Aromatherapy Travel Essentials Checklist: What Essential Oils & Accessories Do You Need to Keep Travel Stress & Upsets at Bay?

June marks the beginning of the summer vacation travel season. Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, going on a long trip or a weekend getaway, no matter what time of the year it is, it helps to be prepared for some of the unexpected upsets and minor ailments that can ruin a perfectly good vacation.

Here’s a checklist of essential oils, herbal remedies, and accessories to put in your travel kit to help you tackle the stress inherent in travel as well as some of the common ailments that can come up while travelling:

___ 6 Essential Oils You Should Never Leave Home Without: Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, and Tea Tree.

___ 8 oz of Carrier Oil of choice, to dilute essential oils for topical application (i.e. Jojoba, Olive, Safflower, Sunflower or Coconut). I recommend organic Jojoba oil because it can double up as a sun tanning oil or moisturizer, absorbs quickly, and is not as messy as the others.

___ 8 oz of Witch Hazel Extract.  In addition to being an excellent natural skin toner, this herbal extract can reduce inflammation and pain from bruises, sore muscles, and insect bites. It can also be used as a carrier. Mix in Peppermint and Lemon (2% dilution) for cooling relief from insect bites, or Lavender and Rosemary for sore aching muscles.

___ 8 oz of Aloe Vera Gel or Juice. Can be used alone or with essential oils for fast cooling relief from sunburn or insect bites. Make sure you get an aloe product that is at least 97% aloe for maximum effectiveness.

___ Small Aromatherapy Soy Candle. Get one in a travel tin. Use it to help cleanse the air or create an ambience of tranquility in a hotel room or other location where you are staying. I recommend our 4 oz. Revitalize candle with it’s blend of Lemon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Pine, and Juniper to help clear your mind as well as the air, wherever you are. Skip this if you’re travelling in exceptionally hot weather conditions unless you keep it sealed in a Ziploc bag.

___ Scent Ball or Car Scenter portable diffuser. If you’re staying somewhere with access to electricity then a Scent Ball diffuser is another easy, quiet, and non-messy way to cleanse the air in a room. If you’re going on a road trip then the Car Scenter diffuser will keep the car smelling fresh and can be used with a variety of essential oils or blends to help keep you focused on driving. For this I recommend our Stay Alert Diffuser Blend with its stimulating blend of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Orange, and Cinnamon Leaf. Make sure to bring enough refill pads for the trip!

___ 8 oz jar of Shea Butter. A wonderful emollient that’s great for those dry cracked elbows and ankles, or chafed thighs. It can also be used as a carrier and a moisturizer, and is great for massage –providing nice lubrication without leaving a greasy or oily residue. It melts in high temperatures, but will stiffen and should return to it’s normal texture as the temperature cools off. I recommend making an infusion of chickweed and calendula flowers and then you’ll have an excellent balm for itchy skin.

___ Aromatherapy Misters. I personally never travel without at least one in my carry-on and a couple in my suitcase.  You can make your own by combining 2ML (or ½ tsp) of essential oil (or blend) with 3 oz of purified water. Always shake well before spraying to ensure oils and water are properly mixed. If you prefer a ready-made mister, I recommend our Soothe blend for carry-on. It’s blend of Lavender, Geranium, Clary Sage and Chamomile essential oils can really help to calm and ground you when you’re dealing with travel stress. Inspiration (a citrus blend) or Refresh (a mint blend) can revive you after a long flight or drive and Revitalize is excellent for cleansing the air and clearing your head.

___ Assortment of Herbal Tea Bags. I recommend a combination of Peppermint, Chamomile, Ginger, and Licorice to assist with digestive upset or stress (1 drop of Tea Tree oil in a cup of hot tea can bring fast relief from Diarrhea). Herbal teas with Elderberry, Echinacea, Hibiscus, Rose Hips, and Goldenseal can provide support and relief for colds and bronchial distress.

___ Rescue Remedy. This Bach’s flower essence is a must have for any natural first aid or travel kit. Use it for instant relief in cases of acute anxiety or trauma. It really works!

Additional Supplies:

__ Cotton swabs and cotton cosmetic squares.
__ Handkerchiefs or bandannas
__ Measuring spoons (1 tsp and 1 tbsp)
__ A small marked measuring beaker or shot glass
__ Empty jars and bottles with spray tops and disc caps or flip tops, for mixing up concoctions as needed.
__ A small bottle of isopropyl alcohol for disinfecting or sterilizing your supplies.
__ Extra Ziploc bags


  1. Xtend life says:

    Everyone needs to be aware that the skin is the largest organ in the body. It has many different responsibilities. Your skin maintains your body temperature and regulates your body

  2. Aromatherapy Travel Essentials Checklist: What Essential Oils & Accessories Do You Need to Keep Travel Stress & Upsets at Bay? « The AromaZone great article thank you.

  3. Aromatherapy makes me relax and it relieves me of my daily stress.

  4. aromatherapy should be a part of healthy lifestyle. my favorite essential oil to use in aromatherapy is Lavender oil and Lemon Oil. the aroma of lemon oil helps enhance mood and relaxation.

  5. Aromatherapy helps me in relaxation and meditation. it sort of calms my mind and relieves me from stress.

  6. Aromatherapy have great benefits on the health and well being of a person. I usually use scented candles when doing aromatherapy at home.

  7. Aromatherapy helps my mind and body to get relaxed after a very stressful day at work.

  8. i always have some Aromatherapy candles at home and i light them before going to sleep. they can really ease the stress and tension from my daily activities.

  9. Luke Turner says:

    i have several aromatherapy candles at home and they can really soothe my stressed body.”`.

  10. Very neat blog post.Thanks Again. Cool.

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  12. Whoa, I feel you nailed it! Thanks for the thoughts. Regards

  13. Shea Butter can really promote great health.`’*

  14. i like aromatherapy because it is a very relaxing treatment..~.

  15. Joshua Brown says:

    oh by the way shea butter tastes good too`:”

  16. aromatherapy just makes my day very relaxing so i often use it once every other day:*~

  17. Carter Schwarzlose says:

    Awesome Post, thanks for this fine Post. I will come back soon.

  18. my father loves aromatherapy because of its soothing effect*:.

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