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Inspiring Ways To Prep For Adventure Travel As A Plus-Size Person

May 10, 2019

Inspiring Ways To Prep For Adventure Travel As A Plus-Size Person

May 10, 2019

Adventure travel is perhaps the most fun, rewarding and physically demanding of all the possible types of travel you can do. Not only do you have to overcome the usual difficulties of flying, but you also have to endure the physical hardship of trekking across mountain ranges, swimming through lakes, and hiking in the jungle. It’s not always easy.

But as somebody who is plus-sized, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the thrill and satisfaction of adventure less than anyone else. You still have the power and ability to get fit, get strong and, most importantly, enjoy the experience.

Here’s how.

Buy Hydration Equipment

No matter where you’re adventuring, you need excellent hydration equipment. When you engage in an activity, you release lots of water into the atmosphere to cool yourself down.

Most quality hydration packs come with refillable bladders (unfortunate term). The bladder sits in an insulated backpack, helping to keep it cool, and a small pipe runs out of the pack, across the shoulder, and onto a convenient location near your chest. All you have to do is hold it up to your mouth and take a swig. Bladders typically have a much higher capacity than bottles and are much more comfortable to carry around on long treks too. If you’re out for the day, choose a three- to five-litre bladder to accommodate all your water needs.

If you’re prone to losing electrolytes through your sweat, then you can buy special electrolyte tablets which dissolve in water. Plop one into your hydration pack’s bladder and get all the water and salts you need for even the most gruelling trips.

Work On Your Stamina

If you’re going on an adventure holiday, it’s likely that you’ll be outside for long periods, hiking, sailing, biking or backpacking from one location to another. Distances between destinations can be long, so you’ll need to work on your stamina before setting off for distant lands.

As a plus-size person, it can be difficult to know where to start when working on endurance, but the best thing to do is usually to ask a personal trainer. Personal trainers often have a wealth of knowledge for how to improve stamina for people who are plus-size in just a few hours a week. What’s more, you can now get a PT course for free, meaning that you don’t have to shell out big money just for a few hours of training. With personal training, you can get the knowledge you need to design a training programme around your particular fitness requirements.

Building stamina takes time. If you’re still several months away from going on your adventure, create a timetable or a plan detailing what you’ll do each week and how far you want to progress. In week one, you may only want to walk a couple of miles. But by the end of week ten, you could aim to have that up to ten miles or more.

Eat Food For Cardiovascular Health

If you’re going on an adventure holiday, you want your cardiovascular system to be in excellent condition so that you can supply all of the tissues in your body with the oxygen they need to function. The cardiovascular system is like many parts of the body: if you don’t use it, it starts to work less efficiently and, eventually, leads to problems.

Exercise is, of course, a great way to improve aerobic fitness. But if you eat certain types of food, you can supercharge your gains. Take blueberries for example. Not only do they taste good, but they contain special chemicals which help to clear out all the gunk in people’s arteries, making them more efficient and work better. The same goes for greens, like kale, spinach, rocket and pak choi. They all contain a pre-cursor to nitric oxide – a chemical which dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow.

Avoid Chafing

If you’re somebody prone to chafing, adventuring can be downright painful. You can quickly develop sores which ruin the rest of the trip or prevent you from getting as far as you want to go.

Several areas of the body are prone to chafing including the crotch, armpits, under-breast area, inner things, and nipples. And, unfortunately, all of these areas also happen to be the most sensitive. You may also experience chafing in parts of the body where there are additional creases or folds.

Before setting off on your adventure, make sure that you buy anti-chafing lubricants. Lubricants ensure that patches of skin slide past each other with low friction instead of rubbing. You can buy anti-chafing lubes from sports stores or online.

It’s also a good idea to pack things that will help you stay dry in regions prone to sweat buildup. Potato-starch, baby powder and corn-starch are all great for absorbing moisture and wicking it away from the skin.

Finally, wear loose-fitting clothes. Tight clothes have a nasty habit of rubbing and can produce uncomfortable sores and callouses – not something you want if you’re planning on a long trip in the wilderness.

