Fly Happy: Three Strategies for a Better Trip

22 May 11, 2015 - How to Use Essential Oils, Mind & Spirit, Young Living Lifestyle

No matter where you’re traveling—on vacation, to a conference, or to visit friends and family—chances are, a plane ride isn’t going to be the highlight of your trip. But with a little planning, your time in the terminal or in the air can go a lot smoother. Check out our top tips for flying happy!


Pack Light

The less you pack, the easier your trip will be. Remember—whatever you bring in your carry-on, you’ll need to bring with you across the terminal and through security screenings. Some easy ways to pack light are to:


  • Travel - Young LivingPare down and pick just a few very versatile items of clothing that match interchangeably in different combinations. Accessories such as scarves, belts, and jewelry can go a long way toward refreshing an old outfit without adding much bulk to your bag.
  • Roll your clothes instead of folding them—they’ll fit better in your suitcase, and you’ll avoid wrinkles.
  • Be sure to check recent Travel Security Administration (TSA) guidelines before packing and make sure all of the liquid and gel toiletries you have in your carry-on are TSA compliant. We’ve specifically designed our Bon Voyage travel kit to fit those regulations and make it easy to take Young Living necessities on the road. The kit includes 10 travel-sized Young Living personal care products: Thieves® AromaBright Toothpaste, Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, Thieves Dental Floss, Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash, Young Living branded Toothbrush, Lavender Shampoo, Lavender Conditioner, Cinnamint Lip Balm, Morning Start™ Bath & Shower Gel, and Genesis™ Hand & Body Lotion.


Stay Clean

Airports and airplanes have a lot of high-contact surfaces. Thousands of people from all around the world touch restroom door handles, arm rests, tray tables, call button lights, and everything else. Stay well with a few common sense strategies:


  • Hand WashingWhile you’re waiting to board, be sure to take a moment and wash your hands. Be thorough—at least 20 seconds of hand washing is recommended. Try singing the ABCs to yourself twice while you lather, scrub, and clean under your fingernails with soap and hot water.
  • Take one Inner Defense™ capsule the morning before traveling and up to four additional capsules throughout the rest of the day. With essential oils such as Oregano, Thyme, and Thieves blend, Inner Defense is formulated to support normal immunity.*
  • When you don’t have a sink and soap nearby, pull out the Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier in your Bon Voyage kit. Rub a dollop over your hands before reaching for those free peanuts.


Keep Busy and Comfortable

A lot of the discomfort of traveling can be simple boredom. But your time in the air is a great opportunity to catch up on work, relax guilt-free, or even cut the cords and enjoy a little time away from electronics. Even if you pack light, no carry-on should be without a few items to keep you busy. Make a few hours seem like a few minutes with these ideas:


  • Man Sleeping on PlaneJust relax. With electronics restrictions, flights are a good opportunity to be totally switched off—make the most of letting a few texts and emails wait.
  • Rub a little AromaEase™ between your palms and inhale deeply to enjoy its minty and calming aroma as needed.
  • Whether you prefer paper books or e-readers, tackle a book you’ve been meaning to read.
  • When the beverage cart comes around, try adding a drop or two of Stress Away™ to your drink for a boost of vanilla-lime flavor.
  • Get to know your row mates! Strike up a conversation.
  • Organize your life and make a to-do list.
  • Watch a movie.
  • Chew gum.
  • Feel cramped? Get your blood flowing and do simple leg and foot stretches or get up to walk to the restroom or to visit with others in your party.
  • If electronics are permitted on your flight, pay the fee for Wi-Fi and go online to shop, read the news, or browse social media. You could switch your smartphone to airplane mode and take some snapshots of the landscape below.
  • Order a snack or beverage you normally don’t.


Have a flight coming up? How do you plan to make your trip fun and hassle free? Which Young Living products are a must in your carry-on? Tell us in the comments!


*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

  • Tiff

    If I’m flying to Italy from the US, are there any oils that are restricted for travel? Should I expect any potential issues with airport security or customs?

