10. Use apps to help you plan your trip. Travel apps may help you find better deals on hotels and flights than booking directly. Looking for the perfect place to eat? Check out Yelp or engage in social media to find reviews on your top picks.
9. Biodegradable, Reef Safe sunscreen is a must-have when heading to the beach, river or lake. Try eco-friendly Goddess Garden Organics sunscreen for skin and earth protection.
8. Pack a bar of soap. Bars of soap last longer and do not have to be added to that one baggie of liquids allowed on the plane.
7. Stretch. Whether driving, taking a bus, train or plane, we find ourselves tucked into a seated position for way too many hours. Stretching is important for circulation and helps to prevent tight muscles. If you are unable to do a full stretch, flex legs, feet, arms and hands in your seat every 1-2 hours.
6. Hand sanitizer is a must-have when traveling. Our pick is Cleanwell's 1 oz spray. It's travel friendly and doesn't dry out your skin out like many sanitizers.
5. Have fun with nail polish. Whether wearing flip flops, sandals or going barefoot, add a little color to your toes with all natural nail polish by Mineral Fusion.
4. Don't forget the snacks! Whether you're traveling solo or with children, packing healthy snacks can mean the difference between a happy or hangry crowd. Pack a mix of sweet and salty to cover everyone's palate. Plus, avoid creamy foods that contribute to the messy factor. Think granola bars, dried fruit, trail mix, crackers, and all natural chips and popcorn.
3. Call your bank! Most people use their credit card to pay for everything these days. Banks are often overly cautious when charges pop up from "new" locations. Contact your bank and give them a list of cities/states/countries you will be at, along with travel dates. Pre-plan so you don't wind up with an account on hold and no credit card to use.
2. Stay hydrated. Whether your destination is an hour drive or a nine hour plane ride away, proper hydration is essential for optimal health. Drink plenty of water and consider coconut water, known for containing a powerful punch of electrolytes.
1. Pack light. Many times we over pack for that "just in case" moment. You'd be amazed at how little you need when on vacation. Write a list of must-haves and a list of would-likes. Then, take a hard look at the list and decide what you can live without for a few days or weeks. Remember, the less you pack, the less you have to move in and out of the car or airport!