6 Inexpensive and Natural Health-Beauty Travel Hacks for Women and Men, That No One Else Talks About

For all my ladies (and gents) that want to look as put together, fresh and adorable while you travel as you do everyday, here are some easy, affordable hacks I’ve learned and tested throughout my travels.

Emphasis on the affordable, easy to travel with as well as focus on as many natural products as possible. You can have an on-the-road health-beauty regimen that keeps you looking healthy and vibrant, without spending your entire paycheck.

{Soft, Rested Feet}

While traveling you’re on your feet all the time. In addition to wearing good footwear it’s important to take care of your feet. Enter VapoRub. It is NOT just for colds. When I travel I tend to shower at night and one step in my getting-ready-for-bed routine is to rub some Vicks (or any other brand of) VapoRub on my feet. I spend a few minutes on each foot, rubbing my toes, in-between my toes, my heel, ankle – the whole foot. And then move on to the other. I always pt on a pair of socks right after, to lock in the VapoRub and also not mess up the floor. And usually at some point in the middle of the night, I remove the socks.

The next day my feet are recovered from all the walking and traipsing around the day before. They feel refreshed – no soreness or heel pain and I’m ready to start all over again the next day! AND my feet look and feel soft, shiny, and vibrant like I just had a fresh pedicure too! Who knew VapoRub could do all that?!?

Don’t believe me? Try it tonight. And if you don’t shower at night, then just wash your feet before bed and follow the rest of the instructions.


{Humidity + Hair}

As you can see I have very long hair and one of the biggest challenges I face while traveling is poofy hair in humid environments.

Woman with long hair smiling
Ziplining near Arenal, Costa Rica, 2017

I have two ways to deal with this while traveling:

  • apply a teeny tiny amount of almond oil to the roots in the morning (you don’t want to be a grease-head)
  • use a humidity hair serum (I like Fructis which costs $4-5 at Walmart or Target)

As you can see I managed to avoid poofy hair and even bring out the curls in my layers in Costa Rica at the beginning of the rainy season (the end of May). I like the almond oil idea because it’s one less thing to pack as I use almond oil as my moisturizer as well so I know I’m going to pack that anyway.

If you live near an Indian grocery store, you can find almond oil there as well as on Amazon.

{Almond Oil Moisturizer}

Pure, sweet almond oil is an excellent, natural moisturizer. It absorbs into the skin easily without leaving you feeling like an oily mess. I travel with a small bottle of almond oil and cotton balls. Again as part of my getting-ready-for-bed routine, I use the cotton ball to apply it all over my face. The next day my skin is glowing. The best parts are that it’s a completely natural product and it’s inexpensive. You can buy a 16oz. bottle on Amazon for under $12!

{Baking Soda + Turmeric Powder for Teeth}

For my fellow travelers that are really optimizing for keeping your luggage weight low on travels and/or those who also love using natural products, you might like to replace toothpaste and brush your teeth with a combo of baking soda and turmeric powder. Both are strong cleaning agents and will leave your pearly whites shiny and refreshed! Baking soda and turmeric are super light and not bulky to pack.

The only downside is turmeric powder stains easily. So be sure to pack it very securely. If it touches your french manicure, your french tips might get a little yellow coloring to them.

{Travel Face and Hand Towels}

I love these travel towels. They are so TINY and light. On a hot day traveling, it’s nice to refresh with these. Simply pour water on one and it expands into a small hand or face towel. Whether you get caught in a restroom that ran out of paper towels or you just want to wash your face without disrupting your day tour, these little guys are a traveler’s best friend!

These are one time use but the ones I bought are bio-degradable too! You’ll find a variety of these on Amazon.


{Fennel Seeds for Digestion and Bloating}

This is my favorite health-beauty travel tip. Undoubtedly one of the most exciting things to do while traveling is to try new and all kinds of foods. Fennel seeds come in handy for those times that something just didn’t agree with your stomach.

Fennel seeds aid with digestion and serve as a natural mouth freshener as well. They’re light and easy to pack in a ziploc bag.

{Travel Hacks to Avoid}

I know some people replace regular antiperspirant with talcum powder. That does not work. It’s not effective at repelling sweat and the odors that come along with it. So even though a proper deodorant weighs a teeny bit more, pack a proper deodorant and/or antiperspirant. It’s worth it. Odor emanating from yourself is the the last thing you and anyone else wants.


The objective of this post was to share some travel health-beauty tips that are:

  • inexpensive
  • effective
  • natural (wherever possible)
  • easy to travel with

I purposely avoided talking about makeup as that’s so personal and unique to each person and because there are already of other blog posts out there about travel makeup! I try to focus on health-beauty.

Scroll up to read my hacks on almond oil moisturizer, baking soda+turmeric powder toothpaste, how to help your feet recover each day on holiday and, fennel seeds for digestion.

Happy travels. Cheers to wonderful travels and adding more stamps in your PassportPages!

{About PassportPages}

I created the PassportPages travel blog, to provide nuanced, detailed travel advice, tips, and hacks for traveling all over the world — from a unique and different perspective than the other popular travel blogs. There aren’t as many travel blogs geared towards:

  • nuanced, detailed travel tips and advice
  • vegetarians/vegan travelers
  • ethnic Americans, Canadians, and others
  • women, especially petite women

{About Samta}

When I’m not traveling and/or adventuring (and even when I am), I operate my tech startup, ShaadiShop. ShaadiShop is a marketplace for Indian-friendly wedding venues in California.

During undergrad I decided to study abroad which triggered my travel passion. I lived in Adelaide, Australia for a year and after that, for the next 10 years I spent 1-2 months each year, traveling to various destinations around the globe, on my own while I managed my direct marketing company.

I think traveling solo, prepared me to become an entrepreneur – journeying into new experiences, figuring it out as I went, self-reliance, facing your fears head on, trying new things, and so much more!

Then I decided to get a Masters in Business Administration in southern California, and I met my husband. Now we travel around the globe together and often. I love backpacks, vegetarian and vegan cooking and of course planning our next trip. I’m also kinda addicted to blueberries. =p

Check in on the blog or better yet follow PassportPages to get travel info from around the world. And definitely post your questions and comments. I love hearing from our readers! Cheers!

Samta, Founder, PassportPages

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