7 Things to Pack for A Healthy Summer Vacation

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” -Jawaharial Nehru

Summer! A time when most of us plan our trips! I just got back from exploring Yellow Stone and the Grand Tetons. It was amazing! Hope you have some fun things planned! Time to let go of the routine, gain new perspective, and relax! Here are some of my must-haves for my suitcase to ensure I stay healthy while I’m away so I can fully enjoy any trip!

Pack Healthy:

1. Eye-mask and earplugs: Sleep is important, you want to be well rested for your exploring. These come in handy on a plane or with noisy neighbors. They helped dull the sounds coming from the wailing infant beside me on my last plane ride!!

2. Probiotics: Traveling, usually we usually are trying new foods or maybe not so good food, these can be a game changer. I remember the old days when I used to pack pepto in fear of how my stomach would react to certain things, since probiotics, no more! Probiotics keep your tummy happy, digestion moving, and help boost your immune system. My favorite for travel is Integrative Therapeutics probiotic pearls because they come in convenient packs that fit in a wallet and are stable without refrigeration.

3. Essential Oils: Thieves to boost the immune system and as a hand sanitizer (put on your hands on the plane, public bathrooms etc.), Peppermint for motion sickness, headaches, tummy troubles and to wake you up. Lavender for burns, allergies, and to calm. Purification if I am going somewhere buggy. Oils must be therapeutic grade to have these benefits, so I only use Young Living. I also bring a citrus oil, grapefruit, lime, or lemon, to add to my water for more benefits and tasty water.

Favorite Young Living Oils for Travel

Favorite Young Living Oils for Travel

4. Healthy Snacks: Nuts, small packets almond butter, organic oatmeal packets, carrot sticks, apples, tangerines, roasted and spiced chickpeas, and/or homemade low sugar granola. All easy to pack and fairly long-lasting these will come in handy when you’re hungry and your only option is at the gas station.

5. Magnesium Citrate: Many people suffer from constipation while traveling and magnesium citrate can help if you suffer from this problem or if you over indulge in cheese fries!

6. Greens powder: Sometimes its hard to get greens when traveling, so search for a green juice bar near your destination, but if there isn’t one, you’ll have the greens powder to get some chlorophyll in. Not as tasty as the real deal and a little gritty but its a good fall back. They come in one time use packets for easy packing.

7. Reusable Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is important! Bring your own bottle so you can continue to fill up whenever potable water is available.

My Other Travel Essentials: Eminence Organics Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 30 does double duty as face moisturizer and sunscreen, Flip-flops for showers in public places like campgrounds, good hiking/walking shoes, oil for oil pulling and nasya (get a regulation size bottle, fill with sesame oil and a couple drops of young living thieves or peppermint oil), a scarf, travel size pill dispenser with compartments to store only the amount of vitamins and herbs I will need while I’m away, and Eminence Vanilla Mint Hand Cream and a their citrus lip balm because travel can dry me out!*

Check out this packing cheat sheet from smartertravel.com for a list of clothing, toiletry, and technological items to help you make sure nothing important gets left behind!

Contact me to order probiotics, vitamins, or essential oils if you don’t have them yet!

What are your must-haves? Your best travel tips? I’d love to hear about them!

*The chemicals in your skin care products take 26 seconds to enter your bloodstream, which is why I am so particular about the products and companies I use. Added bonus? The company Eminence plants a tree for every product sold.

Mount Washburn in Yellow Stone National Park

Mount Washburn in Yellow Stone National Park

 

Give Yourself Room to Grow: 7 Tips for Letting Go of Stuff

 Recently, I feel the need to reorganize and de-clutter. My recent road trip involved collecting things left behind and driving in a car overstuffed with clothes I probably no longer need and more than likely don’t even want anymore.  I realized how long I hold onto things unnecessarily.  I wore a pair of jeans I have had since high school and then saw a picture of myself in them and grimaced…time to let them go and time to dig in and let go of other things too.

I try to be a conscious buyer and have noticed the difference in many areas of my life. It’s good. I only want to own things I love and that I feel good about buying. I have realized that the purchases that give me the most pleasure are experiences. I want my purchases to reflect that as a priority in my life. Also, it is better for the natural and my own environment.

I called a consignment shop yesterday and plan to use my Sunday to clean out the closets.

My guidelines for letting go of the stuff and getting organized:

1. If I haven’t used or worn it in a year, it goes.

2. If it doesn’t look good on me, it goes, no matter what I paid for it.

3. Pretend like I’m moving, would I want the item to come with me to a new place?  Whenever we move, most of us are shocked by the amount of stuff we manage to collect and I’m no exception. Why am I holding onto a flower lei that I got at a party 5 years ago?

4. Go through notes and type up the things I need to know or that will serve me in google docs, paper gets recycled. Books I’ll never read again go to the library.

5. If it’s broken, it gets fixed, or tossed. If it is dingy, ugly, or tattered, it goes (thinking about night shirts, socks, and underwear here).

6. Anything that reminds me of an unhappy time or experience, goes out.

7. Use these questions about my thoughts and things to guide my decisions. “Who am I? What do I want for my life? What do I want my space to feel like? Will this item serve me?”

Clearing out clutter helps reduce anxiety, saves time in the long run, gives you room to expand, and space to think. Clutter drains our energy and stagnates thoughts and emotions. Sell your stuff to a consignment store or have a garage sale and use the money for an experience!

Multnomah Falls, Oregon. Feeling free and open.

Multnomah Falls, Oregon. Feeling free and open.