Wellness Leaders Who Travel For A Living Reveal The One Thing They Never Pack

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To ring in this year’s travel season, we’re rounding up the best airport and packing pointers from the wellness insiders who are constantly on the move. Cheers to a summer of healthy, happy travel.

There's nothing more frustrating than a suitcase that, try as you might, just won't close. Save yourself the inevitable packing-induced rage by leaving these nonessentials out of the mix:

1. More than one book.

I'd love to bring a backpack full of books, but I make myself choose and commit. If I finish the one I bring, I can give it away and pick up another that catches my curiosity somewhere along the way.

Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga


2. Your whole closet.

I try to travel light, since this usually means less stress along the way. I have big feet, so I try to bring only a couple of pairs of shoes, as shoes take up the most space in a bag.

Summer Rayne Oakes, environmental activist behind Homestead Brooklyn

3. A tarot deck (or anything that you look to for answers).

I am a big believer in trusting the universe when I travel, so trying to predict outcomes while on a pilgrimage to me seems counterproductive.

—Emma Mildon, spiritual guru and author of The Soul Searcher's Handbook


4. Unnecessary shoes and electronics.

More than two pairs of shoes, and electronics! Shoes are heavy and take up a lot of room in luggage. I pack no more than one pair of sneakers and flip-flops, plus the shoes I wear on the plane. I actually usually plan outfits around the shoes I'm packing!

—Sara Quiriconi, jet-setting yogi behind Live Free Warrior

5. A pillow for the plane.

I never packed a neck pillow because I've quickly found that they end up actually hurting my neck more. Plus, I can't tell you how many of them I've accidentally left on planes. I'm that guy who looks incredibly awkward because I'll just let my entire head fall forward. Yet I still manage to break into deep sleep!

—Brock Cannon, outdoor adventurer and author of The Switchback Approach


6. A hair dryer.

I never pack a hair dryer because it takes up too much space and most places you stay offer them. And I love natural, air-dried hair!

—Erica Gragg, luxury travel adviser and founder of Escape to Shape

7. Anything disposable or easy to track down.

Anything I can easily and conveniently get wherever it is I'm going. Many things, especially heavy, cumbersome, or disposable items, are better to get when you arrive rather than filling your bag with them and making travel more agonizing than it needs to be.

Colin Wright, entrepreneur and travel writer behind Exile Lifestyle


8. Clothes you don't feel confident in.

If I am headed to a beachy destination, I never pack a swim suit I don't feel confident in. The last thing I want to worry about is whether something is going to ride up or slip out. I want to swim, jump, dive, and have so much fun without a care in the world. If you do want to wear something a little more cheeky, always bring a backup just in case!

Jules Hunt, jet-setting yogi behind Om & the City

9. Toiletries.

Body lotion and shower gel as local products are always awesome.

—Linden Schaffer, founder of Pravassa wellness vacations


10. The comforts of home

My dog, Ashi. I would love to have her with me, but she needs to be safe and happy at home.

Kathryn Budig, international yogi and author behind Aim True

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