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Travel Better: Plane Flight Essentials

Whitney Aronoff, Natural Foods Chef
Thursday, June 22, 2017


It's common to compromise your go-to health remedies while traveling, but it doesn't have to be! The key is packing everything you need in small sizes, with a convenient way to access them. I have found a large tote bag is the easiest way to access my goodies mid-flight. I use medium sized freezer bags to store all the little items I bring. The bags are sturdy, make it easy for me to see what I have, and I can be re-purposed throughout my trip.

Carry On with Your Health!

Below is a break down of what you can find in my carry on bag on an average trip.

1. Tea

I keep my own stash of teas on me at all times. For flights, I always have ORGANIC INDIA's Tulsi teas by my side. I pack at least 2 Tulsi Green Tea bags, and a few Tulsi Honey Chamomile tea bags. I also love to bring along a dandelion tea. I’ll use the green tea when I need a pick-me-up (like right before or after landing) and the herbal teas to keep me calm and relaxed in flight.

Bringing tea on a flight is easy because all you have to do is ask for hot water!

2. Coconut Oil

We all know how flying on a stale airplane can leave your skin feeling; usually dry and uncomfortable. To counteract this I keep a two-ounce travel jar filled with good quality coconut oil on me while in flight. It’s great on your hands, arms, lips, and under your eyes. I keep multiple two-ounce travel size Skinny Coconut Oil jars at home and pack one every time I travel.

3. Chapstick

I never leave home without a good chapstick, better yet make that two! I like using lip balms made in small batches, with few ingredients, and from quality sources. Right now I’m using Skinny Coconut Oil and Portland Bee Palm.

4. Essential Oils

Sometimes we need a spa moment on the go! Nothing helps to relax us faster than the smell of something good.

Aromatherapy can take the nervous flight gitters from chaotic to calm in almost an instant! I like to keep a tiny lavender essential oil with me. I can just pull it out, close my eyes, smell, and breathe deeply. I’ll sometimes add a little to my wrists, temples, and behind my ears for extra soothing. I also find just smelling it will ease any tension in my stomach as well. I keep it in the same bag as the coconut oil, in case I want to blend the two!

5. Headphones

How else can you enjoy that in-flight entertainment? Noise cancelling headphones are ideal, but the little Apple sets work too.

6. A Book or Magazine

I like to stay busy on the plane. I find the moment I get bored, I want to eat! I keep my snacks and food limited on the plane, so I don’t munch the whole time and can tap in to when my body is actually hungry. Having a book or magazine is a great option in case the in-flight movie isn’t of interest to you.

7. Pen and Notepad

You never know when that great idea might strike! I like to have easy access to a small notebook for reflecting, making a to-do list, or doodling. It’s nice to keep your fav pen and notepad on hand to write down whatever may cross the mind mid-flight.

8. Vegetables - Yes, really!

Carrot and celery sticks are always with me in flight as my preferred snack. Adding peanut or almond butter never hurts! If I have really planned ahead, I’ll also have a container of leftover roasted vegetables! Vegetables can be a great snack, not to mention they are easier on your digestion and are hydrating.

For longer flights, I’ll also bring a large salad full of mixed vegetables and protein in an easy biodegradable throw away container. It might sound silly to bring a salad on a plane but it can actually be a lot easier than carrying around multiple plastic containers of purchased airport food (and less smelly too.. we're looking at you egg sandwich folks)!

9. Chocolate

But of course! I like to keep a little high quality chocolate in my bag in case I get a sweet craving. That way I don’t reach for a poor quality in flight offering. I like to pick up a clean chocolate bar at my local health food store before traveling. I look for those free of dairy and soy lecithin. My favorite brands right now are Marou, Lakanto and Loving Earth.

10. Adaptogens, Vitamins and Supplements

When I have an early morning flight, I never remember to take my vitamins before running out the door. To solve this recurring dilemma I make sure I have a days supply in a little Ziploc bag already packed in my carry-on. That way, I can worry about just getting to the airport and then take my supps while having a snack pre-or-post boarding.

I always include hernal suppements when traveling, like ORGANIC INDIA's whole herb Ashwagandha. This powerful adaptogen will help me feel balanced during the flight, and maybe even encourage me to nap. Another great option for travel are the ORGANIC INDIA Lift Packets. I'll often pack Moringa and Psyllium. It’s nice to be able to easily sprinkle the psyllium fiber on my food in-flight. I love the subtle nutty flavor and how it helps me feel full.

11. A Big Bottle of H20

Hydration is essential in flight. I always buy the biggest and best bottle of water I can find before boarding. Not all bottled water is alike (most are filled with tap water.. look for spring). I also carry a glass water bottle with me. That way if I see the filtered water bottle refill machines in the airport, I can fill up. The bottle can also be used throughout my trip. The more water, the better!


About the Author

Whitney Aronoff is a Natural Foods Chef based in Laguna Beach, California. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Communications, and went on to culinary school at The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York. She works as a personal chef and recipe developer, with a focus on healthy, whole foods cooking. You can follow her food and travel adventures on Instagram at @WhitneyAronoff.