Wellness retreats have become an increasingly popular option for people that want to live happier, healthier, and longer lives. Unlike a typical trip, where you'd have to do a local online search for gyms in Cypress, Atlanta, Paris, or wherever else your travels take you, wellness retreats are designed to prioritize your well-being in a single spot without the hassle.
These health-focused escapes are often organized by health, fitness, and nutrition experts and hosted at all-inclusive resorts in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. The best part about attending a retreat is your meals, enrollment in activities, and anything else you might need are provided for you.
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If it's your first time attending a wellness retreat, you’re in for a treat. The only thing left to do is pack for your much-needed escape. While you won’t need much, here is a list of things to bring.
Vitamins, Supplements, And Medications
While your goal is to improve your health, that doesn’t mean you should stop taking your vitamins, supplements (I never leave home without digestive enzymes!), and medications. Have all of your prescriptions filled before your trip.
For convenience, purchase a pill organizer and fill them with your necessary vitamins, supplements, and medications. If you’re traveling internationally, ensure that you review instructions for packing these items to avoid issues at the airport.
Many wellness retreat participants keep their hair and beauty routines to a minimum. Be that as it may, you still want to maintain your skincare routine. (Clemence’s von Mueffling, author of Ageless Beauty the French Way: Secrets from Three Generations of French Beauty Editors, would have a fit if you did!)
Pack your face wash, exfoliant, moisturizer, sunscreen, stem cell serum for skin, and any other products necessary to keep healthy and youthful-looking skin.
Comfy Clothes And Shoes
Remember, wellness retreats are about rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Most of the activities won’t require you to get all dressed up. It’s best to keep things casual and comfortable. When deciding what to wear, stick to clothing that’s comfy. Sweatsuits, yoga pants, t-shirts, and athleisure apparel are your best bet.
As for footwear, select shoes that provide comfort and support, like athletic sneakers if you plan to walk or hike on your trip. Me? I will also recommend Jambu! You can also bring a pair of slippers and some comfy sandals for pool, beach, or time at the resort.
Check the itinerary to see what types of activities will take place. Some may require you to bring special clothing like water shoes, bathing suits, or workout clothes.
Reusable Water Bottles
Staying hydrated is essential to your health and wellness. Therefore, you want to have a reusable water bottle with you as you complete activities throughout the day. While any water bottle will do, it’s best to purchase more advanced products that keep your drinks cold for hours.
It is also sustainable and eco-friendly. Here are more tips on lifestyle changes to lead a more eco-friendly existence and my list of the best eco-friendly beauty products for travel and home.
Books Aand Journals
When you’re hanging out in your hotel room, you’ll need a source of entertainment. While it’s common to turn to outlets like your smartphone or laptop, these devices can increase anxiety and reduce your healing experience.
Therefore, it’s best to bring some positive reading materials and a journal on your trip. Since you won’t have your typical distractions, you can focus on personal development and growth by reading or writing down your thoughts and experiences during the retreat.
I am always on the hunt for journals on sale and find great deals on Anthropologie!
While most wellness retreats include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s not uncommon to get hungry in between meals. Having something to snack on prevents the need to order takeout or search for a restaurant. Make sure that you pack healthy snacks like granola bars, trail mix, nuts, seeds, rice cakes, and other nutrient-rich options.
Carrying a purse around while trying to participate in wellness activities is a pain. A backpack (you know how I feel about my Osprey!) makes it easier to maneuver around. You can keep your phone, wallet, sunscreen, bug guard, water bottle, snacks, and room key in the backpack.
The hustle and bustle of everyday life coupled with the current status of the environment can weigh heavily on your health and wellness. Although there are many ways to reduce the impact on your well-being, sometimes getting away can make a big difference.
A wellness retreat gives you time to focus on your mind and body as you learn healthy lifestyle practices you can incorporate into your daily routines. Simply pack the items listed above and get ready to be transformed from the inside out.
How about you? Have you ever done a wellness retreat? Did I miss anything? Do tell!
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