3 Expert Travel Tips for Athletes for a Competitive Edge
While taking a trip to a new place can be fun and exciting, it brings new challenges. There can be a lot to think about when traveling to a new place. Maybe you have a vacation planned and racing just happened to fit in the schedule or perhaps you are traveling with your team to the biggest race of the year. Either way, the travel plans are booked and now it’s time to plan for the race. The longer the trip, the more important it is to make sure you follow these crucial travel tips for athletes as you embark on your journey to make sure you arrive with a body that is ready to perform.
Chug! Chug! Chug!
A good rule of thumb is to always ask for water when travel attendants stop by with refreshments, even if you are not thirsty. Consider bringing your own empty water bottle in your carry on to fill up while waiting to board as well as for throughout the flight. Remember, it doesn’t hurt to ask for more even when they aren’t serving refreshments. This is especially critical if you are competing overseas as sometimes the water quality is not what you might expect.
Also, drinking more water means flushing more toxins. Jam-packed airports, buses, airplanes and other public areas mean germs everywhere. Give your body an advantage in fending off sickness by drinking water and using hand sanitizer when it is available. Stay clear of public drinking fountains if possible or look for ones that have a downward spout for filling up bottles. Having a cold or the flu is the last problem you want to be dealing with before competition.
Pack the Snacks
Since you may not be sleeping much it will be a good idea to shake your legs out. Set reminders to stand and stretch every 40-60 minutes when not relaxing and sleeping. It’s good to keep the blood circulating in your legs. Keeping your legs hydrated and stretched along with some relaxing will help keep you physically ready to race.
Then there’s the mental game… Perhaps you’re nervous about the upcoming race or the possibility of something going wrong during your trip. Try not to think about those things after you take off. You can worry about catching your next flight when you’re near arriving. Bring entertainment such as a book, magazine, game or music to keep your mind occupied. Plan some activities for after your race. Engaging in conversation with friends, family or teammates can also be a good idea. If it’s a stranger, there’s a chance they may have some helpful advice or recommendations about your final destination. Remember, it’s okay to accept travel tips from strangers, just not candy!