibly aware of what I’m putting into my body to ensure that if I’m lacking something I pinch the problem in the butt before I start feeling like shit.

Maria of FoodByMaria in kitchen with Nature's Way vitamins

The issue is with many people is that their regular routine goes out the window when they travel. It’s important to stick with consistency, even when you’re on a road trip or a beach far, far away. You won’t get anywhere with your health if you aren’t consistent. So when I leave my house, there are certain things that come along with me to help keep my body in check. These travel essentials by Nature’s Way are crucial for me being and feeling like my best self.

About Nature’s Way

Nature’s Way started in 1968 when the founder was seeking ways to improve his wife’s health. When he was fresh out of the conventional options, he turned to nature and found an herb that improved her health beyond measures. Thanks to this discovery, Tom, the founder, wanted to help others, and he started Nature’s Way and launched eight simple herbal products in 1969. Now Nature’s Way is a recognized leader in nutritional and dietary supplements around the globe. Plus, one of my go-to brands.

Maria of FoodByMaria holding out Nature's Way vitamins.

A fruit and vegetable picnic outdoors.

Nature's Way vitamins on the counter with a hand picking them up.

My travel essentials from Nature’s Way are:

  • B Vitamins: Getting the full range of B-Vitamins gives you daily metabolism support and helps convert food into energy.* They are also great for processing food, especially fat, carb and protein.
  • Vitamin D3
    We just don’t get enough sun here in Canada and in lots of places throughout the US. Vitamin D3 helps your body absorb calcium and helps your muscles, nerves and immune system work properly.* Take vitamin D with your fattiest meal of the day because it is fat soluble, aka it needs fat to be absorbed by the body.
  • Multivitamins
    Multivitamins help cover the other vitamins and nutrients that I may not be getting in other places. If you’re a vitamin newbie, this is a great place to start! Think of it as an insurance policy, unless you’re eating a fully nutrient dense diet, you’re likely going to need vitamins to supplement. My fav is the Premium Women’s Gummies. These bad boys are made with all the nutrients and vitamins you need a woman, plus, I find the gummies super easy when I travel because I can take them anywhere at any time without needing water! They also taste fantastic.
  • Ex-Stress
    Premium blend of Lemon Balm, Wood Betony, Black Cohosh, Hops, Valerian, and Cayenne Pepper, Ex-Stress is a calming herbal formula to help reduce stress.* This is perfect for sleep and overactive stimuli while traveling!
  • Magnesium
    Mediates proper muscle function including the heart and is essential for cellular production of protein and ATP.*
  • Probiotics
    Fortify Probiotics help balance the friendly bacteria in your gut and prevent occasional gas and constipation keeping your stomach happy.*
  • Melatonin
    A traveler’s best friend, melatonin can help you adjust to changing time zones while traveling. Great for long-haul flights and the best way to get over jet lag.

“TIP: The D3 chewable vitamins are great while traveling because you can take them on the fly and you don’t need water to swallow them!”

As we all know, whether you eat a plant based diet or not, nutrients and vitamins are important, especially when you’re on the road and traveling. When you are taking planes, staying in hotels, and outside of your normal routine, you can be more prone to catch something and your immune system is weaker. I always like to make sure I take good care of myself, especially when travelling, because who wants to ruin a trip?

Maria of FoodByMaria eating a picnic out of the back of her car.

Fruit set out on a picnic blanket.

You’re probably wondering if all I leave my house with when I travel is a bag of vitamins, but I also have a few other travel essentials that I make sure to always carry with me on a road trip or trip abroad, such as:

  • Water bottle and lots of water to stay hydrated
    Airports usually have water fountains you can fill up at past security.
  • Packed lunch and lots of snacks
    Here are some of my fav snack recipes you can prep before you go:
    Coconut Energy Balls
    Bagel Bites with Vegan Cream Cheese
    Israeli Fattoush Plant Based Salad
  • Blanket
    Why are planes so cold?
  • Hiking boots
    I know I’ll be doing lots of walking!
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Light jacket and rain coat
    Weather dependent
  • Hat
  • Headphones

Maria making a smoothie with Nature's Way powder.

Maria of FoodByMaria drinking coffee.

Nature's Way vitamins on a counter.

Hey girl, take a break

I think with travel, it’s so important to take care of your body, but it’s also important to just take that time and travel. You hear it all the time that sometimes you just need to slow down, and the same goes in your regular everyday life, and on a road trip or vacation. Make the most of your time away, but also, know when to take a break, and slowdown. Even just adding meditation in the mornings before you head out for a day of adventures, or making sure you have your Nature’s Way travel essentials packed in your bag to keep your body happy.

Self-care is so so so so important and I’ve learned a lot of hard lessons throughout my life of how and when to make it a priority. I can get lost in my work, and I forget to stop and smell the roses. I think for a long time I thought that working your ass off, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, was the only way to success. As I’ve gotten older, and grown, I’ve learned that in fact, that’s not a measure of success. Success is being able to do all that, and still be able to unplug at the end of the day, enjoy time with your significant other, take vacations and trips, meditate, exercise, and just take care of yourself.

The back of a vehicle with a picnic on a picnic blanket.

A Sandwich and salad picnic on a blanket.

One of my biggest pieces of advice when people ask me how I find time to take a step back when it seems that my to-do list just keeps growing, and that’s that you need to just listen to your body. If you’re tired, sleep. If you don’t feel like going to that event you RSVP’ed to, stay home. If you are craving alone time, or exercise, or fresh air, give it to yourself. Life is to damn short not to.

So the moral of the story is this, before you hit the road for your next big adventure, make sure you take a long with you all the things that help keep your body healthy and happy, and most importantly, make sure to take care of yourself. Self-care isn’t selfish, and don’t ever forget that.

If you’re looking for more tips for travel and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, check out some of these posts below:

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

A pinterest pin of girl in back of car with a picnic.

Such great suggestions for travel essentials! I always feel a bit sluggish when I travel and am eating different foods than I’m used to. Definitely going to try bringing these vitamins with me on my next trip!

Yes, exactly Jess! Combating sluggishness while traveling is essential. These vitamins really helped me x

Colleen

Congrats on your website. Look forward to reading more articles like this one.

thank you so much colleen! so glad you like it!

kai

This is oh so helpful! I am going to have to try out the women’s gummies, they’d be perfect since I’m constantly on the go! This is such an incredible blog post, and your photos are so gorgeous.

Hey Kai! Thank you so much for the love. Glad to hear you found this informative xxx and yes, try the gummies!!!

This is so amazing and informative. Absolutely loved it. Even I am promoting vegan food and lifestyle through my website and social media pages. Really happy to connect with like-minded people like you. By the way what amazing pictures you have got. Gonna apply these on my next travel.

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