How To Practice Self-Care While Traveling

7 simple ways to care for your body and mind while on your next adventure

By Alisha Ramos

3 August 2018

Ever felt like you need a vacation from your vacation? It may be a sign that you’re overexerting yourself during your time off. Traveling is a great escape from the day-to-day, but failing to look after your mind and body when you’re out of town can leave you feeling just as exhausted as when you’re at work.

For help, we turned to Alisha Ramos. Alisha is the founder and CEO of Girls’ Night In, a weekly newsletter and community of over 100,000 women around the world who care about self-care, taking time to recharge, and connecting more meaningfully offline.


Practicing self-care should be consistent, no matter where your travels take you, because it provides a sense of calmness and rejuvenation, particularly after you’ve experienced a long flight or a busy day of sight-seeing and walking. Here are my best tips for ensuring that your self-care practice stays intact during your adventures.

Invest In Your Hotel Or Airbnb

Personally, I think it’s worth the money to invest in comfortable and beautiful surroundings. Yes, you’re probably traveling to explore and be outside of your hotel, but it’s equally important to have a relaxing oasis (with an extremely comfortable bed!) to go back to. Traveling can take a toll on your body, so it’s important to have a space where you can totally relax and recharge.

Jennifer Latuperisa-Andresen

Pack A Full Skincare Routine

You know all those fancy sample-size travel products you got from Sephora or Birchbox? Pack them. It might be tempting to just pack the basics like face wash and moisturizer, but I think it’s great to have a relaxing nightly ritual of taking care of your skin. Pack the extras like serums, essence, and sheet masks. Really treat yourself!

Bring A Dry Brush Or Japanese Washcloth

I’ve been using Japanese washcloths in the shower since I was little, and it’s the only way I ever feel truly clean. Packing a loofah is annoying and just doesn’t do it for me. I like these washcloths because they pack flat and they give your dead skin cells a nice sloughin’.

Carry Your Own Water Bottle

I’m really big on staying hydrated these days. I’ll pack my 25 oz. S’well bottle and refill it at water fountains or in the hotel before heading out for the day. It’s much cheaper than buying bottles of water, and it’s a constant reminder to stay hydrated.

Bake In Time To Recharge Throughout The Day

If you’re anything like me, you love planning every last minute of your trip and create an entire itinerary before departing. However, I find it helpful to schedule in some “white space”: chunks of time where I have nothing planned, no sights to see, and no restaurants or cafés to visit. It encourages you to wander, be present, and really take in your surroundings.

Post Photos To Instagram After Your Vacation

I’ve found that posting to Instagram or social media live can distract from being in the moment, especially if you’re the type of person who needs to get the colors and the crop just right before posting. Snap away, but edit and post them on social media after your vacation.

Simon Migaj

Create A Nightly Routine

It’s important to wind down at the end of a long day of sight-seeing and wandering! I always pack a physical read with me, whether it’s a book or a magazine, and read before going to bed. I’ll also sometimes pack a travel candlewith a scent I love to help create a cozy, relaxed environment that makes me feel more at home.

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