By Michele Tafoya


Advice is everywhere. In books, magazines, commercials and blog posts.


So why is mine any different?


It might not be.


But for whatever it’s worth, spending half of each year on the road requires some good habits and a few self-care tactics.


Here is my top nine (because ten is arbitrary anyway!):


  1. I have two of almost everything. Two toothbrushes.  Two of each of my skincare products.  Two hairbrushes. This way, I have everything packed for my suitcase without having to think about it.  It’s may sound pricey, but it all gets used eventually.  And it saves a ton of time and thought whenever I pack.
  2. Workout clothes are always in my suitcase. Not matter how short the workout, no matter if it’s a walk outside in Boston or a stint in the hotel gym in Kansas City, I make it a point to sweat each day.  It’s a stress-reliever for me, and it ensures I am taking care of ME.
  3. Eating healthy on the road is easier than you think! Order salads with dressing on the side.  Don’t eat cream-based soups.  Ask for egg whites instead of just eggs.  Fill yourself with fruits and vegetables.  Take along some Livea snacks for your carry-on and hotel room.  And stay busy!  Don’t think about food so much!
  4. Treat yourself! Sometimes the only time you have time for a spa visit or a trip to get your nails done is when you are on the road, free from the usual responsibilities.  If you can squeeze it in, get a 15-minute massage at the airport.  Ask the concierge where you can get a pedicure.  Take a nap!  Do things that really aren’t that easy when you’re at home.
  5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! After you get through security at the airport, get a bottle of water.  Bring your own empty bottle and fill it if you prefer.  Drink water on the plane, in the car, in the hotel room and any other time you can.  Avoid the chapped lips, dry skin and other “conditions” that come along with dehydration.  Bring along Livea H2O Enhancers to keep your water interesting.  Or try Pellegrino or another sparkling water with lemon or lime.  It helps keep your system healthy and your tummy full!
  6. I wish I had more time to read.  But if you get the chance, read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein or “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. You won’t be sorry.
  7. Stay off Twitter. If you must go on it, please ignore the ugly tweets.  In fact, assume all the nasty tweets were generated by Russians who want to divide us, then laugh and move on.
  8. Play some games! I enjoy crossword puzzles, Sudoku, solitaire and other games that challenge my brain cells.  I also have some guilty pleasures that I indulge in once in a while — let’s call them “stupid little apps” that just make me feel like a kid.  But just try to keep your brain entertained and engaged.
  9. Color your hair before you leave for a trip. Or take along a root touch-up.  The better your hair feels, the better you will feel!

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