Whether you are traveling across Canada or to a location that is 2 hours away, Travelers may not always consider what they are eating while traveling to their #workation and can get in the habit of eating take out all the time, which gets pricey and may not make you feel your best. If you start planning early, you will be ale to save time, money and help prevent unplanned food bingeing expenses (I know I have been there!).
If you have room in your bag with all your scrubs, pack a lunch kit and some Tupperware containers so that you will not have to worry about Ziploc bags and plastic wrap! Be sure to pack your reusable water bottle as well so that you always have water with you every where that you go and can stay hydrated. Upon your arrival, go for a walk, or a drive and check your surroundings! We recommend finding a grocery store and stocking up on the basics (don’t forget about snacks!). Most accommodations will have a kitchenette with the basic kitchen items so cooking your meals should be easy. Snacks come in handy when you are in a hurry and you start to feel that “hangry” feeling. Remember to ask around to find information about local Farmers Markets.
Since you have busy schedules and long shifts, pick the days that you want to meal prep for the week! If you can get all your cooking done in one day, you can enjoy the rest of your days off exploring and checking out the community that you are working in. Meal prepping is not supposed to be a hassle, but we hope that you won’t have to worry about cooking dinner or grocery shopping for a couple days!
One of our experienced #workationwarriors, Melanie H., RN has provided us with her helpful tips for being healthy while on the road:
“Biggest thing is to nail down your local grocery stores before arriving to assignment. As each assignment varies and the readily available resources and or amenities it’s important to plan ahead. I have allergies to gluten and lactose so for me this is crucial as some places have minimal options for my dietary needs. I pack a tote full of a small and large non stick frying pan, spices and some basic cutlery and Tupperware which helps with my meal prep as all sites do not have these provided. I make my meals for the bulk of my shifts accordingly. So if I have a set of four I’ll make four days worth of meals and have them ready and portion them the day of.
I workout daily so finding the local gym and it’s hours is a big before arriving to location thing as well. I find this a great way to meet locals and helps with isolation.
Lastly having readily prepared meals helps to keep you healthy and happy on the road. Instant coffee eliminates the reliance of machines and cuts cost down from daily Tim trips.
Juggling shift work and the gym is taxing but I find it essential for your health mentally, physically and emotionally it’s vital to take some time everyday for yourself. So that is my me time and it certainly helps me be a better nurse.”
Remember: #workations are all about fun so be sure to hit up some local restaurants with your new friends and co-workers to treat yourself!
Do you have any tips for fellow travelers? If so, email firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas that you want to share with your fellow #workationwarriors!
- The Gypsy Nurse – Meal Prepping for Travel Nurses on the Go. Accessed at: https://www.thegypsynurse.com/blog/meal-prepping-for-travel-nurses-on-the-go/. August 16, 2019.
- Onward Healthcare – 7 Healthy Weekly Meal Planning Tips For Travel Nurses. Accessed at: https://www.onwardhealthcare.com/nursing-resources/7-healthy-weekly-meal-planning-tips-for-travel-nurses/. August 16, 2019.