In a recent conversation on Sharecare Radio, Dr. Darria Long Gillespie asked frequent traveler and wellness expert, Dr. Drew Ramsey, about common mistakes people make when traveling. The two big things he’s noticed? Alcohol and carb-filled snacks. If that sounds familiar, read on to learn more about these problems and how you can curb them with healthier options. 

Alcohol

Dr. Drew says:

“Somehow during travel, there tends to be more drinking for some people. I think that can derail people’s energy and mood.”

What to do instead:

Always bring an empty water bottle with you to the airport. Once through the security line, you can fill up your bottle at one of the water fountains around the terminals. Now you can stay hydrated throughout your travel journey, and you won’t fell as inclined to indulge in an alcoholic beverage due to thirst.

Carb Snacks

Dr. Drew says:

“I’m as guilty as anyone for this, and it’s one of the reasons I pack my snacks. When you’re on the plane and they come by with the cookies and pretzels and peanuts, it’s hard to say no. If I have something already, it’s easier to say no.”

What to do instead:

The best way to fight these urges? It all comes down to packing the right snacks.  Bring a bag of nuts for sustenance to get you through any hunger pangs. Dr. Drew suggests snacks that have more fats and proteins and fewer simple carbohydrates. Vegetables and hummus are a good treat to snack on in-flight.

 

If you’re interested in hearing more from Dr. Drew Ramsey and Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, listen to the full discussion here.