What’s in the [quart-sized] bag?

Hi from Boston! It feels so good to be on the ground after a crazy day of flying.

Travel shirt:

Namaste (I was not namaste-ing when we made that emergency landing, haha.) 

Maybe it’s just that I’m nosy, but I love learning little things like this about other bloggers. Since I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, I thought I’d share the goods my quart-sized baggie for this trip. I pride myself on stuffing as much as possible into that tiny baggie. It’s an art, really. 

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-Essie nail polish and Sally Hansen 60-second dry topcoat. Word to the world: make sure the lid to your nail polish is secured tightly. Page the fail whale.

-Yes To brand CC cream (you can see where the nail polish ended up.) This is my current favorite daytime moisturizer. It has a light, pleasant scent, SPF and enough coverage so that I don’t need foundation. However, today unintentionally ended up being no-makeup Monday. No time for that while I was white-knuckling the airplane armrest… oh and that awkward point during turbulence where we dipped and I grabbed on to my neighbor’s arm. Sorry, neighbor.

-Yes To Carrots body butter. This is a travel-sized one I picked up at Target, and it’s especially great for travel since the airplane air sucks the life out of me.

Rose Jelly perfume. I got a larger size and a travel one to keep in my purse. It’s the most lovely, least expensive perfume I’ve ever tried. 

-Contact solution and toothpaste. Necessary.

-Travel-sized shampoo, conditioner and hair spray. I have a ton of these at home -I take them to shower at work and get samples from Sephora- and happened to grab the SPA brand shampoo, Pureology conditioner and Kenra hair spray. Face wash and moisturizer are from dermalogica.

-Almond butter packs. I had two, but one of them was consumed on my second flight with a giant apple.

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I just got to the hotel and can’t wait to explore a little before grabbing a delicious seafood-filled dinner. My friend Sara and I made a YouTube workout to share so I’ll get that uploaded tonight too!

Hope you’re enjoying your day <3



Anything random in your quart-sized baggie?? What foods do you take with you for travel? I make sure to have some protein powder, a little fruit, almonds or bars as back-ups if I get hungry on the plane or don’t have time during a layover.

Some of my favorite healthy travel tips:

-Walk. I like to play airport cardio and walk around during layovers. Not only do I burn a couple extra calories, but it feels great to shake my legs out and move.

-Get in a hotel room workout. Some of my favorites are here and here! I’ll be doing a yoga podcast and stretch later tonight.

-Seek out healthy options. It’s not very challenging to find a healthy meal at the airport. I especially love being able to get giant salads loaded with veggies and protein. 

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-Drink lots of water- air travel is extremely dehydrating! I’ll bring a large water bottle with me and fill it when I get through security. It’s nice to always have a water bottle with me during the trip, too. I feel lost without it πŸ˜‰


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  1. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on October 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Glad you made it there safely! Have a great trip!

  2. Erin on October 14, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I love these posts – I always love to see what other products people are using and what they carry. I’m one of those freaks that LOVES the “whats in their bag” articles in celeb magazines =)

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      i love reading those, too! πŸ™‚

  3. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on October 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I love the Say Yes cucumber eye cream. It is perfect. and is great for travel! πŸ™‚

  4. Katie W on October 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    What are you doing in Boston?! I live here!

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      i’m here with reebok for an event tomorrow and then i leave. super short trip but i’m excited to be here!

      • April on October 14, 2013 at 9:46 pm

        Ah WELCOME to Boston, i live here too:) I hope you enjoy your quick trip!!!! If you love lobster rolls and have time, I HIGHLY recommend Neptunes in the North End…if not, enjoy the City – we ordered this lovely fall weather for you:)

        Can’t wait to read about your experience!!!!!

        • Brittany on October 15, 2013 at 8:21 am

          I second Neptune’s lobster rolls. Best in the city!!!

        • Brittany on October 15, 2013 at 8:25 am

          Will you have any time to sightsee? I can’t believe you are ten min away from my house! If only I could meet you and pick your brain about all things fitness!

      • Brittany on October 15, 2013 at 8:19 am

        I live here too! Enjoy as much if the city as you can see. It is beautiful!

