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3 Things I Travel With And Why

by jenny sansouci on August 24, 2015

Hi friends! I’m still in Boulder, Colorado I will be here for the week. It’s just so beautiful here!! The fresh mountain air just does something to you. After this I may drive out to LA for a little bit (road tripppp!) before going back to Brooklyn at some point in September. There are a few things I need to take care of in LA, i.e. going to the new Bulletproof Coffee shop in Santa Monica. πŸ˜‰

Traveling fairly long-term (i.e. a couple of weeks or more) has become the name of the game in my life over the past few years, ever since I created a business out of this blog – which includes making “passive” income – and created my dream lifestyle – which includes a lot of traveling. I’ve gotten used to not being home in New York for more than a week or 2 at a time. I love Brooklyn, but I get a little antsy if I’m in the same place for too long.

Traveling and experiencing different cities and cultures is amazing, but it can really kick you out of your healthy routines quickly. One of the things I actually love and look forward to about travel is that I loosen the reigns a bit. When I say that, I mean I don’t usually follow any strict rules or game plan when it comes to my food, aside from knowing what my “feel good baseline” is and going back to that anytime I feel off. (Read here for what I typically eat – this is generally my feel good baseline and it includes a lot of veggies, juices, smoothies, and super clean food).

Aside from that, though, I always give myself the freedom explore the local foods of the different places I’m in. It’s life!!! My good friend Vani Hari (The Food Babe) did an awesome Periscope video the other day about why she doesn’t label herself as any certain dietary category (i.e. “vegan” or “paleo” or “gluten-free”), because she loves traveling just as much as I do – and she loves experiencing the authentic local foods of each region she visits. I totally related to that and I agree. I always try to choose the cleanest foods possible, even on the road, but I always do end up getting into a few things I’m not accustomed to having regularly. And I like to leave some room for experimentation and the unknown. Of course — if you have an allergy or sensitivity or a condition you’re trying to heal, this kind of leniency might look different for you.

So, that being said, when I’m traveling I always stick to a few basic self-care routines to make sure I’m feeling my best, and detoxifying my body properly. The truth is that traveling WILL throw you off track a bit, so keeping up with a few healthy habits really makes a difference, and can ground you, even if you’re not eating as cleanly as you do at home.

Aside from sleep, hydration and movement, here are 3 things that have been part of my travel routine lately and why. These things have come with me this year to Austin, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Montauk, Berlin, Barcelona, and Boulder.

3 Things I Travel With And Why

1) Coconut oil.

coconut oil

I’ve been oil pulling *almost* every day as soon as I wake up for the last few months, and it makes a big difference in how clean my mouth feels. If you don’t know what oil pulling is, the basic concept is that your mouth is full of bacteria as soon as you wake up (our bodies are naturally detoxing while we sleep). Bacteria in your mouth can enter your bloodstream and cause infection in the body. Your mouth is a reflection of your digestive tract. This book says, “our mouths are the entryways into our bodies for bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.” Oil pulling has been used for cleansing and detoxifying for a long time, originating from Ayurvedic medicine. If you’d like to really get an idea of some of the benefits people feel from oil pulling, read these Amazon reviews. I put about a tablespoon or so of coconut oil in my mouth every morning, swish it around for about 15 mins or so, and then spit (in the trash, so the oil doesn’t clog the sink), and brush my teeth. I like to do it while I’m showering and making tea and doing whatever morning things I need to do around the apartment. My mouth feels SO CLEAN afterwards and I just know good things are happening. The oil pulls bacteria and toxins from your teeth and gums, which can have an effect on your entire body. I believe it’s a powerful detox method. At worst, it’s harmless, and inexpensive. But don’t take my word for it. Read this book + the reviews.

Tip for traveling with coconut oil — get a TSA approved size jar or container and put your oil in that. I’ve also frozen my coconut oil in a regular jar before going to the airport so it won’t show up in security as a liquid and I’ve gotten through just fine. If you can’t get your coconut oil through security for some reason, just head to the grocery store when you get to your destination and grab some coconut oil to keep in your apartment or hotel room. It’s a game changer, my peeps! In fact, I gotta get myself over to Alfalfa’s (my favorite store in Boulder) stat to get another jar.

