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How to Get in Shape and Prepare for an Active, Adventurous Vacation

The time has come to embark on a transformative adventure that will push your spiritual and physical limits. However, it’s only natural that you don’t feel particularly prepared for an active vacation if you’ve spent months on end tucked away in your workplace.

Nobody can exactly spare those extra free days on vacation-warm-up, so here’s how to get in shape and prepare for the activities ahead.  

Start six months in advance

You’ve read that right. Let’s consider for a moment that you don’t have the luxury of time to train at least three times a week. In that case, you have to make time for, at the very least, an hour-long daily walk over the first month or so. You’ll want to work out smarter, not harder.

This entails settling into a daily rhythm so you wouldn’t end up confusing your body. Increase the intensity of your walks, runs, and workouts, but make sure to do them at the same time of day. We really can’t overstate the importance of working out regularly and sticking to an established schedule – consistency is key! 

You can buy all the best gear or join the best training program, but it’s all in vain if you’re exercising sporadically. Speaking of which – don’t waste money on excessive gear, but rather prioritize comfort and performance. This brings us to the next piece of advice.

Pack for practicality and comfor


When it comes to clothing, packing is relatively straightforward if an active vacation schedule awaits. It’s infinitely easier to embark on an adventure if the clothes feel like a seamless, natural extension of your body. The key is to prioritize comfort and practicality over style, but you won’t necessarily have to choose one over the other. 

The same rule applies to everything, from footwear to headwear. You can opt for functional travel pants as they can serve diverse roles on multiple occasions. Most notably, they’re the comfiest option for a whole day of sightseeing, but you also wouldn’t feel misplaced in a restaurant if you stay in them.

If pants or shirts can work both as parts of stylish attire and functional active-wear, you’ve hit the jackpot.

Ensure that you’ll stay healthy during the vacation


You can take a tip or two out of the business traveler’s recipe for staying healthy on the road, and maintain consistent energy levels by eating smaller meals that pack a hard energy punch. For businesspeople, this is a crucial hack for staying sharp throughout a battery of meetings that await them on their trip, and you can do this in order to keep your energy leveled as you embark on a hike across a mountain, go on a desert safari, or spend a day sailing along the coral reef.

Of course, that’s not all. Even if you’ve prepared with half-a-year worth of cardio training, it’s still possible that you’re simply not ready for the intensity of physical exertion. This can translate to inflammations, superficial bruises, calluses, and cuts.

This is where an active traveler’s first-aid kit comes into play. Some of the essential items to pack include band-aids, disinfectant, antibiotic spray, anti-inflammation gel, as well as pain relief medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. The latter is a better option if you have a sensitive stomach. Also, make sure that you pack as many wet tissues as possible.

The best thing to do is to prep the kit in advance and leave it in your suitcase even when you return from the trip and unpack. Make sure to refill whatever has been used, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about when packing for each new trip. 



Typically, we go on vacations in order to return home rejuvenated, with completely replenished energy wells. However, it so happens every now and then that people return even more tired and broken than before they took the trip. There’s a high chance this has happened to you as well, at least once.

In that case, it might be wise to invest some time between work and obligations to physically prepare for an adventurous vacation full of activities. At the end of the day, your body will be ever so thankful for it, and your spirits will soar.