Traveling Can Be Hard on the Body, Especially an Athlete’s Body
Through years of racing internationally and interacting with other travelling athletes, we have compiled what we’ve found to be the must-have travel items for athletes.
1. Travel Roller®
The absolute smallest “good” roller we have found. Strong enough to get deep, but a thin cushion to not be extreme, this roller gives you an amazing recovery rolling session. The best part about it though is the centre is hollow, so you can stuff clothing inside the roller and not lose room in your suitcase. Or depending on your travel destination, the roller will house a bottle of wine just right for you to safely bring a bottle home with you! Shop Travel Roller® Deluxe Foam Roller
2. Compression Socks
Any style will work, and there are many companies making them these days. Compression socks are great to wear on the airplane to reduce swelling of feet, and can be worn during runs or after workouts for recovery. There are so many uses, this is a vital travel item. You can find so many options at your local running store, we always like to buy local, so if you are in Canada, visit Runners United, as they often have great deals on good brands.
3. Universal Adapter
There are way too many available today, but through all the ones we’ve tried and tested, the “WanEway” All-in-One Universal Travel Adapter is by far our favourite. It was a recommendation from Tim Ferriss, and we totally agree with him. About as light as you can get, while offering adapters for just about anywhere in the world, this little thing comes with us on every trip. So if you want to keep your iPod, laptop, kindle, speakers, or GPS watches charged up for runs or workouts, this will be essential for international travel.
4. Inov8 Rain Jackets
Sure they can be any brand, but we’ve tried a few and these ones are the best we’ve tried. A waterproof breathable jacket that is super compact is tough to find, but incredible for outdoor style of travel. Will keep you dry in the rain, can be worn out to dinner (though nothing fancy) but can be worn on runs, these are just a great thing to pack for your trips. Men’s jackets/Women’s jackets
5. Skipping Rope
Whether you are in a crunch for time or simply aren’t sure where to run in the surrounding area, a super light skipping rope can help you build a high intensity workout with limited space. We love the cable speed ropes because they are extremely light, very fast and durable to handle workouts just about anywhere. The one in our suitcase right now is Cable Skipping Rope (by Outrigger)
6. Greens Powder
This can help keep your energy and immune system up and running during your travel or while on the road and not eating as healthy as you would at home. We are obviously partnered with Prairie Naturals because we find they make an outstanding line of products. There Blueberry Greens-Force is pretty wicked because it tastes good even when mixed simply with water.
7. Monkii Bars
Equipment isn’t always easy to find while travelling, and Monkii Bars has made one of the most travel friendly suspension style training setup available. They weigh almost nothing, compact down super small, and still offer you a good variety of exercises to help you get a good strength workout while on the go. Get 5% off a pair of Monkii Bars
8. Dehydrated Food
This one is really only important if you are traveling to a country where the cuisine is unknown or questionable. If you are going somewhere well developed, then your meals should be all set, and healthy food is not too hard to find. But in countries where they don’t appreciate flavour, or ingredients, and finding a tasty meal that is somewhat healthy for you is relatively hard to find, you might want to pack one or two dehydrated meals. They can cover you in a jam, and give you a solid meal by just adding boiling water. Agreed, a dehydrated meal might not be the absolute healthiest meal, but this industry has changed drastically over the past several years and some high quality ingredients are being worked in. A couple of our favourites are made by Harvest Foodworks and Backpacker’s Pantry.
9. Organo Gold Coffee
Let’s face it, some countries just don’t know what a good cup of coffee tastes like. But are you really ready to buy a crappy instant coffee to bring with you? Organo Gold Coffee is an instant blend coffee that all you have to do is add water. What make them awesome is they are made from a variety of mushroom powders, so they are a superfood powerhouse that will energize you the same a a cup of joe, but with much less caffeine.
What Are Your Favourite Travel Items for Athletes?
We’d love to hear them, so share some of your packing essentials in the comments!