Healthy Road Trip: Wilmington, NC

Being healthy on a road trip can be hard…you spend long hours in a car with nothing to do…there are convenience stores and fast food along the way…I get it!! However, it can be done! With a little preparation and a plan to stay active while you are away it will be like you never left the comfort of your daily routine!

For this trip, we drove to Wilmington, NC. If you have never been I highly recommend it! It is a cute little beach/river town with tons of things to do and see.

Here is how I stayed on track while on the road and what we got up to in Wilmington!

For this trip, we had a tight deadline. We were leaving on a Wednesday and coming home on a Friday. This helped in the planning stages because I didn’t have to plan for too many days…thus, less time to muck up my healthy lifestyle! Here are a few things that I did to make sure the road trip was successful!

1) Prep some road trip snacks!

I started out by planning snacks for the car ride. I broke out my handy lunch box and jammed it full of everything I needed! I also brought my trusty Nalgene bottle.

I packed veggies to snack on along the way – tomatoes, mini bell peppers, and cucumbers – and all my Ideal Protein packets. I also made sure to keep my Nalgene full of ice and water. Every time we would stop at a gas station I would get some ice and some sort of beverage – water, sparkling water…I even went rogue and treated myself to a Diet Coke!

The most important thing to remember is to make sure to include ice packs in your lunch box. That way no matter what, everything stays cold/doesn’t melt. Then, once you get to your hotel room put everything in the fridge AND re-freeze your ice packs. Most hotel rooms come with a mini-fridge/freezer combo so this shouldn’t be an issue. However, if you don’t have a fridge, the items can be stored at room temperature too or you can always pick up some fresh veggies at a local grocery store for the ride back. Throw in an extra zip-top bag and fill it up at the ice machine and you will be ready to go!

2. Find a great hotel!

Next, we picked a hotel that was in the city center. By choosing a centrally located hotel we could park the car and walk wherever we wanted to go! We moved the car exactly once this whole trip!

We ended up choosing Stemmerman’s Inn in downtown Wilmington. As much as I love a hotel chain, so that I can earn all the loyalty points, I really love a more unique, locally owned, boutique hotel. You can usually find pretty good deals and the little touches are great!


Stemmerman’s was no different! It is located right in downtown Wilmington, a block from the Riverwalk, restaurants, shops, etc.

Each of the 6 rooms were unique and well appointed AND free off-street parking is included! We stayed in suite #2 with a loft!

Also, a shout out to Innkeeper Fran! She was lovely and super helpful in providing recommendations and making sure we had everything we needed 🙂

3. Stay active!

I planned to stay active while I was in Wilmington. Not only were we going to be out and about exploring the town, but I am also still training for a 10K. So, the first of two mornings we were there I went for a run. It was super humid, but I was able to make it happen! Running along the river was beautiful and a nice change of scenery.

With my run out of the way, it was time to have some fun! We explored downtown Wilmington on foot – checking out the shops, sights, and restaurants.

A quick note about dining out when traveling. Obviously, the food you’re eating isn’t going to perfect – but just try the best you can. Almost anywhere will have a salad option! Or a no bun, or lettuce wrapped option. Just try your best to make the best decision you can! Unfortunately for this trip, I was a bad blogger and didn’t take pictures of all the food I ate. However, I know it included a few salads and a bunless burger! I think staying active helped to balance everything out too!

We even ventured into the candy/ice cream shop. I never thought I would say this…but just walking in there was enough for me! The smell of just straight up sugar was good enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Yes…those are huge slabs-o-fudge!

Then, we went and visited the Battleship North Carolina. You don’t need to be a history buff to find this attraction pretty awesome! We climbed up, over, and through the entire ship! It really is amazing, the battleship was like its own little village at sea!

Learning about the history of the ship, how it ended up in Wilmington, and what those on board went through was really interesting.

Between my run and exploring the battleship, I got a total of 18,480 steps that day! I feel like this makes up for the time I spent sitting in the car!

After an active afternoon of being outside in the heat and humidity, we decided to wrap up with a more air-conditioned option! This one was more about keeping my brain active! We did an escape room! They have popped up all over the place and I LOVE doing them. It’s like a real-life puzzle you have to solve…totally up my alley. We tried out Green Light Escape Room in downtown Wilmington. The room was really unique and had a few types of puzzles that I had never encountered. The theme was “alien abduction” and we got out with 3 minutes to spare!


And that was my healthy road trip to Wilmington, NC! What other things do you do to make sure you stay on track while traveling? Or have you been anywhere amazing lately? I am always looking for new places to go! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Healthy Road Trip: Wilmington, NC

  1. The veggies just look too healthy for a road trip. But some excerize is a good thing on a road trip. You need to get out of the car and walk and explore for a while – be it s a short hike or wondering a city.


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