Even though traveling can be very enjoyable & relaxing, it can also cause quite a bit of internal stress on the body. After traveling more than ever before this past year, I’ve picked up a routine and some key travel essentials that’s helped me feel more comfortable & at home as much as possible. I leave it to an assortment of products I use on a daily basis that I trust. Although I don’t necessarily bring ALL of these products every time I fly/travel, this should give you a good idea of the things I consider “essential” to my daily living.
- Stasher bag with matcha latte ingredients: Includes matcha (I’ve been loving Ippodo Tea matcha, Matchaful and Chalait), cacao butter, Fourth & Heart vanilla ghee, collagen packets, frother
- 12-16oz insulated Hydroflask: I’ll fill with hot water at a coffee shop inside the airport as opposed to the hot water they serve on the airplane. People (including flight attendants) have told me airplane hot water is a no-no
- Reusable water bottle: I bring my shaker bottle to double as my water bottle throughout any trip
- Wedderspoon manuka honey to-go packets: immune boosting– great for travel
- Honest Hazel eye gels: I wear every flight! They offer soothing vitamins C & E to help refresh and repair tired skin and reduce wrinkles. Directions say to keep on for 25 minutes, but I’ve gone as long as 4 hours and it’s shocking to see how much my skin absorbs by the time I take them off. I notice a difference immediately and definitely recommend! Use ‘Rachael’ at checkout for 20% off (not affiliated)
- RMS coconut oil wipes/Ursa Major wipes: wipe face clean before moisturizers / masks
- FACE OIL: The moment you’re up 30,000 feet in the air, our skin is first to become dehydrated. I love Biossance, Tula, Cocokind, Naturopathica.
- MyCharge portable phone charger: this comes with me wherever, whenever
- Comrad compression socks: for longer duration flights
- Plantronics Pro 2 headphones: noise cancelling and great sound. A necessity for any flight
- Disinfecting wipes: to wipe down everything around you once you find your seat on the plane
- Generally, if it’s a longer trip I’ll bring a full on prepared meal in glass tupperware. Yes, for those of you asking, it is allowed through security unless it contains more than 3.4oz liquid. You can even take meals with fruit & produce internationally, but be sure to either eat all of it or dispose before going through customs at your next destination. I love a good mixed green salad with all the toppings– sauteed or roasted sweet potato, some type of protein, 1/2 an avocado, bell pepper, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper, and probably some Simple Mills crackers. If it’s a shorter flight, I’ll try to fast for the duration since food is not always digested properly due to high altitudes (I definitely notice this with my body). It’s also shown to reduce or even eliminate jet lag symptoms. Of course, fasting during flights isn’t for everyone, especially those with impaired glycemic control, mamas to be, underweight, under 18, or has a history of disordered eating.
ITEMS YOU CAN BRING THROUGH SECURITY:
- Any type of prepared food
- Sanitizers (less than 3.4oz)
- Avocados, or any produce really
- Empty reusable water bottles… then fill at a water filter station inside the airport before boarding your flight
ITEMS THEY TYPICALLY WON’T ALLOW:
- Nut butter (in jars, not in single serve packets)
- Overnight oats/chia pudding
- Any liquids, lotions, serums, sanitizers, etc. over 3.4oz
- Away Bigger Carry-on: I totally recommend this brand & size
- 1-inch wand hair curler
- Dr. Bronner’s mini body wash: nontoxic, each bottle lasts for several trips
- Cocokind body butter: lifesaver whenever you get a little too crispy sitting in the sun, or when your skin is very dry in the cold. Works whenever, wherever!
- Cocokind calming baby powder: I use as dry shampoo and it does wonders while I’m away. I tend to only wash my hair once every 5 or 6 days so this product is perfect towards the end of my washing week when my hair begins to get greasy
- Coola / Souleil Toujours organic sunscreen
- Juice Beauty tinted moisturizer
- Stasher bags: they are reusable translucent silicone ziplocks and can be used for literally anything– snacks, toothbrush/toothpaste, makeup, passports, etc.
