DIY Movie & Travel Kit
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Hello & Happy Tuesday!!
I don’t know about you, but when the holidays come or I’m traveling, or C all of the above, my usual routine goes by the wayside leaving me exhausted, stressed, and just a plain ol’ mess!Needless to say, I have a routine for everything and always plan ahead to ensure that I have everything I need. As I’ve gotten older, I typically plan in advance my food and skincare, clothes are the last on my list lol.
Two situations that always call for some prepping is traveling long distances and going to the movies.
While movie theaters have come a long way to cater to health enthusiasts, they are typically ubiquitous for candy and popcorn saturated in butter. I always opt to bring my own snack options! Like many others, when traveling out of town, keeping Travel Kit with all your essentials in the front pocket of your suitcase or glovebox is a must.
Although many simply through their items in a suitcase or purse, I make sure to have my kit separate from everything else. If you need it, its all in one central location versus being scattered about, which is an absolute nightmare when in a dark movie theater.
So what does one keep in their essentials bag for traveling during the holidays? Everything.
over time I’ve got what I need for times of travel down to a science. Below is a list oI’ve compiled with items that will always be in my travel bags for every sitatuion that may arise.
Vitamin C powder: While many reach for this vitamin C powders only until they are exhibiting signs of an illness. Instead of waiting for signs and symptoms, I always grab these when over exerting myself or am going to be subjected to flying or being around large groups of people period. Having these packets adds flavor and nutrients to plain ol water and ultimately keeps me more hydrated as I’m more inclined to do so.
Fresh fruit:: I know, carrying fresh fruit isn’t ground breaking, but my favorite item to carry is apples! They hold up well, don’t spoil, and are perfect with the item below.
Almond butter packets: For all those who crave almond butter, the packets are the the perf grab and go item to carry with you on a regular basis. You can pari it with dried or fresh fruit, throw it into a shake, or simply enjoy it on its own! The packets also have a long shelf life and won’t spoil regardless of the temperature.
Chia Seeds: I know it sounds obscure to carry around a packed of chia seeds while traveling, but they are the perf grab and go superfood that can maximize the nutritional value of whatever you’re eating and can even be thrown into your water. The only drawback is if they spill, so seal those bags!
Hemp Seeds: I love these little seeds that are slightly chewy and packed with healthy fats. I throw them in my popcorn or simply enjoy them by themselves!
Tea: When feeling under the weather I always like to have some hot tea or simply hot lemon water. The temperature is soothing and helps me to decongest. Simply put, I always have a bag of herbal tea along with packets of lemon juice. Having these two items on hand has been a huge game changer for myself and whomever is with me!
Bottled Water: dehydration can cause more problems for you and your kidneys, always bring water!
Dog treats: My dog is always with me, so its now a staple in my kit!
Vegan Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: Because it’s better than anything you’ll find behind the counter at a movie theater and you never know when you need to have something sweet!
Nail file: For anyone who does their own nails (me), this item is key. Having a snag in your nail can ruin whatever I’m doing as I can’t rest until I fix it. (true story) The multi sided options are the best.
Essential Oils: although some people are confused about essential oils and the effective methods of use, I’m an advocate of using them on a regular basis for various purposes. You can throw them in a cleaning product, a body cream, the bathtub, or simply smell them to alleviate headaches or stress.. Something to keep in mind is that essential oils are highly concentrated, so use them sparingly.
Below are a few of my favorites!
- Mint – When I need to wake up
- Frankincense – When I need to meditate or have a zen moment
- Tea Tree Oil – When congested
- Lavender – When I need to relax or have a headache
Antibacterial gel: I’m an advocaate for washing your hands as studies show it to be more effective with sanitizing and antibacterial gels can be too abrasive and dry out your hands. However, when you’re on the go and don’t have access to a sink, antibacterial gel can be a wonderful alternative. If I don’t have it on hand I end up carrying more germs that can exacerbate any sort of health ailment making me more susceptible to the common cough or cold.. Needless to say, I like to carry a bottle with me everywhere I go regardless of the season.
Tissues: Other items that are always in my travel kit are Kleenex tissues. Whether I have to blow my nose, touch my face, or be exposed to bacteria I always like to have them on hand. If I’m experiencing sneezing it’s imperative to have a product that’s soft and not agreessive to the skin. Varieties that are poor quality can make wiping your nose irritating and painful. Just like hand sanitizer, Kleenex® tissues aim to wipe away bacteria and prevent
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Raw nuts: Raw nuts are a perfect snack to have on hand. Yes, the flavored and salted varieties are delicious, but they typically pack a high level of sodium, which can dehydrate you further when on the go, make you bloat and can be packed with sugar and additives. If you can get your hands on raw nuts or can justify the cost of raw nuts you can always opt for the low sodium options. My favorites are cashews, almond, walnuts, brazil nuts, pistachios, and macadamia nuts. Below is one of my favorite combinations paired with popcorn that don’t disappoint. If you’re craving something a bit more than just raw nuts, I highly recommend this recipe for Siracha Nuts!
Popcorn: I know I know, they serve popcorn in a theater and popping your own popcorn seem arduous. However, there are new glass popcorn makers that make the process seamless and make breaking out the ol’ antiquated popcorn machine obsolete. Popcorn is actually a healthy snack option in that it’s a whole grain. I would just recommend that you seek on a non gmo variety since it is widely recognized as one of they largest produced gmo crops. To maximize the nutritional value and add another dimension of flavor to the popcorn, I toss it in various herbs and spices. One of my personal favorites is Turmeric! Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and has greater effects than over the counter medicine and is said to also have antidepressant effects. Below is my favorite recipe! (to add a hint of sweetness throw in some coconut sugar!)
Pop your own popcorn and roast your own nuts
Add 1 tsp of Turmeric, toss and coat
Combine with roasted nuts