Travel Tips // Winter Edition

HELLO 2018!! I hope everyone has had a fabulous start to the new year! Today, my family & I are headed off to Colorado for a winter ski trip to kick off 2018. I figured I would share some of my favorite essentials when it comes to winter traveling with y'all today. 

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I find it so cool to go to different places, see various settings, eat other foods, & observe other cultures & lifestyles. Of course, the time you spend in these different locations is what makes the trip so memorable, but the time you spend actually getting yourself there can be an event in itself. Throughout my traveling experiences, I have gathered a few different tips & tricks which I have broken down into 3 key categories: what to eat, what to wear, & what to do.

What to Eat

Protein Bars // I know the term "protein bar" can sound a bit unappetizing, however, my family & I have discovered a few different bars that not only taste really good but are also made with all natural, healthy ingredients. There have been multiple times when I have found myself on a plane, in need of breakfast but not necessarily wanting the high-sodium airplane food. Prior to heading off to the airport, I always make sure to throw a couple of bars in my carry on just in case I miss a meal or find myself in need of food. Honestly, there is nothing worse than being hangry on an airplane. Am I right? Some of my go-to's are ThinkThin Protein & Fiber Bars, Rxbars & Luna Bars.

Hot Tea on the Go // I am a true lover of tea. I'm not quite sure why, but I find something so soothing & calming about a hot cup of chamomile or peppermint. And sometimes, those travel days, full of bustling & constant moving, result in much-needed relaxation time & who says who can't do that during your plane ride? I bet you didn't realize this, but you can make your own tea on any airplane! Just make sure to pack a tea bag or two (or maybe the whole box depending on the length of your flight ;)) & when the flight attendants ask you for your drink preferences just ask for hot water. Pow! Mind. Blown. I know right. Crazy. 

Lots & Lots of H20 // It is so so so important to drink a whole lotta water before, during, & after your flight. Being at such high altitude can really suck all the moisture out of your body & leave you feeling dehydrated. Especially, if your destination happens to be a dry place such as the mountains. By drinking plenty of water & not a lot of caffeine, you can make sure to feel great upon arriving. Bonus tip: those water bottles in the airport can be a bit pricey, especially if you are buying a lot of them. To avoid this issue, bring your own empty reusable water bottle. Then, after going through security, you can refill it at a water fountain as many times as needed.

What to Wear

Chunky Scarf for the Win // When traveling during the winter, I make sure to throw on one of my chunky scarves. Not only are they great for keeping you nice & toasty, but they become your best friend on the plane. During the flight, I love to use mine as a blanket, shawl, or pillow. It is a minute detail, but trust me, it is so helpful.

Comfy // As I mentioned, travel days can be exhausting, so you at least want to make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes. However, I also believe the airport is not a place for pajamas, but believe it or not, there is a happy medium. Wearing leggings & a cute statement sweater is a simple combo that you can never go wrong with.

Layers // Airplanes can be the most so unpredictable. Some flights can be freezing while others it seems as though the AC is broken. This would be why I prefer traveling in layers. This way if you find yourself a little cooler you can shed some or add them back on if needed. Also, there have been a few winters where we leave Houston in 85* weather & arrive in Utah or Colorado in -10*. It's crazy but layers are the only solution.

What to Do

Favorite Jams // It truly amazes me how much time I can pass by just listening to music. Prior to your flight, make sure to put together an awesome playlist. I always like to make a playlist for my trip & then listen to it on the way there to get me excited about it. It may sound simple but it certainly is one of my favorites.

A Good Read // Honestly, I am not a huge reader. However, if I find a good book, I can be sucked in for a good while. Bringing a book is not only another form of entertainment, but it also doesn't use any of your phone's battery. Let's be real, preserving the battery of your phone is one of the biggest tasks on long flights.

Journal // Since I was little, I have forever tried to get into the habit of journaling, but I have found it just takes up too much time. However, the few times I have written in my journal, I am often on a plane trying to kill time. It may sound silly, but it can be really relaxing to just write about the current events in your life or maybe your current thoughts. And if you get bored of that, start doodling. A pen & a couple pieces of paper can keep you occupied for a majority of your flight. 

Sleep, Duh. // It may seem like a given, but sleeping is an awesome in-flight activity. And if you manage to get a good nap in, you will be much better rested upon arriving at your destination which is always good. 

Homework/Work // I know. I know. Work? Homework? Gross. But say perhaps you do have a little business to take care of. You can get so much of it done & out of the way during your few hours in the air. Plus, if you get it done during your flight, you don't have to even worry about it while trying to enjoy your vacay!

Netflix & ... // Watching movies or TV on a flight is amazing. Say you have a three-hour flight. That's 9 episodes of FRIENDS, 4 1/2 episodes of Grey's Anatomy or Gossip Girl, & only 3 episodes of the Crown. Your welcome. Just make sure you get those shows download before getting on the plane otherwise, you are out of luck.