Key to his travel enjoyment is adjusting immediately to the local time.
"When I get in, I eat the meal that makes the most sense, adjust and get on that time line immediately," he says. "I don't want to know what time it is back home. You want to live in the time zone you're in. Get the most sleep you can (at night) to feel the best you can."
Preferring not to have a stinky bag of sweaty clothes when he gets home, he always washes his running gear in his hotel sink before repacking his gear.
A golfer with a particular tastes
Professional golfer Blumenherst doesn't have to pack golf balls, gloves, hats and golf shoes. Nike, her sponsor, delivers that gear to each tournament in advance.
"I have to pack everything else: golf clothes, pro-am party dresses, workout gear, clubs, practice tools, etc.," she wrote in an e-mail. Her gear adds up: One golf club travel bag, one large suitcase, one carry on and a duffel bag.
For good luck, she brings a bag of hair ribbons to match her outfits each day. "They have to match."
Another key ingredient in her routine is reduced-fat peanut butter, which is hard to find outside the United States. "I do not leave for a tournament without a jar." With her peanut butter, plus bread and bananas she buys on the road, she's set with her go-to food of choice.
Once aboard, "I try to sleep as much as possible, drink a lot of water, and stretch on the plane," she said. "This helps time pass and also helps me adjust to the time, making jet lag much better."