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This post contains affiliate links. Please read our disclosure here.We just got back from a week-long trip to Montana with all of my husband’s four siblings’ families and my mother-in-law. 27 of us all in one big ranch! Because of the distance between Montana and Southern Arizona where we live, we opted to fly instead of drive. With seven of us going for just over a week, it was a real effort to try to pare down to the true essentials when packing. I relied heavily on this post by Beth at Parent Lightly on flying with and packing for kids. I highly recommend you check it out if you’re planning a big trip with the family. Being minimalist with my packing forced me to think carefully about what essential oils to take on vacation, and which I could do without.
Of course, I couldn’t take my entire collection of oils. In fact, I even opted to go without my diffuser for the week. If you are also a daily user of EOs, you know what a big sacrifice that was! I also opted to check my bag containing my essential oils rather than carry them on. Even though the quantity of liquid should have been below the TSA regulations, the mere possibility of having to dispose of them wasn’t worth it to me. All of the bottles and rollerballs were just fine in the plane’s underbelly with no leaking.
So which oils ended up making the cut for “must-have while traveling?” There were 8 in total, and they served me well last week!
Must-Take Essential Oils For Traveling
dōTERRA Breathe-to ease symptoms of seasonal or environmental threats or when coming down with a cold on a trip
Lavender-to help with sleep, to soothe fussy babies and toddlers, to ease tension/feeling anxious while flying
Peppermint-to relieve head or neck tension and/or car sickness, to stay alert while driving, to cool a sunburn
dōTERRA On Guard-to ward off feeling under the weather from recirculated airplane air, to disinfect hands and surfaces, to boost immunity if coming down with an illness on a trip
dōTERRA Deep Blue-to ease muscle stiffness/soreness from driving for long periods or being cramped on a plane
dōTERRA Peace Rollerball-to wind down after a long day of traveling or activities
Copaiba & Frankincense-for internal use to promote a peaceful, relaxed feeling and to keep things from getting stressful if you’re traveling with kids (or in-laws…just kidding…mostly)
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I used all of these oils on our trip, EXCEPT for the On Guard. In the frenzy of wrapping up packing and getting boarding passes and itineraries ready, somehow the On Guard didn’t make it into my EO pouch. Unfortunately, on Day 4, my sweet niece came down with a fever and stomach ache, with my 9-year-old to follow the next day. Though we really would’ve liked to have the On Guard, my sister-in-law and I used Breathe to help the girls with the queasiness that went along with the bug they both had.
I didn’t include my DIY Face Serum in this list since I consider that more of a beauty/personal care item, but of course I took that with me, too!
Which essential oils are YOUR must-haves for traveling?