Written by Genius Travel Expert, Debbi Kickham
6). Arnicare Gel. I don’t know about you, but when I travel, especially after being stuck in an uncomfortable seat on a plane, I’m achy and stiff and filled with muscle pain. Arnicare, made from the Latin daisy, is a safe, natural and reliable choice that is unscented and non-greasy, to relieve muscle pain and stiffness. (It’s also a “secret weapon” to minimize bruising and swelling after facial plastic surgery!) www.arnicare.com.
7). Superb lowfat snacks.I hate being hungry, and when I’m on the go, I always bring special snacks with me, so I never have to fall off the diet wagon. These include: Sunsweet cherry-essence dried prunes, which at 20 calories per plum, are filled with antioxidants and put a tiger in my tank – especially before I go to the gym and need some fuel. I also never leave on a trip without my breakfast of champions – puffed rice, raisins, and powdered milk. Just store it all into a Ziploc bag. Simply add water, in a bowl from room service, and you have breakfast or a great snack. A cup of puffed rice is 70 calories; one-third cup of raisins is 130 calories, and half a cup of skim milk is 40 calories. Voila! For 240 calories, you are a dieting dynamo. Blue Diamond smokehouse almonds – 14 nuts have just 85 calories and a paltry 8 grams of fat – are filled with protein, and you won’t need to pray anymore to St. Cellulita, the patron saint of thin thighs.
8). Emergen-C.These potent packets of Vitamin C pack a punch and are also loved by celebrities. For example, try a Super Energy Booster with 1,000 mg. of Vitamin C in an orange fizzy drink – it will come in handy after a flight when you feel depleted. Most packets have about 30 calories but there are also Lite versions that only have 5 calories per serving. www.alacercorp.com
9). Anything from Venus Fashions. I don’t know about you, but I always feel great when I wear something beautiful – or have something lovely to look forward to wearing. I recently discovered what I believe is fashion’s best-kept secret – Venus Fashions. Forget shopping sat T.J. Maxx, H&M or Zara; Venus makes make an incredible array of extremely affordable, made-in-America clothing that also offers the best customer service in the business. Women will find everything from beautiful dresses, to dressy short shorts – all the rage now – to fantastic resort and cruise wear and sexy swimsuits in every style, size and color under the sun. (Venus invented the mix-and-match bathing suit). Venus will make every woman feel like Aphrodite! www.venus.com.
10). Anything from 3floz.com.Let’s face it – TSA at the airport won’t let you board with any liquids or gels that are larger than 3 fluid ounces. The website www.3floz.com offers a wealth of wonderful cosmetics from prestige brands in small sizes, which you can take on board with you – such as toners to refresh your face, and moisturizers to counteract the dry stale air. With these in hand, you’ll breeze through TSA security at the airport.
Also, I find that frequently when people take a trip, their diet-and-exercise routine takes its own vacation. That said, you should always walk at the airport (instead of sitting, sitting, sitting waiting for your flight), promise yourself to always do 50 sit-ups per day without fail, and if you can’t get to the gym (or your hotel doesn’t have one), “jumprope” in your room – without the rope. Just go through the motions. Your thighs will thank you.
Last but not least, when all is said and done, here is just one more thing that you should always take with you in your travels, to absolutely make every trip memorable: A sense of humor. It doesn’t cost a thing, doesn’t weigh you down, and easily goes through customs!
Debbi K. Kickham is a professional travel journalist who is a veteran member of the Society of American Travel Writers, www.satw.org. She is also a marketing/communications expert who co-authored the bestselling business book Off The Wall Marketing Ideas: Jumpstart Your Sales Without Busting Your Budget, www.MarketingAuthor.com. She lives in Westwood, MA, and travels the world lecturing about her books.