How to Create a Self Care Travel Kit

I’m sharing my top tips and tricks for how to create a self care travel kit with ease written in partnership with Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

How to Create a Self Care Travel Kit | Bianca Dottin

I’m a firm believer in having a consistent self care routine whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or working mom who’s always on the go. For years, I didn’t put myself first and take my self care routine seriously and I suffered from it. After losing Tristan, my self care routine went completely on the back burner. I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things and decided to create a self care travel kit to share with you along with some tips for putting one together. Your kit can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like but the key is to making sure that you have everything that you need to de-stress while traveling.

Packing Tips for Your Self Care Travel Kit

Step One: Choose a container

The first step to creating your self care travel kit is to choose a container that’s going to best fit all of your essential items. I chose a medium sized makeup bag for my self care travel kit. I like to keep two kits on hand at all times. One is kept with my travel bags so that I can grab it if I’m packing for a trip. I keep it stocked so that I don’t have to worry about stocking it before a trip. When you’re choosing your container, make sure that it’s something that will fit into your carry-on or weekend bag so that it’s easily accessible.

Step Two: Decide on your essentials

This is the fun part! Choosing the essentials for your self care kit can be so much fun. You’ll want to pick all of your favorite things. Think of things that relax you or things that you enjoy but also remember the staple items like body wipes and feminine care products. It’s best to stick to small or travel sized items so no matter where you’re traveling you won’t have an issue getting through security with your things. Self care is all about feeling relaxed and refreshed so stick to items that help you achieve those feelings.

Step Three: Select a good storage place

Remember this kit is for traveling so that you can keep up with your self care routine on the go so you want to keep it in a place that you’ll remember. I like to put all of my essentials in a makeup travel bag and throw the entire kit into my leather travel backpack that I use as a carry-on.

How to Create a Self Care Travel Kit | Bianca Dottin

16 Essentials for Your Self Care Travel Kit

1. Roll-on perfume

Roll-on perfumes are the perfect size for traveling and you don’t have to worry about awkwardly spraying on your perfume in case you need a little sprucing up in public.

2. Body wipes

Let’s face it, we’ve all been traveling at least once where we desperately needed a shower but there was nowhere to be found. There’s nothing worse than being stuck on an 18-hour flight with no layover and no shower. Body wipes come in handy for a little refresher just when you need it.

3. Face/Eye masks

As a busy mama, the only time that I get to use a face or an eye mask is when I’m traveling or Tatiana is visiting her grandparents for the weekend. I tried my first face mask a couple years ago and it was a total game changer. I felt like that was the only thing I needed in my self care routine until I discovered the glory of eye masks. Do yourself a favor and throw a couple of these into your self care travel kit and thank me later.

4. Nail Polish

Nail polish is a handy essential that not a lot of people take advantage of. Have you ever been in your hotel room alone and wanted something else to do besides flipping through the channels? Painting my nails is always a quick pick me up that I can count on during those lonely travel nights.

5. Hair ties

6. Feminine care products

I always have feminine care products in my travel kit no matter what. I’m currently loving the new Seventh Generation Comfort Applicator Tampons from Target. I also pack their Free & Clear fragrance-free Ultra-Thin Pads with Wings and Free & Clear Pantiliners in my kit too because a girl has to have options. They’re perfect for my self care kit because they don’t have any fragrances. P.S. Don’t forget to check Cartwheel for money saving offers

How to Create a Self Care Travel Kit | Bianca Dottin

7. Toothbrush

You can’t forget the coveted personal care items. A toothbrush is a must for your kit!

8. Journal

I have a million journals that I love writing in. Journaling is a great way to release any thoughts that are on your mind and can be a great way to relax. You can also use your journal to write positive affirmations or practice daily gratitude exercises.

9. Water tumbler

A major part of self care is taking care of your body. Add a water tumbler into your self care travel kit to ensure that you’re drinking enough water everyday to keep your skin healthy.

10. Vitamins

Vitamins are essential to any self care routine. They help keep your body going. You might even consider bringing along some of your favorite essential oils for your trip.

11. Bath bombs

Bath bombs are the perfect solution for when you need to relax.

12. Makeup wipes

Sometimes you’re so tired at the end of the day that you need something quick to remove your makeup. Makeup wipes are the perfect solution and with a few quick swipes, can get you into bed quicker.

13. Headphones

Of course you need headphones to listen to your playlist or favorite meditation apps. They come in handy if you’re watching funny videos like this one on YouTube too.

14. Meditation apps

Guided meditations are known to help calm and relax you. If you’re nervous about traveling, give a meditation app a try to take your mind off of it. A little meditation can even help with jet lag.

15. Soothing music playlist

Music can be soothing and help you relax. Create a playlist of your favorite songs that you can take when you’re on the road.

16. Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is like the holy grail of hair products for any woman who is constantly traveling. I don’t know about you but I do not have time to wash my hair all the time when I’m traveling. With a couple sprays of dry shampoo, I feel instantly refreshed and I’m relieved in knowing that I can have a few more days before having to wash my hair.

Do you have a self care travel kit? If you do, what are some of the travel essentials or must-have items you put in there? If you don’t hopefully this list of essentials and packing tips can help you get started on making one.

How to Create a Self Care Travel Kit | Bianca Dottin

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  • Reply
    12.08.17 at 3:30 pm

    Love this list! I love these ideas because it’s really important to practice self care, even when traveling!

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    Stacie Branson
    12.08.17 at 3:34 pm

    Great idea! I don’t travel much but when I do, it’s always for business. Having a self-care kit would be a nice treat when I have downtime.

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    12.10.17 at 12:52 am

    Great planning. It’s important to have essentials wherever we go. Self-care can be done anywhere.

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    12.11.17 at 5:15 am

    Perfect selfcare list. I need to checkout these Seventh Heaven feminine products. Love that they are all natural.

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    12.11.17 at 2:02 pm

    Nice list! I’d have to make sure I had two of everything so I didn’t gradually dismantle the kit looking for things. Lol

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    12.11.17 at 6:27 pm

    I use only organic feminine products. Trust me the other ones they are filled with chemicals and toxic so happy you broadcast this on your blog!

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    12.11.17 at 7:27 pm

    I saw these in the store! I really want to try. I’ve switch over most of my personal care products to all natural.

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    Mimi Green
    12.11.17 at 7:41 pm

    I like the sound of this. I hadn’t thought of it before. I do travel a lot.

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    12.11.17 at 8:40 pm

    I like the idea of doing this in advance, that way you’re prepared and can actually have everything that you need.

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    12.11.17 at 9:09 pm

    This list is spot on. I love Seventh Generation products – I made the switch a few months ago.

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    Raquel dos santos
    12.11.17 at 10:05 pm

    Love it, there is a organize method that i need! You a very organized, wish i was a bit more like that…

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    12.13.17 at 9:56 pm

    This is a great list/kit! I don’t exactly have a travel kit, but I pack most of those things for every trip.

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