I Have Been Traveling a Lot for a Long Time
I consistently fly more than 150,000 miles per year, all over the world. Because of that, I have learned to travel light, packing only the essential gear. But there are some things that I refuse to leave home without.
Here’s a breakdown of my Ten Travel Essentials.
1. TempurPedic Eye Mask
This eye mask has been with me all around the world. The soft material, the cushion, and the durability are so amazing. I wear it on planes to completely block out light and I love using it to help deal with time zone changes.
2. Tumi Alpha Carry On
This light weight, durable, and easily maneuverable suitcase is consistently in my overhead bins for every weekend trip.
3. Extra Panties
Is there anything worse than having to wash your underwear in the sink of a hotel? Okay, yes, there are much worse things that can happen, but it does bum me out when it happens. I change underwear twice a day everyday, so I am always equipped with extra pairs of Victoria’s Secret No Show Thongs and Cotton Briefs.
4. Essential Oils and Supplements
I use a lot of Young Living Essential Oils™ products. From oils to personal care products to supplements, they all come with me on my journeys. Key essential oils that I bring with me are peppermint, DiGize™, and RutaVaLa™. I use peppermint and DiGize™ to help deal with all of the unfamiliar food that I eat on the road. RutaVaLa™ has become the aroma that I associate with sleep, so I roll a bit on before I go to sleep at night.
As far as supplements go, I bring Essentialzyme™ and NingXia Red®. Essentialzyme™ is a enzyme complex that supports digestion, helps to unlock nutrients from foods, and can relieve the occasional stomach upset. NingXia Red® is an antioxidant rich wolfberry juice that comes in easy to carry sachets, so tossing a few in your bag is easy to do.
The ART® Gentle Cleanser, ART® Intensive Moisturizer, and ART® Renewal Serum help to ensure that my skin stays in good shape despite the crappy airplane air and exposure to environmental toxins in hotels.
Never heard of Young Living? Trust me you need this in your life. Their products surround every area of my life and I love them.
5. Bose Earbuds
If you truly want your travel life to get an upgrade, invest in a pair of noise canceling headphones.
6. Pureology Shampoo and Conditioner
Shampoo and conditioner at hotels can be super drying and abrasive to hair. I bring my favorite shampoo and conditioner to ensure that my hair doesn’t get harmed by cheap, chemically-laden shampoos and conditioners. Pureology’s formulas are all vegan, never tested on animals, and sulfate-free. They have a commitment to sustainability, so the bottles are made from recycled materials. They contain broad spectrum sunscreens and antioxidants to protect hair from fading. While they market their products to people with colored hair, my hair is not color treated and I still use their products. I’ve been using this shampoo and conditioner for over a decade. I pack them in these easy travel containers.
7. Yoga Blanket
Keeping up with a yoga practice on the road is not easy. It requires discipline. Traveling with a yoga mat, also not easy. To solve this problem I bring along a yoga blanket instead because it is easy to pack and washable so I don’t have to worry about the germs it picks up from hotel room carpets.
8. Ear Plugs
Noise cancelling ear plugs can take some time to get used to. They can even be a bit painful at first. But once you get used to them, they completely change the travel experience. They block out so much more noise than the soft, squishy kind. Even drunken crowds in Vegas hotel hallways can’t get through these babies.
On super long haul flights, there are only so many movies you can watch before you are sick of them. Bring along a Kindle loaded with your favorite books. I love a good long flight where I can read dozens or hundreds of pages of an engrossing book.
10. Water Bottle
Flights are dehydrating and some destinations are very dry and arid. One of the leading contributors to jet lag and travel hangovers is dehydration. Be sure to bring a refillable water bottle that is lightweight. I’ve busted way too many heavy glass water bottles inside my purse, and therefore choose a lightweight, stainless steel version instead.
And there you have it!
Ten travel essentials I never leave home without. When you travel, what do you take with you? Check out an even more extensive list of travel-must haves by clicking here.
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