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Spring Break Travel Essentials Checklist

The Oily Home Companion


Spring Break is your moment to escape the responsibilities of work and everyday tasks, and jump into the warmth and relaxing vibes of the season. If you’re hitting the beach or other sunny spots this year, don’t leave home without packing this 10 piece travel capsule of non-toxic products to protect your skin, boost your immune system, and ease any stressors that come with travel.


1. Young Living Sunscreen


Sunscreen is our best defense against the negative effects of sun exposure, including wrinkles, sunburn, and skin cancer. If you’re not one to burn easily in the sun, that doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk for skin damage. Using a natural sunscreen will protect you from damaging rays, but will also allow you to get the benefits of the sun, such as vitamin D exposure. While we may be tempted to opt for higher SPF sunscreens, the higher SPF simply indicates a higher concentration of sun protectant chemicals, which means you may be applying a range of chemicals to your skin and letting those bake in the heat. No bueno! But we have good news! You can get protection from both UVA and UVB rays, and avoid harsh chemical ingredients, with Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion. The formula is made from naturally derived plant and mineral based ingredients. This should be at the top of your list for any trips during spring and summer months! We like to stock up early to make sure we don’t run out!


2. Young Living Lip Balm


While you’re protecting your skin from the sun, don’t forget to also protect your lips! The skin on our lips is without sebaceous glands, which produce oil and naturally moisturize skin. They also don’t have melanin, which provides natural protection from the sun. Young Living Lip Balm is packed with vitamin E to provide moisture and protection for your lips! There are a few different balms you can choose from, including lavender, cinnamint, and grapefruit. Young Living Lavender Lip Balm is perfect for time in the sun!


3. Young Living Insect Repellent


If you’re planning to be outside during the warmer months, insect repellent is a must! Many insects, like mosquitos, can carry harmful diseases, which is not the kind of souvenir you want to bring home from your trip! If you tend to say no to repellent due to the harsh, chemical smell or the sticky layer it leaves on your skin, we’ve got good news for you! Young Living Insect Repellent is made with citronella instead of deet, which is found in most store-bought repellents. Studies have linked deet to negative health effects such as rashes, headaches, dizziness, and brain fog. Not the price you want to pay to avoid insects. With Young Living Citronella, you don’t have to worry about fake citronella fragrance that fries your nose hairs. This repellant is light and airy. Pure citronella keeps away nasty insects, but also smells amazing! It has many other health benefits, too, such as promoting relaxation. Positives for the entire family!

4. Lava-Derm After-Sun Spray


While Young Living Sunscreen can protect your skin from sunburn and insect repellent can protect from bug bites, sometimes we forget to apply them often enough, or we end up on an outdoor adventure we weren’t expecting. For those moments, Lavaderm After-Sun Spray is there to help! This product provides immediate, temporary relief, and soothes your skin from painful, itchy sunburns or insect bites. Keeping this product on hand ensures that your family can continue enjoying your vacation despite the little mishaps that may happen along the way.


5. Young Living Essential Oils

Our bodies all respond differently to travel, so it’s important to pack essential oils to prevent and remedy whatever may come for you and your family. For stress during your travel days, try adding a drop of Stress Away behind your ears and on your wrists. For digestive discomfort, add a drop of Digize Vitality to your water. For quality sleep in an unfamiliar place, diffuse or add a few drops to your pillow of Lavender. For sore muscles after day of walking or running in the sand, soak in a warm bath and add a few drops of PanAway. For nausea or car sickness, have Peppermint handy to apply behind the ears or inhale for quick relief. You know your family better than anyone else, so take time to consider what needs may arise and gear up with the best essential oils for them!

6. NingXia Red Pouches and Thieves Hand Sanitizer

Traveling can be tough on the immune system, even if you’re feeling stress-free on the beach. Give your system an added boost by taking a NingXia Red Single shot each morning. These are antioxidant-rich, and made up juices and extracts of aronia, plum, blueberry, pomegranate, and exotic wolfberries. It never hurts to put up an extra guard against the bacteria you will find in airports, gas stations, public restrooms, and other shared spaces. Speaking of, Thieves Hand Sanitizer and Spray are a must have! When we enter a hotel room or rental we spray all the things commonly touched and the toilet, shower and sink. You can never be sure how clean they are or what the health is of those who came before you or even those cleaning.


7. AromaGuard Deodorant


Warmer weather brings on more sweat, which can bring on unwanted odors. Prevent the stink by packing your AromaGuard Deodorant. Young Living deodorants are aluminum-free and made up of natural ingredients, including coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E, and pure essential oils. They also have two fresh scents to choose from: Mountain Mint and Meadow Mist. Forgot the deo? We have been known to use Thieves toothpaste or Tea Tree oil instead in a pinch!

8. Sunglasses


You know sun exposure can damage our skin, but did you know that it can also cause damage to your eyes? There are studies that suggest eye damage, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye problems, may be linked to overexposure to the sun. Look for sunglasses that include protection from UVA and UVB rays with about 95-100% blockage. Not only will you look stylish in your new shades, but you’ll also increase your chances of aging well with healthy eyes. Win-win! Pro tip: those antioxidants from Ningxia Red are good for your eyes too!


9. Water Bottle


Hydration is so very important for healthy skin, digestion, and body function. When traveling, it’s easy to forget to drink as much water as you usually do because it may not always be available. Drinking water from plastic bottles could increase your risk of being exposed to toxic chemicals from the plastic. Also, water from taps when traveling can’t be trusted and can be worse than some plastic water bottle sources. Prevent all of this by bringing your own water bottle, preferably one that filters and is BPA-Free. Some favorite brands are Hydroflask, S’well, Klean Kanteen, Camelbak, and bKr.

10. Beach Bag

If you’re hitting the sand on your vacation, don’t forget a canvas beach bag. Seems simple, but you don’t want to make the mistake of finding sand in your favorite purse or backpack for the following year. Find a beach bag with pockets and compartments so you can quickly pack in all of the items above for easy travel!

What are some of your favorite travel must-haves?