5 Essential Oils You Should Travel With

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If you’re reading my blog, there is a significant chance you may be doing some traveling, interested in travel, or you’re my mom. Hi Mom!! If you’re reading this post, there is a significant chance you may be traveling with Young Living essential oils. Topical, diffuse, and ingest of these 5 Best Essential Oils for Travel helps you cope with long flights, jet lag, street food, and just staying above the wellness line in a foreign country too.

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THIEVES 5 Essential Oils You Should Travel With
Thieves OIL is the purifier, cleanser, and immune booster in my travel bag.

5 Essential Oils You Should Travel With

I’ve Got an Essential Oil for That

Young Living essential oils are highly concentrated natural plant extracts; a drop or two can produce significant results. Essential oils are the life-blood of the plant, protecting it from bacterial and viral infections. It may take an entire plant to extract a few drops of the good stuff, and it’s potent, for more potent than dried herbs. If they are that beneficial to the plant, it only seems natural that those same extract can aid us in maintaining our health. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there are essential oils for travel too.

With so many essential oils to choose from, which ones should I take with me when I travel, in addition to the Young Living Bon Voyage Kit?


I never leave home without Thieves. It’s the number one essential oil for travel. Its a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils and it smells awesome. I use it to wipe down the tray table on the plane, sanitize my hands, spray on my tonsils when I have a sore throat, or feel one coming on. I reach for my thieves faster than a gunslinger if someone coughs near me on the plane. Just pour/ spray a couple of drops in your hands, rub them together then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and breathe deeply.

Uses: Topical (with a carrier oil) or diffuse into the air.

PEPPERMINT 5 Essential Oils You Should Travel With
I put Peppermint in my travel bag because it is my energy booster, helps me focus, and freshens my mood.

Peppermint Vitality

Peppermint is a great essential oil for travel. Take it for head and stomach aches as well as lethargy. Inhaling peppermint can bring 25% more oxygen to the brain– great in high altitude destinations or the stale air on a pressurized airplane. Inhale it directly from the bottle or drop on the tongue to curb your sweet tooth and freshen your breath. Dab a little on the temples (with some carrier oil like coconut or sweet almond) for a headache or rub it on your stomach to control indigestion. Peppermint is a “hot” oil and should be combined with a carrier oil before applying to your skin.

Uses include Topical (with a carrier oil), diffuse, and ingest.

LAVENDER 5 Essential Oils You Should Travel With
I never leave home without Lavender. It’s relaxing, great as a skin polisher, and helps keep the inflammation down on long flights and eases the pain of bug bites, sunburn, and rashes.

Lavender Vitality

Lavender is a versatile essential oil with many beneficial uses: topical, diffuse, and ingest. I love to sprinkle a few drops of Lavender on my pillows at home so, essential oils for travel makes perfect sense. It calms my nerves and helps me sleep. I also dab a little on my wrist and behind my ears on the plane. And guess what? It doesn’t only benefit me, but everyone else on the plane too. In addition, it’s great for sunburns, rashes, and inflammation from retaining water on long flights. You can also substitute Valor if you have it.

Uses: Topical, diffuse, and ingest.

Tip #1 Topical, rub lavender into the bottom of your feet before bed as well as your pillow to get to sleep faster. The bottom of your feet has the largest pores in your body.

LEMON-AND-ORANGE 5 Essential Oils You Should Travel With
Lemon tastes good in tea and water and acts as a diuretic. Orange is one of my favorite scents to combine with other oils like Stress Away. It is also nice on its own in my aromatherapy necklace during the day.

Lemon, Orange or any other Citrus Vitality

I ingest Citrus Essential Oils to flavor the water in my (glass) water bottle, hot tea, and vodka. It works as a diuretic when I have stomach issues. Add a few drops of Lemon to some water in a small spray bottle and deodorize hotel rooms and bathrooms, into your shoes or on your clothing to keep them fresh because you should be traveling light. You can substitute Purification as a deodorizer.

Uses: Topical, diffuse, and ingest.

Tip #2 Drop a few drops of Lemon into the toilet bowl to act as a poo-pourri.

ALL-THE-OILS 5 Essential Oils You Should Travel With
Stress Away and Deep Relief roll-ons, my Orb diffuser (USB), Thieves Spray for tray table, door handles, and down my throat which a way gets dry on the airplane.

Additional Essential oils for Travel

I also travel with my Thieves spray and waterless hand sanitizer, portable diffuser called the Orb so I can diffuse on the go. All I need is a USB port. Stress Away (for a restless mind) and Deep Relief (muscle soreness) roll-ons are my jams and are pretty self-explanatory. Comprised of Lime and Vanilla, I like to mix Stress Away with Orange as an evening perfume. And finally, I bring along my aromatherapy necklace with a couple of replacement pads depending on my mood. Don’t forget your one-quart ziplock bags to get through customs.