A quote from the oil pulling book from an oil pulling enthusiast that I find HILARIOUS — “anyone who won’t research this method and try it for a month to understand that it works is truly dumber than a rock.” HAHA! I’m not saying I agree but you gotta admit that’s funny.

2) Activated Charcoal.

I’ve already written a full, extensive blog post about activated charcoal here, but I will not – I repeat – I WILL NOT – travel without it. Activated charcoal is another powerful detox tool that keeps me feeling my best when I eat at restaurants or eat anything of questionable quality (which, really, is anything I’m not making for myself). I never really take activated charcoal when I’m at home in NYC, because I cook for myself a lot and use super clean ingredients, or I eat at restaurants I trust wholeheartedly with their oils, etc. But when traveling, this isn’t always the case. Taking activated charcoal when you eat restaurant food or drink alcohol can pull the toxins in the food from your body and help you eliminate them without absorbing them into your bloodstream. I think this is one of the most important and useful supplements available in the entire world. There’s a reason it’s used in high doses when someone is poisoned. Because it pulls poison out of the body. Seriously, it’s so freaking legit. I prefer the Bulletproof activated charcoal, obviously, but you can also find other brands at health food stores if you’d rather pick some up in person.

3) Rose Water.

rosewaterI was at a yoga class a few months ago and I overheard someone ask the yoga teacher how she keeps her skin looking so young. She said, “I spray rosewater on my face every day.”

I’ve been using it ever since. πŸ™‚ This beauty product is less than $10 and I use it every single morning and night. I spray it on my face after I wash and moisturize my skin, and I also spray it on after I put makeup on — it helps to set any makeup you have on and gives your skin a dewy glow. I LOVE THIS STUFF!!! It’s so refreshing for the skin. Traveling (especially on airplanes!) can cause dehydration, skin dryness and inflammation, and this rosewater is hydrating and soothing. Trust me on this, it’s amazing. It’s especially helpful to refresh your skin and eyes if you’re feeling tired during your travels. Just mist it onto your face. This is the rosewater I use because it’s 100% pure rosewater. Just rose petals and water. It’s cheap and amazing.

Pro tip — keep your rose water in the fridge and give yourself a good spray on the face first thing in the morning (while you’re oil pulling). πŸ˜‰ Cold rosewater on the face is the most refreshing feeling ever.

Ok! Those are my 3 staples for feeling detoxed and refreshed while I’m traveling no matter what else I find myself getting into. πŸ™‚

Supplements I’m Currently Taking Daily

Side note, I also do take supplements, but those change often. Right now I’m taking these supplements while I travel, and it’ll likely change soon depending on what I’m feeling drawn to at the moment…but here’s an idea of my daily supplement routine lately:

  • Β Thorne Basic B Complex with the proper form of B vitamins to support my methylation pathways, due to my homozygous MTHFR mutation.
  • Probiomax ProbioticI take a super strong one to support digestion while traveling.
  • Meriva Curcuminconcentrated turmeric, super good for inflammation.
  • Crucera SGS- basically concentrated broccoli, I’m also taking this for my MTHFR mutation to support liver detoxification.
  • Onnit Alpha Brain – I take this supplement when I sit down to work. I took 2 capsules before writing this blog and it helps me focus.

(Oh, and ya’ll already KNOW the workout I travel with). πŸ™‚

Yeah! Ok cool. Any questions?

Travel on friends!!! And FEEL GOOD DOING IT! πŸ™‚

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Ali August 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm


Basically every blog you post I’m like “YES!”.

Thanks for the reminder about how your blog is your business and gives you the freedom to travel and live your life the way you want! I’ve been holding myself back from blogging regularly (mostly out of fear for various reasons) and it’s really time to consistently post!

Also, can you recommend any other probiotics? $85 is expensive!! Do you take 1 every day? I sometimes do 3 weeks on, 3 weeks off. What would you recommend?

