Eco-Travel Tuesday :: Keep Calm and Travel On – 5 Travel Essentials for Your Carry On

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by Yoli Ouiya on May 7, 2013

Your carry on bag is your portal to being fresh and being able to face the world after getting off a long flight. I am professionally not a fan of flying but might as well make it comfortable as feasible. Here are 5 items I must have in my carry on.

Duane Reade Organic Hand and Face Wipes

These organic wipes are a life saver in every situation and surprisingly affordable. Duane Reade’s unscented, 100% organic cotton, biodegradable organic hand & face wipes are great for on-the-go. They are great to clean your face and hands after sitting on the plane and absorbing everyone else’s toxins. On average, the 15-count package of wipes cost $1.99 (a great price) and if your lucky enough to catch them on sale, they’ve been as a low as $1.49.

Traditional Medicinal Hibiscus Tea


When beverage and snack services comes around, I don’t know about you but I’m usually not impressed with the lack of tea options. So I get to bring my own! Hibiscus is one fruity flower that goes by different names in various cultures. In West Africa, it is called bissap. In the Caribbean, it is known as Sorrel. Call it by any other name, and it is still delicious. It is sweet, tangy, and packs a big antioxidants punch. This particular blend from Traditional Medicinal includes hibiscus flower, blackberry leaf and lemongrass leaf. Some studies have shown that hibiscus is used to support normal blood pressure maintenance. That is a big bonus especially when traveling as it can be stressful. So throw a few bags in your carry on.

Alternative Sweeteners: Stevia in the Raw or Whole Sweeteners Organic Stevia


It is a very rare occurrence that I find alternative sweetners when traveling. Most are now available in individual packs that you can take with you. I prefer stevia and use Stevia in the Raw or Wholesome Sweeteners organic stevia. They are convenient to travel with anywhere from day to day or going away on vacation.

Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant Towelettes


Every person should take a quick whiff of the underarm area occasionally just to make sure you’re not being inadvertently offensive. Crystal Essence Towelettes have saved me many of days, especially after running throughtout the city.They are all over body wipes so they can be used anywhere you need a quick refresh. I have used it on my feet before with appreciated results. They come in a variety of scents including Lavender & White Tea, Pomegranate, and Chamomile & Green Tea. And what is ever more convenient is that some retails sell them individually. Thank Goodness!

Me and The Girls Lip Moisturizer Lipstick


After using this Lip Moisturizer by Me and the Girls, I promise you lips will feel smoother than a babies bottom. The vegan lip treatment boasts quality ingredients such as wildcrafted Candelilla wx, organic sunflower oil, organic cocoa butter and coconut oil, organic cupuacu seeds, non gmo vitamin e oil, organic essetial spearmint oil and rosemary extract, and calendula extract. Honestly, I want to melt it down and put it in my hair as a conditioner. But alas, I’ll accept it on my lips for a smack of luxury. I have been using it religiously since I picked it up at an event a few weeks ago and it stays in my purse for those bare it all days.

If you didn’t know, now you know. Keep Calm and Travel on.
What are some of your carry on essentials?


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Yoli Ouiya is a Green & Healthy Living Expert, Green Chef, Publisher and Editor in Chief of She is noted as the “Queen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine, and currently operates a boutique eco-lifestyle outfit Yoli’s Green Living Group. Black Enterprise included Yoli in its “Top 20 National Bloggers” of 2012, was named ‘Best in Green Living” by, and listed as “Top 17 Black Woman Bloggers to Watch in 2013″ bu With a certification in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell, she offers workshops, lectures, and organizes a variety of eco-chic green themed events in New York. She is currently on the board of directors for The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, a health and nutrition specialist for Harlem Children’s Zone, and co-authoring a book slated for completion Spring 2014.

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Deborah Davis July 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

Thanks for sharing this relevant post, Yoli.
I too love to travel and deciding what to include in my ‘healthy, vegan, whole food survival kit’ is always a time-consuming exercise. Usually I devote an entire small suitcase to these ‘must-have’ essentials that I don’t think I will be able to easily buy on location. (Believe me when I tell you that my husband is not pleased about the extra luggage, but I do it anyway. It’s my home away from home survival kit.)
On my last to Aruba for example, I packed green tea bags, stevia, organic rice milk, organic hemp milk and hibiscus tea, to have morning or evening tea in my room. I also carried raw granola for an in room breakfast. I packed quick in between meal snacks like raw almonds, walnuts, raisins, and dried apples, which I also use as a topping for my granola. I brought Alba Botanica SPF 30 Sunscreen, natural body oil, coconut oil for a facial moisturizer and a natural Thai Crystal deodorant.


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