Memorial Day weekend is finally here.  Whatever your travel plans may be I hope you have a safe and fun long weekend.  I leave today for Callaway Gardens to compete in the 57th Waterski Masters!  YEAH! I can not wait.  

People often ask, how do you ski straight off the plane?  Well, since most of my traveling is for business, skiing, I try to opt for healthy choices.  I have learned over the years what has worked and what hasn't.  So here are some travel tips that may help you with your travels.

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Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! I can not stress the importance of staying hydrated while flying.  I limit alcohol and caffeine intake the day I am traveling.  Don't get me wrong.  I love a glass or bottle of wine : ) but if you're looking to relax and unwind with an adult beverage it may not be your best option.   People often do not realize how drinking alcohol can dehydrate you.  Drinking before or during the flight lowers your resistance to cold and flu germs, putting you at a higher risk of catching someone's nasty cold.  Which I'm sure is not on your travel itinerary.

My advice is to pack an empty water bottle that you can refill after security and skip the bar.   Instead, choose a drink that will rehydrate you like Coconut Water or grab yourself a smoothie before you get on your flight.  I also keep antibacterial wipes in my purse to make sure the space around me is clean.

Let's be honest. Traveling can be stressful.  Canceled flights, missed connections, long security lines, extra baggage fees or the dreaded middle seat. We've all had those travel days where nothing seems to be going our way.  The more I travel, the more I have learned to go with the flow and whatever the day brings so be it!  I flew through San Fran a few weeks ago and was delighted to see they have a yoga room.  What an excellent idea.  I hope they start replacing those gross smoking rooms with a place where people can go stretch out, relax and find a little bit of quiet in such a busy place. 

My advice is to go with the flow.  Don't get stressed out with things that are out of your control.   Also, download the airline app for the airline you will be traveling with.  Delta keeps me up to date with gate changes, departure times,  and you can even see if your bag made the flight! 

Once you're on board, you can sit back and relax! ha right... those comfy airport seats are perfectly designed to jack your back up and misalign everything.  I am a very tall 5'3 and a half : )  Ok, so leg room is not an issue for me.  One of the perks of being short!  After a day of travel, yoga is definitely needed for my body and mind.  I try to take at least 30 mins to stretch and put my body through a full range of motion, so when I need to ski, I am ready. 

My advice is to keep moving on your flight and if you have a layover, go for a walk.  Try to keep your body moving when you can.  I prefer an aisle seat, so I can walk and stretch my legs on the flight.

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So, what is in my carry-on bag?  

No matter how long my flight is, you can be sure that I have these items with me at all times.  Eye mask, melatonin, Tylenol, Garden of life multivitamins, protein bar, water, ear plugs, music, antibacterial wipes, and my journal. 

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