Train Your Mind To Accept And Love Challenge

Adventure travel isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for people with determination and courage and who have faith in their own abilities.

Plus-size people often worry that they won’t have the strength to see through a challenge. But often, these fears are entirely in the mind – they’re not a reflection of physical reality at all.

Changing your state of mind is something that you earn. It’s what happens when you collect small victories, such as completing your first 5k or jumping off the top diving board. Working with a personal trainer can help you achieve milestones and gain more confidence, as can taking part in a class or getting support from people who are going through the same trials as you.

In summary, adventure travel is something that presents unique challenges to plus-size people. However, with a little planning and preparation, nothing is stopping you from enjoying your adventure. The achievement at the end of it will be more than worth the effort.

 

I'M KIRSTY LEANNE

My mission is simple. I want to help change the way travel looks, showing both brands and society that plus size people really do travel too. In a community where plus size travellers are made to feel unwelcome, I want to inspire and advise people like me on how they can make the most out of their own incredible travel experiences.Join me as I share my own personal experiences, my best tips and tricks and all of the challenges I face along the way. It won’t always be an easy ride, but it sure as hell will be a fun one.

Together, we can change the way that travel looks today

WHAT TO EXPECT

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  • AD | Gifted 💫 Happy Saturday! I’m going to be spending my weekend doing some housework, making my garden look pretty and trying to find ways to convince my boyfriend to take some new outfit shots for me. If there is one thing he hates, it’s being behind the camera even though he’s actually really good at it. For those of you that manage this on a regular basis, please please share your tips (I already offered a meal out, so that’s out of the question) 😂🤞🏻
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❤️ Jumpsuit gifted by @dorothyperkins
📸 @unwrittenchloee #plussizefashion #plussizeootd #plussize #psblogger #psbloggers #plussizeblogger #plussizeblog
  • AD | Discounted 💫 I am FINALLY getting around to writing some of my Trek America content and I’m getting super emotional reliving all of the amazing things that we did! As much as I love my home comforts, my dream would be to spend a couple of months getting Greyhound buses between as many States as I possibly can! With 9 already ticked off my list, I still have some exploring to do.... 🗺🇺🇸❤️
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So, who is coming with me? 😏🙌🏻
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❤️ My @trekamerica Trip was Discounted in return for content #trekamerica #trekmoment #itrekhere #visittheusa #nashville #nashvillemurals #nashvillemural #thegulch #thegulchnashville #nashvilletn #nashvilletennessee #visitnashville #nashville_tn #nashvillegram #instanashville #nashvillelove #plussizetraveltoo #plussizetravel #travelinclusivity #fatgirlstraveling #fatgirlstravelling
  • AD | Gifted 💫 It’s been a long time since I posted a carousel post on Instagram but I felt like the Kennedy Space Center definitely deserved it. I mean, just look at all of those incredible rockets 🚀
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Do you ever have those places where you’ve wanted to visit for as long as you can remember and then they exceed your expectations, even though you didn’t think it was possible? That was the KSC for me. It’s been just over a month since I visited and I still can’t stop thinking about how incredible the different exhibitions were. From learning about incredible American astronauts and driving around launch pads to seeing immersive replicas of both failed and successful launches, it really was an experience I’ll remember. I 100% left feeling like I could achieve anything ✨🛰
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❤️ My tickets to The Kennedy Space Center were gifted to me by @kennedyspacecenter #ksc #kennedyspacecenter #thekennedyspacecenter #kennedyspacecenter🚀 #kennedyspacecentervisitorcomplex
  • AD | Gifted 💫 For years I have been looking lustfully at all of the cute play suits in stores thinking that I’d never be able to wear one. Not only would they not suit me but oh my gosh, can you imagine the chub rub?! I’d written them off and decided that I’d stick to jumpsuits instead 🤷🏼‍♀️
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I don’t know why, but when I found out I was going to Garorock Festival I decided that if I was going to wear a playsuit, now would be the perfect opportunity. It was going to be 41 degrees and if anything, I could pass it off as festival fashion if it didn’t look right. I ordered two, one from @missguided and one from Boohoo 🙌🏻
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As you can see it DOES suit me (I think) and the chub rub? NON-EXISTENT. I’m definitely a playsuit convert and now wondering what other clothes I have written off without even giving them a chance! Co-ords? Dungarees? Bodycon Dresses? What should I try next?! 😏👇🏻
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❤️ Playsuit gifted by @missguided
❤️ Bag gifted by @boohoo
❤️ I was invited to Garorock as a plus one, so I was under no obligation to post #Garorock #festival #festivalfashion #plussizefestival #psoot #psbloggers #psblogger #psblog
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This candy coloured sundress from @yoursclothinguk is definitely THE dress of the summer for me, especially as it’s the coolest linen material ever. It’s been so so comfortable on days where it’s hit 30 degrees (or 41, like it did in France) ☀️☀️🙌🏻🙌🏻
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P.s. please ignore the sun burn, apparently factor 50 every half an hour was STILL not enough for my ginger skin 😭🤦🏼‍♀️ #yoursclothing #yoursclothinguk #psbloggers #plussizebloggers #plussizeblog #plussizeootd #stylehasnosize #plussizefashion
