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Home away from home: 10 wellness and work essentials to pack for your next adventure


One thing you may not know about me is that my life is pretty much completely location-independent.

What this means is that with regular and irregular intervals, I say goodbye to my friends and family, rent out my apartment, pack up my bags and hit the road for longer periods of time. When I started my business and quit my job a few years back, I very deliberately decided to set up my life in this way – I wanted a life aligned with one of my core values; freedom.

This summer, I had the pleasure to spend three months working from the road, as I toured the US West coast. Over the course of almost three months, I worked from the awesomest coffeeshops and co-working spaces in San Francisco, met up with 2500 of my best friends in Portland for a conference, spent an amazing week by the beach in a trailer in an intentional living community outside Seattle, went to the woods for a family reunion with 100 members of my closest family, hosted an urban retreat and hung out with one of my best friends in Vancouver, BC, and spent a lovely weekend with friends and creatives in Los Angeles.


Alongside all this, I coached, blogged, guest posted and wrote the first draft of my next book, pretty much continuing my normal routine.

Oh, and needless to say, I felt amazingly inspired, blessed, happy and in flow.

Living out of a suitcase or backpack has it's challenges though, so I thought I'd share some of my best wellness, smart travel and tech secrets that helps me create a home away from home. It may be a step up from your regular packing list, but I've found that what's key is to carry with me the things that will enhance my wellness and work in the best possible way, not the size and weight of my checked bag.


Home away from home: 10 wellness and work essentials to pack for your next adventure

Essential oils

This summer, I really fell head over heels in love with essential oils. Long story short, I ended up travelling with about 7 different oils in my bag, and it was totally worth it's weight in airline excess luggage charges! I use them to support both my physical and my emotional health, and my favourites right now are tea tree oil for my skin, an amazing soothing blend for my sore muscles, frankincense for grounding, an elevating blend to lift my emotions, and lavender oil for sleep. Feel free to e-mail me if you want to more about essential oils and how to get your hands on some!

A few good body oils

In addition to the essential oils, I travelled with three different oils for my body. Although you can go far with just one of these, I really recommend to have a couple of options for variation. Personally, my sensitive facial skin works really well with almond oil, while for the rest of my body I use Evening Primrose Oil. For my hair, I prefer Argan oil, but I've heard good things about Almond Oil for the hair too. Oh, and as a bonus, any of these double well as a massage oil, along with a few drops of essential oils according to you mood.

A heatable eye pillow

I use a really basic eye pillow with rice inside that also heats up well in a microwave. This is great for yoga and sleep, and as a bonus it is absolutely heavenly to heat it up when you're about to board a 10-hour flight and your lower back hurts like crazy. Trust me, I know. I placed on my lower back under my clothes and it instantly soothed my pain. Life-saver!

A travel wrap

I travel with a huge cashmere travel wrap that I use in a lot of different ways. On this trip, it was perfect as a scarf on those chilly San Francisco mornings, it was my blanket on several flights and overnight trains, and when I was sleeping in hostels I used it as a curtain to give my lower bunk bed a bit of privacy. A big scarf that this can also be used folded as a pillow, and the cashmere is crazy soft, so sometimes I even found myself just snuggling with it for comfort. Ha!

Himalaya salt

While I was travelling, I was also undergoing a serious wellness protocol that involved me being vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and yeast free. Although I had a few challenges, overall the US west coast is a pretty easy destination when it comes to diets and alternative foods! Most of the time, I was blessed with amazing options of tasty foods, but there were times when it was well worth it to have a little pink himalayan salt in my purse. And bonus points because it is much healthier than the regular table salts you find everywhere.

Tea bags

Likewise, travelling with a few bags of a great caffeine free herbal tea turned out to be a very good idea. Especially on planes, since I just can't stand the regular over-brewed black teas they usually serve.

A few great travel apps

In the times we live in, I guess this one is pretty obvious. But there's a jungle out there, and these are the gems I have found so far: for destination information, google maps for public transport, Lyft & Uber for getting around and Airbnb for finding a place to crash.


As a travelling business owner, Goodspeed is my secret weapon, and by far the one device most people have been asking me about on this trip. It's the size of a phone, comes with a charger, and inside it has room for 10 different sim cards. The sim cards come in bundles, so basically you are covered no matter where you go.

Because of Goodspeed, I've been able to connect to the internet and work in places with no wifi, like on buses and long train rides, in fancy coffee shops, and in hostels where the wifi speed was slower than your average turtle. And the best part? No more spending the first hours in a new country frantically searching for a sim card and roaming plan. Easy!

A portable charger

Another one of my little life-savers is a portable battery to power my phone, kindle and other gadgets on long journeys and for emergency charging throughout the day. Yay!

Podcasts and audiobooks

Last, but not least, for those long journeys (like the 17 hour ride on the Coast Starlight from Portland to San Francisco) I always make sure I am stocked up on Podcasts and Audiobooks. Currently, my favourite podcasts are The Moth, This American Life, Invisibilia and Elise Gets Crafty. For Audiobooks, I use Audible, and I can warmly recommend The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer and 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam.


Over to you!

What makes you feel like home when you're traveling?


Full disclosure: This post was made in collaboration with Goodspeed and Uros Ltd. who generously sent over a Goodspeed device for me to play with. That being said, all opinions are my own, and I was madly in love with Goodspeed long before I approached them about a possible collaboration. All photos from Death to the Stock Photo.