I travel for a living. And while living out of a suitcase can often be challenging, I’ve found that the best way to ground myself is to bring along some of the comforts of home. My wellness travel essentials do double duty to comfort me and keep me healthy while on the road. Here’s what you’ll find if you unpacked my bag.
'Fashion with a conscience' is JADEtribe’s motto and their natural, organic, ethical textiles follow suit. You can find me wandering the streets of Thailand or Colombia with any one of the messenger bags– large enough to carry my water and camera, but not too big to be uncomfortably heavy. I often get stopped in the street and asked where I purchased the bag, as the feel of the hand-woven fabrics seems local no matter where you are in the world. The fact that JADEtribe employs small women’s co-ops in South East Asia makes me return for a new one every season.
Guided Meditations with Dr. Miles Neale
Technology isn’t inherently bad, it’s how you use it that makes all the difference. For me, my meditation practice is more consistent when I’m traveling. Whether I give myself ten or thirty minutes, I’m able to set aside the distractions of daily life when I’m by myself in my hotel room or in a comfortable spot in the garden. Dr. Neale is a Buddhist psychotherapist who teaches an Indo-Tibetan meditation lineage. All four of his albums occupy a prominent place in my iTunes library. My morning mood determines my playlist. Mindfulness, breath work, visualization, or the Lam Rim Prayers help me to start the day centered and aware.
Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Ball Plus
My life changed when I started traveling with my Yoga Tune Up® balls. These grippy, rubbery balls created by Yoga Tune Up® founder, Jill Miller, are the key to my active recovery. From sitting too long on a plane to over using my legs on a strenuous hike, I use the Therapy Ball Plus' to give myself a welcome stress relieving massage. I roll out any part of my body – spine, sacrum, hamstrings, forearms, feet – that is feeling achy or sore and after a good night’s sleep I’m back to feeling better than normal.
iwilla remedy Bug Off Bug-Spray
From oily finishes to smelling like chemicals, I’ve tried every bug spray out there as mosquitoes find me no matter where I am. Finally I landed on an herbal insect repellent that not only smells good, but actually works. This Brooklyn-based brand uses certified organic ingredients including apple cider vinegar, citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, and lemongrass essential oil. The spray smells so good that on hot summer nights it can actually double as your scent.
Dr. Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil
The first time I tried this healing oil was in a dry mountain atmosphere where no matter how much lotion I was using, my face was left feeling dry. Dr. Alkaitis changed all that! This ‘miracle in a bottle’ is made from virgin cold-pressed organic oils including Jojoba, St. John’s Wart, Andean Mountain Rose Hip seed, and with some added natural vitamin E complex. Not only does it nourish dry and damaged skin, but I discovered you can use it as a scalp treatment to prevent stretch marks, and on your nails. A full sized bottle lives in my medicine cabinet and a travel size lives in my pre-packed cosmetic bag.
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