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MCLV Travel Diary | How to Beat Jetlag

I still remember my first terrible jetlag experience. I flew to Tokyo for work and didn’t get on local time for the entire trip. It was awful. Though getting back on San Francisco time was a breeze…

Luckily I’ve done a lot of traveling since then and I’ve picked up some great tricks and tips to help beat jetlag.

Today’s essentials.

Flights:

For international travel I highly recommend an overnight flight. Arriving at your destination in the morning is a great way to give yourself a fighting chance to get on the local time. If that’s not an option, try to schedule a flight that arrives during the day. Which leads to my next tip…

Light:

When you land in your destination – Go outside! The most basic way that your body knows what time it is, is light. Your body is used to being awake when it’s light out, and asleep when it’s dark. So head outside for a walk, sightseeing, or laying on the beach/pool deck. Let your body know what time it is after all those hours in the clouds.

Exercise:

Getting in a sweat session once you land in your destination is a must. You’ve been seated forever for a while so the movement will help get your blood moving and loosen your muscles. Walk, run, swim, gym session – Whatever you have the time and energy for! Even 10 minutes of stretching can be super beneficial. I love to travel with booty bands since you can do so much with them and they take up zero space.

Hydrate:

It’s so tempted to start the flight with champagne or start drinking coffee the moment you wake up. Fight the urge and order water. Staying hydrated will help you in so many ways – Keeping your muscles from cramping, helping you fight off what the guy coughing next to you has, hydrating your skin… It works wonders. I like to pack a water bottle on my travels and refill it throughout the day so I’m not relying on single use plastic.

Stay Awake:

Naps are SUPER tempting when you’re in a new time zone, but don’t give into the urge. In fact, try not to sit down! If you sit on a comfy hotel bed you’re toast. Try as hard as you can to stay up until a reasonable “bedtime” in the local time zone. I always have a plan for after I land to help me stay moving. On our recent trip to Australia we had a field trip planned for as soon as we unpacked our suitcases!

Magnesium:

You’ve gotten light, you’ve worked out, you’ve stayed awake – Now what? Now you have to try to sleep through the night! Melatonin or magnesium can help you stay asleep once you’re down. Working out will also help wear you out!

What’s YOUR go-to jetlag tip?

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MCLV Travel Diary | Healthy Preparation Hacks

While it may be a little TMI, we all know how quickly an upset stomach or digestive issues can ruin a trip.

Real quick.

And since I have a finicky system to begin with, I take a lot of care when I’m traveling. I also have a few tried and true healthy hacks that I start before I leave for a trip, that I thought I’d share. Any and all of these tips can be started a few days before a trip and continued through the trip if you’d like.

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Water:

Drink ALL the water. Travel is dehydrating. Flying is dehydrating. Hot locations are dehydrating. It will help your skin, your digestion, and your jetlag. So drink up. And sadly, that doesn’t mean coffee or champagne. Water is where it’s at. Can’t make yourself drink water? Try adding fruit for a spa water treat or a sugar-free electrolyte mix.

Liquids:

Another way to get and stay hydrated is enjoying smoothies and/or low-sugar juices. I tend to favor smoothies since you’ll get all the great fiber from the fruits & veggies, but to each their own!

Probiotics:

I always start taking a daily probiotic a week or so before a trip. A non-refrigerated variety is great since you can bring it along on your trip.

Ginger & Lemon Tea:

Nothing soothes an unhappy tummy quite like ginger tea – And bonus points for a lemon ginger mix. I frequently have a tea at night so before I trip I just swap whichever herbal tea is on rotation for lemon ginger.

Magnesium:

I’m a huge Natural Calm fan and it’s especially helpful for travel. Magnesium is calming and helps your body prepare for bed, which is extra helpful if you get thrown into a new time zone. I take it every night and bring packets with me when I travel and even on the plane. You can also try magnesium-rich foods in the evenings – Nuts, dark chocolate, spinach, tofu, avocados, and legumes are good sources.

You can see more about how I stay healthy while I travel here:

Do YOU have any travel tips?

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MCLV Travel Diary | What’s in my Carry On

Packing my suitcase may be an adventure for each trip, but my carry on bag is a breeze to pack, because it’s always the same.

What can I say? I’m a creature of habit.

So, without further ado, here’s what’s in my carry on:

I always take my large Givenchy Antigona – It’s the perfect size to fit my computer and all the essentials, and it has a zippered top which I need when I’m traveling. I also like to keep everything in pouches and bags to avoid spillage and to ensure that nothing gets lost or smooshed at the bottom.

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Makeup Bag – All the goodies that I shared in the My Daily Makeup Routine blog post will come along for the ride.

Beauty Bag – As I’ve gotten more interested in skin care, my in flight beauty routine has evolved. For long flights I’ll fly sans makeup and add moisturizers, maybe a clear mask, and try to keep my skin hydrated in flight.

Wallet – I still haven’t gotten round to getting a new wallet and have been using this cute little monogrammed GiGi New York pouch for over a year now.

Snack Bag – Nuts, bars, and supplements are on me at all times. Check out my Travel + Macros post for more on how I stay healthy while I travel.