      • Katie W on October 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

        Well welcome to the east coast! Have a safe flight home!

  5. Jenn (eating bender) on October 14, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Oh my gosh. As a fellow nervous flyer, I feel for you on that emergency landing! So glad you are there safe and sound. Hope you have a great time in Boston — love the shirt and the contents of your quart-sized bag!

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      thank you! hope you and bobby are doing well πŸ™‚ i’ll be in phoenix in a few weeks. let’s grab dinner again! xo

  6. Mallory on October 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I love seeing posts like this! I love to see the products other people use! In my bag I’d have coalface soap, eau de roma toner, grease lightning spot treatment and skins shangri la moisturixer (all from LUSH), deoderant, toothpaste and gum!

  7. Jessica on October 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    When we travel I almost always take the following:
    Quest bars
    Mini mixes of Dry cereal
    Travel size of liquids stevia
    Dried fruit – strawberries, banana chips,etc
    Chimes ginger chews
    Nut butter packets

    Love the blog – always!

  8. Megan on October 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    A friend told me that she just brings her full-sized contact solution on trips with her. It’s considered OTC medicine, so they don’t make her toss it. It’s probably a waste of space, but it means she doesn’t have to shell out a ridiculous amount of money for the travel sized bottle.

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      i’m so excited to learn this, because i always lose my mini bottle and thought i needed to buy travel size

  9. Becki @ Bites 'n Brews on October 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I love me some Kenra! The best smelling hair product out there. I never leave home without it!

  10. K on October 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    You say to get in a hotel room workout, but didn’t actually include the links in that sentence!!

    I’d love to see ’em

    • Fitnessista on October 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      gah! i’ll add them now

      • Fitnessista on October 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm

        all fixed. thanks for letting me know- i’m a little scatterbrained today

  11. april on October 14, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    i love your namaste top – very cute!

    i usually travel with fruit (apples & bananas), nuts (cashews & almonds), larabars (or some other protein bar), and ziploc baggies filled with gf oats. i love the idea of bringing nut butter packets, too!

    have fun in boston! enjoy your chowdah πŸ˜‰

  12. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on October 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Oh Boston’s my hometown! Have a great time! I’ve basically given up on liquids on the plane except for really long flights. For those I have toothpaste and brush, lotion, face wash, deodorant and a fragrance!

  13. Debbie LeBeau on October 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I’ll definitely try some of those products. I always travel with Kashii mocha bars (only 6g of sugar per bar), baggies of Cheerios (sounds crazy but I love to snack on them), and a banana or any other fruit I have that won’t last til I get back from my trip.

  14. Shira on October 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Love travel tips! I always feel flustered and bring wayy too much and it’s uncomfortable/my boyfriend carries half my stuff and complains πŸ˜‰
    I get a little motion sick so dry cereal (I know it’s baddd but I love special k vanilla almond), ginger chews and water are my staples.
    Gina this is so random, but when you have protein oats, do you cook in the protein powder? Or stir it in once it is cooked?
    I have eaten oats my whole life and am new to protein powders..I’ve never liked nuts or nut butters in oatmeal, so powders seem like a great way to get in AM protein. So far I like Sun Warrior vanilla and Vega smoothie vanilla almond.. but they seem to turn oats kinda hard? Am I doing it wrong? LOL just wondering how you do yours! Thanks girl πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 15, 2013 at 7:59 am

      i add the protein in after the oats are cooked πŸ™‚ i like egg white protein with cold oats and sun warrior with hot oats

  15. queenoffitness on October 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    i can’t really think of anything random. i’ve never been on a short enough trip to carry on my luggage. i do always bring a scented garbage bag to put my sweaty, nasty workout clothes in for the trip home. every time we go to cabo, they open your suitcase and inspect all the contents before you check your bag at the ticket counter and there’s a part of me that screams “i dare you to open THAT bag.” they’ll be sorry they did! have you ever tried the lush solid shampoo disks for a trip? they aren’t a liquid so you don’t have to put them in a quart bag.

