In less that 3 days we will be off to explore Italy! We are heading out on a 14 day trip that goes all over the country. We’ll be drinking wine in Tuscany, cruising to Capri, enjoying gelato in Rome, and so much more… I can hardly wait!
Since we are going to be going away for so long… We have a lot to pack! I’ve never traveled out of the country, and certainly never vacationed for more than a week. I’ve been a little nervous about how I’m going to stay healthy and enjoy my trip, but over the past few weeks I’ve put together a travel essentials bag that I think is going to help keep me healthy when I’m away from home . Check out what healthy (and just fun) travel essentials I’m taking with me.
To start.. you can’t travel anywhere without a good bag! I found the perfect Tommy Hilfiger tote bag to take with us last week at the store. I can’t find a link to the bag online, but it was only $30 at TJ Maxx! I needed a bag for Italy that zips all the way closed so that I can make sure all my belongings are safe. It kind of looks like a longchamp bag.. but it was about a 1/10 of the price!
Now what’s going in the bag?
I finally bought a Canon Rebel T5 after about a year of putting it off. I’ve only had it for a couple of weeks, but I knew I wanted it to be able to take great pictures on this trip 🙂 (and for blog photos too, of course!) I’ll obviously have some drool worthy Italian food photos to share when I get back, because you know we will be eating ALL the pasta and pizza that we possibly can
I also bought us each these portable phone chargers.. I don’t plan on being on my phone too much, but these are good to have in case of an emergency. I tested them out last week when we went to the Yankee game and one charger was able to charge both of our phone to 100% from being dead.. pretty awesome!
I can’t go anywhere without snacks. Although I know there will be no shortage of food in Italy- I’m going to bring some of my own snacks. We have some really jam packed days, filled with tours and long bus rides, so I’m coming prepared.. I’ve got Pumpkin Spice RxBars, Simple Squares, and Enlightened Crisps ready to go. I also am going to bring some AboutTime Protein with me. I bought a few of the Vegan & Whey Trial Packets, which are perfect for traveling! It comes out to about $2.25 per packet when you use our coupon code ‘CLEANEATING’ for 25% off. These are great to have for when you’re suck in an airport… way better than any other type of snack you’ll find.
One of the most important thing I’m definitely bringing is a bottle of Vitamin C.. we will be spending a lot of time on buses/airplanes, and in group tours.. I am NOT getting sick. I plan on taking Vitamin C a few days before we travel, and then boosting it while we’re away.. better safe then sorry!
As I mentioned before.. Germs are everywhere.. especially in airports and tourist attractions. I threw a few of these Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizers in my carry on. They’re small enough to meet TSA requirements which is great. I keep these everywhere.. in my purse, desk, car, gym bag.. They’re really great to have.
I’m also bringing my resistance band set with me.. but I’m not going to go crazy with working out. I’m hoping to workout 7 out of the 14 days that we will be traveling – doing some of these Vacation Workouts that I posted about a few weeks ago. If it happens.. it happens.. if not.. oh well. I’m planning on eating what I want, relaxing, and not worrying about everything I eat. “Gee.. I sure wish I passed up that dish of pasta and gelato in Rome to get in a full body resistance band circuit”- said no one ever. #BringOnTheFood
I’m also going to drink a TON of water and walk as much as I can. Flying makes me a little bit anxious, so before I hop on the plane I try to walk a couple miles in the airport… I just make laps around the different areas.. It tires me out, and gets my blood flowing.. which is a win-win 🙂
What are your travel essentials? Am I missing something? Let me know in the comments.. I still have time to pack! 🙂
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