What to Pack (and Not Pack) to Feel Good When Traveling

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MindBodyGreen asked a group of wellness-focused jet-setters to share what they always fly with, what they never fly with, and how they make airport experiences better.

They came up with some awesome tips, and also inspired us to share a few Nicely Travel suggestions following the same themes:

What we always fly with

  • Travel-size packets of organic coconut oil from Trader Joe's. Like Sara Quiriconi said in the article linked above, coconut oil is an in-flight multi-tasking lifesaver! Use it for lip balm, moisturizer, makeup remover, and even oil-pulling to freshen up your mouth on long flights.
  • Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist. A few sprays of this stuff on your face is super refreshing  and a great pick-me-up when you're on a long-haul journey. Plus, it has a very light scent so you won't be bothering seatmates with an aggressive fragrance.
  • Agate necklace from Gemisphere. This is a favorite of ours for traveling. If you're a fan of gemstones, you may know that agate is supposedly great for making you feel grounded and preventing the effects of jet lag. Plus, its earthy coloring is beautiful!
  • No Jet Lag homeopathic pills. We take these every time we cross multiple time zones, and they do seem to help us avoid the worst effects of jet lag. Make sure to follow the package instructions!

What we never fly with

  • Checked luggage. We try to travel carry-on only as much as possible (there are so many benefits, from sailing through customs before a long line forms to being more mobile when you're in transit). Having the right carry-on bag is a huge help, as are packing cubes! Our current favorite carry-on bags are the Air Boss by Red Oxx, and the Subterra Carry-On by Thule.

How to make the airport experience more pleasant

  • First off, we definitely co-sign the MindBodyGreen article advice regarding TSA Precheck (or Global Entry)! It's absolutely worth the investment if you fly frequently. It's wonderful to be able to skip those long security lines, keep shoes on, keep laptops inside our bag, and walk through a metal detector rather than a full-body x-ray.
  • Know your airport amenities in advance (or book your trip with Nicely Travel and your travel advisor will give you these details!). Many airports have hidden amenities, facilities, and services to make air travel a tad more relaxing. For instance, the amazing Incheon/Seoul airport has a free crafting area where you can pass the time doing fun Korean cultural crafts, and also a "transit hotel" within the terminal where you can grab a shower and a few hours sleep on a long layover. Check out GateGuru and LoungeBuddy for more insights into what's available at your airport(s).