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Mindful Travel: Mentally Preparing Yourself Travel

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As the season opens us up to opportunities to travel, it also brings about the opportunity to stress over every detail. The road to vacation can often take the zen out of you before getting to your destination. Whether you're embarking on a weekend trip or a longer adventure, preparing yourself mentally is key to ensuring an overall enjoyable experience. From packing efficiently to navigating airports with ease, here are some mindful travel tips to help you prepare for your next journey.

Packing Mindfully

Consider the concept of minimalism when packing. Stick to versatile clothing items that can be used in multiple looks. And don't be afraid to play the game of elimination. A good trick is laying everything out when planning what to pack and then HONESTLY asking yourself if each item you're packing serves a purpose on this trip before packing it into a suitcase. This approach to packing can help declutter your mind and simplify your travel experience.

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Navigating the Airport

The obvious advice is to give yourself plenty of time to navigate through the airport without feeling rushed, but you'd be surprised by how many people are comfortable arriving only 30 minutes before departure. Arriving early reduces stress and anxiety.

Airports can be overwhelming, and the last place you would think to practice your breathing, but you can do so there and it works just as well. TSA may be a stressful environment, but nothing is stopping you from practicing deep breathing exercises to calm your mind and center yourself amidst the chaos. Just don't zone out and hold up the line.

Keeping Routine While Traveling

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Travel often disrupts our daily routines, so it's important to maintain some semblance of normalcy. Stick to your regular sleep schedule as much as possible and incorporate familiar activities into your daily routine, such as exercise or meditation.

Airport/Train station snacks can sound so convenient once getting past security, but packing your usual healthy snacks in your personal bag can help you maintain your regular routine of nourishing yourself.

Prioritizing Immunity and Health

Prioritize your health by boosting your immune system before and during your travels. Continue to eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, and consider taking immune-boosting supplements like vitamin C or zinc. Researching the meals and foods local to your destination ahead of time can help you prepare yourself for ways to maintain your normal eating habits.

Protect yourself from germs and illness by keeping good hygiene habits. Wash your hands frequently, especially before eating or touching your face, and carry hand sanitizer and wipes to clean unfamiliar surfaces. This way, you can assure you aren't getting sick during or after your trip.

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Travel is not just a physical journey but a mental and emotional one as well. By incorporating these mindful practices into your travel preparations, you can create a sense of calm and readiness for the adventures. Remember to embrace the stressful events of your journey with an open mind and a grateful heart. Keep in mind the end goal... your destination! Allow yourself to fully immerse in the experience, make things easier on yourself where you can, and don't sweat the small stuff. Safe travels!



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