Your Summer Vacation Packing List
If you’re going on a trip this summer, you may have spent months planning for it, getting excited, and…getting nervous. Why nervous? Could be that you’re worried about sticking to your diet while on the road.
If you’re a weight loss surgery patient or you’re serious about losing weight or keeping it off, protein is especially important. When travelling, you don’t always know where you’ll find yourself at meals and snack times, and that can make it tricky to find the lean protein you want. Don’t leave it up to chance! These are some items you can pack to make sure you’re able to get in the protein you need, anytime, wherever your travels take you.
Unflavored Protein Powder
Unflavored protein powder goes with anything, so it’s a lifesaver when you just need a little protein. Add them to whatever is available at restaurants, whether it is oatmeal, broth-based soups like chicken or minestrone, or any beverage. These convenient single serving packs have 27 grams of protein each. They also have 50 percent or more of the daily value for over 15 vitamins and minerals, so you can feel good knowing you’re getting in your nutrients no matter what you’re served.
Protein Bars for Breakfast and Snacks
A lot of travelers start their day with the hotel breakfast, and that spells disaster if your only options are doughnuts, sugar cereals, and doughy bagels. Combat the carbs by BYOB - bringing your own breakfast. If you want to make everyone else jealous, take a cinnamon roll bar, a yogurt coated oatmeal cinnamon raisin bar, or an oatmeal raisin protein cookie.
Bars can save the day when it comes to snacks, too. Instead of listening to your stomach growl or giving into your hunger with whatever junk food is on hand at the local snack shop, reach into your purse or pocket for a low-carb protein bar. You’ll feel even more like you’re on vacation with great-tasting flavors including chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, lemon, and strawberry cheesecake.
A Protein Shaker Bottle
You probably already make sure to carry around a bottle of water to stay hydrated, energized, and full – but what about your protein bottle? Why do you need that, you ask? Well, how else are you going to stay full and support your muscles while travelling?
A BlenderBottle can make getting in your protein just as easy as getting your fluids. Just add your protein powder and some water, milk, or juice, close the bottle, and shake! The wire whisk gives you a smooth protein drink, while the leak-proof technology prevents messy spills. It’s easy to carry single-serve protein packets in tempting flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and mocha cream.
You’ve worked hard to get where you are, so don’t let your vacation put a damper on your efforts. With a little bit of planning and by taking a few light items, you can enjoy your vacation, confident that you’ve earned it and that you’ll look as good after it as before it.
- Alex Brecher