Miscellaneous Bag – This bag actually lives in my purse regardless of the destination. It has everything I could need throughout the day from feminine hygiene products, Motrin, and nail files to a mini flashlight, ear plugs, and pasties. Like I said. Miscellaneous.

Cord Bag – I put my laptop cord, charges, my external hard drive, and other phone, pad, or laptop paraphernalia in this bag.

Laptop & Tablet – Entertainment on the go.

Last item in my bag? I always grab the biggest water bottle that I can find while I’m at the airport and shove it into the bag. I hate buying plastic bottles, but I do this when I fly so I can use the bottle for the rest of the trip without worrying about losing one of my favorites.

What’s in YOUR bag?

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Spring Break: Packing

Here’s the third, and final, installation in my Spring Break series. If you missed out on the first two you can find them here: Spring Break: Preparation & Spring Break: Shopping.

One of the questions I get asked the most is how I pack. Why do I get this question so often? Because I don’t check bags and always manage to get everything into a single carry-on that I can, actually, carry.

So today I’ll be breaking down some of my top tricks for minimizing and getting everything that you need into one bag.

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[1.] Choose Versatile Pieces

Nothing in your bag should have a single purpose. For a Spring Break-type of trip think – A simple black maxi dress that can be thrown over a bathing suit around the pool or worn with a cropped jacket & wedges for dinner.

I usually focus on solid colors that can be mixed and matched with ease so for this trip, in addition to workout/hiking gear, I’ll be packing cropped pants, tunics, soft t-shirts, a skater skirt and a simple maxi & skater dress.

[2.] Minimize Footwear

Whether you’re planning a warm weather vacation or a work trip, choose shoes that can go with various pieces in your bag and don’t double up on types – i.e. You don’t need three different pairs of heels for a weekend away. I promise!

For my upcoming 10 day trip I’ll be bringing a pair of Brooks running shoes, Loeffler Randall ballet flats, and these cute, go-with-everything nude Aldo sandals.

[3.] Learn To Accessorize

The quickest & easiest way to spice up a look is with accessories. Belts, jewelry, hats, sunglasses, and scarves can change your outfit so completely that it looks like different pieces!

This chic little blue Asos dress can go from barefoot on the beach over a retro one-piece swimsuit with my favorite striped Kate Spade tote to dinner out on the town with a cropped jacket, ballet flats & an envelope clutch.

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[4.] Plan Ahead

If you plan looks in advance you can pack the absolute minimum. When you start blindly throwing things into you bag, you lose track of what you’re packing and end up with a suitcase filled with things you don’t need. I’m not saying you need to plan out each day, but have an idea of what’ you’re preparing for.

For this upcoming trip – Heavy on exploring and staying active – My styles will be broken down into three categories:

  1. Sightseeing/Wandering
  2. Hiking/Active time
  3. Water Activities

[5.] Stay Organized

Ziploc bags and zippered pouches are a traveler’s best friend so stock up. Not only should you separate liquids to avoid spills, but you can bag your shoes and dirty clothes to keep the rest of your luggage clean, and even keep jewelry from getting tangled.

I always keep an eye out for cute little pouches and pull them all out when I start packing.

Need more packing help? Check out – Carry On Packing & Vacation Planning: Packing.  

What’s YOUR top packing tip?

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Spring Break: Shopping

Welcome to the second installation of my Spring Break series. In preparation for my upcoming trip to Greece I’m sharing some of my tips and recommendations for getting ready for your next trip.

{If you missed the first post you can check it out here – Spring Break: Preparation.}

Today I’ll be sharing some of the shopping I’ve done to get myself ready for this island-hoping adventure.

Fashion:

I had most of the basics that I wanted to take with me for this trip but I picked up a few fun new pieces and accessories to help me put together some EASY looks while I’m overseas.

This Les Mechantes caftan was the first thing to get swooped up during my shopping weekend – Perfect for dinner out, throwing over a bikini, or sightseeing.

I also swooped up a new pair of cropped white jeans from Paige Denim {On sale – Bonus!} and cozy t-shirts and tunics from Splendid for layering.

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Beauty:

The very first thing that went into my suitcase was sunscreen. Of course. It doesn’t matter whether you’re as pale as me or perfectly tanned, you need to protect your skin when you’re going to be increasing your sun exposure. Especially if you’ll be at a different part of the equator than your skin is used to.

My top picks for this trip – i.e. sun, sand, and lots of travel time – Are the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47, the utterly divine Eve Lom Rescue Mask {I actually put this baby on while I’m on the plane and by the time you land your skin looks amazing}, and Algenist Firming & Lifting Eye Gel. I just discovered this anti-aging San Francisco-based company and I’m completely obsessed!

Food:

If you’re anything like me, you plan ahead when you’re traveling. Not only am I staying in houses rather than hotels so that I’ll have access to a kitchen, I’m also going to take some Must Haves with me to ensure I stay well fed during my trip.

Some of my go-to travel snacks are:

Need more travel preparation tips? Check out my posts on Carry On Packing and Weekends Away: Styling, Deciding & Packing.

And don’t head out for your next trip until you take a peek at this Must Read – Travel Etiquette!

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