I’m ready to goooooooo. I’m standing here outside your doooooooor. I hate to wake you up to say gooodbyeeeeeeeeee…
Oh wait, where was I? Oh right. PACKING! Yuck.
Even though I loathe packing, especially for eight days straight, I’m almost done!! I plan to get together the last few things I need first thing tomorrow but am about 90% done as of now.
I always make sure to make a list so I don’t forget the essentials…
Though despite the list, I always manage to forget something important. Luckily I’m going to Charlotte, and not somewhere remote where I can’t pick up essentials in case I do forget something!
Whenever I take a work trip, there’s always a few key things that I make sure to bring with me to keep as on track as possible.
First, a refillable water bottle.
Staying hydrated is SO, so important, especially when you’re on your feet all day and breathing in the dry hotel air. There are almost always water stations/pitchers of ice water everywhere during a conference, so I make sure to have my own bottle and drink 2-4 of those a day. If there’s one healthy thing I do have control of during a business trip, it’s making sure to drink enough water.
I hate to be somewhere without a snack on hand, especially since a lot of the meals aren’t very healthy at the conferences. It’s nice to have a back up or something to supplement a meal if the options are limited and I find myself hungry, rather than reaching for (ten) cookies. I’m also planning on seeking out a grocery store close to the hotel to stock up on some more non perishables once I’m there, but I always like to bring some backups just in case.
Third, reading materials!
I’m currently reading Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games series, and will move onto Carrots ‘N Cake as soon as I’m done, which I’m also super excited about! The publisher sent me a review copy, so I’ll be sure to do a full review once I’ve made it through (slash started) the book. Reading materials are more for mental health than anything, because I get a lot less frustrated with waiting while traveling when I have a good book to focus on rather than my lack of patience.
Fourth, workout clothes!!
Even with work trips when I know my workout time is extremely limited/possibly nonexistent, I always bring at least enough workout clothes for a few times at the gym. Even if I can just squeeze in a few quickie workouts or random moves in my hotel room with no one looking, it makes me feel better since a lot of times the eating isn’t the healthiest at these conferences. I always make sure to think it through and bring everything I need, so this included (in addition to capris, shirts, sports bras, socks, and sneakers), my Garmin, my Camelbak, and several Vanilla Bean GUs in anticipation of Saturday’s glorious 16 miler. No sarcasm here.
If you want some more ideas, check out my top tips for staying healthy during business trips – a post I often review while getting ready for one of these trips!
What’s the most essential thing you bring on business/pleasure trips with you to keep you on track?
PS: Awesome breakfast recipe coming tomorrow! Stay tuned. =)