  • AD | Gifted 💫 I’m definitely still recovering from the weekend but it was so so worth it as I go to go to my first ever festival. The four-day Garorock festival in Marmande consisted of lots of beer and Aperol, an endless supply of glitter, incredible music and non-stop dancing. ☀️🎶
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Highlights include reliving my childhood by seeing @sum41, dancing to @djsnake on day 3, discovering the amazing @christineandthequeens, listening to @twodoorcinemaclub and realising I know way more songs than I thought and the INCREDIBLE headline that was @macklemore. I’ve still got no voice because I sang and screamed so much 😂🙊
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As far as festivals go, Garorock was a great first choice. It was INCREDIBLY clean (look at the lack of rubbish in my photo) and it was all pretty contained and easy to get to. Not only that, but the crowd were amazing. I’m a little worried I may have been spoilt and I’ll have a bit of a shock at my next festival, but there’s only one way to find out, right? 😂🙌🏻
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❤️ I was a plus one on this trip, so under no obligation to post
❤️ Dress and bag gifted by @boohoo @boohooplus #festival #festivaloutfit #festivalinspo #plussizefestival #festivalfashion #spacebuns #garorock #garorock2019 #playsuit #romper
  • I’ve had a little bit of an Instagram break the last five days as I’ve been living my best life in France at my FIRST EVER festival! 🙌🏻🎉
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Although I would have loved to get the full festival experience by camping, the heat was hitting the 40’s most days. Luckily we had our very own Gite to stay in, fully equipped with a pool and all the wine I could drink. Clearly, I took full advantage of that🥂🍾
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The festival wasn’t my only first this weekend, as this is also the first time I’ve ever worn a bikini! Despite the fact I come across as confident on Instagram, I still get self-conscious when I’m putting myself out there. I was DEFINITELY not feeling it at first, but after a bit of encouragement from @danniellelily and @absolutelylucy I felt so much better. I feel as though I’d built wearing a bikini up to be this massively scary thing for me when really, it’s not *so* bad. Here’s to way more bikinis in my life 🙌🏻
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📸 @absolutelylucy ❤️ I was invited as a plus one on this trip, therefore had no obligation to post
❤️ Bikini bought from @prettylittlething who I have worked with in the past #bikini #plussizebikini #bikiniseason #bikinilovers #plussizebikinis
  • AD | Gifted ❤️ Did you know when it comes to the collaborations that I do, I pitch 90% of the work I have? Whether it’s pitching a product to feature, a press trip to go on or a paid post for my blog - I’m a huge fan of going out and finding my own opportunities. Whilst I know a lot of people are scared of the thought of pitching, it’s one of the main reasons l was able to leave my job and go full-time. It’s also taken me to places like Croatia, Belgium, Lanzarote and France. I’ve worked with INCREDIBLE brands, and I want everyone else to be able to do the same too 🙌🏻
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If you saw my stories a couple of weeks ago, you will have seen that I launched the #bepitchperfect eBook - the ultimate guide to pitching products, payments and press trip. The guide goes into detail about all of the preparation you need to do before a pitch, ways to overcome your fears, a five-step strategy that works for me almost every time and how to stay on top of all the people you’re pitching. I also tell you how to personalise each pitch depending on what you’re pitching. It really is that detailed! 🙊💫
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At just £10, it’s honestly an absolute bargain for those looking to take their blog to the next level. It’s been launched less than a month so far and I’ve already had people message to tell me some of the amazing collaborations they’ve secured thanks to my guide! 🎉
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I’m so sorry that this post may have come across a little salesy, but as you can tell I’m incredibly passionate about pitching and how it can help your blog grow. If you’re interested in purchasing the eBook, there’s a link to buy in my profile bio. If you think you know someone who may be interested, please feel free to tag them below! 🥰🥰
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❤️ Jacket gifted from @fashionworlduk
❤️ Skirt gifted from @primark
❤️ Lace body gifted from @missguided
❤️ T-Shirt bought from @levis #plussize #plussizeootd #plussizefashion #psbloggers #plussizebloggers
  • AD | Discounted 💫 As soon as I booked my Trek America I started planning all of the places I wanted to visit in each location, including the #whatliftsyou mural in the Gulch, Nashville. Nashville has TONNES of murals dotted around the city, but this particular one designed by @kelseymontagueart is very very popular. In short, Kelsey has designed all of the #whatliftsyou murals to encourage people to talk about what inspires them. Of course, I couldn’t miss out on an opportunity to do the same...
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✨ Traveling to new places and experiencing incredible new adventures inspires me to create new content, as well as to face my fears.
✨ My friends and family inspire me on a daily basis - whether it’s to do the best I can or to appreciate what I have. Seeing them do incredible things makes me want to do incredible things too.
✨ My boyfriend inspires me to achieve everything I’ve ever wanted to, as he’s always cheering me on and telling me I can do anything if I work hard enough.
✨ YOU! Each and everyone one of you inspire me to do the best I can when it comes to Plus Size Travel Too and travel marketing.
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What inspires you? 👇🏻
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❤️ My trip with @trekamerica was Discounted in return for content
❤️ Dress is bought from @boohoo however I have worked with them previously #whatliftsyounashville #whatliftsyoumural #nashvilletennessee #nashvillemurals #nashville_tn #visitnashville #visittennessee  #nashvillegulch