  16. Kate on October 14, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    My flying essentials are a reusable water bottle, some kind of trail mix and gum! It helps with the pesky ear popping. And, I almost got that Yes to CC cream at Tarjay, but a couple of other natural brands make my skin feel/look kind of greasy. How would you rate this CC cream on the scale of possible oiliness? Haha

    • Fitnessista on October 15, 2013 at 7:58 am

      i don’t think it’s greasy at all, and i have oily skin πŸ™‚

      • Kate on October 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm

        Thanks, I shall be picking it up on my next shopping trip then! πŸ™‚

  17. Rachel Grace on October 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Love the “Yes To” Brand! I didn’t even know they had a cc cream! Where did you find it?

    • Fitnessista on October 15, 2013 at 7:58 am

      they sent it to me a few months ago, but i’ve seen it at target

  18. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on October 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I have really wanted to try a CC cream because I have heard great things about them. This one looks really good! I may have to give it a shot.

    I carry all sorts of crazy things in my bags when I travel – you can NEVER be TOO prepared! πŸ™‚

  19. Julie on October 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I have to walk around the airport. My butt and legs get sore if I don’t!

  20. Jenni on October 14, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I bring all my essentials with me when I travel! Toothpaste, tongue scraper (I know it sounds weird but it’s amazing), dental floss, makeup remover pads, face wash, moisturizer. I love my Dermalogica moisturizer. Glad to see you’re also a fan! Oh, and I’m with you on bringing a water bottle. It’s both a comfort and a necessity. I love my Lifefactory bottle.

  21. Courtstar on October 15, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I have to bring my bag of goodies which include apple cider vinegar, my dry brush and all of my essential oils! I love the Yes to..brand products and am so happy they have travel sized goods because it makes packing that much easier! Lots of Love and safe travels! C

  22. Lucie on October 15, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Foodwise, I carry protein bars, hardboiled eggs and fruits with me – currently I pack some roasted pumpkin too πŸ™‚
    I never leave without a body lotion, moisturizer, demake up pads, toothbrush&paste and a little perfume. Oh, and I know the story of the nailpolish. My suitcase is covered with ‘too too hot’ from Essie….:-)
    As for workouts, I love to explore the place by running or by bike! not only is it a great way to get a workout in, but it’s such a good chance to get to see the city/country!

  23. Danielle on October 15, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Have so much fun enjoying Boston! Hope you love our city πŸ™‚

  24. Captain Competition on October 15, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I must say after reading this post and all the comments I am glad I am a guy. You ladies bring lots of stuff when you travel. Toothbrush (when I don’t forget it) toothpaste (again it gets forgotten often) and deodorant, oh and a razor. Not much else is necessary. I do like the empty water bottle idea, may have to add that to my list.

    • queenoffitness on October 15, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      the problem is captain competition (love the name! BTW)…we ladies end up carrying about 75% of your stuff in our bags. let’s get right down to the truth, we remember to bring it but you end up using it.

      • Fitnessista on October 15, 2013 at 11:09 pm


  25. Erin @ The Almond Eater on October 15, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Have fun! I always make sure to carry a water bottle with me a fill it up once I’m through security. There’s no way I could make it on just that tiny cup of water the flight attendants serve!

  26. Karen on October 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Looks like that site is no longer carrying the “Rose Jelly” scent. I wonder if the “Cannabis Rose” is similar. I am a little leery of a scent with the word “Cannabis” in it. LOL. However, it does seem like they offer an amazing array of scents in general. Have you tried others?

  27. purelytwins on October 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

    love this!! i am currently traveling a lot, so having all types of things with me, especially coconut oil πŸ˜‰ i cannot leave home without it!

    have fun in Boston!

  28. Monique @ Burpeestobubbly on October 15, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Welcome to Boston:) You’ve come at the right time- the fall weather is absolutely gorgeous!

  29. Lauren on October 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Where did you get that shirt!?!?! I love it! πŸ™‚

  30. Anna @ Fitness Γ  la Anna on October 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I find quick’n’sweaty hotel workouts are a must! Otherwise I get home feeling all lethargic and like I haven’t done anything…no es muy bueno!

  31. Susan on October 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Fyi, the contact lens solution doesn’t have to go in the baggie, because it is medically necessary.
    I have to walk around the airport when waiting for layovers, otherwise I feel all stiff with all of the sitting,

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