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The Art of Traveling Naturally

Posted on December 10, 2019 by dragonspitapothecary

I have done a lot of work travel in my career. I’ve been fortunate to be one of those frequent travelers that gets the automatic upgrades and preferred check-in processes. When I lost those statuses when I reduced my travel I realized how spoiled I had become. However, it reminded me of the fine art to traveling that even non-status casual travelers can use to make their trip easier. Over time I have learned quite a few things that make traveling for work and pleasure easier to pack for, travel with and deal with when I get home.

On my last work trip I realized spring had started to show up on people’s calendars. There is a marked change in travelers you find in an airport at certain times of the year. For instance anytime starting in early November airlines switch their schedules for more holiday travelers. It makes planning a business trip complex as times are not often as convenient as they were just a month prior. It also means the airports will be crammed with all kinds of travelers and delays are likely. This time of year it’s spring break people traveling. Families, college kids and the like are filtering in to the airports lugging their carry-on bags and gear for some much deserved fun. I am always amazed at what people bring on a trip.

Here’s my checklist for traveling naturally. This means traveling with what you need but also including creature comforts that make the trip comfortable. These are things I commonly use for my regular travel and have adopted when we travel as a family.

  • Hard-sided luggage is a must for me. I’ve over having my bags come out with black marks or ripped from the luggage system or damp and dirty from the weather as they are carried plane to airport. With hard-sided luggage you can wipe it down with a natural cleaner and they last longer.

  • Mesh zippered compartment bags are my absolute must! Mine came from LL Bean but there are plenty of options available everywhere. The ones I have are dual sided so on one side I can keep clean clothes and the other dirty. It also makes my suitcase hold more and these cases can hold a lot! I use a large one for my work or travel clothes. A medium one for intimates and workout or fun clothes. A small one for my bathroom items. This leaves plenty of room in my suitcase for shoes, umbrella, diffuser, oils and anything else I’m taking

  • Diffuser. I always take my doTERRA AromaLite diffuser with me. It has over 400,000 airline miles on it in fact and I can’t even count how many hotel nights. This diffuser is durable and travels well. I use a diffuser in my hotel room to make it feel like home, remove odors and support my needs like sleep, stress relief, immunity support and more.

  • Oils. I always travel with doTERRA essential oils. I will have oils to use for skin care, immunity, first aide, aromatic needs and more. I keep them in a zippered soft-sided oil case or small make up bag depending on how many I’m taking.

These are the oils I commonly take on travel -both work and pleasure:

  • doTERRA OnGuard – great for disinfecting surfaces, wiping down hotel remotes and door handles, immunity support and prote