How to Travel with Essential Oils (and the BEST OILS for your NEXT TRIP!)

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How to travel with essential oils (and the BEST oils to take with you while traveling!)

It still amazes me that 8 months ago I didn’t use essential oils, and now, I’m not sure I could go a day without them. Especially when I travel, my essential oils are my arsenal of wellness and happiness– just a few bottles cover so many things! They’ve been to Florida (twice), OBX (twice), Atlanta, Boston, Turks & Caicos… seriously, they’ve saved me more than once and I can’t believe that my little tote of oils can do SO DARN MUCH. Here’s some tricks to traveling with oils, plus my inside scoop on which ones you should never leave home without whether you’re going down the street or across the globe. 😉 Bon Voyage!

1. Invest in a carrying case! They aren’t very expensive and make great gifts too. I carry on all my oils when flying, so it tucks right into my carry-on or purse. The everyday essential oil case I have is very similar to this one. I also have a keychain carrier that’s perfect for using and sharing the oils on-the-go, and that little guy has saved me more than once.

2. Yes, they can go through the x-ray at the airport. While it’s probably better to have them hand checked, I never have enough time to go through that rigamarole. I simply send them through the scanner in my oil case and they’re JUST FINE.

3. Roadtrips and oils go hand in hand. Ever get sleepy on the road? Peppermint is my go-to roadtrip oil! I put a drop in my hands or in my car diffuser and I’m back on track. Purification is also amazing for roadtrips, especially the we’ve-been-in-the-car-for-hours-eating-fast-food variety. 😉

4. To diffuse or not to diffuse? If I’m taking a road trip (particularly an extended one) I’ll usually pack my Young Living home diffuser because it works so well. However, that’s not very practical for flying or when space is tight. They do have travel diffusers (the YL Orb diffuser looks amazing) but when I’m packing light I skip it and use my hands to inhale the oils.

4. Don’t be caught without a carrier oil. Some oils need to be diluted before using (like Thieves, which you will certainly want to have while traveling) so I filled an empty oil bottle from an oil I’d used up with V6. You can also use olive oil, sweet almond oil, or other carrier but you’ll definitely want a little bit on hand, even if it’s in a tiny sized sample bottle.

My Must-Have Essential Oils for Traveling

So now you know the how, here’s the what! These are the oils I never want to leave home without, and how I use them while on the road:

Citronella oil– We all know what citronella is good for. If we’re staying in a hotel, I dab this all over the beds. When we’re outside, it’s our DIY outdoor spray. Ditch the chemical sprays and go with all natural citronella!

Thieves oil- Also in our Hall of Fame, if I could only take one oil, it would be Thieves. I actually take two bottles with me. One is diluted with a carrier oil and has a roller ball on top. I use that on our feet after walking through security sans shoes, and each morning and night. The other bottle is straight up Thieves with no carrier oil, for just in case. It’s also great in warm water as a ‘tea’ for when you’ve been talking too much (who, me?)

Purification oil- Ever stay in a room with more than one person? Go on a girlfriends getaway and share a bathroom? Are you catching my drift? Make your own ‘Poo-pouri’ by putting a drop or two right in the potty to negate odors. Also makes a great outdoor spray, or use if there’s stinky situations to clear the air. Tee hee.

Peppermint oil- great for improving focus! See #3 above for how I use it in the car.

Valerian oil- Valerian is my best friend. It smells terrible, but I put a few drops on my feet, cover them with socks, and zzzzz…. was I saying something?

Lavender oil- Ahhhhhhh, lavender. Like a spaaaaaa. Calming and soothing. Perfect for airplane takeoffs, landings, turbulence, and pretty much any point while flying if you’re at all like me.

Valor oil- See lavender. Valor is my favorite smelling oil of all time. I drench myself in it (not really, figuratively– really a few drops behind the ears or on the jawline) and I feel ready to fly! (or kayak, or snorkel, or whatever brave thing I need to do).

Deep Relief oil- this roll on blend is formulated for using after activity or when you overdo things a bit. Not that I do that while on vacation. (cramped planes? carrying 4 suitcases through the airport?  hiking gone wild? BOOM!)

