travel hacks using essential oils

Planning a trip?

If you have travel plans for the near future, here are some travel hacks that might just come in handy! I never go on a trip- even a short one- without certain essential oils.

Top essential oil blends for travel

Between these blends, you can cover almost any situation from jet lag to upset tummy; 1st aid to preventing nasty viral infections. Blends should always be diluted before applying them to your skin. (These blends are available from Nature Notes and ship within Canada.)

  • Medik– tea tree, Scotch pine, niaouli, peppermint, eucalyptus
  • Genevieve– lemongrass, rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender, cinnamon, tea tree, clove, geranium
  • Gladiator– lemon, peppermint, lemongrass, dill, sweet fennel, basil
  • Vivo (also available in roller)- lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, sweet basil
  • Mellow– sweet marjoram, lavender, bergamot, rosewood, ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, cardamom
  • Shield– eucalyptus radiata, white thyme, red thyme, tea tree, oregano, bay laurel

Alternative essential oil blends USA

If you are reading this and are outside Canada, I did some digging and found some awesome alternatives.

Head Ease blend could be used as an alternate to the Vivo blend.

Ingredients: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Frankincense (Boswellia carterii), Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Spearmint (Mentha spicata), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)


Fighting Five blend could be used as an alternate to the Shield blend

Ingredients: Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Moroccan Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus Globulus, and Eucalyptus Radiata


Tranquility blend could be used as an alternate for Mellow.

Ingredients: lavender, cedarwood, ylang ylang, sweet marjoram, chamomile, vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla

Travel Toolkit

Recommendations for your travel toolkit:

    • I recommend bringing small amounts of carrier oil. In order to make a topical application you should always dilute essential oils into a carrier. Using a carrier oil accomplishes 2 important functions.
      1. It makes your essential oil go further giving you greater value for your money
      2. it significantly reduces your risk of irritation to the skin

      Travel hack: use a 30ml plastic bottle.

    • An empty spray mist bottle– This is handy for all kinds of applications.
      1. You can make a bed spray in situations where you may wary of crawling into that hotel bed
      2. you can make your own insect repellent on the run

      Recommended size: 2 oz/60ml.

    • A bottle of pure or distilled water- for use in spray bottles.


Interested in building your own aromatherapy travel kit? Read a related article here.

Make your own travel spray: 2oz spray bottle with mist cap

1 oz / 30ml rose flower water

.8oz / 20ml witch hazel

2 tsp / 10ml aloe vera gel or juice

Optional: Add 10 drops of essential oil or blend of your choice. Label your creation.

Nice extras

Some really nice things to bring if you have space

  • Frankincense Face Mist– doubles as both a toner and body spray (60ml $18)
  • Ease Me Multi Balm– compact and convenient, this ointment can be used for sore muscles and joints, hand and foot moisturizer, 1st Aid application for scrapes and abrasions, etc. Even may be used as perfume! (2oz $15)
  • After Sun Face Oils– After a day of sun, this oil blend is formulated to help replace lost moisture from the skin, as well as help repair damage caused by sun’s rays. Long term use may also reduce the appearance of wrinkles. (30ml $39)
  • Tea Tree Hand Cream– a nice moisturizer with tea tree, argan oil, sandalwood. (50ml $15)

Pull it all together

Let’s get this trip organized!

Essential Oil Carrying Case. It’s nice to have a soft body case for safely transporting your essential oil bottles. You don’t want them to break.

Empty bottles for mixing (includes a spray mist top and lotion pump)
You might want to fill one of these with the carrier oil of your choice, and add your essential oil blend to it so it’s ready for use when needed. Don’t forget to label it!

Travel Tip: Fill the spray bottle with witch hazel or a flower water (lavender or rose is nice). Leave one bottle empty so you can mix up a custom blend on the fly.

Read a related article on mixing and empty bottles here.

Jojoba carrier oil – I like jojoba because it has an extremely long shelf life compared with most other oils. (Technically jojoba is a liquid wax.) Also, it is suitable for all skin types, including babies. You can use jojoba to make a massage or body oil blend, or apply it directly to the face as a moisturizer. Incidentally, jojoba is one of the most useful, multi purpose liquids around.

And- bonus! You can keep using it long after you return home from your trip.

Bodum Travel Tea or coffee mug – Whether you prefer loose leaf tea or coffee, an insulated French press style travel mug is the way to go. It’s easy and convenient, and not heavy to carry around. Don’t forget to make your tea (or coffee) with pure water!

If you only have room to bring 1 essential oil- bring lavender!

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