I love the opportunities the fitness industry provides to travel and connect with motivated and talented trainers around the world. Here are some of my favorite travel items and tips to make time in the air and in airports more enjoyable.

A good book – I love that travel time has given me much more opportunity to read. Kindles and iPads are great but for those times in the plane when all electronic devices must be turned off a real book helps pass the time. When you fly often out of Michigan in the winter and de-icing is a normal part of take off a good read is a must! I enjoy books by famous coaches and inspirational sports figures, I also love business books by Seth Godin, Brian Tracey and Dan Kennedy.

Smart phone – the ability to stay connected while killing time in the airport can mean a lot less catch up when you return home. I have the Sprint Palm Pre which gets the job done but I do suffer from serious iPhone envy.

Under armour – travel is so much more enjoyable when your comfortable! When your never sure if the plane will be minus 40 or the temperature of the sun, light weight UA gear is great for varying conditions. Sandals, micro shorts and a TNP tee for the summer and flex pants UA running shoes and a fleece (for those chilly outdoor walks on the Tarmac) do the trick in the winter. I also love my carry on size UA wheelie duffel bag.

iPod touch – a must! All my music and videos to keep me happy plus all the iPhone apps in the airport and hotel where wireless is available. Its great to have all my workout tunes for training on the road, rob zombie, black sabbath, disturbed, metallic and AC/DC. At the airport Led Zeppelin is always my go to but when it’s been a long day and I just want to unwind nothing beats Frank. Favorite show to watch while flying is Entourage, excited for season 7 to come out!

Bose quietcomfort 15 headphones – I can not say enough about these headphones, they are a must have if you are fly often! they have the sound and performance you would expect from a Bose product but the experience they deliver is amazing. Imagine a quiet relaxing environment while you sleep read or listen to music on even the noisiest flight. The engine and background noise just disappears even when your are on the super loud propeller plane flying out of Alpena (I didn’t know the still made those either). AMAZING!

TRX suspension trainer – hotel fitness centers for the most part are awful. With my TRX I can workout anywhere and just as hard as I do at home and have hundreds of different exercise and routines to choose from. No more missing workouts, TRX helps me stay fit while on the road

Here are a couple travel tips I have learned the hard way, hopefully you won’t have to.  Always carry on your toiletries, lost luggage is even less fun when you don’t have any of your overnight items. Pack travel size items put them in Ziplock bags and have them easy to get to so you can pull them out at security. Easy on and off shoes also makes security go faster (clean socks with no holes to avoid stares from others in line)

Bring an empty water bottle into the terminal to fill up at the drinking fountains or be prepared to be charged your first born for a 20oz bottle of Aquafina

Airport eating can be rough and there are not always healthy options. Keep almonds or protein bars in your carry on so you don’t have to hit up McDonald’s because you haven’t eaten in hours.

Happy trails my friends!

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About caseystutzman

Casey Stutzman is an AFAA certified trainer and has been actively involved in the fitness industry since 2004. Since 2006 he has acted as the Head Trainer at the Bay Athletic Club in Alpena Michigan. Casey’s love of athletics and competition drove him in to the fitness industry. He uses his experience as a division 1 college football player, amateur bodybuilding competitor, strongman competitor to help others reach their goals in all areas of fitness. Casey spends his time at Bay Athletic Club teaching Boot Camps, small group training sessions, training clients and working with participants in Bay Athletic Club’s Corporate Fit Challenge program. He also develops strength and conditioning programs and does performance training for a number of local athletic organizations and high school teams. As an Ignite Performance Master trainer and Master Instructor for TRX Casey travels North America to educate and connect with fitness professionals to help them offer more to their clients and athletes. Time outside of fitness is occupied with reading, travel, indoor rock climbing, snow sports and being an active outdoorsman. He enjoys spending free time with his wife Mary Beth, his daughter Vesper, son Indiana and Turkish the family dog.

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