Fortunately and unfortunately, a large majority of my friends and family are spread out across the world. The fortunate side of this being that they all live in fantastic cities, making for great vacay-visits. The unforunate side, aside from the obvious being separated from each other, is the need for travel (often during the busiest times of year). While I don't actually mind flying at all, it can wreak havoc on one's emotional and physical health, especially when it occurs during the holidays. The fear of weather-induced flight delays, catching a dreaded recycled-air cold or being stranded sans healthy snacks in the airport are all real and true struggles. Thankfully, after many-a-years worth of trial and error I've learned to pack a pretty solid carry-on. Even better is that being in-house at Vitarock means I've been exposed to even more fantastic travel options. So behold, the official Guide to Holiday Travel.
Beauty Travel Essentials
Keeping skin hydrated during a flight isn't always easy unless you want to schlep your entire skincare arsenol into the Polly Pocket sized washroom to embark on a cleanse + moisturize venture. I assume you avoid said washrooms as much as possible, which makes a hydrating mist your new BFF. This Andalou mist contains Apline Rose Stem Cells, moisture-binding humectans, hyaluronic acid (which helps skin retain moisture), and aloe vera, each of which revives your skin's hydro lipid barrier. Skin is left refreshed, rejuvinated, and replenished. But wait! I know what you're thinking: it's too large to take on a flight! Fear not: a transferable travel kit is all you need.
Popular amongst the legendary Jean Godfrey-June (beauty director extraordinare of the publishing world) and amongst many of us here at VR HQ, Weleda Skin Food is an absolute essential. Packed with essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, and organic sunflower seed oil, this lotion is deeply hydrating and can handle the most dry, cracked or rough skin. Apply before a flight to prevent dehydration.
This little beauty secret plays double duty: perfect for those of you travelling with baby, but also a fantastic option for those sans infant. For anyone travelling over night (or anyone stranded in an airport), these are the perfect alternative to an elaborate face-cleaning routine. They're formulated to be sensitive enough for a newborn, making them a great no-rinse option. They are void of any synthetic fragrance or colors, perfectly pH balanced to remove dirt and residue, and are enriched with Certified Organic Bamboo extract and Vitamin E to nourish and protect the skin.
Health & Wellness Travel Essentials
While there's no way to guarantee you avoid illness while travelling, you can certainly do things to help prevent it! Hailed as "natures most powerful antiobiotic," Oil of Oregano has long been used to help prevent bacterial infection and support the immune system against viruses, fungi, and parasites. Add a drop to your water or juice or take on its own.
Hand sanitizer is a cruicial step in one's defense against impending illness. But since we're not into harmful chemicals around here, we opt for this formula which is void of any toxins and synthetic antibacterials. It's safe for adults and children and utilizes natural antiseptics to eliminate harmful bacteria. It also contains aloe gel to aid in moisturizing your skin.
Delays, general chaos, and lack of sleep can cause all kinds of travel stress. The best way to keep your zen in check is to keep this portable aromatherapy in your bag. Whether you're trying to catch some sleep or simply remain calm amongst the crowds, the blend of cedarwood, sandalwood, and other essential oils helps to create calm and balance.
Travelling Snack Essentials
As a (very) long time vegatarian, I'm constantly thinking ahead when it comes to travelling and meals. Rarely are there a plethora of healthy options in airports (or any sort of travel hub for that matter) so pre-planning is necessary on my end. These bars contain 13 grams of fermented dietary protein and are filling enough to outlast even the longest travel day. The fermented ingredients promote overall digestive health and gut bacteria allowing you to feel your best no matter the circumstances.
Options make waiting and long journeys more enjoyable and thus along with your meal replacing protein bars, healthy "fun" snacks are also a good idea. Organic Traditions Goji Berries give you a mega-dose of antioxidants and are a good alterniatve to airline deserts. Keeping a savoury snack like Three Farmers Roasted Chickpeas eliminates the risk of snacking on chips or pretzels, because lets be honest: staying healthy while travelling makes for a much more pleasant arrival!