Happy Trails

Happy Trails

Photo Credit: Adrian Young

“Travel can be exhilarating and fun, but also, by nature, uprooting,” says Tara Russell, a San Francisco-based life and sabbatical coach. Try these tips and products to keep yourself in physical and emotional balance on your next trip.

Fresh Eats

Skip the greasy airport pub and track down the healthiest salads and freshest juices on the concourse with GateGuru. The free app ( offers up-to-date restaurant listings for every major airport, along with travelers’ reviews.

Quiet Contemplation

Most major airports have a quiet room for meditation or prayer. Seek out a chapel or reflection room for a moment of hushed tranquility. Or stretch your body and mind with some layover yoga; San Francisco International Airport opened the first airport yoga room in 2012.


Instead of looking longingly at those premier passenger lounges with their warm showers and plentiful snacks, you can buy a day pass for as little as $23 from

Tea Time

Brew your favorite teas on the go with Cold Infusions loose-leaf tea packs and Steepware’s Steep & Go bottle-top filter (both available from Add leaves to your plastic water bottle, screw on the filter, and you can be enjoying your hibiscus cold brew before boarding begins.

Safe Hydration

Vapur’s MicroFilters (available at screw on to their unique collapsible water bottles, allowing you to drink without fear of waterborne bacteria or protozoa.


Pack your carry-on with travel-sized versions of your favorite aromatherapy or soothing lip balm.

  • Origins Peace of Mind soothing aromatic temple gel ($12 for 0.5 fluid ounce)
  • La Fresh Instant Body Soother individually packaged body wipes ($19.99 for 36)
  • Burt’s Bees Aloe and Witch Hazel Hand Sanitizer ($5 for a 2-fluid-ounce spray bottle)
  • EO Everyday French Lavender Body Lotion ($1.79 for 1.5 fluid ounces)
  • Eco Lips Lip Balm in Kiwi-Strawberry, Grape, or Coconut ($1.99 for 0.15-ounce stick)

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