The Crunchy Cookie

Equal parts deliciousness and hippiness

With Labor Day approaching and many people fitting in that last trek of the summer, I thought I would share some of my favorite travel products and tips.  These are tried and true and will hopefully help make your next trip healthier and happier!

  • Once when I was at the airport, I saw a woman nearby who was getting sick and rushed over to help. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay long but I was able to leave her with a pocket pack of my new travel favorite, Clean Well All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes. These toxin-, alcohol-, and triclosan-free towelettes are biodegradable, easy to pack, and unlike antibacterial sprays, they save valuable space in your one quart plastic bag for carry-on liquids. (Plus, as I learned, sometimes a wipe helps clean up unforeseen messes when a spray won’t.)  DG loves the herbal-infused original scent, while I can’t wait for Clean Well to make wipes in the orange-vanilla scent.  You can purchase the pocket pack of wipes for about $2.50 (for 10 wipes) at Whole Foods, Target, and drugstores everywhere.  They also come in large containers (40 wipes each) that are perfect for the office, locker, or home.
  • If you’re looking to pack a snack for the plane, try packing oranges!  Not only do they come in their own biodegradable packaging, but their high water content helps keep you hydrated while in the plane or car.  Also, they come in handy if you want to try the Orange Meditation while traveling to relieve any stress.
  • Want tame your curls away from home?  Try the Hot Sock Diffuser.  For less than $5.00, this easily packable diffuser slips on just about any hair dryer to help you fight frizz on the go!  It’s also great for your gym bag (why do gyms only seem to have hair dryer attachments for straight-haired girls anyway?).  The Hot Sock diffuser is available at or your local beauty supply store.
  • There was a time when I trusted my nails to any old nail salon.  Then, disaster struck: a bad manicure gave me warts, which I then spread to 7 of my 10 fingers because of my (former) nail-biting habit.  I know, I know: not cute and gross.  Not only am I now a big fan of doing my own nails, but I will walk right out of any salon that doesn’t live up to my standards (check back for more info on this subject soon!).  I now carry the Tweezerman Petite Manicure Set ($20, with me whenever I travel or visit a nail salon, and I find myself reaching for it at home time and time again.  This mini, extremely portable set comes with a cuticle clipper, a cuticle pusher/cleaner tool, and a file in a handy plastic case.  The tools are metal so they’re easy to disinfect by soaking them in rubbing alcohol for a day.
  • Packing for a trip but don’t know where to start?  Head over to for packing lists geared for your destination or trip type.  You can also upload your own list and refer back to it whenever you need it.  This is a great organizational find for someone like me who depends on lists to keep from losing her mind–thanks to Sandi P. for the tip!

Safe and healthy travels!

Do you have any travel favorites?  Any tips for other readers?  Please post them in the comments section!

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