Self-Care for Sexual Assault Survivors

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The recent Supreme Court confirmation has made the past few weeks particularly traumatizing for sexual assault survivors. The past months years centuries haven’t been swell either.

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13 Reasons to Relocate

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Are you considering a move in the near or distant future?

I know first-hand how difficult that decision can be. I considered the pros and cons of relocating for months before I took any concrete steps. In a few short weeks, I’ll be moving to an apartment in Wilmington, North Carolina (pending on storm clean-up, of course) from NYC.

While there are certainly reasons to stay put, there are plenty of valid reasons to relocate. Of course moving is an expensive hassle, particularly if your new home will be in a new state or country, but the expense can be worth it if the change will benefit the wellbeing of you and your family.

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Must-Haves in Your Self-Care Travel Kit

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When it comes to keeping yourself comfortable on a long flight, train, or bus ride, it’s essential to pack a few extra items for self-care purposes.

A Self-Care Travel Kit, previously mentioned in my guide to Practicing Self-Care While Traveling, can help you handle the stress of getting to your final destination. Here are a few essentials, including some that are in my kit!

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Luxury Toiletries

By luxury, I mean toiletries that aren’t the typical toothbrush, deodorant, etc. Think the special pampering and beauty items that help you unwind or feel clean on the go.

J.R. Watkins Hand Cream with Shea and Cocoa Butters, Lavender, 3.3 Ounce

Trying to catch a few zzz’s on a red-eye? Studies have shown that lavender can aid sleep and reduce stress, so consider slathering on this lavender cream before take-off. Made with shea and cocoa butter, this cream won’t feel greasy and will soften you up while the scent chills you out.  Plus, this container is small enough to bring through security!

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cucumber and Sage – 30 Count

The grime that builds up after a long flight is one of my least favorite feelings. Avoid that yucky situation by stowing wipes like these Burt’s Bees ones in your carry-on. The cucumber and sage will help you freshen up!

OLAY Complete UV Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, Sensitive Skin 6 oz

I pack this daily moisturizer by Olay on every trip I take! It includes SPF 15, so it will protect your skin from the sun when you arrive in your destination. Just squeeze a bit into a FDA-approved travel bottle like the ones in this set: Silicone Travel Bottles Set, RockBirds Large Leak Proof Travel Bottles, FDA Certificated, TSA Approved (89 milliliter 3 Pack)

Sleep Accessories – Everlasting Comfort 100% Pure Memory Foam Neck Pillow Airplane Travel Kit With Ultra Plush Velour Cover, Sleep Mask and Earplugs

A neck pillow, sleep mask, and ear plugs can all help you get coveted rest while on the go. Save by purchasing all these items in one kit! Memory foam will help you stay comfortable for the duration of your flight.

Entertainment Material

The key to having an enjoyable flight is distraction from the customary unpleasantries. Tuning out turbulence, snoring neighbors, and the roar of the plane engine can be achieved with adequate reading, listening, or watching material.

CozyPhones Sleep Headphones & Travel Bag, Lycra Cool Mesh Lining and Ultra Thin Speakers. Perfect for Sleeping, Sports, Air Travel, Meditation and Relaxation – BLACK

Trying to lull yourself to sleep with a pre-downloaded podcast? Try these CozyPhones on your next trip. They lay flat against your ears, making it more comfortable to relax while listening.

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

I personally like to pack a paperback, but e-readers are great storing numerous books, magazines, and news sources. My mom swears by her Kindle. Check out this sleek option from Amazon that provides the paperwhite tone readers love.

Protection – Zoppen Mulit-purpose Rfid Blocking Travel Passport Wallet (Ver.4) Tri-fold Document Organizer Holder, 1 Black

Knowing my travel documents are safe makes feel feel secure. This wallet has plenty of pockets for your passport, tickets, and other documents, and is made from material that will protect you from identity theft. Double win!

Smart Snacks & Drinks

Here are some of my favorite snack suggestions to keep hunger at bay.

15 Piece Game Jerky Alligator-elk-buffalo-kangaroo-ostrich-pheasant-venison-wild Boar Gift Pack

Protein is the best bet in terms of making me feel full. Check out these Game Jerky Sticks which come in a 15-piece pack. There’s enough to try a different flavor on multiple trips!

RxBar Real Food Protein Bars Variety Pack, 7 Flavors

Looking for a non-meat protein source to bring on board? Rx Bars are my personal favorite. Egg-whites and nuts provide protein while dates and figs make these super tasty. I love the blueberry flavor, which is also Whole30-compliant!

Simple Modern 17 oz Wave Water Bottle – Stainless Steel Swell Hydro Metal Flask – Wide Mouth Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Reusable Small Kids Coffee Leak Proof Thermos – Fiesta

Don’t forget to refill your water-bottle once you’re through security! These bottles by Swell come in a variety of colors and sizes. Pick your favorite variety and pack it to stay hydrated wherever you go. 

What are your must-haves in your Self-Care Travel Kit? Share them below in the comments and I’ll consider adding your suggestions to future blog posts!