Whether you’re going on a summer road trip or just have to commute every day, bringing your essential oils with you will make the journey that much more enjoyable.
In today’s post, I want to share a few tips and tricks with you for traveling in the summer with essential oils, including…
- How to safely store and transport your oils to protect them from heat and light damage (a serious concern, so don’t skip this part!)
- Why I think roller ball blends are really one of the best ways to use essential oils in the summer
- How to change the way you think about driving FOREVER with an awesome invention you might not know exists…
- How to crush your summer sweets cravings once and for all with essential oils
If your summer travel plans involve taking a plane, you’ll be pleased to know that yes, you can fly with essential oils—but there are some rules. Make sure to read our definitive guide to traveling with essential oils, which will detail exactly what you need to do to quickly and easily get through security the next time you fly with essential oils.
Having said that, let’s begin today’s discussion by taking a look at how to protect your oils during a long summer car trip, which is more important than you might think:
How to Protect Your Essential Oils From Heat and/or Light Damage During Summer Travel
Did you know that exposure to heat and light can damage your essential oils?
Not instantly, of course—but given enough time, say, sitting on the seat of a hot parked car, and you can bet that your oils will react negatively. That’s because light and heat can change the chemical composition of your oils, meaning that they won’t work as effectively. They won’t smell as aromatic and might even feel different.
Essential oils aren’t necessarily super expensive, but they sure aren’t cheap either—so the best thing you can do while traveling with them is to prepare ahead of time to protect your investment.
One of the easiest ways to do so is with a strong travel case. Take for example our 30 bottle, hard-sided travel case:
This case features room for 30 essential oil bottles (10-15 ML, plus two slots for roller bottles), a hard shell case, and a durable double-zipper for both convenience and protection.
If that case is a little too big for your travel collection, we also carry an equally-as-durable 14 bottle case.
You’ll still have to be conscious of where you store your oils though. Avoid leaving them in direct heat for extended periods of time. So that means tuck them in your purse or bag instead of leaving them in the car, and if you’re lounging by the pool, keep them in the shade or leave them back in your room.
Why Rollerball Blends Are Perfect for Summer
If I may, I’d like to direct your attention to our blog post The Hottest Summer Essential Oil Rollerball Blends.
In it, I explain why roller ball blends are so awesome for the summertime—the key reason being that roller ball bottles are the easiest way to apply your topical recipes (i.e., blends that you put on your skin). A lot of the most useful “outdoorsy” blends, like the all-natural bug repellent recipe I share in the post, are best applied with roller bottles.
If you haven’t tried roller bottles yet, or you just want a fantastic upgrade, I can’t recommend highly enough our gorgeous, hand-polished gemstone roller bottle set.
The Must-Have Essential Oil Accessory For Your Car… This Will Change Your Life
Did you know that you can diffuse in your car?
Oh yes—yes you can. And it’s a real life changer, no joke. Imagine enjoying the soothing benefits of lavender oil on a long road trip, or whatever your favorite diffuser blend is. Whether you’re going on vacation or just stuck in traffic on your daily commute, it’s absolutely fantastic and makes your whole trip better.
Use is super simple. You put a couple of drops on the felt pad and clip the diffuser to your car vent. As air blows through, you’ll get the benefits of your favorite oils. Personally, I love to use peppermint essential oil—it’s calming and helps perk up your focus, which can be very helpful on a long trip.
They’re only $7.49 too, so try one out and thank me later!
If You’re Going Camping, Don’t Miss These Hot Tips
Another quick post recommendation from the Aroma Outfitters blog: These Essential Oil Recipes Will Make You Love Camping Again.
If your summer travel plans involve camping whatsoever, it’s a must-read. You’ll get camping-specific tips on traveling with essential oils, which are the best types to bring with you, and a bunch of awesome recipes… including an extra strong bathroom spray (which, if you RV like we do, you’ll definitely want!).
Bonus Tip: Want to Avoid Too Many Sweet Summer Treats This Year? Beat Sugar Cravings With Your Essential Oils
All right, this is my last post suggestion, I promise—but if you’re anything like me, you looove summer sweets. I’m talking ice cream, ice pops, you name it: if it’s cold and sweet, I want it on a hot summer day.
I do, however, have a secret weapon that I use to curb my sugar cravings. Can you guess what that is?
You got it! Essential oils. Take a look at this post I wrote a while back: Step-by-Step Guide to Using Essential Oils to Beat Sugar Cravings.
Skipping the ice cream will be a snap after you learn learn how to naturally, easily put your sugar cravings down with the right blends of essential oils, so take a look if you’re a fan of summer treats like I am.
Wishing You Fun & Safe Summer Travels, From The Whole Family at Aroma Outfitters
I hope that this post has helped you plan out your next summer road trip, essential oil style. Oils can really transform a trip, especially if you’re with your whole family. We use roller bottle blends, a couple of vent diffusers, and of course I always keep my oils safely tucked away in one of our travel cases.
Let us know in the comments or on Facebook what your favorite summer blends are. If you need some inspiration, make sure to check out our favorite summer essential oil recipes.
Safe travels and talk again soon!