The best essential oils for travel – a full guide to what essential oils to take on vacation and how to pack them.
A few years ago, I didn’t even know what exactly an essential oil is. Today, I can’t imagine my life without them. The first one that I tried was lavender and I’m still in love with its scent. It has such a calming effect and it helps me sleep better, as I’m a bad sleeper.
I use essential oils daily – from aromatherapy to candle and soap making. They help me to relax and boost my immune system. Some of them even ease motion sickness. They are priceless helpers not only in your daily life but during your travels, too.
The 4 best essential oils for travel
Peppermint – for motion sickness and jet lag
Peppermint is one of the oldest herbs in Europe, that was used in folk medicine. Moreover, peppermint is one of the best essential oils for motion sickness. It is also great for altitude sickness.
- fresh grassy-minty scent
- a proven remedy for nausea, altitude and motion sickness
- soothe stomach aches and digestive issues
- boost energy
- cooling effect on the skin
- helps with jet lag
Lavender – for insomnia
Ancient Egyptians used lavender in cosmetics and embalming. Today nothing’s really changed. The lavender is still one of the most used essential oils in the world. And there is a good reason for that. It has amazing healing properties. It’s a perfect addition to your essential oils travel kit. If I have to choose one oil to take with me during a trip, this would be the lavender.
- the soothing scent has a calming effect
- helps insomnia, headache and anxiety
- heals sunburn and skin irritations
- also acts as a bug repellent against mosquitoes, midges and moths
Tea tree – insect repellent
The home of the tea tree is Australia and it has been used by the Aborigines as a traditional medicine for centuries. The tea tree has powerful antiseptic properties.
- effective insect repellent
- soothes itchy insect bites
- a powerful antiseptic
- helps with acne, bacterial infections and dandruff
- hand sanitiser (mixed with water)
Sweet orange – for hotel rooms and unpleasant odours
This sweet orange is extracted from the peels of oranges. It is an amazing room freshener due to its cheerful citrus scent. Also, it is a great helper when you end up in a stale-smelling or smoky hotel room.
- air freshener
- its uplifting aroma alleviates anxiety and depression
- relieves physical and mental fatigue
- mild aphrodisiac
How to travel with essential oils
Don’t forget your favourite essential oils when going on vacation. Even if your space is limited, take one or two that you use on a daily basis. Some of them have a wide spectrum of properties, so you can easily choose a few that cover most of your needs.
I usually buy small bottles no more than 15ml/0.5oz. In this way, I can take my treasured oils everywhere without any problems. Moreover, I always travel only with a carry-on luggage or weekender bag, so I have limited space.
The 2 best essential oil carrying cases
If you’re taking less than three bottles, just put them in your cosmetic bag. However, if you travel for a longer period or want to take with you more bottles, you need a travel case.
These essential oil carrying cases are also a great choice to keep your bottles safe at home.
Stylish travel bag
This is the perfect case for travelling. It can fit easily in a large purse or handbag. The bag is ideal not only for vacation but also for daily use. You can fit more than 10 bottles, as there is an extra room in the middle.
- 6.8 x 2.5 x 3.8 inches | 17.3 x 6.4 x 9.7 cm
- 10 mesh pockets with elastic openings to hold the bottles securely
- fits perfectly 5ml, 10ml and 15ml bottles
- cute and stylish pattern plus a sturdy construction
Large essential oil travel bag
If you want to travel with a whole collection of bottles, this case is the ideal choice. It comes in two variations – for 30 or 56 vials. You can fit all your favourite scents for a perfect and relaxing vacation.
- 7 x 3 x 7 inches | 17.8 x 7.6 x 17.8 cm
- you can choose from patterns in multiple bright colours
- holds up to 30/56 bottles (5ml, 10ml or 15ml) and 15ml rollers
- compatible with all brands essential oils
- water resistant and durable cotton canvas fabric
- great zipper quality
The best travel essential oil diffuser
Do you need a diffuser for your vacation? It all depends on the length of the trip. For a weekend getaway, you can manage without a diffuser. Drip few drops on a tissue, in a hot glass of water, directly in the shower or just sprinkle them around the room. However, for a vacation longer than a week, you’ll need a travel size essential oil diffuser.
This mini diffuser and humidifier is one of the best choices on the market. You can control the mist intensity and the colour changing LED lamp. The diffuser works great in an office, too (you can turn off the light to prevent any distraction).
- 3.8 x 3.8 x 2.8 inches | 9.7 x 9.7 x 7.1 cm
- multiple power supply – by AC adaptor, car USB, mobile phone charger or power bank
- 2 light and mist modes plus 7 changing colours
- water tank capacity of 100ml that can continue to 3-5 hours
Flying with essential oils
Can you bring essential oils on a plane
Are essential oils allowed on planes?
Totally. You can put them both in your carry-on and checked luggage.
Essential oils in a carry-on luggage
There is no problem taking your favourite ones, even if you’re travelling only with a carry-on. However, you have to put them in a clear one litre/quart ziploc bag (along with the other liquids). You can take as many containers (100ml/3.4oz or less per item) that could fit in this ziploc bag.
Essential oils usually have potent scents that may irritate other people. Thus, don’t use them during your flight. If you need to use any oil on the plane, prepare in advance a diluted spray or drip a few drops on a tissue.
Essential oils in a checked baggage
There are no regulations on how many bottles you can bring into your checked baggage. Just be sure that you seal them well to prevent spills. If you bring a beach towel with yourself, wrap the bottles in it to keep away your clothes from any leakage. If you travel regularly with essential oils, better get yourself a travel carrying case.
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