Best Essential Oils To Take With You When You Travel

If you’re planning a trip anytime soon, don’t forget to take your essential oils with you on the road, air, or sea! 

You use them at home so you might as well take them with you when you travel.

Here you’ll find recipes for travel anxiety, motion sickness, hand sanitizer, and even sunburn relief.

Best Essential Oils For Travel

Best Essential Oils For Travel

Just about any essential oil you use at home will be good for travel.

The key will be to remember to take them with you!

I left mine at home the last time we went to the beach and I missed my lavender!

Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint are some of the most popular essential oils but a blend like Simply Earth’s Defender Blend may come in really handy to boost your immune system and prevent sickness.

Yes, You Can Carry Your Essential Oils On A Plane

According to TSA regulations, you can carry as many 5 or 15ml bottles that will fit in a 1-quart plastic bag.

If you don’t have room to carry them on you can pack your oils in your checked luggage but be sure to pack them in sealed bags with a few paper towels in case they leak. 

Also, as a courtesy apply your oils before boarding or use diluted sprays ahead of time if possible.
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Essential Oil Travel Tips

Check out some of these ideas to easily use and take your essential oils with you when you travel.

Pocket Roll-On

Fill up blank roller bottles with oil combinations safe for skin to roll on your neck, wrists, and pulse points.

Car Diffuser

If traveling by car take along a car diffuser, add a few drops of oils, and plug into your vehicle’s cigarette light or power receptacle.


Add a few drops of your favorite oils to a blank inhaler that will fit easily into your pocket.

Fall essential oil blends

Diffuser Jewelry

Add a few drops to a diffuser necklace or bracelet specially made of leather or lava rocks and inhale when needed. 

Diffuser Nose Rings

I know these sound weird but they are silicone nose rings you soak in your oils and then wear on your nose. 

Admittedly my girls make fun of me when I wear mine but no one outside the family even knows I’m wearing it.

Except for that one time I forgot to take it out and my friend said “WHAT IS THAT ON YOUR NOSE??!!”🤣

Essential oil septum ring

Mini Bottles

The small mini-size bottles are perfect for traveling, especially for shorter trips.  Just fill the bottles with your favorite oils and they’ll fit right into your purse without weighing it down.

This special key chain carrying case fits 10 mini bottles and is perfect for on-the-go.

Essential Oil Travel Cases

There are special travel cases made just for taking your oils on trips. You can find some that hold just a few bottles of oils (like this one) or others that hold 124 bottles (like this one).

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Essential Oil Precautions

  • Not all essential oils are suitable for children, the elderly, or pregnant women. So, be sure to check before you use them. 
  • Always keep your essential oil bottles stored away from direct sunlight, in a cool, dry area, and ensure bottles are closed tightly. 
  • You should always test a new essential oil before use placeing it on a small patch of your skin to see how your body reacts.
  • In general, essential oils should not be ingested. However, some are available in food-grade quality. 
  • Don’t use undiluted oils directly on your skin, most essential oils should be used with a carrier oil. 
  • Pregnant? Speak to your doctor about essential oil use before using it.
  • Keep your essential oils out of reach of pets and children.
  • Essential oils should not replace treatments that your doctor has prescribed or recommended. 


DIY Essential Oil Recipes

Here I’ll give you some of my favorite recipes and uses for essential oils for travel. 

Roller Bottle Blends

A roller bottle is easy to make ahead and take with you. 

Hit the Road

This recipe is strong so you might start with fewer drops per oil.

  • 15 drops Orange essential oil
  • 9 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 6 drops Spearmint

Essential Oils for car travel

Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer

Recipe #1

Combine 4 drops each of Rosemary, Lavender, Tea Tree, and Ravensara with Aloe Vera gel in a small container.

Recipe #2

  • 2/3 Cups Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1/3 Cups Aloe Vera Gel
  • 5-6 Drops Lavender Essential Oil 

Recipe #3

  • 150 ml Ethanol Alcohol (minimum 70-96%)
  • 7.5 ml Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 2.6 ml Glycerin (or Aloe Vera Gel)
  • 6-8 Drops of Essential Oils

Travel Anxiety Essential Oil Blends

Essential oils can help you relax and ease anxiety when traveling.

For quick relief, take a whiff of your favorite essential oil directly from the bottle or make a premade blend you can dab on your wrists.

You could also put these oils in a diffuser when you are getting ready to leave home, use these oils on your nose ring, or diffuse them in your car.

Overwhelm Reset Blend


  • 2 Drops Geranium Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
  • 1 Drop Patchouli Essential Oil
  • 1 Drop Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil


Essential Oil Blends For Travel and Stress

Essential Oils For Jet Lag

Are you traveling across multiple time zones?

Breathing in chamomile or lavender can aid in sleep when you get to your destination while eucalyptus or rosemary will help you stay awake.

Relieve fatigue with a combination of ginger, grapefruit, and juniper berry in a roller bottle.

Roller Bottle Blend for Jet Lag

Essential Oils For Sunburn Relief

Our go-to sunburn remedy is a few drops of lavender mixed with either Aloe Vera or coconut oil slathered on sunburned skin.

If you need extra cooling relief you can add peppermint to your sunburn arsenal and make a spray as in the video below.

You will need:

  • 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 1/8th Cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Glass Spray Bottle

Essential Oils For Motion Sickness

If planes, boats, or cars give you motion sickness try peppermint or ginger. Add a couple of drops to an inhaler or diffuser necklace for relief.

Don’t forget to try out a nose ring. Seriously, they are great in the car and I always put one on before I go to the dentist!

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Essential oil recipes and blends for travel

Use Essential Oils To Freshen Your Hotel Room 

You know that smell that hits you when you walk into a hotel room

Again, here is where essential oils come in handy

Use oils to make your room smell good and kill germs, too!

If you’re traveling with a diffuser (like one of these small ones on Amazon) just whip it out and start diffusing the diffuser blend below.

If you don’t have a diffuser then prepare in advance the spray bottle blend and spritz the room (including the phone and TV remotes).

Germ Spray Recipe

This blend is easy to whip up and carry with you anywhere. 

  • 10 Drops Defender Essential Oil Blend (get it here) or Defense Shield (get it here)
  • 5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

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What essential oils do you use when you travel? 


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