If Your Family Drives You Crazy, These Self-Care, Sanity-Saving Essentials Fit in a Carry-On
Don't get us wrong — we love visiting family over the holidays. But basically no one is immune to that one aunt asking why you're not dating anyone, your grandpa and brother arguing about politics, or your parents or in-laws nagging you about something. It doesn't matter how jolly you're feeling — chances are there's gonna be at least a little stress.
Just because you're leaving home doesn't mean you have to leave self-care behind. In fact, traveling with these essentials will help better prepare you to take on any and all family situations with grace and ease. Plus, they fit flawlessly into a carry-on and take up very, very little room! And if all else fails — head outside for a run.
Toss a pair of your favorite sneakers in your suitcase. Even if you don't have a workout planned, you might have to step out to get some air — and a cool run in the neighborhood or nearby trail could help clear your head. We love the APL Techloom Pro Metallic Mesh Sneakers ($160) for a style that looks as good on a run as it does with casual everyday clothes. Gotta have that versatility, you know?
Your secret weapon against stress and anxiety this holiday season: CBD. This travel-ready natural supplement comes from hemp and completely eliminates feelings of stress and worry. The CW Hemp Simply Hemp Capsules ($35) come in 15 and 35 milligram doses so you can choose what works best for your body — and stress levels.
An on-the-go oils kit is the perfect companion for holiday tension and stress and can bring a little more joy to the season. This sweet little set is like an all-natural first-aid kit. With peppermint for headaches, digestion aids (excellent for when you get a stressed tummy), and stress and pain relievers like lavender, you can easily toss the Saje Pocket Farmacy ($60) in your bag (or your pocket!) and you'll have all the bases covered.
Therapy Ball Set
We all carry tension in different places — many times the hips and shoulders! These little therapy balls will help give you a deep-tissue massage, wherever you are, whenever you want. The Tune Up Fitness Therapy Ball PLUS Pair ($15) comes in a convenient little sachet you can stash in your suitcase while you're traveling for the holidays.
Need to sneak away and get some feelings out? Grab a journal! The Fitlosophy "Goal Getter" Journal ($17) has daily sections that lead with the same question: what are you grateful for? It'll help you focus on the positive while reflecting on your mood and energy so you can fight stress with positivity.
Mini or USB Diffuser
We know you can't fit a full-blown diffuser into your suitcase (or maybe you can . . . if so, congrats), so throw this tiny little USB in instead. The Young Living USB Diffuser ($23) can plug into your laptop computer, into a port in your car, or in the guest bedroom. Aromatherapy, anywhere!
You might be far from your gym or your favorite studio, and you might be in a rural area with NO studios for you to try. But it's going to be OK. The Tone It Up Booty Bands ($12) take up basically zero room in your luggage but can help you create a full-blown strength-training circuit wherever you might be.