Oh, how I love traveling! Nothing beats going to a new country for the first time, breathing in new air, and getting to know the culture. However, with traveling come responsibilities, such as packing properly. I have yet to meet a person that actually enjoys packing, I am not a big fan at least. That‘s why I made this list of 8 travel essentials for your next trip. Although it doesn’t cover essentials such as a toothbrush and underwear (I trust you to remember to pack those yourself) it includes items that are easy to forget but make your vacation much more enjoyable if you remember them.

1. Kindle

Although I love the smell and feel of new books, I‘m not a big fan of carrying heavy books around, especially when I‘m on vacation! Ever since I bought a Kindle I can travel with hundreds of books (well, actually thousands in my case, I love reading!) and it weighs as much as a deck of cards. It‘s such a luxury to have almost any book in the world within the reach of your hand. I don‘t have to desperately search for book stores! Also, the battery lasts for weeks which is a big plus.

2. Headphones

I listen to music all day long when I‘m home, but I listen even more when I travel! It‘s the perfect way to entertain yourself on long plane, train or car rides. If there‘s something I love more than music, it‘s dancing which happens to be my preferred daily exercise. I usually dance in hotel rooms wherever I go, and it‘s good to have headphones so I don‘t disturb other guests. I‘m also a big fan of podcasts, it‘s a good way to learn something new, listen to interviews or guided meditations without even having to open your eyes. I usually travel with Airpods because they don‘t take up a lot of room and I like traveling light.

3. Essential Travel Kit

I prefer traveling with only carry-on luggage when I can because that way I don‘t have to wait for my luggage to arrive after I‘ve left the plane. I can just begin my adventure straight away! That‘s why it‘s important to me to have travel-size versions of my favorite products. With this purpose in mind, I made the Essential Travel Mini Kit. It contains three travel essentials: The Mini Divine Radiance moisturizer, the Mini Pure Hand Care cream, and the Mini Bliss Healing Balm.

  • Using a moisturizer every day is important, but it‘s especially important when you‘re traveling because your skin is exposed to a new environment and temperatures that you are perhaps not used to. The Divine Radiance moisturizer is deeply hydrating, it neutralizes daily environmental damage and it contains natural sun protection, which is good if you‘re in a warm country. Here you can see the Divine Radiance in VOGUE!
  • Your hands are exposed to the same elements as your face, so why shouldn‘t you give them the same attention? By using hand cream you minimize the signs of environmental damage while keeping your hands soft. The Pure Hand Care cream provides intensive hydration, reduces redness and inflammation and heals cracks and sores.
  • When you‘re traveling you never know what‘s going to happen next. Your lips might get unbearably dry, you might get a rash or you might get an insect bite. But there‘s no need to worry, the Bliss Healing Balm is highly effective for wounds and insect bites, soothes rashes and skin irritations and is fantastic as a lip balm.

4. Sun Protection

When I go to warmer countries I always pack sunscreen and a hat to protect my skin. I use my Divine Radiance moisturizer if the sun‘s not too strong because it contains natural sun protection. However, if it‘s very strong for a long time I always pack organic sunscreen. Sunscreen prevents inflammation of the skin and reduces the risk of sunburn and the hat makes you look stylish while protecting you.

Avoid Digestive Problems While Traveling

When you‘re traveling to a new country you‘re exposed to germs your body is not used to and it can be difficult to avoid the foods you don‘t normally eat. For example, I usually don‘t eat bread, but in certain countries, bread is such a big part of the culture that it can be hard to avoid. Also, food on menus isn‘t always labeled as gluten-free or dairy-free. In these instances, it can save you a lot of trouble to have remedies and preventative measures for your digestive system. The digestive system has to be delicately balanced to work properly, and this balance is easily thrown off with unclean water, stress and a diet that‘s different than what we‘re used to.

5. Probiotics

I recommend starting probiotics at least two weeks before your journey begins to give your body a chance to adapt to the changes in your gut. Take the probiotics daily while traveling and then for two weeks after you‘ve returned from your travels.

6. Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes mimic your natural enzymes and help to break down and digest food. Travelling can be tricky if you are gluten or lactose-intolerant because sometimes you don‘t have much control over what you eat. On top of that, long travel and stress can make you bloated and constipated so it‘s good to have a weapon against these problems.

7. Triphala

Triphala is an age-old mix of three Indian fruits that are known for balancing digestion. It can be used as a laxative and it works well against bloating, constipation and flatulence. It boosts the body‘s natural defenses and has a high vitamin C content.

8. Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal can be used for traveler’s diarrhea, for example for emergencies when you don‘t have much choice but to be on the move. It‘s a popular travel remedy because the charcoal binds the bacteria that are causing the diarrhea.

About the Author

Anna Rósa is a medical herbalist and author of the bestselling book Icelandic Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses. She’s the CEO and founder of Anna Rósa Skincare and a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in UK. It’s the oldest herbalist institute in the world, founded in 1894.

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