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My husband and I love to travel. There are admittedly times that being away from our home turf makes it challenging to maintain optimum levels of health, fitness and peace. We’ve found a few must-have travel gadgets that keep us in peak condition even when we’re cutting loose on vacation. It is possible to maintain strict standards while traveling, but it requires a bit of discipline and commitment. My encouragement is to make good choices while traveling, but to give yourself permission to stray a bit from your daily norms. Most importantly, recognize that the purpose of a vacation is to have fun, Don’t let guilt become a part of your trip.
Following are my favorite must-have travel gadgets for health nuts. I’ve included links to each one and broken them into three primary categories. These are products I personally recommend. No one asked me to write this post, nor did I receive any of these products for free.
Of all the travel gadgets we’ve tried, water purifiers seem to be the most important. We use a Berkey filtration system at home, so achieving that level of purity in the water we drink on vacation can be a challenge. We’ve tried buying distilled water throughout our trip, but it’s sometimes nice to not have to lug so much weight around. We like the following water purification travel gadgets:
Berkey Travel Filter and Water Bottle: The Go Berkey Travel Kit is a great set for water purification during travel, camping or emergency needs. It’s a bit pricey at $150.o0, but the quality cannot be matched by any other portable purification systems. The kit comes with a small water filter which removes impurities and chemicals without removing healthy minerals, and a travel water bottle that also provides filtration and purifies water. Both can be used with potable or non-potable water (such as that found in lakes and streams), and both provide the highest level of purification I’ve found. If you just want the water bottle, you can find it here: Sport Berkey Portable Water Purifier.
SteriPen Water Purifier: The SteriPen is a must-have for anyone traveling internationally. It is a tiny device that uses UV light to sanitize water. They make a version that is powered by 4 AA batteries, but also make the SteriPen Freedom version that can be charged from any USB device. The unit is designed to easily fit into a water bottle. The company claims the unit can sterilize 16 ounces of water in 48 seconds. Not bad! As someone who has met Montezuma in person, I highly recommend purchasing this item if you are going to travel abroad. The company also sells a version, the SteriPen Travel, that contains a pre-filter that can be used to filter out any sediment in the water. The added filter makes the SteriPen ideal for emergency situations and primitive camping.
Travel Gadgets for Fitness
Devoted fitness nuts often wish they had better ways to workout when they travel. My encouragement is to recognize you’re probably walking and moving more than you do at home, so it’s ok to take a break and truly relax! For those who wish to sneak a workout into the vacation frenzy, I recommend the following:
Wicking Headband with Earphones: I confess I love this item. It combines a comfortable, wicking headband with a set of built-in speakers. Brilliant!
The headband is perfect for working out, but is also wonderful for listening to music or binaural recordings while you sleep. The speakers are wide enough to provide good sound, and are removable so the headband can be washed.
Cordless Jump Rope: Yes, you read that right. This is a digital set of jump rope handles with a weight at the end so you can jump rope without tripping over the cord. You could probably achieve the same results by standing in your hotel room and jumping up and down, but this travel gadget makes it much more official! An added benefit is that a digital display in one handle tracks calories burned (based on the user’s height and weight), number of jumps jumped and time spent exercising. The set is tiny enough you could carry it anywhere and start jumping anytime you have time to kill. If you prefer a more structured workout, the Jump Snap set provides a cordless jump rope, four DVD workouts and a set of hand weights.
Banglz Wrist Weights: These weights provide a simple way to “sneak” an arm workout in as you go about daily tasks. The low weight – a half pound – makes it possible to wear them all day without becoming overly fatigued. Why use these? The additional weight will gently build muscles and provide a simple workout without needing to change your schedule to fit in a workout. They are hidden in an attractive, washable cloth covering so they don’t look overly unusual.
Travel Gadgets for General Comfort
Water-Powered Alarm Clock: This travel gadget is not only practical, it’s fun! The alarm clock runs on water, so you never need to worry about
missing a flight due to a power outage. It is tiny enough to fit in any bag, and can quickly be set up once you arrive. Best of all, you never need to buy batteries! Note that the time it takes for the clock to begin working after being filled is dependent upon the mineral content of the water you fill it with. When filled with water with low levels of minerals, it may take up to three hours for the clock to start. Water with average mineral content will start the clock almost immediately. You can add a few drops of trace minerals to the water to speed the start time.
Herban Essentials Towelettes: These towelettes are pre-made with pure essential oils. They come in your choice of lemon, lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus. They provide an easy way to clean up and disinfect without having to make your own product or carry a large container. Perfect!
Acupressure Mat and Pillow: This product is wonderful for relaxing and easing aches and pains after a long day of travel or play. It is very soft to lie on, but has tiny “bumps” that stimulate acupressure points known to encourage the body to heal and relax. It’s tiny enough to easily fit into a suitcase or carry-on. For best results, put it under the covers and sleep on it!
What’s your favorite travel aid? Please share!