If you've been following me and my fiancé's crazy military life, you probably know that we've lived in 4 states in the last 10 months and are currently living out of suitcases in a studio hotel room for 3 to 4-ish months. (Give or take; we aren't usually given a solid timeline, which is why I'm terrible at committing to plans.) Although I don't have to move everywhere with my Marine Corps pilot, I choose to because I love not knowing what life is going to throw at us next and the adventure never ceases to amaze me. Plus, we're kind of a package deal now.
Aside from my obsession with workout leggings (hey, technically it's my work attire), I would consider us to be a pretty minimalistic couple. But a few months with just a suitcase in my possession was enough to make me realize all the little things I take for granted: a full kitchen, a washer and dryer without a coin slot, a bathroom with a door so I can get ready with the lights on when my fiancé and I have opposite work/sleep schedules...
(Sending sincere apologies to everyone who meets me on early morning Zoom calls; we are both seeing me for the first time that day.)
Expensive laundry and microwavable meals aside, I've come to realize how truly lucky I am to have this experience. 2020 wasn't so kind to others. Now more than ever is the time that we need to prioritize our health over all else and I get it - under certain circumstances, that's not always easy. Trust me, as I eat cereal out of a measuring cup with a plastic fork, I'm right here with you. But I do want to remind you that it doesn't have to be hard, either. Here are some of my go-to quick and inexpensive healthy living tips that I've pulled out of my back pocket during my WFH (work-from-hotel) experience:
Pack your favorite (suitcase-friendly) healthy living items that you can't live without.
My packing list typically consists of the following items that help me stay on track with my health goals, without weighing down my luggage:
Amazon yoga mat (This one is pretty thin and can easily be stuffed into a suitcase.)
Arbonne plant-based protein powder (The coffee flavor doesn't have caffeine in it, but it gives me my fill of both coffee and protein when my options are limited in the hotel.)
These babies have been my lifesavers during the COVID-19 era due to gyms still being closed in Southern California (including the one in our hotel). Pro tip: some hotels will let you borrow their gym equipment. Just make sure you ask for the return policy.