NYC on the Regular: Packing & Health Tips
In my current role, I travel to New York once or twice a month. I’ve been there in December when the city is all dressed up for the holidays and during the random March blizzard…and now during the hot, green, summer months. Each season has its challenges but here are a few of my strategies for staying on-track while traveling:
Packing: I always carry on – scheduling is hectic and I need to keep on the move & not risk loosing anything. I also take the smallest bag I can, which means I usually pack one or two outfits for the day that I can re-wear, like it’s a uniform. This trip I packed a beautiful blue and white silk top that is structured enough to wear without a jacket.
Health: Staying on track starts on the flight. I always pack plenty of snacks (even though United has just made the jump back to transcontinental flight meal service – wow) like nuts and dates, a protein shake and an avocado (keeps you hydrated from the inside out). And of course stock up on loads of water!
My suitcase might only have one work outfit but it has multiple workout outfits. I get up each morning, head to Starbucks for coffee then over to the gym where I do my Tracy Anderson workout and rowing. Even if it means I’m up at 5:30 am EST (2:30 am PST) I feel light years better getting that in. Occasionally I’ll get over to the SoulCycle in Bryant Park, which is a fun energy boost.
My early rise time means I almost never go out after work finishes. Having a work event is almost the only reason I’ll be out past 9. Yep – if I can, I’ll grab dinner and turn the lights out before 10 pm. I walk almost 20,000 steps a day in NYC between meetings, so falling asleep is A. not hard to do and B. needed.
Beauty: I don’t clutter my bag with shampoo, conditioner or a dryer and instead either use Oribe dry shampoo or make time to visit DreamDry for a blowout. If I can, I’ll also stop by TenoverTen for a manicure if I didn’t get one before leaving. At night before I fall asleep I’ll usually throw on a sheet mask (these by Rodial are a favorite!) so my skin looks better in the morning and doesn’t need as much makeup – good in this heat & humidity!
How do you approach your travel for work? What keeps you on track?