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Your “Out of Office” email autoresponder is on. Your bags are (almost) packed. It’s official: you’re ready for that getaway. But, wait… is your carry-on missing something? Don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of our favorite travel products that you tend to forget, but need on your next trip.
We all know the struggle of unpacking what you thought was a perfectly organized suitcase (you’re rolling your clothes, right?) or getting off the airplane looking a wrinkled mess. Our solution: Downy Wrinkle-Releaser. The perfect size for your carry-on, this product works like magic. Just spray it right on your clothes and wave all those annoying creases goodbye. You’ll be ready to get up and go in no time.
It’s a well-known fact that more people get sick on planes. Before you board, do yourself a favor and grab some travel-size anti-bacterial wipes. Great for sanitizing seats, trays and even bathroom handles, these wipes will always come in handy.
Wait, an eye mask can reduce headaches, relieve stress or even diminish the signs of aging? Sign us up! There’s no better feeling than getting good rest on a long (or even short) flight. Take our advice—invest in a silk eye mask and start vacation well rested.
This award-winning IT Cosmetics CC Cream is life-changing. We repeat life-changing. A full-coverage, anti-aging, color-correcting cream with SPF 50+ sunscreen, it’s no wonder this easy-to-use product is a bestseller. Pack this travel-size CC cream with you for easy, on-the-go touch-ups you and your skin are going to love.
Whether it’s your noisy neighbor blaring Netflix on their laptop or the sound of a baby crying, loud noises can be damaging for your hearing, raise blood pressure and give you a serious headache. Swap out the loud sounds on your next flight for some sweet beats with noise-cancelling headphones! Invest in a pair of Bose headphones and rock out safely.
Does anyone else love dry shampoo as much as we do? This VERB Dry Shampoo had a 2,000 person wait list, and we can see why. It’s travel-friendly and great for every hair type. The formula refreshes your luscious locks, removes oil, and boosts body. For added volume, try using Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask. You and your tresses will look luxurious in no time (5-7 minutes to be exact!). Both of these products will have your hair looking fabulous, even after the longest day in the air (or on the road).
Kick off your vacation on a high note with these must-have items for your list. Now, you can escape with ease knowing you’re covered.
Ah, 2020—the year that truly put our sanity to the test. On top of that, something that most people use to navigate through a tough time has essentially been stripped away from us—our normal workout routines. I don’t know about you, but even skipping a week at the gym can send me into a tailspin. But several months of sheltering in place and being forced to adapt to this new normal?
That’s a different story.
While I think we can all say we’re grateful that fitness studios were quick to offer virtual classes when COVID-19 hit—there is something about constantly working out by ourselves that may trigger some of us to hit pause on our workout routines and start turning towards less robust habits. *Reluctantly raises hand*
The other day I came across a stat that really set off some alarms. According to a recent study, Americans are spending an additional two hours each day on their couch since March 2020. As of recently, I can say I’m totally guilty of a little too much R&R. While an evening of Netflix and wine once sounded like heaven on earth for most of us, I think it’s safe to say the repetition of this is starting to get kind of old. Also, Schitt’s Creek is over now, so I really don’t have any excuse to not dedicate my free time to jumping back into my at-home workouts.
I started pondering what made dial back my fitness routine in the first place? Was it a lack of motivation? No, not really. Screen fatigue? I think my Netflix history outlined above would tell you that’s a solid ‘no.’ Then it hit me—the thing that motivated me to stay on top of my fitness goals was being around other people with the same goals. Pre-COVID, going to my favorite spin studio and the local yoga hot spot was how I typically spent my social hour during the workweek. I realized the best way to amp up my at-home workout routine was to re-connect with my workout buddies and start doing virtual classes together to create that sense of community I craved.
If you’re also experiencing some form of live stream lull when it comes to your workouts, then getting a virtual workout buddy may be exactly what you need. Here’s why:
Just like in-person workouts, making plans to sweat it out with one of your friends motivates you to show up and be your best self. According to the Mindbody Wellness Index, 25% of the folks we surveyed said they found it difficult to hold themselves accountable to their workout goals on their own—and an additional 20% of people said a lack of support was responsible for missed workouts.
Everybody enjoys a little friendly competition, right? Maybe you have a friend who is a powerhouse at virtual HIIT—try signing up for a class with them to help you take your workout to a whole new level.
Getting a workout sesh in with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as virtual yoga or virtual barre. Trying something new can be scary—I get it. But by trying a new type of exercise with a friend, you can both give each other a confidence boost by acting as each other’s personal hype man.
Look, we’re all craving human interaction these days—and I know I’m not the only one who is missing weekly happy hours with friends. Luckily, fitness studios are getting creative with their virtual offerings post-workout, too! When we asked members of our MindbodyOne Community how they are keeping things interesting for their students in the virtual space, they said they are hosting monthly virtual wine dates to share fitness stories and personal victories. Not only do you get to drink wine, but you and your buddy get to meet other like-minded people at the same time.
As 2020 winds down (thank goodness), you have a unique opportunity to reconnect with your friends and take your workout sessions to the next level with a virtual workout buddy. So, why not start now? Book a virtual fitness class and encourage your friends to show up for you and themselves today.