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  • Hi! It’s me! We’ve had quite a few new followers over here so I thought I’d tell you a little bit about me, the creator of the @plussizetraveltoo movement! 🙊🙌🏻
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My name is Kirsty Leanne (@kirstyleanneuk) and I’m a plus size travel blogger from the UK! I have loved travelling for as long as I can remember and have been blogging about travel for just over two years (and specifically plus size travel for officially 6 months). I like cats, peanut butter and programmes about serial killers. 
As I started to become more confident with posting photos of myself of my social media channels, it became more and more obvious that I didn’t have a place in the travel industry. Nobody wanted to feature a fat girl on their platforms or in their press trips. As time went on and it started to get to me more and more, the idea for Plus Size Travel Too started. Not only is this a community for plus size travellers to get advice from people just like them, but it’s a way to show brands that plus size people do actually travel too. In the long run, I want PSTT to help brands see that they should be showing plus size travellers in their marketing materials, as well as advising them on how they can make adjustments that can make travel a lot more comfortable for plus size people. 
I want to inspire plus size travellers, just like me, to travel and have the best adventures they can. Often people let the fact they’re plus size they can’t travel and hopefully, Plus Size Travel Too will help show people that that’s just not true. 
I can’t do it alone, so I am thankful for each and every one of you helping me along the way ❤️💫
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