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If you’re like me, you always pack too much! I’ve been trying to streamline my packing list for our trip to Europe this month, and wanted to share my 10 essentials for a comfortable, healthy and fit trip. I’ve found that Amazon is the most budget-friendly place to purchase most of these items, so I’ve included links in case you’re interested in checking them out (just click on the pictures to access them).
I have a lot of trouble falling asleep on planes, but the Trtl Pillow and Neck Support has truly helped me have the proper neck support to get needed rest on long-haul flights. An added bonus is that it keeps you warm (planes are so drafty sometimes!)
The headphones on planes are gross and they even charge for them on certain airlines now (for domestic flights), so I always opt to bring my own. This is the style I prefer because I don’t have to worry about them falling out when I move around (also good for running, hiking, dance-cleaning, etc)
Especially for long flights, it’s important to move every hour or so to prevent blood clots (and also keep from going insane). I usually bring 1-2 of my Chicmoda resistance bands so I can do some exercises in my seat (or in the aisles during downtime) if need be. It’s also nice to have them to use in the hotel room or hostel, because some might not have a gym and you don’t want to completely lose your gainz, bruh! Compression socks are also a good item to look into for long flights.
Did you know planes are one of the most germ-filled locations you’ll encounter when traveling? I generally avoid the alcohol-based hand sanitizers due to the whole antibiotic resistance thing. I’ve been using this Eden’s Garden Tea Tree Roll On (it’s diluted with fractionated coconut oil) on my last few trips as a hand disinfectant when I’m not near a restroom to wash up. Tea Tree Oil can also be used on minor cuts and scrapes, so it’s a trifecta of healing for travel (antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral)
Feel a scratchy throat or cold coming on? Have airborne allergies? This Silvercillin needs to be in your arsenal. You spray it in your throat and the silver acts to combat harmful bacteria/viruses and boost your immune system. Can also be used daily as a preventative measure.
Stomach issues from your body adjusting to new water and new time zones? Had a great time and maybe a little too much sangria? Food poisoning? I’ve experienced all of these things on various trips, and have been so thankful to have my activated charcoal pills to help me calm my stomach and detox/adjust to new environments.
While a lot of the hotels are now providing their own adapters, if you’re staying in Airbnbs or hostels, you’ll definitely want to have an adapter to charge your devices. For me, it was important to have one that works in Europe and Asia because those are the places I visit most. This one has worked out well for me thus far since it’s universal.
My goal is to travel sustainably, so constantly buying bottled water is a no go (and gets to be too expensive). I like this Nomader Collapsible water for how compact it becomes, making it perfect to fit in my purse if need be.
Protein is vital to me – haha, get it? But seriously, my goal is to consume half of my body weight in ounces of protein each day, so these single serve Vital Protein Collagen Peptides packets come with me to help me maintain my weight and not get too far off track on my nutrition while away from home. You can mix with water, juice, smoothies, cereal, etc because there is no flavor.
Although some countries are much more health-conscious than the US, most airports and airlines generally don’t offer nutritious or healthy snacks and meals, so I bring at least a few of my own along to supplement and make sure I’m not starving. Chomps and LARABAR are my go to snacks because of their clean ingredients. Pro-tip: If you order a gluten-free meal when you book your flight, you’ll get your meal before all the other passengers!
What are your go-to items when you travel? I’d love to hear about what has worked well for you!