Five Items to Pack in Your Carry-On for Healthy Travel

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A lot of people just want to sit back and relax when they’re on vacation. But just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you need to forgo fitness. If you’re flying, here are five must-have items for your carry-on bag.

“Your carry on can actually be a mini gym,” said Shana Schneider, founder of FitStyle. The first item she recommends packing is a scarf.

“This is multi-purpose,” she explained. “It can be a little chilly in these places, you can put it around your shoulders.”

You can also ball it up and use it to work your thighs.

“Put it between your knees, you’re going to squeeze for a count of three, hold it and then release,” Schneider explained. “This is one of those exercises you can do without anybody knowing so you’re not going to get in anybody else’s space and you’re going to feel really productive too.”

Item number two is a reusable water bottle, which will not only keep you hydrated, but also serve as a hand weight.

“Once you fill it up with water, it’s going to be one, two, three pounds,” Schneider said. 

A few different exercises you can do are bicep curls, tricep pushes and standing lateral flies.

“So another thing to have in that carry-on and actually to put on before you get on a plane are compression socks,” Schneider said of item number three.

Compression socks improve blood flow from the feet to the heart, helping to combat the swelling people often experience while flying.

“An important thing to remember with compression socks is putting them on correctly, so you want to make sure wrinkles along the way, that they’re really smooth and pulled all the way up to your knee,” Schneider said.

She also recommends putting individually packed snacks in that carry-on.

“That way you can save a little money instead of having to buy them at the airport or train station and also it’s going to be something that you can choose that’s healthy,” Schneider explained. 

Lastly, pack some peppermint oil, which you can rub on your temples to soothe a tension headache. Or…

“Once you make it to your destination it’s a great way to wake up and revitalize yourself by kind of just breathing it in,” Schneider said.

Just make sure that bottle of oil is TSA approved. 

And one more note, when it comes to choosing the bag for your carry-on, opt for a backpack, which is better on your back, plus you can also use it to do bicep curls.

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