Costa Rica Fitness Vacation Day 1 – Seattle-SanFran-Houston-CR
I’ve just left the San Francisco airport and am flying to Houston before connecting to San Juan Costa Rica… It turns out that flying from Seattle to Costa Rica is a whole day affair. Three flights and 15 hours! Good thing I have a backpack full of Quest Bars and Trader Joe’s almonds (right now I’m working my way through the wasabi almonds, and they’re tasty!). This is the first Costa Rican Fitness Vacation that my good friend Autumn (elite Pilates and Yoga instructor) and I have done, and hopefully there will be many more. The trip is going to be one week filled with great workouts (led by myself and Autumn), and Costa Rican adventures such as zip lining, surfing, hiking, and repelling. We rented a beautiful house in Manuel Antonio and hired a private chef to make it the complete package.
Knowing that I will be doing quite a few more traveling work excursions/vacations in the near future I planned on packing light with the intention of only brining my North Face backpack and clothes for about three days. I got this idea from some highly respected location independent entrepreneurs over at the LifeStyleBusinessPodcast.com (you can find the exact podcast here, downloading the first 50 episodes, and listening to episodes 4 & 5). This was a great plan until I went to Trader Joe’s and bought enough almonds to fill up half of my backpack. I guess this one bag plan only works if you buy food as you go. Either that or I just need some practice getting the right amount of food and clothes into my backpack. I can’t deny that my North Face backpack is one of the best purchases I’ve had in years, but sometimes I wish it was a tad bigger. Anyway for your reading please I thought I list everything that I brought with me in my TWO bags.
Food and Supplements
1 box of Quest protein bars – Read review here
-I know I should have brought two boxes of these, but they increase the load quite a bit.
Half a bag (or about 30 scoops) of Progenex recovery – Read review here
10 scoops of Jack3d – Read review here
10 scoops of White Flood
–I’ve started taking this instead of Jack3d every other day to keep the potency of each higher. It works!
140 grams of Micronized Creatine Monohydrate
4 bags of Trader Joe’s baked almonds
-1 wasabi, 1 tangy lime, and 2 backed and unsalted.
14 Trader Joe’s multi vitamins
70 one gram Costco fish oil pills
28 500mg vitamin C pills
1 Cargo shorts
1 Nike Dry Fit shorts
3 North Face Better than Naked tops
2 cotton t’s
1 board shorts
5 pairs of boxer briefs
5 pairs of sox
Inov-8 f-lite 230’s – Read review here
Vibram Five Finers KSO Treksport
-I wasn’t going to bring these, but when I added the extra bag they got the nod.
Rainbow flip flops
Rogue CrossFit Rings
-These don’t take up much space and will provide a ton a value if I’m able to find a tree or structure that I’ll be able to hang them from. I’m thinking muscle up, pull up, and dip practice!
Buddy Lee Speed Jumprope
-Jump ropes are a great tool to put in your traveling arsenal because they’re super small and can give you a great workout without needing much space. The hotel parking lot is the perfect place for a jumprope workout!
The North Face Surge backpack
-This backpack is the bomb! It has every compartment you could ever need including (and this is HUGE for me) an external laptop pouch AND external dedicated laptop charger pouch. This is awesome because you don’t have to wrestle around inside the bag at all to get to your laptop gear.
JanSport duffle bag
-This bad is only about half full, and is not a great bag in general, but it’s awesome for jamming into tight spaces on the plane, and if I eat all of the nuts I might be able to fix it and all of my clothes into my backpack for the trip home… Wishful thinking, I know…
Apple 13″ MacBook Pro
-Can’t live without this! Ha!
1T external hard drive
-A place to dump my pics and vids.
Sony waterproof camera (thanks Brian!)
-Not only do I not have to worry about getting this thing wet, but it takes great video and has high speed multi-image capture mode (you know what I”m saying). It rocks!
Logitech H530 headset with mic
-This is my favorite headset for Skyping, recording audio, screenshot videos, and doing webinars. It’s cheap and the audio quality is fantastic! Not to mention I just had an incredible experience with the Logitech support staff! Two thumbs up!
If you have anything that has been a game changer for your light weight fitness travel adventures I’d love to hear about it!
From here I’m headed to Houston where I have a 1.5 hour layover before flying on to San Juan Costa Rica, and hoping that it will be easy to catch the shuttle to my hotel where I’ll camp out for two nights before the rest of the crew gets here on Saturday.
PS I registered for the CrossFit Open competition yesterday and will need to figure out how I’m going to be able to do the first workout from Costa Rica (I have a few ideas…).
To find out more about the trip and how you can join us next year go to www.CostaRicaFitnessVacation.com.
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Now get outside and have fun by working hard! 🙂