    • Young Living

      Hi Tiff, We have traveled all over the world with our oils and they have never been a problem. Just pack them in your quart sized ziploc baggie if carrying in carryon luggage–then they will be treated as any other liquid in an under 3 oz container.

  • Mek

    I always have a bottle of thieves in my purse. I put on a drop in my palm and rub, deeply inhale, rub on my neck, chest, throat, etc. I have done a bit of traveling this summer to Atlanta and Dubai. On both flights after I did my thieves routine, a flight attendant came up to me and asked what that “amazing aroma” is. I gave them a drop and they loved it. They returned the favor with more complimentary cooks and juices, lol!!

    What I would suggest is that you keep your business card with you. As much as I was really happy to share and discuss the oils, I realized the missed opportunity. So have your card with your YL number, lass out a drop of oil, and add some new national/international members you your team!

  • Christine Krause

    I heard that the oils breakdown if they go through x-ray screening at the airport. Is this correct?

    • Young Living

      Hi Christine, Great question. X-raying can alter the molecular structure of oils if the oil is exposed to long intense X-raying. However, this is not an issue with the short, low x-rays which airports and some shippers use. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Wow, lovely portal. Thnx ..

  • I travel with many oils. Mostly : valor, digize, Lemon, panaway, peppermint, peace and calming, thieves, purification and joy. I even pack a diffuser on every trip to diffuse thieves and purification in hotel rooms 🙂

  • Janet

    The diffuser care booklet says don’t use distilled water. The 2015 product guide says use distilled water in the diffuser. So what water do we use?

    • Young Living

      Hi Janet, Thank you for you question. The best type of water for a diffuser may vary depending on the model. Please consult the manual for specific information for your diffuser. We hope this helps!

  • Alisa

    You possibly lost a sign up, lol. Just apologize if the smell was too powerful & then go into sale mode & talk up the greatness!

  • John

    Please check out our book on how to be healthy when traveling using Young Living products at

  • Debbie Bammann

    When carrying essential oils whole travelling; does it damage eo when xrayed? Would it be better to carry on or put in check in suitcase? Thank you

    • Kristy

      Is there any special suggestions for traveling with oils? I am taking a plane and wondering if TSA will allow my oils. Also not sure if anyone has ideas about how to carry them if they can be brought onto the plane

      • Evangeline

        Yes, we have traveled all over the world with our oils and they have never been a problem. Just pack them in your quart sized ziploc baggie if carrying in carryon luggage–then they will be treated as any other liquid in an under 3 oz container. 🙂

  • Judy “GjGj”

    What is price of Bon Voyage Travel Kit? Where do I find price list for all products? Thank you!

    • Jaime

      Are you a member? It’s $55 for a member. Email me if you aren’t and we can chat 🙂

  • Hope H

    I carry on ALL on my ESSENTIAL essential oils, only YL, of course. Frank, Lavender, DiGize, Thieves, Oregano, P & C, En-R-Gee, Endoflex, PP, M-Grain, Purification, Valor, Lemon, PanAway, Stress Away, Grounding and Animal Scents Ointment.

  • Everyday Oils are my carry-on traveling companions as well as a first aid kit during my travels. I use Thieves Spray to spray my airplane seating area before I take my seat and spritz it into my mouth after I am seated. Thieves Hand Sanitizer is always a must. RC roll-on keeps me breathing comfortably during the flight. Packed in my checked baggage are numerous other YLEOs (including Frankincense, Lavender and more) packed in secure Young Living zippered cases that I may need during my journey as well as the YL personal care products that I use: Lavender/Rosewood soap; Copaiba Shampoo; Thieves toothpaste and Mouthwash; Mountain Mist deodorant; ART products; Lavender Body Lotion. I never leave home without them.

  • I always carry Thieves spray, Thieves hand sanitizer, and oils like Lavender, Stress Away, Peppermint, DiGize, Lemon, Thieves, Frankincense….. just to name a few! And I never travel without taking Inner Defense before I go, throughout the day of traveling and on the way home again! Amazing immune-supporting arsenal!

  • Ariella

    A must while traveling is Patchouli oil. This helps bring all my energy to center and feel grounded while 23847394 miles above ground 😉

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