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By Alyssa St-Jean (LowFatLowCarb.com)

It’s vacation season! Woohoo! Time to pack your bags and head down south to soak up the sun! Although this is a great time to relax and enjoy the heat, it’s important to stay healthy while traveling.

During vacation, your body actually needs more care, not less. It needs to rest and recharge. That being said, you shouldn’t be testing your limits by going all out at the all you can eat buffet or open bar. You’re on vacation to have a good time, yes, but you are also on vacation to give yourself a break. Wouldn’t you rather feel energized and rejuvenated than bloated, remorseful and sluggish?

Trust me, it is so much easier than you think to be “good” throughout your vacation. Ready to take the challenge? Follow these tips to ensure that your vacation becomes the best one yet!

Drink lots of water

Two liters per day will keep the fatigue and headaches away! Pack that gorgeous water bottle that you just bought and show it off. Wherever you go, it goes and that way, you won’t forget to drink what’s in it.

Pack some snacks

Keep a stash of energy boosting treats in your backpack to avoid a grumbling tummy while roaming around. Grab a banana or a protein bar instead of running to the nearest fast food joint.

Catch some sleep

Enjoy the extra sleep while you’re away. Kick back, relax and enjoy! And if that means catching up on some well-deserved sleep, then go for it.

Go for a stroll

Tanning on the beach is a great and napping in the pool is fantastic but don’t be too much of a “beach potato”. Strut your stuff now and then. Whether it is a walk along the beach, a stroll around town or even some local shopping, it all counts. Keep that booty moving!

Make good choices

Vacation does not mean that you can go all out and binge all day long on junk foods and alcohol. There are lots of restaurants to choose from and lots of different menu options in those restaurants. Take the time to pick one wisely so that you can fuel your body with proper nutrition. Keep an eye open for fresh and healthy meal options. It’s ok to indulge here and there but if you do so from 9am to 9pm, you may not feel so hot by then end of your trip.

These are all simply rules that you can apply to almost any vacation. They seem like silly things to remember but it’s easy to forget about the simple things while away from home and out of the ordinary.

Being mindful while on vacation has given me a whole new outlook on the way I travel. I no longer feel like I need a vacation from my vacations. I hope these tips can help you too!

What are your go to vacationing tips? Share them with us in the comments below!