MEL METHOD: BRINGING HOME WITH ME WHEREVER I GO



Travel inspires to think differently, create courageously, and explore fearlessly. On the contrary, travel could emphasize the things that are missed the most from home. If you’re anything like me, the feeling of anxiousness might overcome you minutes before heading out for a trip with the feeling of forgetting to pack something. Through trial and error, I’ve honed my travel necessities so that I’m able to create a sanctuary wherever I go.


As thrilling as a nomadic lifestyle may seem, sticking to a wellness routine takes extra effort as new experiences are being engaged. Whether I’m taking a road trip up the coast or flying oversees, my carry-on packing routine usually stays the same. Knowing that change is the only constant, I can always anticipate homeostasis to be thrown out of wack amidst journeying unfamiliar places. So I’ve compiled a list of essential items that help me find peace on the road.


C L E A N S E

  • Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizer - In case soap isn’t accessible, sanitizer will have to do. Lavender has soothing properties to reduce stress and ease anxiety. This can also be used as an air freshener or antibacterial spray for icky surfaces. Cooool.

  • Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Toner - Not only is my internal clock confused whenever I travel, but so is my skin. Using this toner helps restore my skin’s pH balance and removes excess oil.

  • Herb Bundles - Herb burning purifies energies of a space and is reminiscent of my home. I make sure to purchase from sustainably sourced shops since some magical herbs (ie: White Sage, Palo Santo) are at risk due to inappropriate harvesting.

R E F R E S H

  • Native Deodorant - Finally found an aluminum and paraben free deodorant that actually works!

  • Facial Sheet Mask - Depending on where I’m traveling to, I like to pack sheet masks that combat the climate conditions. If I’m heading to the mountains with low humidity, I’ll pack a hydrating mask. Desert weather? Calming/soothing mask, for sure.

  • Eucalyptus Oil - This essential oil helps facilitate easier breathing whenever I feel congested. Eucalyptus also repels insects and relieves bug bites.

N O U R I S H

  • Probiotics - Maintaining a colony of good bacteria supports the immune system. Take probiotics at least 2 weeks prior to a trip to keep the colon rollin' and airborne illnesses at bay.

  • Protein bar - Nutrient-dense snacks keep me far from hangry. Lärabars are minimally processed and made with simple ingredients.


R E F L E C T

  • Moleskine - I can’t go wrong with a classic Moleskine journal. The 5”x8.25” sized notebook packs efficiently for travel and is perfect for those moments of self-reflection, jotting down notes, or freehand sketching.


Words & imagery by Melissa Ver

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