Before I started coaching, I never travelled. I didn't have the time, energy, money, company...etc etc. This coaching journey has given me endless opportunity to travel, make new friends, learn about blogging, and it's opened up countless more opportunities as a result of being on this journey of personal development and self growth (my first job as a coach!) This year has been constant travel, and it fills up my heart and soul! Over the course of my last several trips, I've put together my best tips and tricks and all of my go-to travel products for ya'll! If you have a fave, I'd love to hear as well!
If you've never used packing cubes before, OMG your life is about to change! These cubes make packing so easy and you can fit SO MUCH MORE in your suitcase. I usually travel with just a carry on so this was a real savior for me. You can organize by day or by type of outfit, there are different size cubes, ones for makeup and cosmetics, shoes, undies etc! Being organized took so much travel stress off the table for me! Plus they come in tons of cute colors!
Traveling with only a carry on and not checking a bag means I have to be super picky about which liquids I choose to bring! These are my MUST HAVES.
Goddess Garden sunscreen: I love the kids version because it is reef safe and great for sensitive skin. This brand is mineral based so you're avoiding the harmful chemicals and toxins found in lots of other brands. Do your research on sunscreen ya'll! The 3.4 oz was perfect for a long weekend and fit the carry on guidelines!
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: a MUST. for tropical vacations and summer vacays! Makes everything stay in place all night and prevents you from sweating off your face so you can snag all your photo ops without worry! I've tried a few brands but this by far lasts the longest in my opinion.
Living Proof Travel Hair Care Set: comes with humidity spray (MUST if you have wild locks like me), styling creme, shampoo and conditioner. Best deal out there if you ask me. $18 for the full set, quality product especially if you have color treated and heat damaged hair like myself, and all in the TSA travel guidelines for liquids!
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus: I use this on my face every 3-4 days at home but love it for my whole body when traveling! It's gradual so no fear of turning orange and helps to give that healthy vacation glow!
DigestZen and Steady Essential Oils from Doterra: I can't live without these two. Seriously. I use both multiple times a day, every day, traveling or not. DigestZen goes right on my stomach after every meal and as needed if I feel any discomfort. Steady is a grounding blend for nerves, anxiety, and general feelings of unease. I purchase through @starbritewarrior on instagram but ask around your friends/family! Always look to shop through people you know to support them first!
DermaQuest Essential B5 Hydrating Serum: another daily product of mine that I cannot LIVE without, so it comes with me everywhere I go. I seriously struggle with dry, dull skin and this gives me LIFE. Literally. It's a pretty penny but I'd give up tacos before giving this up, it's that good. The science behind it is also pretty cool, it makes my nerd heart happy!
Covering all the bases here! Traveling alone can be nerve wracking sometimes so I always feel more comfortable when I know I can have a fully charged phone. I never go anywhere without a portable battery pack. I linked the one I use but if you're out shopping for one, pay attention to power. You want to look for minimum 10,000 mAh to ensure you can have enough charge to last all day.
I also need my Beats headphones everywhere I go. It helps to pass the time, especially when traveling alone, to be able to listen to a book or a favorite playlist. It also helps me stay grounded when I'm around a lot of people and needing a second to myself! People tend to leave you alone when they see big headphones covering your ears! (lol)
Liquid I.V. is one of my favorite products of all times. I've used this hydration multiple for a few years now! They were nice enough to give ya'll a discount code too! gffitfoodie for 20% off AND FREE SHIPPING One packet of. this equals 3 bottles of water. Traveling is soooo dehydrating to our systems and it's when we are exposed more than usual to germs we maybe aren't used to. It contains electrolytes and vitamins to help keep you healthy on the go or in hotter than usual climates, like tropical vacations (especially when sugary fruity cocktails are involved, and they always are!!!) Honestly, all the flavors are delish but passionfruit is. by far my fave!
I also always travel with my superfoods shake (shake with water and get all your nutrients for the day plus 5 servings of fruits/veggies) - a no brainer when traveling, especially with all the treats!
Last but certainly not least, protein bars! Traveling with celiac disease can often times be challenging so this way I always have a back up! Always read your labels! Tons of bars are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. I like these because they're obviously gluten free, but also 10g of protein, low on the glycemic index, and loaded with fiber and real ingredients you can actually pronounce.
To follow all my travel adventures, come hang out with me on instagram! @glutenfree_fit_foodie Next stop, Indianapolis! Stay tuned!