TOP 3 SOULFUL TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
Global travelers Amanda, Jenn + Claire here! The next soulful stop for us is Tulum, Mexico for Integrative Wellness Retreat's Ayurveda, Alignment, +Yoga Adventure. As we gear up for the journey ahead, we thought it would be appropriate to share our top 3 soulful travel essentials you'll never catch us without.
• Alignment socks| When you force me to sit for 3+ hours the yogi + physical therapist in me will always figure out a way to stretch or mobilize some body part. On planes and long roadtrips you'll catch me wearing my toe separating socks. A lifetime of tight shoes and generally ignoring our feet unless they hurt can weaken the intrinsic muscles of your feet. Toe abduction (separation) mobilizes the bones, muscles, and connective tissues for better intrinsic foot muscle strength, circulation & nerve health. Another added benefit of having socks on hand is that I can use them for one of my go-to grounding techniques. Lots of travel can leave you buzzing and anxious, so keeping the nervous system calm and staying grounded is really important. To soothe the nervous system, Ayurveda calls for one to massage a few drops of oil into the soles of your feet. Afterwards, to seal in the hydration and keep me cozy, I slip on my socks.
• Rose water spray| My Ayurvedic remedy for stale airplane skin + stagnant senses is a spritz of rose water on my face, eyes, + wrists. It hydrates my skin, refreshes my eyes, + livens me up by giving me a subtle scent that's never overwhelming, which is everything I need after a long flight.
• Scarf| over the years, as I travel more, I've given up on the clumsy neck pillow + have instead opted to always have a scarf on hand. In a pinch, I roll it up to rest my head. On long, chilly flights it keeps me warm. When I arrive at my destination, it's the gift that keeps on giving because now I can use it to accessorize my outfits with minimal effort.
• Swim suit| no matter where in the world I go, a bathing suit is always in my bag. Even if the destination is cold, you never know when the opportunity to unwind in hot tub will present itself.
• Sneakers| I always have a pair of gym shoes on hand to go on walks. It's easy to overlook the benefits of going for a simple stroll when you travel, but I always welcome the opportunity. Long walks are great to explore a new place, but I also try to get in shorter + more frequent walks. The movement gets me out of my head + reenergizes my body.
• Black yoga pants | planes are already restricting enough, so when it comes to plane attire, I like to wear pants that free up my hips to sit in a variety of ways. Black yoga pants are so versatile, I can dress them up with boots + a hat or toss on flats + my favorite kimono. Plus, wherever I am in the world I'm always into checking out the local yoga scene, so on any given trip they'll never go unused.
• Triphala| As a wellness coach with a focus on digestive health, I don't travel anywhere without a bottle of this stuff with me! Triphala is an Ayurvedic blend that aids in assimilation and elimination. This wonder blend gently cleanses and detoxifies the system, removing excess vata, pitta and kapha from the body, bringing restoration to all three doshas. It's a life saver when your body gets out of its regular routine and needs a little boost to get back in balance.
• Journal| some of my most creative moments come at 30,000 feet above the clouds. You'll most likely catch me scribbling new recipe ideas on the plane, or beachside at sunrise journaling before my morning meditation. Nothing beats quiet time with a pen to paper to clear my mind.
• Oils| in my bag you'll find a collection of food grade essential oils and coconut oil to stay hydrated and healthy, inside and out. In Tulum, where the weather is warm and the air is humid, I use a light coconut oil to keep my skin glowing with a few drops of palmarosa or rose essential oil added in to keep the mosquitos away! You'll even find me adding a drop of two peppermint oil to my water for a cooling digestive boost.
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