Essential Oils for Vacation, and How to Pack Them for Travel!

Essential Oils for Vacation

It’s taken me a couple of months to write this post because, honestly, I had to let the post-vacation blues wear off before I looked at our vacation pictures again!!  My husband and I felt like we were in a period of mourning when we got home from vacation, it was THAT good to decompress, relax, and have no responsibilities for a week.


My husband and I have gone back to the same resort in Cabo several years in a row, and it’s safe to say it’s one of our favorite places.  We look forward to this trip all year long.  There are really no words for how awesome it is… the warm weather, the beach, the drink of the day, the chips and guac, our own palapa on the beach, not having to do ANYTHING but read and relax… clearly I could go on and on.  ;)




But as much as I love BEING on vacation, I don’t particularly love TRAVELING.  As I’ve gotten older, I have more anxiety of flying (just feeling trapped in the plane and paranoid someone is going to get sick), I don’t like eating airport food (after cleaning up our diet several years ago, it’s hard to find something in an airport that doesn’t make me feel crummy afterwords), and I really hate public bathrooms (enough said).  But this is the first year I’ve had Young Living Essential OILS to bring with me on this trip!!

How I Packed My Oils for the Flight

I didn’t care if I was going to have to sneak my oils with me, they were coming with ME and not in my checked suitcase!  In October I had flown with my oils, so I wasn’t too worried about it on this trip, except that it was an international flight and I didn’t know if the rules would be different!  They weren’t.  :)

How to fly with oils

Basically I put everything I wanted to bring in a quart-sized ziplock bag.  You are allowed 1 quart sized bag, and each bottle must be less than 3.4 oz (which the oils are).  So I packed that bag full of my oils .  :)  It did need to go through the x-ray, which can lower the frequency of the oil.  But according to many people much more educated in this aspect than I am, the frequency of the oil does return to normal.

Between last trip and this one, I’ve been through airport security several times with my oils this way, and it’s been completely fine.

Arrived Safely!

Essential Oils for Traveling

Everything arrived safely!  It’s important to make sure your caps are on tight!!  I double checked all of them before taking off, and there were still a few drops that managed to squeak out.  :)  Nothing disastrous, though.

What I Brought on Vacation

It was super tough to narrow down which oils I was going to bring because my kids were at home with my parents, and I wanted to leave the majority of the oils with them… but I wanted to make sure we had what we needed, too!  Fortunately I have doubles of a few of our most important ones (Thieves, Peppermint, Lavender, DiGize), so that was nice.  :)


Well my biggest fear when traveling is feeling yucky… sometimes just the worry makes me feel bad!  I know, you probably think I’m neurotic, and it’s probably true.  Anyways, DiGize was definitely coming with me, especially to Mexico!  It definitely came in handy, and I will ALWAYS travel with this one.


I brought Peppermint for the same reason as DiGize, to soothe digestion if needed.  Peppermint is great for supporting normal digestion.  No matter how ‘clean’ you try to eat while traveling or on vacation, sometimes it seems impossible!!  I also took a few sniffs of Peppermint on the airplane to get the stale-airplane smell from overpowering my senses and calming my stomach before the flight!

Stress Away

So we’ve already established that I’m probably neurotic.  :)  Stress Away helped me immensely on this trip.  I always use it at night before bed, but about a week before our trip I started using it during the day, too, along with prayer, for a smooth trip!  Leaving your kids for a week, no matter how great of care you are leaving them in, is stressful!  My parents watched them and I knew they would be fine, but there is still a level of stress about leaving them!  Stress Away oil helped me feel physically calmer before the trip and while traveling.


Thieves is another essential oil blend I wouldn’t travel to another country without!

Myrrh and Ylang Ylang

I brought these 2 essential oils because they are all great for the skin.  Myrrh makes my skin feel great in the morning when I use it before bed.  Ylang Ylang was a new one, but I brought it to use at night on my skin as well.  My skin feels super smooth in the morning, especially when I use the Ylang Ylang with Myrrh!


Since Lavender is known as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of essential oils, I brought it with me, especially since I couldn’t bring my whole oil arsenal!  Lavender is also a great skin soother, so I thought it might be helpful after being in the sand and salt.  Thankfully we didn’t need our lavender, either!  But lavender is a great all-purpose oil, and I often carry it with me.

Hopefully next time you travel, this gives you an idea of what may come in handy for you.  Now if there were only an oil to take us back in time to Cabo!!!  ;)


*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Read the full disclaimer here.

20 Responses to Essential Oils for Vacation, and How to Pack Them for Travel!

  1. Dawn says:

    This post was sooooo very helpful! I’m a newbie with the oils…..actually waiting anxiously for them to come in the mail! :) My husband and I are going on a missions trip to Haiti in June and this was a great article to get us ready for it! So many “medications” we are prescribed “in case” of travelers diarrhea an malaria prevention, I hate to take them. Will definitely bring these oils along for the trip! Thank you so much!

    • Angie says:

      Hi Dawn! Oh I’m so glad the info here was helpful, thank you for letting me know!! You will love your oils, I’m excited they are on their way to you! So awesome you are going to Haiti in June for a missions trip… save travels, have an amazing trip!

  2. VERY helpful post! Thank you! I’m about to fly for the first time with essential oils and really don’t want to leave them in my checked luggage.

  3. zonya gingrich says:

    Thanks so much. We are flying internationally in less than two weeks and I was wondering about this very issue. Will take your suggestions on how to pack. :-)

  4. Peggy says:

    How do you use your oils? Do you mix them with a carrier and apply or do you ingest them?

    • Angie says:

      Some we mix with a carrier and apply, and others we take internally! The bottle will have a ‘Supplement’ label if it’s an oil that can be taken internally.

  5. Amy says:

    did you make your own sunscreen with the oils? or buy sunscreen? I hate sunscreen normally and never use it becauase I hate all the chemicals in them and am a sceptic that they are healthy, but we are travelling to Mexico early March and I am thinking we will be needing something…but I am not sure what

    • Angie says:

      Hi Amy! I have not made my own sunscreen with the oils! I just try to buy as natural a sunscreen as possible, I like to search the EWG database ( Have fun in Mexico!!

  6. Bethany says:

    Thanks for the post! We are also leaving for Mexico in a few days, and I love your suggestions for which oils to bring. I am also completely & irrationally paranoid about flying and someone getting sick – it’s nice to know I’m not the only one! :)

  7. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much for sharing not only your tips but which oils you prerfer and their uses. I am new to essential oils and can use all the help I can get. Lavender is my favorite and I liked how you described it as the swiss-army knife of essential oils-great comparison. Would you be willing to share the name of the resort in Cabo you love so much? I would greatly appreciate it. The photos were gorgeous and I see why you love going there. Thanks again, Jess

    • Angie says:

      Hi Jess! Thanks so much for stopping by!! We always go to Dreams Los Cabos. The people are so friendly and accommodating, and the views are amazing. We talk about it all year long. :)

  8. Myra says:

    Thanks for the list – it was exactly what I was looking for in a quick internet search today! I’m also taking my diffuser.

  9. Susan says:

    Thanks for your Essential oils info.. I still worry about someone at the airport taking my oils, as they are expensive and very useful to me, so if you were to recommend one oil , what would it be.. good for everything, especially air born stale air.

  10. julie says:

    thanks so much, leaving for mexico in the morning your info has reassured me in taking them on my carry on bag.. I found out some of our US otc meds are illegal in mexico so I was just a bit worried but sounds like all should be good!

  11. Wanda says:

    Getting ready to go on mission trip to Central America and was curious about how to travel with oils. Thanks for suggestions.

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