I love the charcoal and the coconut oil! I take charcoal (inspired by you) and I am on and off with oil pulling. Currently ON. I also use coconut oil for 100s of different things (mostly moisturizer, eye make up remover, and cooking)! Anddd I’ve been looking for a rose water so here I go.

Thanks for being awesome! I write this almost anytime I comment on your blog but I’m so inspired by you! It’s nice to look up to people who I can relate to. I can definitely have the life I want to live!


jenny sansouci August 25, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Hey Ali! Thank you so much for this comment, it made my day πŸ™‚ Yes, you can totally have the life you want, and believing that fully is definitely the first step. Ahhh I didn’t even realize those probiotics are $85! I buy them direct from Dr. Lipman’s office and they are cheaper for me. I do take one every day when I remember. I forget a lot though. πŸ™‚ I would recommend any probiotic that has at least 20 billion organisms. Don’t bother with anything less. The brands you can find at your health food store are probably good – I know Jarrow has a big variety and they are easy to find. Dr. Ohira is supposed to be good too.

You’re awesome! Good luck with the charcoal, rose water, and oil pulling! SO FUN πŸ™‚ xoxo

Dina Behar August 24, 2015 at 7:41 pm

I love reading your blog. I am not on week four of the BBG guides and I have already seen a huge difference. I love how easy it is do to anywhere. Thank you for sharing!

You have inspired me to make rose water from my garden and try it. I am also going to oil pull as I have been hearing about it for years, and your post just gave me the extra info I needed to finally decide to try it. I also went out and bought activated charcoal after I read your post, and realized that I had been using it yrs prior while traveling and called it a magic pill, not realizing the main ingredient was activated charcoal! That stuff is amazing and I reincorporated it into my life again thanks to you!

Hit me up when you are in LA, would be nice to reconnect.

jenny sansouci August 25, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Hey Dina!! This comment is awesome on so many levels! Love it all!!! I agree, activated charcoal is totally the magic pill πŸ™‚ Great to hear from you!

Alyson August 26, 2015 at 11:24 am

This rose water is sooooooo amazing it’s always by my bed side table, I don’t know why I never thought to throw it in my bag when I travel…from now on it’s coming with me. πŸ™‚ Do you use a toner when you wash your face? Since you love rose water so much you should give the Thayers alcohol free rose petal and witch hazel toner a try it smells amazing and works super well.

jenny sansouci August 26, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Hey Alyson! I don’t use a toner regularly but I have a great one from SW Basics that’s apple cider vinegar based — when I do remember to use it, it’s great! I will check out the witch hazel one you mentioned. Thanks! πŸ™‚

Staey August 26, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Do you ever worry that your income will dip or slow down? I always worry about this and believe it robs me of the freedom I desire! Hoping for your insight. LOVE YOUR BLOG!

jenny sansouci August 26, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Hey there! I don’t worry about it – especially when considering my “worst case scenario” — I run out of money and have to hang out on my sister’s couch or something? Doesn’t sound that bad to me! Tim Ferriss encourages us to consider our worst case scenario in the 4 Hour Workweek, and I was like, yeah…I’m sure I could figure out SOMETHING. πŸ™‚ So I don’t really let fear get the best of me. I tend to think that my income will go up over time, not down, as my site grows and I become a better businesswoman. I don’t have a ton of expenses compared to someone who might be supporting a family, a mortgage, etc, and I travel mostly on miles I earn from using travel credit cards. But my income does vary month to month, so I try to stay conscious of that and spend less if I’m not feeling particularly abundant at the time. I think there’s a difference between being resourceful and being “worried” when the financial situation is less than ideal…there’s always a solution! I hope that answers your question! Good luck. πŸ™‚

Megan McGrane August 27, 2015 at 10:04 am

I love using this rosewater!! I keep some in my bag to spritz on my face at night in the ER when I need a little pick me up. It smells and feels so awesome. (Plus provides a nice laugh for my coworkers when I start spritzing myself and they think I’m nuts πŸ™‚ ) xo

jenny sansouci September 17, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Hahaha!! Love that!! Sounds like the perfect thing for a long night on your feet. xoxo <3

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