The 11 Herbs and Natural Products I Never Travel Without

Living a holistic lifestyle is not limited to only your everyday life. Although it's important to maintain rituals, fuel yourself with whole foods, and cultivate a better version of you, taking these habits into the world is just as important. If you're getting ready for an adventure like me (hello, Thailand + Australia!), remember to bring your lifestyle with you. (Seriously, adventures are there to add to your experience, not to escape it.)

There are simple ways to do this, so in this blog post I'm covering the herbs and natural products I never travel without. Be sure to read to the bottom for a little update about what's going on behind the scenes here at Die Vibrant. 

1) Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal is my best friend both when I'm on the road and when I'm at home. Good for stopping diarrhea from food poisoning, AC should be in every traveler's bag, regardless if you're traveling to Chicago or Cancun. If you're going to bring anything with you, this should be at the top of your list. AC can also be used as a natural tooth whitener.

Activated charcoal has been used since the late 1800s as a way to absorb toxins. This article shares activated charcoal reduces the absorption of toxic substances by 60%. Always remember that activated charcoal will adsorb any medications or supplements you're taking, so wait at least two hours if you can before or after taking those.

2) Echinacea tincture

Echinacea tincture is my favorite compared to another recommend immune-boosting herb, astralagus. It depends on what you dig, but echinacea seems to work best for me. Plus, the tincture can be easier to travel with than another bottle of herbs as astragalus is better consumed in powdered form. Make sure to put your tincture in a bag in case it leaks during your travels.

3) Ear plugs

I wouldn't exist if ear plugs weren't in my bathroom or nightstand. They have saved me from almost sleepless nights with squawking gulls outside my hostel in Ireland and a noisy upstairs neighbor. Ear plugs are a must, even if you're a heavy sleeper. You never know where you'll end up. If you bring along these ear plugs, they can be used for swimming, too.

4) Handmade Protective Oil or Thieves Oil

I dig making my own essential oil blends. A protective oil blend usually includes clove, eucalyptus, lemon, cinnamon, and rosemary essential oils. You can create your own blends by getting a spray bottle and adding:

  • 40 drops of clove essential oil
  • 35 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops of cinnamon essential oil
  • 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil

I also add a little bit of lavender essential oil to mine. This particular blend is best used to prevent colds and flus and can also be used as an anti-bacterial.

If you don't want to make your own, you can buy Thieves Oil instead.

[P.S. Thieves oil is the traditional name of this oil, but Young Living patented the name, so no one can use the name 'Thieves Oil' unless it's YL. Bums me out when companies patent nature. Grr! But I digress.]

5) Natural Deodorant

For the love of all that's holy [like all the cat videos on the internet], please do not use conventional and aluminum deodorant. Use a natural deodorant, made from a combo of shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, baking soda, etc. Your body is meant to sweat out toxins. Not allowing your sweat out when using conventional, aluminum deodorants puts a heavy load on your lymph system. I've been using this probiotic deodorant and it works just fine.

6) Peppermint Oil + Lavender Oil

I love me some peppermint oil for when I'm feeling those yuck, grey vibes after a few hours in the air and upon arriving. It can also help to apply directly to your temples if you have a headache or you want to brighten up a bit. One of my other favorites, lavender, is great for stress-relieving and decompressing from travel. It can also be used to heal sunburns or other burns. It's super easy to bring along a small amount of each of these essential oils. 

7) Organic Toothpowder

Uncle Harry's Toothpowder is by far the best organic, natural toothpaste that I've used. I tried to make my own, but didn't like the consistency of it. Oh, well. This toothpowder is awesome and it lasts forever. A 4 oz container of this has lasted me 8 months, so it requires even less when you're on the road. Important for those of us who don't want to be weighed down with a ton of toiletries.

8) Organic Shampoo (+ Sometimes Conditioner)

Bringing a quality organic shampoo is worth it for you and also an eco-friendly way to travel. Travelers have a huge impact on local economies and environment. Do your part and bring with only organic products (your shampoo + water is going into the ground water system where you are traveling!). I'm trying this shampoo (suggested by Organic Olivia).

I don't always travel with conditioner. Instead, I comb out the knots and use coconut oil on the ends. My stylist probably wouldn't approve, but it gives me one less thing to travel with and coconut oil is a multi-purpose product. 

9) Coconut Oil

Besides using coconut oil for a hair conditioner after I wash + comb out the knots, coconut oil can also be used in conjunction with essential oils as a carrier oil. If you have a sunburn, slather on some coco oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil for a lavender salve. Coconut oil is so diverse in it's uses, which makes it something essential to bring along, even if it's just a little container. Make sure it's airtight because coconut oil melts at 78 degrees!

10) Organic Tampons

Holla to all my ladies out there! Traveling as a woman can be a bit more complex due to our monthly cycle. Be prepared and bring along organic tampons. If you dare, use a Diva Cup instead.

11) Probiotics

Probiotics are simple to bring along when you have these GoLive Probiotic packets. Simply add 1 packet to a glass of water every other day and you'll be improving your gut health while boosting your immunity, too. These are super small and light, making it easy to bring in your carry-on or suitcase.

What products do you think are a must-have for traveling? Leave a comment below.

Update: I'm currently working on a delightful ebook that covers over 20 herbs and natural products that are essential for travel. If staying healthy and grounded on the road is important to you, and you want to do it in a way that has minimal impact on your baggage, you'll definitely want to check out the ebook. I'll go into more depth of some of the herbs and natural products that you read about above, plus how to use them. I'll also give you some ideas about how to package them up for your carry-on or suitcase, plus a must-haves checklist.