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Hi Friends! Today I am stopping by to share with you the products I cannot live without for travel. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway, or a month in the Himalayas, these products will keep you organized, clean, connected, and (mostly) sane.
Travel Products I Love for Easy, Worry-Free Travel
First on the list is packing cubes, because if you canât find what you need, it wonât do you any good! I love packing cubes to either pack by category for longer trips (pants, in one sweaters in another) or to pack complete outfits for shorter trips. It keeps you organized and makes it easy to un-pack and re-pack your suitcase.
If youâre staying only in 5 stay hotels, you can skip the shampoo bar. But if you plan to stay in Airbnbs, with friends, or at lower end hotels, a shampoo bar ensures you have something that is light, can even go in your carry on, and will make your hair happy. Just be sure to get one youâve already tried at home!
A bar of good quality soap
Again, I love my natural soaps and a single bar can last weeks or more. I like to bring natural lavender or rose soap so that I can get clean and know my skin will be happy and not all dried out or smell funny.
Cocoa butter or Shea butter
Speaking of dry skin, airplanes and travel can be really hard on your skin. Good quality delicate skin care products are great, but if you donât want to haul a suitcase full of products, I love cocoa butter or shea butter as a one-stop heavy-hitting moisturizing solution.
You can blend the shea butter with some essential oils at home to make it smell amazing and make it into âwhippedâ shea butter. Use it on your face and neck; use it on your sore feet; rub a thin layer everywhere just before or after getting into the shower and feel how amazing your skin is!
Lavender essential oil
Organic lavender oil can fill so many spots in your travel arsenal. Lavender oil is a natural bug repellant, it moisturizes frizzy hair, and it calms frazzled nerves and helps you fall asleep. It is anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial so it can help you avoid getting sick or disinfect a cut. It helps burns heal faster. And it smells fantastic!
I always travel with a bottle of organic lavender oil as a one-bottle backup pharmacy. I like to take a few drops, rub them in my hands and then rub over my face and hair before takeoff in an airplane. Besides preventing sickness, it is soothing and smells wonderful.
Tea Tree oil
Lie lavender oil, tea tree oil is anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It is a powerful antiseptic and also helps ward off bugs, prevents bed bugs and lice, and heals pimples.
I like to keep it around to apply to insect bits because it takes out the sting. It is also the perfect solution to that unwanted pimple that showed up on the end of your nose! Just put a drop of tea tree oil on it before bed, and watch it shrink before your eyes.
A light cashmere shawl
I always travel with a light cashmere shawl, usually wrapped around my neck like a scarf. It will then work as a blanket, shawl, or accessory throughout the trip. A light shawl is warm, fashionable, and practical in many different situations. Definitely a travel must-have! I get mine from Fewa Pashmina in Kathmandu: http://www.fewapashmina.com
Merino Long Underwear
I almost always travel with a pair of merino long underwear as they come in handy when the weather gets unexpectedly cold. This can happen in California in spring or Portugal in the fall, or just about anywhere else. Sometimes it is even to keep warm when an air conditioner is too cold and wonât turn off!
They are super light and also very warm, and can be warn under any clothes or as pajamas. Merino is always worth its weight in the suitcase!
If you are planning to visit a country with questionable water purity (at this point, that mean almost anywhere), then bring a Life Straw. They are an inexpensive, simple solution when you arenât sure about water quality and donât always want to drink bottled water. They also support people in Africa to have access to clean water. Social justice and practicality is always a win!
Summing it up
Travel essentials are all about practicality and functionality. It is about making you feel comfortable and at home, with a fraction of the products and items you would have at home. With this list, youâll get a good mix of personal care products, health products, and clothes to keep warm and comfortable. Iâd love to hear what travel products you canât live without!
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