on the road
New impressions and encounters, different landscapes.
As soon as the wheels of the train, the plane or the car start rolling
begin to roll, we feel the additional adrenaline and the joyful
anticipation of what awaits us on this next journey.
But travelling also costs energy. Time change, a different rhythm, a different climate, waiting times, safety checks, etc. To ensure that travelling takes up as little energy as possible and that you stay fit on short and long journeys, here are the most important expert tips:
Always pack the day before. If you are going on a longer holiday trip, you should start packing two to three days before departure. If you are travelling on business, it makes sense to always have a pre-packed trolley ready with the most important things such as cosmetics, hairdryer brush, underwear, versatile shoes, stockings, medicines you take regularly, charging cables, etc. and then only add items of clothing.
Packing your suitcase while the taxi is already waiting outside is a very bad idea. Only James Bond has to travel to the other side of the world without warning in the next minute, but he is equipped for this by Q with appropriate aids and by the British government with a credit card without limit.
First lay out everything you want to take with you on a trip outside the suitcase in the way you plan to combine things. Then start editing. Often up to fifty percent can stay at home.
Almost all items of clothing, apart from an evening gown, should be combinable with each other. A black dress can be varied endlessly with accessories alone and almost every hotel has a dry cleaning service.
Don’t weigh yourself down with too much luggage. The trolley that seems light at the beginning of the trip suddenly feels infinitely heavy after a few hours, dragged from one meeting to another, and costs you far too much energy.
The first-aid kit always belongs in your hand luggage.
Don’t choose a handbag that you can’t carry over your shoulder. There will be many moments when you will be glad to have both hands free for a short time. And don’t choose a handbag that makes it too easy for pickpockets to reach in.
If you travel a lot on trains or planes, invest in a good pair of headphones that allow you to block out noise. The continuous high noise level when travelling is a stress factor when travelling that should not be underestimated.
Never forget a warm scarf or shawl. In winter, the use is obvious. In summer, a strong air conditioner on the plane is enough to give you a nasty cold.
Take music or reading with you on the journey that you have always wanted to listen to or read.
Don’t invest energy and anger in issues you can’t change. The plane is delayed. The train unexpectedly stops on a free track. This is exactly the moment to immerse yourself in reading or finally listen to your favourite music in peace.
Turn these forced pauses and the annoyance about them into free time to enjoy something that you don’t usually allow yourself in everyday life.
Even on packed days, schedule a break to exercise. Many hotels have a gym or cooperate with a nearby gym. There you will usually find yoga mats as well as equipment, so you only need to pack fitness clothes.
The first impulse is usually to neglect sports on a trip in order to make the most of the travel time with many appointments. During the trip, this is usually not noticeable because you rush through the day with extra adrenaline.
But, the lack of exercise takes its revenge when you return home at the latest. Your energy level will be low, even though you wanted to get started with many other things right now.
Have you forgotten your fitness clothes again? Then at least treat yourself to a very quick walk through a park or along a river. And use the early morning hour for meditation and/or stretching instead of frantically trying to answer all your emails.