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Traveling With Essential Oils

How many essential oils can I take in my carry-on luggage? The TSA (Travel Security Administration) does not limit the number of essential oils you carry as long as you follow the guidelines for transporting liquids which state you are allowed to bring one quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.

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Can your Essential Oils be X-rayed?

Over time or prolonged exposure to X-rays can change the molecular makeup of essential oils, the short burst going through customs will not harm their effectiveness.

Does the pressurized cabin affect my essential oils?

In my experience, the answer is yes. That’s why I now place a piece of plastic on top of the bottom before screwing on the cap to prevent the oil from seeping out of the bottle loosens up.

Disclosure: I am a Young Living Essential Oils Distributor. This article, essential oils for travel, only applies to the diffuse, ingest, and topical use of Young Living Essential Oils. I make no guarantees that any of the oils have curative properties. I only advocate ingesting the Vitality line of essential oils bottled by Young Living and urge you to read the label of any oil before you use it.

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    1. duffelbagspouse

      Yes, YL has a travel size diffuser (pictured), very small and will fit in your luggage with no problem.

  1. Whitney bell

    Great post on essential oils are great. I use eucalyptus oils to go in the kids tubs for when they get a cold to the sniffles. I did not think to take oils on trips to help make the trip smooth.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      That’s awesome, you know you can use that in your hair and on your skin too, its an amazing all-around oil.

  2. Hannah Marie

    This is interesting! I’ve never really had one before and I am really curious about this. Thanks for the tips 🙂

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Start with something like lavender for calm, sleep, grapefruit to wake up in the morning or peppermint to invigorate. They are amazing, worth their weight in gold.

  3. Carol Cassara

    This is pretty amazing! I love essential oils and I think they’re so useful especially when it comes to helping you feel better. It’s definitely something that you’d like to have when you travel.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Thanks, I am glad you are interested. There are so many uses for essential oils I am more than happy to share.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Yay, I love grapefruit in the morning, orange in the afternoon and vetiver at night. Wind you up, keep you going and settle for mind. And you can also wear them on your wrist for a quick sniff throughout the day.

  4. Elizabeth O.

    It’s nice to have essential oils around, they really have so many uses! I never thought of bringing them when I travel though. This makes so much sense.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Yup, with the above 5 oils you an cover a lot of issues, now I travel with a few more, but I don’t leave my apartment without two or three oils either. I have terrible allergies and can’t wear perfumes, so eos are perfect for me.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Hi Payastyle, I wish you had taken a minute or two to glance at the post, I tell you how to use each one in several different ways… I never leave home without Thieves. Its a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils and it smells awesome. I use it to wipe down the tray table on the plane, sanitize my hands, spray on my tonsils when I have a sore throat or feel one coming on. I reach for my thieves faster than a gun slinger if someone coughs near me on the plane. Just pour/ spray a couple drops in your hands, rub them together then cup your hands over you nose and mouth and breathe deeply.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Hey Jay, I hope you learned a little more from this brief overview. They are worth their weigh in gold.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      If you love lavender, you’d go gaga over stress away… its a mixture of Copaifera reticulata (copaiba) oil, Citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) bark oil, Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) absolute, Ocotea quixos (ocotea) oil, and Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil. It’s considered the gateway oil of essential oil blends.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      You should definitely have these oils as a minimum at least. They are amazing and make travel much easier.

  5. Alexandra

    A friend gave me a bottle of Lemon by a company called Doterra. Is that company as good or better than Young Living? Can you get the same benefits from burning the oils instead of diffusion them?

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Doterra is a good brand too, they utilize many of the same processes. However, YL has a seed to seal guarantee which means we own all our fields, so the quality is consistent all the way through the production process. Doterra buys seeds and oils from other companies so they can’t make the same guarantee.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Hi Dawn they are little bottles of gold. If you do try them, make sure you get something comparable to Young Living. There are a lot of essential oils out there, unfortunately they aren’t all good for you.

  6. Wanderlust Vegans

    I’ve heard of essential oils but I thought that they were just used to add a nice scent to things. I didn’t know that essential oils have other uses as well. The orb sounds like a pretty convenient way to travel with a diffuser.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I love them. When I first stared using them I traveled with 20+ oils. Thats so not cool or necessary. So now I take these and one or two others depending on where I going or what I am doing.

  7. Robin Rue

    I have always been so fascinated with essential oils but have never really used them myself. I guess I need to start!

  8. Kat

    It’s a great idea. I’ll definitely give it a try while traveling! I personally like grapefruit scent, it gives me energy in the winter.

  9. Katja

    Fab to know there are essential oils I can take with me to ease the inevitable diffuse and ingest. Thanks for this – I’ll leave the pills at home from now on!
    Katja xxx

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Yes ma’am there are literally thousands of combinations from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. Btw… if you rub eos into the bottom of your feet they will get into your blood stream fast because your feet have the largest pores in your body.

  10. Elsie

    Never thought of using essential oils in my travels tbh…I just take my bag and go! I’m quite interested in the thieves oil, never heard of it before…

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