- Plantronics backbeat fit headphones: perfect for any sort of workout. They never fall out!
- Gaia Herbs Elderberry Syrup, Oregano oil: immune boosting– I take these with me every time I travel since my body is under higher stress
- Workout resistance bands & jump rope
- Outlet convertor: for international trips
- Sony a6000 camera: we brought it to Australia and loved it! Perfect point and shoot
- Workout clothes & shoes, always
As for food & supplements, of course I still let myself “live” while on vacation, but I do like to be prepared in case I don’t have access to food at all times. Check it out below–
- Vital Proteins collagen peptide packets: collagen (my typical source of “protein powder” I use everyday) is great for healthy skin, hair, nails, joints, digestion and the gut. The has single-serve packets that make it easy to take whenever you’re on the go and dissolve in hot or cold liquids.
- Athletic Greens to-go packs: 75 vitamins and minerals, digestive enzymes, pre/probiotics, tastes amazing… best greens powder. Click here to get 5 free travel packs + their vitamin D3+K2 dropper with your first purchase!
- Bulletproof brain octane travel size: great source of healthy fats, unflavored
- Matcha: Chalait to-go packets, Matchaful, Ippodo Tea or Matcha Maiden- sold in Australia, Urban Outfitters, Anthropology
- Rootz paleo pre-workout: my favorite junk-free pre-workout I take before workouts. Use ‘rachaelsgoodeats’ for discount
- Shaker bottle: I use as my water bottle every day, along with using it to shake up my pre-workout powder
- Jilz crackers: to-go packs sold on Thrive Market
- RXBARS: great snack before or after workouts
- Digestive enzymes: always good to bring with you while you’re traveling. They help aid in digestion by breaking down difficult-to-digest proteins, carbohydrates and fats into smaller components when your body has a tougher time doing so. I usually take with meals I know may give me some trouble.
- Raw nuts: walnuts, pecans, cashews, almonds
Do you have certain travel items you can’t live without?? Let me know so I can expand my own list!
What digestive enzymes do you suggest!?
WOWWWW! Thank you SO much for the great tips, Rachael! I’m prepping for a 9-week-long work trip, where nutrient dense/clean food options are seldom going to be available so I absolutely love your to-go food supplement suggestions. THANKS!! (I also just ordered a 10-pack of the Honest Hazel gels!)
One addition to the list I’ll add which I’ve LOVED traveling with is Luxe Apothecary’s Cold & Flu defense oil: https://pureluxeapothecary.com/collections/bestsellers/products/cold-flu-defense The small roller packaging is durable and doesn’t leak (a consideration for frequent flyers!) and in addition to amazing aromatherapy & defense benefits, the oil feels really wonderful just inside the nostrils to prevent drying in gross cabin air at high altitudes, or in dry harsh winter climates I’m not used to. (…hello, spoiled by PNW air!) Not an affiliate, just absolutely LOVE her products and she’s based in Olympia, WA!
Major. Freakin. Key. I’ve got to get me travel packs of collagen, and very keen on trying those eye gel packs. Thanks for this info, you rock!
Do you have a favorite brand of digestive enzymes? I always struggle when traveling and forced to eat out. As clean as I try, it’s like my stomach knows it’s not from my kitchen!
i always take hemp seeds and oatmeal (not cooked) so i at least have a healthy breakfast everyday! and i always get checked at security because of my food haha but i always gey to keep it!
You should use Herban Essentials as disinfecting wipes. They are essential oil towelettes AND LITERALLY AMAZING. I’m surprised they aren’t on your list.
hey Chloe, not sure if this reply will thread– but do you have a fav one for travel?? I’m checking them out on Amazon rn and had never heard of them before. Thanks for the tip! ! 🙂 🙂
Nice list! Looking to get a carry on luggage… have you ever had any problems with the size being a little over and having to check it???
Rachael Devaux says
What brand do you use for your carry on luggage?
Rachael Devaux says
Away Bigger Carry On!
I loved your picks. thanks for sharing