Tis the season for vacations and roller suitcases! And I LOVE it! I just returned from an adventure in Portland and want to share with you my very favorite things that make travel such a joy for me. I’ve curated this list over dozens of flights, layovers, road trips and train rides, and through all of them, these are the things I can’t live without on the road, in the air, or on the rails. Let’s GO!
1. Eye mask.
A grumpy traveler is an unnecessary companion. And with early a.m. or late night flights, time zone changes, and layovers, our bods can get pretty confused about when they’re meant to rest. Enter the eye mask. It helps you give your bod the clue that it’s time to rest by simulating darkness. When your body feels the dark, it actually starts producing the sleep hormone that helps you get rested. (I adore this one gifted to me from a friend and have nicknamed it the ‘eye bra’. It lets you blink and blocks out every bit of light — amazing!)
Softening the sound around me just makes my trip more pleasant. Much like my aversion to the harshness of fluorescent lighting, harsh sounds are NOT the way to enjoy a trip. Sound sleep is a necessity, and rest during the journey is a joy. These babies are life savers. For a bonus, bring along spare pairs and tuck them in all your bags. Then you’ll always have a fresh pair to share and will have them within reach in a pinch.
3. Inflatable neck pillow.
Those neck pillow germ magnets I see people carry around in airports are both impractical (because they’re huge) and filthy (because they hang outside of your bag like a pillow that just wouldn’t fit). You know the ones I’m taking about that resemble a bean bag for your neck?? But the usefulness and comfort brought on by a neck pillow is irrefutable. An inflatable neck pillow fits compactly in your bag, has its own carry case so much fewer germs, and can be used as an armrest and book leaner too. Best $10 I’ve ever spent on travel goods.
4. Compression socks.
I can’t believe I’m telling you about this one, but if you’re like me and your feet or legs swell when you travel, these will be a godsend to you. They’ll keep your toes from turning into sausages and your shoes will still fit after a long flight. A bonafide miracle for yours truly (but not without their “I feel like my grandma” stigma). Still so worth it.
5. Essential Oils.
Last year, I swapped out my medicine cabinet in favor of doTERRA and Young Living essential oils that naturally do the same thing as my massive bottle of Excedrin. Since then, I have traveled with a few of them religiously: Peppermint (for headaches, alertness, and belly discomfort), Lavender (for relaxing), Frankinscence (for lathering on my face at the end of my flight), and Cedarwood (for grounding before or after I land). Love all of these so much! I feel like an exotic Medicine Woman with these in tow!
6. A wide, light scarf.
It can be used as a shawl or blanket and adds panache to any travel ensemble.
7. Evian spray mist.
I found this in an airport years ago, and my little bottle is still in use today! I spray a little mist on my face or arms at the end of a flight and immediately feel refreshed.
8. An outfit I feel fabulous in.
I like to imagine that I’m a jet setting woman on my way to my next luxurious locale. Or that Taylor Swift finally realizes how much she needs me as her Life Coach and is flying me out to LA or Nashville for our VIP session. When I arrive, I want to feel ah-mazing, so I dress the part.
9. To wrap up any adventure, I unpack immediately when I get home.
It closes the energy loop of travel and helps me feel settled, grounded and clean. Ahh the feeling of being home after a time away can’t be beat!
In the comments, do you have any travel essentials? What’s the most important part of planning/packing/taking a trip for you?
And, don’t forget to schedule your complimentary Make Magic Now session with me. You deserve all the beautiful experiences life has to offer, and I’m here to help you navigate!