DiGize Vitality oil- a must-have for traveling! Don’t leave home without it!

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier- I LOVE THIS STUFF. It’s softer on my hands and smells terrific, like Christmas. I feel good using this on my kids (all the time) while traveling!

NingXia Red- I drink NingXia Red daily. It’s totally changed my life. It’s a nutritional supplement made with powerful NingXia Wolfberry puree and other essential oils to optimize wellness. I love the 2 oz. packets because I either throw them in the cooler or bring them along and store in a fridge for my daily boost! They are shelf stable but taste better cold, so it’s totally fine to travel with them at room temperature (but I highly recommend drinking it cold because it’s tasty).

How to travel with essential oils (and the BEST oils to take with you while traveling!)




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 How to travel with essential oils (and the BEST oils to take with you while traveling!)

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  1. I haven’t gotten on the essential oil train yet, but I am sure I will soon! I think that they smell delicious. I love that they can help with wellness and healing. Thanks for sharing this helpful post.

  2. Great post. I’ve gotten into oils lately and have quickly learned the importance of traveling with them. I have some trips coming up and will definitely be packing mine.

  3. Actually, going through an X-ray machine at the airport CAN lower the frequency of the oils, just FYI 🙂

    1. Good reminder (I’ll edit the post)– it totally can. But I used to be worried about it and then realized the oils still worked very well for me, so when I have to choose between taking out the oils and having them hand-scanned or getting through security without any issues I’ve chosen the latter. 😉

      1. Don’t they have to be in a clear ouch like all other liquids when going through the security check-point? I’m getting ready to travel (from overseas) and worried about them not making it.

        1. Honestly, I’ve put my small oils case right in the bin on the belt that goes through the x-ray with zero problems. And I’ve flown 9 times that way, and gone through security TWICE in Turks & Caicos with no issues. I can’t promise you won’t have issues, but it works for me every time. When in doubt, you can stick them in a clear bag but I was fine keeping them in the oil case. Hope that helps!! Safe travels!

  4. I keep forgetting I have essential oils! And I love them so duh!! Thanks for sharing. I always love tips on what to do with them.

    1. Heather, I LOVE NingXia Red. It’s a powerful antioxidant and loaded with good stuff. I drink 2oz every day. I’ll PM you privately and share my story as to why I have some every day. 🙂

      1. Hi there,
        Can you share your reasoning for using NingXia Red with me? I started using oils about a year ago to help with my 9yo son. I met a lady who has used oils and made combinations to help with different ailments. We have had great success, so I ordered and recently received my starter kit. I am using and loving them everyday. I travel often, so your post really helped me. I often wondered what to carry with me. Valor is my best friend and I love the smell.

        1. Hi Marion, I’m so sorry, I’m just seeing your comment now! I suffer from a chronic condition and the NingXia Red has been key in strengthening my body’s systems and boosting wellness. It’s been almost a miracle how much it’s helped. I highly recommend trying it for a month and seeing how you feel, it’s amazing stuff!

  5. Carrie I too would love to have you PM me about the NingXia Red. I have been giving it to my husband for a few months now. Thanks.

  6. Brand-new YL distributor here who would also love to hear more testimonials about NingXia Red. I’ve heard about the wonders of wolfberry juice for years, and I’m so excited that I can get it from YL. I have several health issues and I’m optimistic that NX will help. (Tried a sample the other night, and bonus…it tastes delicious!)

    1. Doesn’t it taste delicious? I have to say that it’s helped my chronic pain to the point where I no longer take medication for it. I’d say more but don’t want to get dinged by the FDA. 🙁 But it’s truly amazing stuff!

  7. What about flying internationally with them? I want to take my oils, but afraid of going through customs with them. Thought?

    1. So sorry, just seeing your comment now. I actually flew internationally (to Turks & Caicos) three times with my oils and there was never a problem! I can’t promise the same for you, but I think they’re common enough that they shouldn’t have an issue. Good luck!

  8. Thank you for the great post! I’m going to convention for the first time and really excited to bring my oils along with me

  9. Thank you for this! I was wondering if you could travel and get through airport security with essential oils

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