Your mental health is crucially important to navigating everyday tasks. Taking a self-care time out is becoming increasingly important as stressful life situations constantly increase, calling for more attention to establishing a solid self-care routine. Self-care is not a luxury… it is important, whether you stay home or are out traveling the world. When you choose to travel, it shouldn’t be at the expense of your mental well-being, whether your trip is for fun, business, or grief purposes. Taking a self care travel kit with you helps to keep you more organized so you will remember (and have the excuse) to mind your mental health.
Your self-care travel kit may be as simple or elaborate as you choose. The key is to ensure you have everything that you need to de-stress while traveling.
Packing Tips for Your Self Care Travel Kit
The first thing you need to do is look at what you will need to bring with you, what you will need to travel with your luggage, and what you will need to bring with you in an easier-to-access bag. Different trips will call for different requirements.
For example, if you’re flying, you’ll want to divide what you bring for your trip’s self-care needs into two categories: on the plane and after the flight. If you’re driving, you’ll have more access to everything, but you’ll want to be more mindful of what you may need to help de-stress while driving.
If you frequently travel or have a few trips planned relatively close together, you may want to pack your self-care kit early; this way, you can grab the bag and go instead of fussing with remembering everything while you’re packing.
Decide on your essentials
Choosing the essentials for your self-care travel kit shouldn’t be stressful. Focus on bringing the fun back into it by daydreaming over what helps you relax during stressful moments. Remember, the point of self-care is to set your future self up for success.
You’ll need the basics for personal hygiene unless you’re going somewhere that provides it. If you DIY most of your products, pick up some travel-sized bottles to pour them into. If you’re unsure about the quality of the personal hygiene products provided at your destination, consider bringing the healthy options you usually use.
Pack your toiletry bag with the essentials
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body soap
- Hand Sanitizer
- Face cleanser or toner
Essential items are usually good to store in your luggage with your clothes. If you’re worried about losing checked luggage on a flight, pack these essentials into a larger carry-on you can store in the storage bins above the seats (along with an extra pair of underwear), and pack your other travel self-care items in your carry-on that will stay with you at your feet.
10 Healthy Essentials for Your Self Care Travel Kit
While the essentials are important to take care of your body and getting them prepared in advance is a form of self-care while you pack, there are some other aspects of managing your mental health that is essential to self-care and your overall well-being.
- Therapeutic Roll-On Perfume
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Reusable Water Bottle
- Vitamins and Gut-Health Supplements
- Music or Movies
- Something To Be Productive
- Healthy Snacks
- A Soft Blanket
1. Roll-On Perfume
Roller bottles are the perfect size for traveling, and when you use them, you won’t be spraying any other travelers that may become offended.
My favorite roller perfumes are made with essential oils. There is no shortage of different aroma combinations you can make (or buy). Plus, essential oils offer a variety of therapeutic and anti-stress benefits, and you can use the roller bottles as a quick deodorant too.
My favorite essential oil rollerball perfumes to keep in my travel self-care kit:
- Counting Sheep Roller (great to help you rest)
- Frankincense Roller (great for stress, focus, your immune system, and mental health)
- Immune Strength Roller (supports your immune system while traveling)
- Peppermint Roller (great if you need to cool down or have some head tension)
- Tranquility Roller (great for relaxing, especially when feeling stressed or overwhelmed)
2. Feminine Care Products (If Needed)
If you may need feminine hygiene products during your trip, pack some. I highly recommend using cloth pads with a storage bag or a few silicone cups… just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you need to succumb to products that harm your health or take on extra expense while you’re out.
Journaling is a great way to release thoughts on your mind and may help decrease your stress, work out confusing ideas or gain clarity when you’re feeling stuck about something. Or write whatever comes to mind, whether it’s a short story, thinking about a dream you had, or daydreaming about something in the future.
4. Refillable Water Bottle
Bringing a water tumbler into your self-care travel kit helps ensure you’re drinking enough water daily to keep healthy. Too often, people travel dehydrated, contributing to jet lag, reduced immune system efficiency, increased headaches, increased irritability, and sleep disturbances. Keeping a water bottle with you that you can refill will encourage you to drink more.
Vitamins and gut health are essential to any self-care routine, especially when you need extra nutrition while traveling. Consider grabbing a pill organizer to maximize space, but take what you’ll need to support your body, like a B complex, D3 with K2, and a probiotic blend. Be sure to pack enough to get you through your trip. I often pack enough for an extra couple of days, just in case plans change at the last minute.
6. Your Favorite Music or Movies
If you’re traveling as a passenger, bring your favorite movies or music to keep your mind busy and not focused on what other people around you are obnoxiously doing. Watching a comedy or listening to something that helps you relax keeps your mind from spiraling into negativity.
If you’re keeping your mind busy through music or movies, you will need headphones to listen so you’re not annoying passengers around you. Many headphones now also have noise-canceling features that help block out any stressors around you.
8. Tasks To Keep You Busy
If you have a work-from-home business, homeschool, or enjoy DIY crafts, bring something to help keep your mind busy so you can still be productive. Writing, lesson planning, or even needlepoint are great ways to pass the time.
There is nothing quite like having something good to read in the palm of your hand, especially when you have time to spare. If you’re traveling as a passenger, bringing a book to occupy your mind or learn something new is very useful and doesn’t strain your eyes as a computer does. Treat your mind to something new, or shake up your routine by reading something fun or informative.
9. Healthy Snacks
Traveling often means having limited access to food, especially when you’re actively driving or flying. Bring some healthy snacks to help keep your blood sugar where it needs to be so you’re not depriving your body of good nutrition. Bringing snacks with you also reduces your likelihood of snacking on junk food.
- Fruit chips
- Nut mix
- Fresh or dried berries
- Granola or granola bars
- Roasted chickpeas
- Sliced veggies
- Chia pudding
10. A Small Soft Blanket
Something from home that smells like home can be very soothing to keep with you. Bringing a soft blanket helps to keep you warm if you become cold while traveling, and it helps calm your mind as your senses enjoy something familiar when you’re stressed.
Travel Tips To Maximize Your Mental Health
While self-care is important, it doesn’t mean you need to break your wallet and buy expensive items. Self-care is about honoring your mental health and setting yourself up for success, whether you’re traveling alone or traveling with kids.
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Nicole is a military-trained research analyst, homeschooling mom, healthy lifestyle coach, flexible business consultant, and writer for MotherhoodTruth.com and GracefullyAbundant.com. After living through and overcoming a season of homelessness and chronic health, Nicole developed a passion for helping others develop healthier habits using functional nutrition, herbalism, and renewing faith.