How to Pack Easily without Overwhelm for your Next Vacation!

Planning a Vacation? Check out this busy mom Life packing list including what to pack in your checked bag, what to bring in your carry-on bag, natural remedies and supplements you can’t leave home without, and a wellness travel routine to keep you healthy on your trip!



Whether I’m traveling with the family, taking a girls trip or going on a business trip, I never leave home without these natural travel essentials. I love that everything on this packing list is made with natural ingredients – which means I can still live a natural wellness lifestyle – complete with my favorite natural wellness remedies – even when I’m traveling.

Toiletry Bag:
Skincare: I use the Young Living ART Skincare line from Young Living. I get the ART Skincare System (get it for wholesale pricing here) that includes the face wash, toner and moisturizer. 
Personal care products – I get these in a set call the Bon Voyage Kit. It comes with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, face moisturizer, Thieves toothpaste, toothbrush and floss. It’s like an all-in-one toiletry bag (get it for wholesale pricing here).
Makeup – I use Savvy Minerals – it’s a 100% natural mineral makeup line. You can get a starter set that comes with foundation powder, eye shadow, lip gloss, blush and other goodies.
Toothpaste – Hands down, I love this travel-sized Thieves toothpaste (get it for wholesale pricing here). It doesn’t have fluoride, yet it cleans teeth so well. I add a drop of orange essential oil on my toothbrush along with Thieves toothpaste to naturally whiten my teeth.
Thieves wipes – These are amazing for everything from wiping down airplane trays and toilet seats to keeping under arms fresh or taking off makeup. I love Thieves Wipes – they’re all-natural and compostable too (get it for wholesale pricing here).


My Purse

If I'm traveling over 2 nights, I pack everything but my checked bag and just walk on the plane with my purse, computer and a good book. I know people say you should always pack a carry-on when you travel in case your luggage gets lost but after years of business travel, its freeing to walk around the airport carrying just a purse! 

  • Foundation powder, dark eye shadow and lip gloss – to look fresh after a long car or plane ride.
  • Thieves Hand Spray – to wipe down surfaces that need cleaning like the airplane tray or dirty bathroom seats.
  • Thieves Hand Sanitizer – to keep hands clean on the go (a must-have for parents).
  • Portable charger – got keep that battery on my phone full!
  • Glasses and extra set of contacts – if you wear contacts like me bring an extra set of them in your purse.  Bring your glasses too!
  • Headphones – to watch movies or listen to podcasts or music. Make sure your headphones are the old school ones that are still compatible with planes (not the new I-phone headphones :) )
  • Mini supplement case with your favorite vitamins – I like probiotics like Life 9 or Inner Defense for supporting a healthy immune system (get them here for wholesale pricing).
  • Favorite essential oils – like DiGize for digestion, Lavender for sleep and relaxation, Stress Away for dealing with travel overwhelm, and PanAway for soothing muscles. I’ve brought up to 20 bottles (5 ml size) in a carry-on before and never had any issues with airport security.

Wellness Remedies 

  • DiGize essential oil – I use this oil blend (made with fennel, tarragon, anise, peppermint and other essential oils) to help support healthy digestion. When we eat greasy foods or just foods that don’t agree with us, we take DiGize. It’s also excellent to use for long car rides or high altitudes.
  • Cool Azul Pain Cream – This pain cream is a god-send for sore muscles after sitting too long on a plane or long car ride, or even after a long day of walking or hiking. It soothes muscles and joint stiffness (get it for wholesale pricing here).
  • Inner Defense – I never leave home without this supplement. It helps to support a healthy immune system.
  • Life 9 – probiotic supplement that keeps my gut happy when I travel. For both Life 9 and Inner defense, you can get it for wholesale pricing here.

My Travel Routine

  • Before I get on the plane or on the road, I take 1-2 oz of Ningxia Red It’s an antioxidant drink that’s fantastic for keeping the immune system healthy. They come in 2 oz travel packets too and I toss enough for my whole trip in my packed bag.
  • I also take Inner Defense and Life 9 (probiotics) both from Young Living. I want to keep my gut as all health starts in the gut.
  • Opt out of the body scanner at the airport. It doesn’t take much longer to do. It’s just a pat-down and they check your bags. It's way better than the radiation you'll pick up from the other machine.
  • Board the plane and settle into my seat. Use my Thieves Spray to clean surfaces I’ll be using like the seat handles and tray table. Use Thieves to keep my hands clean.
  • Put on some Stress Away essential oil and Peace and Calming Essential Oil to help me settle down after all the hustle and bustle of getting to the airport.
  • Put in my ear phones and listen to audible or read.

NingXia Red, Thieves Spray, Thieves Hand Sanitizer, Peace and Calming, Thieves, Digize and Stress Away are all part of a starter set of essential oils that I use. Learn more about it here.

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Traveling during the Holiday Season in 2020



The Holidays in 2020 will certainly look different than in years past. So, I  wanted to share some travel tips for the Holiday Season in helping keep us well in 2020.

If you’re planning to travel by plane, don't wait to book flights. Fares are lower this year, and major airlines have removed change fees for most domestic flights, so travelers have added flexibility. If you’re able, use miles instead of cash!

Be sure to pack some hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. The ones I love can be found here.

If you’re getting behind the wheel for your trip, pack with the pandemic in mind. Stock your vehicle with masks, Hand Sanitizer and plenty of snacks :)  Don’t rely on picking up supplies during the trip since there is no guarantee they will be in stock wherever you’re headed or passing through. And if you’re renting a car for the trip, price check around because there are some great deals!

Keep in mind that restrictions vary by state. Do your homework to make sure your destination is open, what rules are in place for visitors and residents, and what quarantine measures may be mandatory. Check in with state and local websites to be sure you understand any restrictions on the states you are passing through and your final destination. 


Staying at a hotel this Holiday Season? Here are my tips:

Hotels have gone to great lengths to adapt to the pandemic. Changes have been made to housekeeping, checkin, checkout and every step in between. 

Once you are in your room, there are additional sanitation steps you can take. Experts recommend cleaning touch points with disinfecting wipes with at least 70 percent alcohol. In addition to obvious objects to clean, such as remote controls, alarm clocks and the landline phone, there are the easily overlooked ones, like cabinet and drawer handles, doorknobs and door locks, light switches, desk surfaces, and information booklets and brochures.

Sanitize the surfaces in your bathroom as well, including faucets and handles. Keep toiletries inside of a toiletry bag instead of unpacking them onto a towel on the counter. My favorite cleaning solution in which I  make wipes and clean my whole house from can be found here.


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