It's that time again...
Girlcat is packing her bags full of fetching garments, beauty potions, a few oddities, a massive amount of joie de vivre, and taking off... this time to a stunningly mystical land...
I'm heading over for the awesome Green Man Festival, and I cannot wait.
What purrfect timing to share some of my Vixen Travel Tips! Whether you're camping or holed up in a No-Tell, in flight or on a train, in a city or countryside, these Secrets translate in every language:
I try to pack light. I really do. No, really.
But it's hard. I love outfits. And shoes. And coats. And accessories.
In my defense, I have, over the years, pared it way down. I used to literally travel with a caravan of steamer trunks. (I was an absurdist, clearly.) Now, the new, lighter moi takes pride in fitting pretty much everything she could possibly need into...a carry-on.
I have it down to my version of science (ahem.) It goes like this:
- One Travel Dress - Yes, dress. Do not talk to me about jeans, stretchy pants of any sort, or (cringe!) sweatpants. No. Not ever. I always travel in something semi-loose fitting, like a slipdress, that can wrinkle and still look great, in a pretty color, to keep my spirits lifted on a long journey. Trust me, it works. It's just as comfy as the glorified pajamas disguised as athletic wear, but feels (and looks) pulled together and glamourous.
- One Lightweight Coat - An evening coat, sweater coat, a trench...anything soft and drapey you can either wear alone, or as a layer. This actually comes in handy more often than you would think. And again, you always look and feel chic, which boosts confidence. And confidence is the sexiest thing you can possibly wear.
- One Big Shawl - It's a scarf, a light wrap, a hood...fantastic. I like to run some sage incense through mine before I leave, not only to cleanse it from previous energy but to give it a yummy scent of home. The I like to douse it with a bit of whatever oil blend I'm digging at the moment. It's heavenly to breathe in, and will save you on a germy plane, or a polluted street.
- Two Pairs of Purrfect Shoes - Good Goddess, only two!? Painful, I know. But necessary. I bring one pair of impossibly sexy shoes, and one that can get rugged. For instance, this trip I've packed a sturdy (for me) pair of boots that can deal with grass and possibly mud, and stilettos that can go out to dinner and electrify the hotel room. See? Not so bad.
So, the idea is that you wear the lightweight coat with the travel dress, one pair of shoes, and the scarf (or hold them if it's too hot), so you don't have to pack these things, which gives you plenty of extra room for...more dresses! And lingerie!!! YESSS!!!!!!!
My father was a sailor. He taught me early on how to roll clothes tightly, rather than fold, so I can always cram a few extra little confections into my bag, which makes me really, really happy. My guy appreciates it, too, as you can imagine...
Trying to maneuver through anywhere as a vegan can be a challenge. Even with a cosmopolitan metropolis as your destination, there are still moments and situations that can frustrate to the point of despair when it comes to eating clean. I literally never leave home without some kind of nibble on me, particularly when traveling. Stash ziploc bags of these in your purse, and some in your luggage:
- Trail Mix - My own homemade. Usually a blend of walnuts, almonds, goji berries, raisins, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, and cacao beans.
- Dried fruits - I love unsweetened apples, mango, and pineapple.
- Power Balls - Make these up ahead of time, and play with the ingredients to suit your mood. They'll keep for a week if they are stored someplace cool.
- Gluten Free Crackers - Excellent in a jam when you're craving bread, but don't fancy the bloating that goes with it.
- Avocados - I take a few ripe ones with me for a filling meal, in case you're somewhere that can only conjure up a salad. Slice them and bring them along in a plastic container if you're traveling overseas, as technically I don't think you can transport them whole. Don't make a guacamole, though. It's considered a "semi-liquid", and can be confiscated before you board. Absurd, I know, but I had my hummus - commercially packaged even - taken just before a super-long flight, making for one cranky gal.
- Sweetener - I always have a bottle of liquid stevia on me. It saves my ass. For travel, I swap it for a hefty amount of stevia packets. Stock up. You'll never be tempted, or forced, to use sugar.
Oh, dear Goddess...the other painful reality: The Paring Down of The Products.
Well, if I can do it, anyone can.
With the help of 3oz. travel bottles and jars, the beauty fairies, and a few multi-purpose rockstar potions, it can happen.
Moisturizing Oils - If I'm gone a while, I stash a full, unopened jar of organic coconut oil in my check-through luggage to handle a multitude of beauty needs. Read this, and you'll know why I love it so.
If I am on a short trip, I load up a couple of travel sized bottles with argan, jojoba, or avocado oil. It goes a long way, and takes care of removing makeup, moisturizing my whole body, nourishing my face (particularly at night), infusing the dry ends of my hair with conditioning, and acts as an excellent carrier for my essential oils.
Travel Cloths - Though I love a nice, complicated face ritual, I have to simplify it when I'm on the road. The easiest, and best way? Acure Organics Argan Oil Face Towelettes. These are not your average, or even somewhat elevated face wipes. They actually clean incredibly well, with a light finish...no soapiness or residue and they leave a beautiful, soft, glowing complexion. It's the argan oil. It's magic. And they work on every skin type. Bonus: They're so gentle, you can use them on all your beautiful parts, should you happen to somehow find yourself, say, on a tour bus. Or at a body painting soireé.
Essential Oils - My Mojo Bag, located in my purse at all times, is equipped especially for travel with these most precious nectars, all available here.
Peppermint - My fave on-hand cure for so many ills. A few drops in your water as an instant mouthwash, or right on your tongue as a breath freshener/digestive aid, mixed in your carrier oil for a fabulous foot massage before and after walking all day and night (particularly in heels!), and to breathe in when you're feeling fatigued from your non-stop adventuring. Get on it.
Clove - I love the spiced earth aroma, and it does wonders for teeth and gums.
Cardamom - I always keep whole cardamom pods in a tiny bejeweled Indian box in my Mojo Bag, for their amazing digestive properties. Customs agents do not love this. I've learned to simply carry the oil, which has the added benefits of being an antimicrobial (germ killer), and boasts an exotic scent.
Lemon and Wild Orange - Delightful any time of day in spring water, tea, or juice to cleanse your system and boost your vitamin C. I love to drink TONS of water on a plane, as they are notoriously dehydrating, and add these oils to counteract the germy-ness of the flight cabin.
Past Tense Blend- This slim little roll-on oil hits all the points of tension when you're cramped up for way too long. I roll it on my temples and across my forehead, and onto my heart chakra for a cooling, loosening sensation, and a healing scent that lingers.
I also always bring along a small vial or two of my own potions, to make magic everywhere I go. Lots of blends will be available soon...so stay with me!
Well, Precious Ones,
I'll write you from the road...I love you!