Just last week, I had three different people say to me, “Wow! You travel a LOT. How do you do it?”
While there are people who travel quite a bit more than I do, I am, on average, on some type of a road trip requiring an overnight stay at least once a month. Sometimes it’s just overnight, but often it is several days. One of my trips last year had me out of town for almost two full weeks solid, complicated by the fact that the first week I was gone I had to have comfortable shoes and outfits for LOTS of walking and casual outfits for warm weather and the second week required layered dress clothes due to warm weather outside with air conditioning inside and heels. Sometimes, like on that trip, I was in three separate hotel-type settings. I was just on a trip last week though where we drove, were gone eight days and in five different hotels/home settings.
Trips like those, I have learned over time, require organization. It helps so much if I have outfits put together ahead of time, know where everything is in my suitcases and bags and have some type of “system” to the way things work. SO…here are a few hints to show how I personally make that work. I hope this helps YOU in some way! I’d love to hear your hints too! I’m always learning when it comes to making travel easier!
For starters, over the years, I’ve had several different types and styles of luggage. As a result, I HIGHLY suggest hard-sided luggage with spinner wheels. You can find great ones in any number of places, so I’m not going to go into that here other than to say that it really IS worth it to pay a little more for quality, but let’s talk about packing cubes!
I was introduced to packing cubes a couple of years ago and now I wonder how I ever traveled without them! I bought a set myself on Amazon at that time and then was THRILLED when I was gifted two more sets as a Diamond+ leader at our dōTERRA Global Convention last year. Again, I wondered how I had EVER traveled without them. They are GREAT fabric cubes (mine all have mesh inserts so I can easily see what’s in them, as you can see in the picture.) They come in different sizes for different types of items and you can even get them for shoes - super nice so that the dirty soles of your shoes aren’t rubbing up against your clean clothes or your toiletries in your luggage (although I also use a toiletry roll-up bag so that none of those items are “on the loose'“ - not pictured). I’ve used my cubes to pack in different ways: Sometimes, all of my tops are in one, jeans are in another and kimonos, sweaters and jackets are in a different one, dress pants or skirts are in one and there is separate, smaller one for all of the necessary underclothes and another for PJs. Other times, and this is my FAVORITE way to pack, I pack them so that they contain one or two complete outfits per cube. SO EASY!! That makes things “grab and go” and I pack them in my luggage in reverse order so that the first outfits in are the last ones that I wear. This is especially helpful on trips where I have to live out of my suitcase with little room to spread out or if I don’t want to have to pack and unpack everything, like on the trip that I just took where we were in different accommodations almost every night!
And then there is this lifesaver! This is not an ad and I’m sure there are other product brands that are comparable, but this mini My Pillow is one of my new favorite travel items when I fly! I’m a bit of a pillow snob and I like to travel with my own full-sized pillow when I’m in a car, but when I fly, there is obviously much less room to pack. This particular pillow is about half the overall size of a regular bed pillow, but it rolls up inside of the pillow case that comes with it to make it compact and easy to pack (as pictured above) and it’s the closest I’ve been able to get to making sure that I have something resembling my pillow from home when I’m not at home!
If you’re like me, I tend to get a little stiff and “achy” when I sit for too long, which honestly tends to happen more often when I’m traveling, because it’s often for conferences or meetings. This little gem is one one that I ordered on Etsy. It’s a small (probably 4x8 inches or so) flax seed stuffed pillow-like gem that I can either heat in a microwave or throw in a hotel freezer for relief of those aches and pains and it takes up almost no space in my luggage - BONUS!
And then this group of things is ALWAYS in my suitcase. They live there and come out when I travel. These are some of the things that I just don’t even want to think about not having with me, so I have doubles and these just live in the luggage during the times that I’m at home. So, what’s here?
First and foremost, my diffuser! The one pictured is called the Aroma Lite. It is one of my favorites, especially for travel. It is compact, angular so it’s easy to fit into a suitcase, seals fairly tightly, so if there is a little water left in it it doesn’t make a mess everywhere. It runs for up to 4 hours at a time and has an adjustable light that can act as a nightlight if needed!
Next are my “drops”. I’ll talk more about these later, but I always have a bag of Breathe drops and OnGuard drops in my suitcase. The small white box is a mini first aid kit with bandaids, gauze pads and more.
The pink device in the back is a handheld clothes steamer. It’s so much easier than setting up the ironing board in the hotel room, I can use it anywhere there is a plug and water and it is one of my most recent “won’t be without” additions. For one like it, check out this link. (This is not an ad and I don’t receive anything for suggesting it to you!)
Last but not least in this set is my flat iron cover. You can find these in many places. It has a heat-proof lining, so I can put it in the case and slide it into my luggage immediately after using it and I don’t risk burning anything. Leaving it with my luggage helps to ensure that I don’t forget to take my flatiron too! It acts as a last-minute reminder to pack it!
This is my favorite backpack. I don’t travel ANYWHERE anymore without a backpack. Every year at our dōTERRA Convention, we get a new backpack and this one is several years old, but it is still my favorite so far. It has just the right pockets, holders for my oils, a padded sleeve for my laptop, pockets for a water bottle and more. Find a good one and you won’t want to change either! :) So, to finish this post out, let’s talk about what lives in my backpack!
And finally, these are the items that just live in my backpack so I don’t forget them when I travel. Included are pens, a charger block for my phone or ipad, an extension cord that allows me to use one plug to charge up to 4 USB electronic items (we’re often in rooms with multiple people and we all know that hotel rooms NEVER have enough outlets)! I also include extra business cards, spot remover towelettes and screen cleaners, several roller bottles of oils (including Breathe and On Guard - to help keep my ears open when I fly and to help build my immune system even in the shared air in a plane) and Breathe and OnGuard Throat drops for the same reason! I pop a Breathe drop in my mouth as we begin to taxi for takeoff and again as we begin our descent to land and no longer have closed ears for hours after we land! (See why those are a non-negotiable?)
For more info on the dōTERRA products listed in this blog post, use this link: https://doterra.me/MufOcn6A. This link will take you to my dōTERRA website, so if you have an account of your own, be sure to place your order for these products on your own account. If you don’t have your own Wholesale Account yet, don’t have another friend who is helping you learn about dōTERRA and would be interested in getting these products at Wholesale rather than Retail cost, use the Contact Me page on my website to let me know you’re interested and we can discuss your best options OR click on this link to explore that possibility on your own. This last link includes my favorite membership enrollment kit as well as the OnGuard and Breathe Throat drops. Once you get to the link, you can add to or reduce the items in your order to customize it as you want! Using this last link will also add you to my dōTERRA Team and gives you full access to my website, including our Team Training page! :) As mentioned earlier, please don’t hesitate to navigate your way over to the “Contact Me” page on this website where I can answer any questions that you might have and help get you set up in any way that you determine is best.
So, what did I miss? What is your favorite travel tip OR what did you learn here that you maybe haven’t thought of before? Use the comments area below to tell me!
Here’s a bonus tip!
Completely unpack within 24 hours of arriving home. You’ll feel much better about things in general if you’re not tripping over and trying to live out of suitcases for days on end after you get home. PROMISE! :)