Apr 12, 2015

Healthy Hacks at the Airport

I love airports!

They're full of interesting people, going and coming to/from interesting places. They're among the absolute best for people-watching.

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It's terrible, but hilarious.
They're also among my favorite places because if you're in one, chances are that you're traveling. Yay!

But starting your trip on a healthy note is a good idea, so check out these hacks for being healthy at the airport.

Look for grab-and-go eateries vs. a traditional fast food or sit-down restaurant.

You're more likely to find whole fruit, salad bars, granola bars, organic foods, and even sometimes packaged vegan whole grain dumplings/macrobiotic sushi type things at these sorts of hodge-podge mini-markets.

They're a traveler's healthy haven and fun to peruse!

Make use of the water fountains.

One of the biggest problems people face when traveling is dehydration. With the dry air on planes and TSA regulations meaning you can't travel with your usual juice/water/beverage of choice, it's easy to be jarred out of your regular rhythm and not get in the 8+ glasses you need.

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I like to bring along an empty water bottle and fill it up as soon as I get past TSA. There are water fountains all over the place and it's free and easy! Laguardia in NYC, as well as some other major airports, even have cool new fountains with a special function for filling up water bottles, so you don't have to deal with half of the water sloshing back out of your angled water bottle at a traditional fountain.

It's eco-friendly and budget-friendly!

Go light on the carry-ons. 

Don't schlep half your apartment with you.

First of all, you are that person that the gate attendant and stewardesses loathe if you're doing that. If they keep pointedly looking at the carry-on size check basket, chances are that you're as guilty as Clinton.

Second of all, if you just carry a few things with you (and preferably just in one small rolling bag) you're more mobile. When you're facing a long flight, getting some movement in before the flight is a great idea! With your single light rolling bag in tow, you can window shop the gift shops like a champ!

Be nice.

This one may not be as blatantly health-oriented as the others, but it's overall better for your health (and the world) when you're happy. Being nicer will, in the long run, make you happier.

So don't be that grumpy traveler who's all bad attitude and entitlement.

Be nice to TSA, be nice to your stewardesses, be nice to your fellow passengers. Traveling should be a beautiful experience and misogyny is unwelcome.

Happy traveling!

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