I often get asked what essential oils I take with me when I travel and how I handle them going through security at the airport. I’m here to tell you today that it’s easy to travel with essential oils and I never have any problems. They’re a staple for me and my family and I would never go without them.

Top 7 Essential Oils For Travel

This list often varies with the location, season, and current wellness states, but these are my 5 essential oil travel mainstays:

1. Thieves

  • 1 drop on the airplane tray and arm rest, and clean with a wipe. You could make your own Thieves wipes and carry those instead.
  • drop on our feet every morning and night to boost immune system
  • in hot countries, a few drops along the doorways to keep insects out of the room
  • often, I apply to bed linens before any of us sleep in the bed as well. Or, I’ll use Thieves Spray instead

2. Lavender

  • a drop on our feet and shoulders at bed to calm and relax. I have trouble sleeping in hotels!
  • headache relief. Perfect for the airplane
  • use for coughs and colds as well
  • add to coconut oil to soothe sun-stressed skin. Perfect for hot holidays

3. Peppermint – I never, ever travel without this one!

  • digest discomfort – it seems like as soon as I set foot out of my own kitchen my guts act up. Peppermint saves me. It’s also a nice smelling oil for the airplane and less stinky than DiGize, so I’ll often use Peppermint for digestive discomfort on a plane instead.
  • Speaking of stinkiness, if I get stuck beside a smelly person on an airplane, I apply peppermint under my nose or on my scarf so that I smell it continually instead of gross people
  • joint and muscle pain
  • coughs and colds
  • it’s a cold oil, so on hot holidays, I’ll often rub some on the back of my neck to feel refreshed and cool

4. Frankincense

  • add to coconut to soothe sun-stressed skin
  • we also apply to the feet daily to boost the immune system

5. RC – I also never, ever travel without this oil!

  • I have a child prone to cough and cold symptoms so we always carry RC. As soon as we go in and out of air conditioning, those coughs and colds appear. RC to the rescue
  • This blend has 3 blends of ecualyptus. Eucalyptus globulus can be used for joint and muscle pain, so this is a perfect combo with peppermint

6. DiGize

  • Again, the guts act up. DiGize is soothing after eating too much, or eating different foods we’re not used to

7. Orange

  • Again, the guts. Orange is a carminative, so I find it really helpful to use for digestive discomfort. Combined with peppermint on the airplane, it’s a nice refreshing smell that usually doesn’t bother people
Variations of oils I carry depends on the situation.

If we have coughs and colds before we leave, I’ll put in Euclayptus Globulus, Mountain Savory for an immune boost, and SnifflEase for the kids.

If I need menstrual support, I’ll add in Dragon Time and Clary Sage.

If we have joint pain, I’ll add cypress and throw in Ortho Ease massage oil or OrthoSport massage oil for massaging tight muscles.

Other Essential Oil Products For Travel

1. USB Orb diffuser or USB diffuser

  • If you get to your hotel and room and it reeks of smoke even though it’s a non-smoking room, or it smells like people, diffuse your favourite essential oil with the USB orb diffuser or USB diffuser. Plug it into the USB port of your computer, or iPhone plug.
  • Even if it doesn’t smell, diffuse anyway! Fill the air with fresh natural goodness

2. ImmuPro Chewable Tablets

  • ImmuPro™ has been specially formulated to provide exceptional immune system support when combined with a healthy lifestyle and adequate sleep to support the body’s needs.* Along with Ningxia Wolfberry, and some minerals, ImmuPro also contains melatonin, which promotes a restful night sleep. Perfect for not being able to sleep in a hotel!

3. Ningxia Red, 2 ounce

  • I am all about keeping our immune system boosted while we travel, so we all drink Ningxia Red for a full-body nutrient infusion and immune support every day

4. Thieves Spray or Thieves Wipes

  • You never know what kind of a dirty situation you’re going to get into, so we always keep these with us as well for wiping down trays, spraying hands, spraying the bed sheets etc

5. Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier

  • Perfect for using in public bathrooms and areas and just overall cleaning for adult and child hands

6. Hygiene products

  • we bring all of our usual Young Living soaps and shampoos and toothpastes etc.
  • Young Living now has a really cool Bon Voyage Travel Pack, which is full of travel size personal care products, including a toothbrush and lip balm. So perfect for traveling!


$55 USD wholesale – Refill and reuse the soap and shampoo bottles again

How To Store Essential Oils For Travel

I take all the essentials I need on the airplane with me in carry-on and check the rest. Checked oils should be stored in a protective carry-on case. I also make sure they’re surrounded by clothes, so there’s a bit of cushion for them as well.

For reference, 30 ml = 1 ounce. Airports usually follow a 3-1-1 rule –> 3 ounces, 1 quart-sized bag, 1 bag/person
Young Living essential oil bottles are either 5 ml or 15 ml.

For carry-on, I follow the rules for liquid and place them all in the clear plastic bag.

Some things to note:

  • We know that essential oils have frequencies and so do x-ray scan machines, like the ones used in airports. The oils will be affected at the time of the scan, but they will normalize.
  • Your checked bags are also scanned, so the same applies for those essential oils

I hope these tips help. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Bon voyage!

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