On the Road Again: Routine vs. Road
I am on the road a lot. If you follow me on Instagram (click here to make that happen), you know I am fond of chronicling my comings and goings over the Whitestone Bridge on my way to and from JFK and LaGuardia airports. I do that a whole bunch and get asked constantly how I get it all done.
The road was fun for me the first few years and I would take time, if I could, to stay in cities, explore, and eat out. As I’ve gotten older, my family is a big consideration and although I still try to cram some time in to see various places (and eat!), I have significantly shortened the duration of my stays. The road can swallow you whole, throw you off your game and really ‘F’ with your schedule.
It is really important to have a plan.
FOOD: After many years of just letting the wind take me wherever it was going to go, I now have very specific things I do on the road to keep myself on track. The first is food. One of the first things I do when my plane touches down in any city is to get on Yelp and find the healthy spots. I’m always on the hunt for a smoothie bar, a vegan lunch spot and some buzzed-about place for dinner. I book them if need be and voila, food is taken care of. Sometimes I’m in cities where I have high concentrations of friends and contacts and I occasionally rope them into one of those meals with me. Then I kind of kill two birds with one stone- I get to eat great food and see people I haven’t seen in a while and have some human interaction in a place that can be rather lonely (the road).
ACTIVITY: The next thing I do is figure out if I’m able to do a walk in the mornings or if I need to find a yoga class nearby. I love taking early morning walks in cities- we just did this in Toronto while visiting our designer and one of our manufacturers for paper greats. It was beautiful and got us moving before being in transit all day long. Otherwise, I also love getting into a random yoga studio and seeing what another city has to offer my practice. Whatever it is that you do at home, find it in another city or just find something. It keeps you in shape so when you return home you don’t feel like you are going to die in class or after getting back on the treadmill.
WATER: Yes, water. Drink a lot when you are traveling. Whether I am on the road for work or play, I have a reusable water bottle with me at all times. My husband kind of laughed at me for this a few years ago, but now that airports and many public places have those fun water refill stations that filter the water for you, he has stopped. It’s a lot cheaper to carry a bottle and refill it and it keeps you hydrated and ready to go. I’ve sold everything from chocolate to skin care and when you walk into a meeting representing your product, you want to look your best, because you are an extension of that product.
SLEEP: Yup. Get some. I know- thanks, mom. Seriously though, be prepared. Hotels can really suck sometimes. They can be loud and the alarm clock light can be super bright. I always keep an eye mask and earplugs in my suitcase. My business partner Selina keeps a white noise app on her phone that has saved us more than once. I like to relax a little before sleep so I always pack a hydrating sheet mask for my face and these eye de-puffers for my under eyes from Grace and Stella. They are an eye saver.
ON THE PLANE: I’ve already talked about the water. Your water bottle can save you some hassle, especially if you are traveling in coach and can’t get them to give you more than half a cup every time it’s offered. My business travel backpack is awesome. I researched for this backpack for a long time and had started to see it pop up on fellow business travelers backs all over the place so I went for it. You can find it at ebags. This pack keeps my laptop, wallet, personal effect, water bottle, charger, snacks, etc. It’s awesome. Other things I love on a plane are, obviously, NibMor Chocolate bars (I’ve been known to share them with the crew- I’m looking at you Delta) and essential oils. Essential oils are essential for a few reasons: 1. They serve various medicinal purposes. For instance, if I have a headache or stomach ache. My fave is DoTerra Deep Blue Soothing Blend. So amazing. 2. The bathroom. Need I say more?
KILLING IT WITH KINDNESS: I’ve always been better dressed with a smile. Being cranky has never gotten me anywhere and the old saying really is true: you can catch way more flies with honey (or something like that). Point is, having a great attitude is everything while on the road and when I have one, regardless of anything that goes wrong, I always have a good time. So get yourself some Gabby Bernstein if you need to, life is too short.
You’re ready to go! Aren’t you glad we had this chat? I’m excited for you to change your habits and not have to learn the hard way, as I did. Let us know how these tips worked for you in the comments below. See you in an airport sometime (with matching backpacks). And don’t forget your passport.