March 22, 2024

Tips for Eating Healthy on Travel Assignments

March is National Nutrition Month®, and the 2024 theme is Beyond the Table. Part of this year’s focus addresses the various ways we eat beyond our dinner table, especially on the go.

Between demanding schedules and traveling between assignments, travel nurses and healthcare travelers face unique challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet while on the road. Here are some tips to help travel nurses eat healthy while traveling.

Healthy Eating Tips for Travel Nurses and Healthcare Travelers

Make a Meal Plan

Good preparation is one of the most tried and true ways to maintain a healthy diet. Plan out your meals for the week in advance and pack your shift meals and snacks ahead of time as much as possible. This allows you to have nutritious options readily available, even during busy shifts.

Healthy snacks such as nuts, seeds, fruit, yogurt, protein bars, or cut-up vegetables can help curb hunger between meals and prevent unhealthy food choices. Check out our recommendations for healthy lunches that you can prepare ahead of time for your shift meal.

Shop Wisely

The key to creating a successful meal plan begins with buying the right ingredients to make it work. Healthcare travelers may find getting to the grocery store daunting after a long shift, but fortunately, there are several grocery delivery options to help you order ahead and skip the shopping on your days off or in between shifts.

Visit the farmers’ market in your new area to buy fresh, local produce for meals and snacks. You can also learn about the community’s culture and chat with locals – it’s a great way to explore your temporary home.


Choose Balanced Meals

Whether eating at home, at your facility, or ordering takeout, healthcare travelers should opt for balanced meals that include lean protein, whole grains, and plenty of vegetables. Consider options like grilled chicken or fish, salads with lean protein, or whole-grain wraps.

Here are our favorite meals that keep you energized throughout your shift and on your many travel adventures.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated throughout the day is essential for healthcare travelers. Dehydration can lead to unnecessary snacking and curb your energy. Plus, staying hydrated helps optimize brain function, keeping you sharp and clear-minded on the job, so get plenty of water. Avoid sugary beverages and excessive caffeine, which can lead to dehydration and energy crashes.

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Travel With TNAA

Even though life as a travel nurse or healthcare traveler is busy, you can still maintain a healthy diet. These are just a few strategies to incorporate into your routine, but there are lots more. Check out these additional tips from National Nutrition Month®. Including these strategies in your routine will help you maintain a healthy diet and support your overall well-being as a travel nurse.

Ready to embark on your next healthcare travel adventure? Travel with TNAA and see for yourself why we are the #1 traveler-rated staffing agency. Our top-rated recruiters and full-service approach will help make your travel experience better than ever. Check out our available jobs and apply today!