5 Ways to Arrive at Your Destination Feeling Fresh
We definitely learn as we travel, picking up on little tricks that help us through the process of our journey. One of my biggest complaints about long journeys is that you can arrive feeling like you haven’t showered in a month. How do we fix this? Use these five tricks to help you stay fresh during travel.
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1. Stay Moisturized/Hydrated:
While traveling, you probably don’t drink as much as you would if you were in your normal routine. Also, different climates and environments will dry out the skin. Airplanes will definitely suck the moisture out of you.
To combat this, drink lots of water (even though I know you want that coffee, soda, or beer. Stay strong.), take a travel-sized lotion with you and slather it on periodically, and use a moisturizing lip balm (we love Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm!).
2. Keep Your Mouth Clean
Do you ever catch yourself wondering just what your breath smells like? You know it’s bad when you’ve slept for five hours on a plane, but you’ve got stuff to do when you land!
What should you do? Brush those teeth! Why not? Take your toothbrush and a travel-sized toothpaste (a use for those samples from your last dentist visit!), and give those pearly whites a quick brush before you arrive. Not flying or near a restroom? You can make do with bottled water on a road trip.
Don’t leave out your tongue! The TUNG Brush & Gel can dramatically help that bad breath as well. We were provided with a TUNG Brush and Gel set to try, and I was amazed at the fresh feeling in my mouth after having already brushed my teeth… and with only using TEN extra seconds! To get rid of the bacteria on the tongue, just brush using the special brush and gel for ten seconds.
I was never good at brushing my tongue with a normal toothbrush because it hurt, but the TUNG brush was made to be comfortable, and the gel doesn’t have that sandpaper-y toothpaste feeling. You definitely won’t have to worry about your breath if you’re headed for a romantic getaway.
3. Wipe Away the Grime
Sometimes, just wiping your face and hands can make a world of difference. And other areas. That, my friends, is called a cat bath. Slip away to the restroom, and you can wipe yourself down using a warm or cool paper towel.
If you’re on a long flight, the attendants will sometimes come around with hot towels. They can feel like heaven! I’d never turn one down! It even helps to hold the towel over your eyes for a moment. So refreshing.
You can also utilize face wipes (not baby wipes) that will clean as well as moisturize. My personal favorites are Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes and Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract.
4. Don’t Make the Situation Worse
If your face can get oily quickly, don’t wear makeup on your journey. Stay clean and fresh as long as possible, and apply makeup only right before or upon arrival.
Don’t wear a hat if your hair can get oily quickly. This will only trap the oils or sweat and make the situation worse.
If there’s nothing you can do to stop the oily hair problem, then you totally should wear an awesome hat. No one will know about your hair if they can’t see it, right? Also, a cute ponytail or bun can help disguise any issues. Don’t forget about dry shampoo as well. I haven’t found one that works for me yet, but many people swear by the stuff!
Don’t ignore the deodorant! Often, if you’re sitting in a car or a plane for an extended amount of time, the underarm sweat can sneak up on you. Take a deodorant with you and touch-up for a cleaner, more confident feeling. Personally, I use Secret Scent Expressions Clear Gel Women’s Antiperspirant and Deodorant so I don’t have to worry about white marks on my clothes.
5. Sleep if at all possible!
Time differences, changes in routine, and the rush of travel can leave you exhausted. Sleeping on your journey can help you feel refreshed and energetic when you arrive at your destination. Hit the ground running!
We use inflatable neck pillows like the Samsonite Luggage Inflatable Neck Pillow with Cover. They deflate for easy packing. You can control the amount of air, which allows you to change the softness and shape of the pillow. I’ve even used it as an extra seat cushion when my tail bone got sore from sitting for hours and hours on a plane.
See Related: 10 Innovative Travel Pillows You HAVE To See!
Eye masks are also a must while traveling. Block out the sunlight (or that annoying person’s reading light) and get your z’s!
*TUNG provided us with sample TUNG brushes and TUNG paste to try. Even though we received these products free of charge, all opinions are our own.*
Do you have any tips or tricks for staying fresh while traveling? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and three fur babies. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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