Traveling with Essential Oils


The snacks are packed, the car is loaded, and you’re deciding which final item to squeeze into the outside pocket of your suitcase–the flowy sundress with the spaghetti straps or the bulky bag of oils staring at you from across the room? Whether you travel by plane, train, or automobile, it can be tricky to find room for all of your favorite oils. BUT, us oilers here at iTOVi can tell you from experience how great traveling with essential oils can be. Work conference, family reunion, Caribbean cruise, you name it–oils can come in handy in any of these situations.


For some of us, catching a quick plane to reach our destination is no big deal. We sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight. But for others, flying through the clouds at 500 miles per hour is terrifying. Flight anxiety is more common than you’d think–nearly 1 in 3 adult Americans are afraid of flying. So, while essential oils can’t cure their anxiety or make the fears go away, calming scents may help a frightened flyer feel more at peace in their crowded surroundings. Flowery oils like lavender and chamomile are good ones to have on hand if you or a family member get a little nervous during a flight.  

If you’re worried about which items are allowed through airport security, then take a look at some of the research we’ve done for our own travels. According to the Transportation Security Administration, containers can hold up to 3.4 ounces of liquid. The total number of containers must be able to fit in 1 quart-size resealable bag. If your oil collection exceeds that amount, don’t panic! You can always check a bag and have unlimited oil supplies on your trip.

Road Trips

We LOVE road trips, especially ones with oils! Whether you have a car full o’ kids or you prefer hitting the road solo, essential oils can be a happy addition. If you haven’t tried traveling with essential oils before, we love this oil bag from Honey High Five. Keeping your essential oil products all in one place will make it easier to use for long car rides. If you want to keep the oil supply down to a minimum, there are also these smaller oil wallets from Sewing Love by Mallory.

One of the biggest issues we come across during road trips is car sickness. Yep, you know the drill. You try staring at the road ahead to alleviate the queasiness, but once that car sickness starts, there’s usually no turning back. Again, while essential oils won’t eliminate those yucky feelings, they may help soothe a troubled tummy (or at least rid the car of the icky sick smell if that doesn’t work). For any motion sickness situation, a lot of oil users recommend placing two drops of ginger oil on a tissue and taking deep inhales with the tissue held close to your nose. If ginger isn’t a favorite scent of yours, then try peppermint or spearmint to uplift everyone in the car, not just the nauseous occupants.

Traveling with Essential Oils

The benefits of using essential oils don’t stop upon arrival to your destination (whether you got there by plane, boat, car, or train!). As you’re exploring the tropical beaches of Hawaii or cozying up by the campfire with relatives, you’ll find yourself reaching for that bag of oils a lot more than you’d expect. And, to top things off, you might even find a chance to introduce oils to a few new clients! Be sure to pack that iTOVi scanner to offer hand scans to family members, or even people you meet along the way. It’s a lot easier to tell someone about essential oils when you have a few they can try out for themselves.

So, the next time you’re stuck between packing that pretty sundress or the big bag of oils, choose the oils. The last thing you want is to be stuck at Grandma’s house and think “Dang, I have the perfect oil for this at home!” If you have any other tips about traveling with essential oils, share your wisdom with us in the comments below!

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