What’s In My Travel Bag
Last week I went on a little adventure in the South Island, exploring Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown before heading to a friend’s wedding in Martinborough. Being a nutritionist I’m always health conscious, so when I travel I take specific supplements and/or powders with me to ensure I keep my health in check.
I wanted to share with you a few staple items that I always take in my travel bag. I only went exploring around New Zealand for one week, so I wasn’t too worried about being perfect with my diet and lifestyle. However, I still like to carry a few items with me to keep my health in tip-top shape as much as I can. This helps to keep my energy levels high, makes me feel good and boosts my nutritional profile. It’s important for me to make sure I get in essential nutrients when traveling to support my body while I’m enjoying different meals which may not be the healthiest, or while I enjoy a few more glasses of wine than normal (it’s called balance and a holiday for a reason right!).
Green Powder – packed with nutrients for energy! I love Nuzest Good Green Stuff single serve sachets which contains over 75 ingredients. It’s a superfood in a pouch which delivers optimal health, energy, and vitality to every cell in the body. I just mix a packet in water for my daily dose of greens!
Shelf Stable Probiotic – gotta look after your gut! Healthy gut = happy mind! I used BioMedica Tri Flora which helps support the gut flora and gut lining. Also great to help with the travel bloat! This is a practitioner only product.
Protein – for easy meals and snacks. I choose a natural protein, Nuzest Clean Lean Protein which is easy to carry and comes in single serve sachets. No one likes a “hangry” person, so often if I don’t have anything healthy on hand, or if I’m going on a long car ride I’ll mix a packet of protein in either water or coconut water for an easy snack.
Dark Chocolate – Because who doesn’t love dark chocolate! I’m obsessed with Natava Tender Loving Cacao chocolates. They are the perfect sweet pick me up which is completely guilt free! Dark chocolate is a great source of iron, magnesium, antioxidants, copper, and manganese. So many health benefits with no guilt!
Herbal Teas – I’m also obsessed with herbal teas. I love Pukka single serve teas as they are easy to travel with. I took with me their matcha green tea which I enjoy as an energy boost (it’s also a great source of antioxidants and is great for the liver), as well as a few other varieties such as their night time, three mint and detox tea which is also great to support to the liver. Often the liver needs a bit of extra loving while being indulgent on holiday. These teas also contain de-bloating ingredients.
Chia Seeds – When I stayed in one place for a few days I sometimes like to make a chia pudding to enjoy for breakfast or as a snack. I simply add 4 tbsp of seeds into a glass with ½ cup rice/almond milk then I’ll top it with fresh fruit. Sometimes I add 1-2 tbsp of chia seeds to a water bottle to increase my fiber intake, helping to support elimination.
Essential Oils – This was the first time I’ve used it. I often get anxious when traveling (usually on long haul flights), but I thought I’d experiment with Absolute Essentials Travellwell (organic) to induce calmness while on the plane. I only used it a couple of times but I really liked it. It smells amazing too!
Water – Not featured in this photo but I always carry a water bottle with me. Water is key! Even if you’re on a short flight or driving in the car, staying hydrated is crucial so when you arrive at your destination you’re feeling awake, energized, and your digestive system is happy.
What’s your travel essentials? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Hi I’m Natalie, a Registered Clinical Nutritionist, health influencer, blog writer & recipe creator. My own health complications prompted me to make positive diet & lifestyle changes, revitalize my health leading to a career change from the corporate world to nutritional medicine. I believe in a wholefoods approach to good health, focusing on simple strategies for modern, busy people.