If you’re a #girlboss out there hustling hard, you need some good wellness essentials to get you through the busy day. These buzzy brands are popping up all over your Instagram feed, but what do they actually do? I’ve rounded up my top picks that I cannot travel without – here’s why you should pack them in your (stasher) bag too!
Collagen.. what the heck is it anyway? Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine. “They can be added into drinks, smoothies, and baked goods to improve hair, skin, nails, joints, digestion, and muscle recovery.” Take these travel packets on the go, and add them to your coffee when you’re out and about! #BYOC – Bring Your Own Collagen.
This matcha stick by Cocokind Skincare basically solves all of your life problems. It’s perfect for moisture on-the-go, protective against radical damage, and can be used as lip balm, highlighter, or under your eyes to help correct those dark circles. Yes, it actually smells like Matcha!
Sunscreen seems like something you only need for the beach, but it should be used every day. A good mineral sunscreen that protects against UVA & UVB rays is KEY. Maelove Mineral Sunscreen is my recommendation because it stays on longer and is made with only the safest ingredients. It also looks and feels great under make-up.
A good snack
I am always hungry and need a good snack to hold me over until my next meal. If you’re always snacking then you need a good bar that has protein and good taste. RX bars are a great option because they contain 12g of protein, no added sugar, dairy, soy, gluten or B.S. My favorite flavor is the mint chocolate. Another tastier option is Perfect Bar, which contains protein and 20 hidden superfoods.
Coconut charcoal pills
If you have a sensitive stomach and certain foods can bother you, then these Bulletproof Coconut Charcoal Capsules will be your new BFF. Similar to taking a Pepto or Tums, activated charcoal is beneficial because it is highly absorbent and is great at getting rid of toxins. These little black pills will help with digestion issues!
Essential oil roll-on
Stressed out? Need some balance? Want to feel focused? Lack of sleep? Pull out your handy dandy roll-on essential oils. These natural scents derived from flowers and plants can help relax you. Plus, it’s like having a natural perfume with you. My pick is from Vitruvi – they offer different scents for focus, sleep, calm and wake.
Rose face toner
When you’re on the go, you need to refresh your face. Rose face mists are perfect for hydrating your skin and feeling refreshed. Your skin will be glowing! I use the travel size Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF from Supergoop. It refreshes, protects against UV damage, and keeps your makeup on throughout the day!
After a few hours and multiple stressful situations, your deodorant starts to wear off, especially on a hot day. It is so important to carry a travel deodorant with you in case of emergencies. My go-to brand is Primally Pure Mini Deodorants because they are all natural and actually work!
Uplifting podcast or killer Spotify playlist
Music keeps us going, we listen to it while when we wake up, when we commute, when we’re in a good mood OR a bad mood. A Spotify playlist that is on point is crucial to your boosting your mood (therefore, your overall wellness). Some of my favorite Spotify playlists are Workout Remix, Mood Booster, New Music Fridays, and any Soul Cycle instructor’s playlist is usually fire. Podcasts are becoming more popular and a lot of people are listening to motivational speakers to help start their morning off on a positive note. Some of my favorite podcasts are That’s So Retrograde, Chasing Joy, Actually Adultish, Ask Gary Vee, Let It Out with Katie Dalebout, The Balanced Blonde Podcast, and Badass & Bare with Katie Corcoran.
By Friday, my hair is 99% dry shampoo. If this is you, then you need to take a mini dry shampoo with you every where you go. I love the UV Protecting Dry Shampoo by Bare Republic. It protects against UV damage and goes on tan rather than white.
Oil blotter pads
Oil won’t stand a chance with these 100% Pure Antibacterial Wood Pulp Oil Blotting Paper. Blot the day away with these vegan oil sheets.
Face Cleansing Wipes
Post sweaty gym face? Or just feeling gross? Use some travel wipes that actually cleanse! These Kaia Natural Cleansing Wipes To Go require no water, and don’t strip your skin of beneficial natural oils.
Alyssa Brieloff is an NYC wellness & social media enthusiast. She enjoys finding fun ways to live a more mindful, stress-free, and balanced life. She loves kombucha, sushi, and matcha anything. Her favorite activities are traveling, taking photos, a mix of Soulcycle, Yoga, & Current Fitness Rowing, not paying full price for anything, and petting random dogs in the NYC streets. Alyssa is also the Audience Growth & Partnerships Manager for Out Of Office NY!