Fit Friday Five: Healthy Road Trip Tips

Fit Friday Five: Healthy Road Trip Tips

If you have been keeping up with our adventures on Instagram, you know that we are on a cross-country road trip from D.C. to California. We are having so much fun exploring Charleston, Birmingham, Dallas, and soon, Las Cruces. With so many new and mostly buttery, carb-filled food experiences (thank you, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits!), it’s extra important that we make healthy decisions during our many hours on the road. For this week’s Fit Friday Five, I’m sharing five healthy road trip tips…

Pack Healthy Snacks: I try to incorporate a lot of healthy protein in my diet. That’s where Epic Bars come in! With just 1 g carbs, 4 g fat, and 15 g of all-natural meat protein, Epic chicken sriracha bars are an excellent snack to keep you full. When I’m craving something sweeter, I opt for an RXBAR Whole Food Protein Bar. Made with egg white protein, nuts, and dates, it doesn’t get any “cleaner” than this bar. My favorite flavor is Chocolate Sea Salt, but I have yet to try an RXBAR I don’t like! Other healthy go-to’s include oatmeal, fresh fruit, almonds, protein powder, and carrots.

Stay Hydrated: Grab your Hydroflask, Camelback, or whatever it is you use to drink water and fill that baby to the brim. Not only will you save money by not buying water bottles, but you’ll also remember to stay hydrated. Water helps flush your kidneys, keep your skin moisturized, and maintain normal bowel function, which we know can be disrupted when you’re traveling.

Workout During Rest Breaks: We take a lot of breaks (maybe because I’m so busy staying hydrated?) and find that our gas station stops are the best opportunities to stretch our legs, do a few squats, and get our heart rates up. I love this pre-travel workout, as well as this road trip workout. Grab your yoga mat, tennis shoes, and hit the pavement for 15-20 minutes. Your body will thank you.

Snack on Lentil Chips: This really could have gone under my “pack healthy snacks” section, but then I wouldn’t have five tips now, would I? I’m currently obsessed with lentil chips and decided that they deserved their own special shoutout. These gluten-free, protein-packed baked chips are the way to go if you’re craving something salty. Saffron Road Baked Lentil Chips (Sea Salt) are my favorite. Enjoy Life Plentils are a close second.

Go the Extra Mile: When we know we’ll be driving for 6-10 hours, we like to get an extra sweaty workout in the day before we hit the road. Push yourself that extra mile when you know you’ll be sitting for long hours at a time. I promise. It will be worth it.

Hope your weekend is filled with good friends and fun activities. Thank you for stopping by my little space on the Internet!

Next stop: San Diego.


P.S. Did you miss my first Fit Friday Five? You can find it here.



  1. June 2, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Great tips, your road trip looks amazing!!!

    • The Daring Darling
      June 2, 2017 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you! We’re having a lot of fun. And also trying to work off all of the treats! ha 😉

  2. June 2, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Lentil chips sound like a great idea for me as a vegan, thank you!

    • The Daring Darling
      June 2, 2017 / 12:54 pm

      Oh, that’s great! I think they are sooo tasty! I’ve also found them at Safeway + Whole Foods!

  3. Nicci Randall
    June 2, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    Working out / stretching on road trips definitely keeps me sane from all the sitting. These are all great tips – I’ve really been loving this trip from the IG 😉

    • The Daring Darling
      June 2, 2017 / 3:34 pm

      Yes, it keeps me sane too! Thank you – we’re having fun! Lots of car time. 🙂

  4. Katie
    June 2, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Will have to try lentil chips! Thanks for these tips, I’m sure this will make my next road trip even better.

    • The Daring Darling
      June 3, 2017 / 10:14 pm

      Thank you! I’m loving lentil chips right now!

  5. Sarah
    June 3, 2017 / 4:00 am

    Great post! Especially love the tips about working out on rest breaks. Thanks! 🙂

    • The Daring Darling
      June 3, 2017 / 10:15 pm

      Thank you!! 🙂 Working out during rest stops keeps me sane on these long drives.

  6. June 3, 2017 / 7:36 am

    Great tips! I love road trips, but we do tend to load up on carbs! We pack our own snacks so we don’t make bad decisions along the way!

    • The Daring Darling
      June 3, 2017 / 10:16 pm

      Thank you! I completely agree that it helps to pack your own snacks so you don’t make unhealthy decisions.

  7. Melissa
    June 4, 2017 / 12:32 am

    You’re the daughter of a prune farmer and your road trip tips didn’t include getting your daily dose of prunes, yet, you mention ‘healthy bowel function’!?!? Hmmm….

    • The Daring Darling
      June 5, 2017 / 9:09 am

      Haha I’ll save those for my next “tips” post! We definitely ate our prunes on this trip. 🙂

  8. June 4, 2017 / 4:05 am

    Great tips! Can’t wait to follow your adventures 🙂

    • The Daring Darling
      June 5, 2017 / 9:09 am

      Thank you!! I’ll be sharing our travel guides soon!

  9. June 4, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Great tips ! There is nothing more important than staying healthy and ready for big adventures 🙂

    • The Daring Darling
      June 5, 2017 / 9:09 am

      Agreed! It makes the adventures more fun! We need all the healthy fuel we can get! 😉

  10. June 5, 2017 / 11:54 am

    Great tips, the more water the better, except when there are no toilets!!! he he

    • The Daring Darling
      June 5, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Haha yes, that is true! There were a few longgg stretches through NM + AZ where I was starting to get a little worried.

    • The Daring Darling
      June 6, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Me too!!

  11. June 8, 2017 / 1:27 am

    I love these tips. I always struggle to keep healthy when travelling so I’ll try these out!

    • The Daring Darling
      June 10, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      Thank you! I hope they’re helpful!

  12. June 16, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    I am loving your photos and Insta stories from the trip! It looks so fun – and the food… major heart eyes. Love these tips – anytime I travel I always get so backed up, shall we say?? LOL Definitely need to hydrate more! And I LOVE RXBars, too!

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    • The Daring Darling
      June 28, 2017 / 11:37 am

      haha thanks, babe! We’re about to embark on road trip pt. 2! Stay on the lookout for more healthy tips.

    • The Daring Darling
      June 28, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Yes! They’re so good. Trader Joes is selling them now – but I definitely prefer Plentils.

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