Do you have a sleep kit packed for last-minute-trips?
When you’re packing for a trip at the last minute, it’s easy to overlook the much-needed sleep kit. But good sleep habits are more important than ever when traveling. The last thing you want is a crummy mood and low energy to interfere with your getaway. Whether you’re heading off on a long-haul flight or a shorter excursion, make sure to pack a few essential items to help you get a good night’s rest.
Whether you plan to catch some z’s on the plane or just want to ensure you have a comfy pillow at your final destination, pack a travel pillow that you’ve already broken in. Sleeping on a pillow you’re already used to can make it easier to nod off. While these wee pillows are popular airport items, don’t forget to grab yours before a long road trip, too.
From the hustle and bustle of the airport to the stress of navigating transportation in a new city, it can be hard to tune out noise and wind down after a busy day. Arm yourself with a playlist of spa-inspired tunes or podcasts to enjoy right before bedtime. Use a pair of headphones to feel completely surrounded by the soothing sounds. As a bonus, your headphones can act as a buffer between you any awkward traveling partners. You can find free relaxing spa music tracks on Soundcloud, or stream a variety of relaxation tracks from Spotify, Pandora or IHG’s soothing white noise player.
Blocking out light is critical for a good night’s sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, your biological clock responds to light and darkness, so anything that brings in light when you’re trying to fall asleep can affect your circadian rhythm. If the room you are staying in doesn’t block out all the light because of thin curtains or light shining under the door, a sleep mask can be a big help. You can find them in every style and material, from silk sleep masks to fancy ones made of memory foam.
Soothing bath products
From lavender bath bombs to soothing bath salts, pamper yourself with a bath during your trip to ease into bedtime. Bath treats can be especially helpful if you have a hard time adapting to a new environment or have had a crazy day of travel. Bath bombs with lavender, citric acid and almond oil are made to melt away stress. Even a small bag of epsom salt can be enough to put you into a deep state of relaxation in the tub. Since Epsom salt is absorbed into the skin, it increases magnesium levels in the body, which helps you feel calm and relaxed. It can also relieve muscle cramps, fatigue and body pains.
Enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy to calm down and fall asleep faster when traveling. If you have a hard time sleeping in a new environment, soothing scents like lavender and chamomile can help you wind down and drift off in no time. You can simply inhale the aroma straight out of the bottle as you turn down for the night, or put a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and place it near your pillow. You can also use oils to make your own sleep spray by filling a four-ounce bottle with distilled water and adding about 30 drops of your favorite oil. Spray it on your pillow and linens for an aromatic trip to sleepytown.
You can get a good night’s sleep no matter where your travels take you. All it takes is a little pre-planning. Plus, with all of these items doubling as indulgent self-care items, you’ll start looking for excuses to take a trip, just to get the chance to use them more.
Written by Sabah Karimi
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