This week, I am in Philly Monday through Friday for a conference. It’s my biggest event of the year workwise, and my first time being at the conference since starting my new job last June. I’m excited because it’s always fun to see something come together that you’ve worked on for most of a year, but I’m also nervous because this is about 4x as large as my biggest conference at my old job with over 5,000 attendees, and I don’t know exactly what to expect. So mostly I’m just excited to have this one under my belt.
Traveling for work is always a huge challenge for me because I’m not in control of my own schedule, and there are always so many temptations around that I don’t have in my normal environment. There are a few key things I bring with me every time I travel for work in hopes of staying on track as much as possible possible.
1.) A Refillable Water Bottle
This is a big one for me. I’m always moving a ton during the conference, and being in a convention center is often very dry, so staying hydrated is super important. I always make sure to bring a water bottle with me so that I can fill it and have it on hand at all times. Drinking plenty of water helps me feel more full too, so I’m less likely to give into the temptations that present themselves.
2.) Workout Clothes
Always. It’s really hard to find the time to work out, but I know for sure I won’t workout if I don’t have anything with me to do so. I always try to bring one more pair of clothes than I think I will use just in case, and I’ve never regretted making the space in my suitcase.
Every morning there will be pastries, bagels, and other carb-y items, and every afternoon there will be cookies and other treats. There’s also constant candy jars everywhere, especially since I run the exhibit hall and exhibitors are eager to get attendees to their booth and use candy for extra pull to get them there. Having some healthy snacks on hand helps me feel more in control, and in addition to those Clif ZBars above (3 PP each), I also have self-made 100 calorie packs of almonds. I’m planning to pick up some whole fruit once I get there, so if those things help me make a good decision one time when I would have given in otherwise, it’s worth it.
In addition to doing what I can to control your environment, I think it’s really important to be realistic with myself and the goals I have. I cannot be as good as I can when I’m home and making dinner most nights, and I can’t workout as much as I like to when I’m home either. That said, here are the goals I have for this week:
- Start each day with a healthy breakfast
- Try to workout 2 times, even if just for 20 – 30 minutes
- Limit drinking to 2 glasses of wine max
- Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night
- Focus on eating as many fruits and veggies as I can
I think if I do all of those things listed above, I won’t be too much worse for the wear upon my return Friday night. Five days in the scheme of things won’t break me, but I know I’ll feel a lot better if I come back doing the best I could have done while traveling.
What’s the #1 most important thing you bring with you to stay on track when traveling?