5 tips for feeling your best at Disney (or on any vacation, really)

No matter how much you work out at home, a trip to Disney can be pretty taxing on your body.

The extra steps. The Florida heat. All of the treats.

Some of the things that make Disney so special are the same things that can leave you feeling lousy on a trip you’ve planned for months and spent a small fortune to make happen. I’ve been there – on a couple of occasions – but those experiences have helped me learn what I can do in the future to avoid feeling gross. Keep the following completely common sense tips in mind on your next trip, and let me know if you feel the difference.

1. Poor unfortunate souls:

During our trip last October, the weather was unseasonably warm. The day we had Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was no exception. I decided to pregame around 4 p.m. with a large coffee. Then, at dinner, I had a couple of beers. You know what I didn’t have? A single drop of water. Midway through Boo to You I started feeling clammy, and by the end, I knew I was in trouble if I didn’t get some water fast. My husband sat me down and made me drink an entire bottle of water and half of another one. I immediately felt better and regretted my choices. There’s no excuse not to hydrate at Disney. And now that you can get groceries (a.k.a. a couple cases of bottled water) delivered to your hotel room, you can’t even blame high prices for your negligence.

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Pro tips: One trick I know we’ll use during our June and September trips is adding a Nuun tablet to our waters. Nuuns are low-calorie, lightly flavored fizzy tablets that replenish your body with electrolytes and keep your energy up. These are also a great life hack for the morning after you’ve had one too many of your favorite drinks from Food & Wine. Some people don’t like the fact that Nuuns aren’t very sweet, but we are huge fans at my house. You can also keep an eye out for restaurants that provide free water cups or even get a “venti” cup of water at Starbucks…possibly for free? I’ve heard conflicting reports on that one.

2. I see the light:

You see the big light up in the sky? It’s called the sun, and it can hurt. Don’t forget to put sunscreen in your park bag, and make sure you reapply throughout the day – especially on places like your nose and neck that you might forget. Here are a few of my favorite varieties that I know work and don’t have that “sunscreen” smell.

3. Go the distance:

Walking on concrete for hours and hours isn’t a daily activity for most of us. As you probably already know, I’m a big advocate of doing yoga before you leave for the day and after you get back to the room in the evening. It bears repeating that a little stretching can go a long way with tight and tired muscles. I also recommend bringing a couple pairs of sturdy walking shoes (I alternate between my Allbird Tennis shoes and Chaco sandals). Remember that it’s totally OK to take a break. Find a bench and enjoy some people watching. Hit up a lounge when you need a break. Enjoy those incredible Disney pools. Even though it doesn’t always feel like it, Disney is a vacation. So relax when you need to. You’re exactly where you need to be.

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4. A spoonful of sugar:

I’m the world’s worst when it comes to taking my daily medication. Despite a labeled pillbox and a husband who reminds me a few times a week, I still manage to forget. It’s even worse on vacation. A couple of ways I’ve made sure to take my medicine while traveling is to set an alarm on my phone and pack it in the park bag. That way, even if I forget before we leave, I’ve still got it. In addition to our regular medications, we’ve also made a habit to travel with a few extras – pain reliever, band aids, Pepto, etc. By being prepared, you can easily avoid a trip to first aid or unnecessary discomfort on your trip.

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5. Let it go:

It’s Disney. Delicious food and drinks abound, and you should treat yourself. But don’t trick yourself into eating or drinking something you shouldn’t. If there are foods you can’t or shouldn’t eat – don’t let temptation get the best of you. Take it from someone who has significant dietary limitations, there is ALWAYS something you can eat. ALWAYS. I’ve been there, and I’ve seen it happen to friends. You think just a little bit of contraband won’t hurt or you rationalize because you’re at Disney. Don’t do it. Just don’t. If you’re worried, research ahead of time and identify options that you think you’ll enjoy. There’s something for everyone at Disney, so you’re never missing out. Let go of anything that will cause you suffering later on and enjoy what is available to you. I promise you won’t regret it.

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Vegan deliciousness 

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What other tips do you have for feeling your best at Disney? I’d love to know.

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