This fall has been just crazy. I feel like I have spent more time in other beds the past two months than I have in my own. I had some amazing trips got to see family, friends, run a marathon, go to a wedding, attend a work retreat, and house sit for a beautiful home outside the city, but I’ve realized that the living-out-of-a-suitcase-life is not for me. I would literally come home after a weekend away, barely unpack my suitcase before I had to re-pack for my next trip. For me it was totally exhausting and I am quite honestly so surprised I didn’t ever get sick.

With all this travel and packing experience, I’d say I’ve gotten pretty good at packing and I thought I would share a few tips of things to pack to make life easier and to make working out while on the road easier!

  1. First of all, I may be super late to the game on this, but if you don’t already have one, do yourself a favor and get one of those 4-wheels rolling suit cases! GAME CHANGER. I can’t believe I went so long with the two-wheel type! Seriously though! They come in all prices, but you can find awesome deals at places like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, or Saks Off Fifth. I personally got mine for under $100 at Nordstrom Rack and absolutely love it.
  2. I’ve always had a problem packing shoes, first of all, I ALWAYS pack too many, but I also always hated when the bottoms of my shoes touched my clothes because they could get them dirty, not to mention how gross the bottom of shoes are!! I found these shoe bags on amazon that make it so easy to pack your shoes next to your clothes without getting your clothes dirty or full of germs your shoes pick up off the sidewalk. They are soft so they don’t take up any extra room and I can fit two pairs of sneakers or heels or multiple flats or sandals in one. I use them all the time when packing and even packing my gym bag or bringing extra shoes to work for events or if it’s raining.
  3. Fitness on the road is always important to me, but while I always bring my sneakers and a couple outfits for working out, sometimes going for a run is out of the question. Given that hotel gyms are hit or miss I always bring a few things that I can easily use for a workout in a small hotel room. These resistance bands are KEY! You can find dozens of exercises on YouTube to do with them and though they are little, you’ll quickly feel the burn.
    If I do decide to go for a run, I always try to map a route before I arrive. Also, I make sure to ask the front desk if the area is safe to run alone or ask them for recommendations.
  4. Emergen-C! Or whatever your vitamins of choice are. I usually take one a day a few days before traveling and during my trip. Extra vitamin C never hurts (just make sure to say hydrated! As a rule in general, but especially when upping your vitamin C intake)

I am looking forward to a mostly quite holiday season and having my parents in town for Christmas, but as for now I don’t have any major travel scheduled until 2018 and I am totally okay with that.

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