Why Every Traveler Should Pack Coconut Oil

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For those who are new around here, I have to admit a bit of a minimalist. In other-words, I hate carrying a bunch of shit around that I never use. (Heels in Spain? Why self, why?) When traveling, this pet peeve turns into a full-blown planning extravaganza. Always 12 hours before I leave, of course. Luckily, the gates of heaven opened up and introduced me to coconut oil. I have been using coconut oil for about two years now at home for a host of beauty and health needs. When traveling, coconut oil saves me from bringing conditioner, mouthwash, lip moisturizer and a ton of other beauty essentials.


Moisturize Dry Lips.

Dab a small amount on both lips, taking care to add extra to damaged areas. Coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so it’ll keep everything smooth and clean.


Detangle Hair.

If you’ve ever spent a day frolicking on the sea, you’ve understood the pain of a tangled mane. Rub coconut oil from ends up, detangling with a comb or fingers. Wash out two times with shampoo.


Hair Serum.

Yaaaaassss! Coconut oil adds unreal volume and makes my waves a little more pronounced. It also gives a godly shine. Dab the tiniest amount in your palms and rub them together. LESS IS MORE and please start only on the ends, working your way up.


Mouth Wash.

Whether or not you complete the oil pulling, coconut oil has medicinal benefits by balancing the bacteria in your mouth. Few things are more stressful than feeling dirty while traveling! Swish around for at least two minutes to get results. If you have time to do a 30 minute oil pull


Moisturize Skin.

Again, with coconut oil, a little goes a long way. Personally, I do not use coconut oil on my face. I will use it on my hands often and legs in dry climates.


My number one use for coconut oil is….. Removing eye-makeup!

Even waterproof mascara. As someone who struggles enough to put the mascara on while traveling definitely isn’t going to spend much time cleaning it off- r packing makeup remover and wasting space. Wipe a small amount on a closed eye, rubbing the eyelashes gently. Moving in an upward motion, use a clean tissue to wipe makeup off.


How to Store Coconut Oil

Spillage is the number one reason coconut oil gets left behind. Before I travel, I put the virgin coconut oil in the refrigerator until solid. I take a cleaned out makeup container (usually lush lip scrub or plastic mini-bottle from a dollar store) and scoop as much as I can into the container. To avoid spillage, I double bag with mini plastic snack bags. I have yet to have spillage issues, but if you’re worried, go with this brand.  Organic, extra virgin, unrefined that comes in a tube they swear doesn’t spill.


  • Love this list! One of my sisters absolutely loves coconut oil. I’ve used some of hers for the mouthwash/oil pulling benefits before. Seems like a super cool/useful product for travelers, since it has so many benefits! My hair gets some SERIOUS tangles in it from the wind/ocean/basically everything, so I’m going to try this as a solution sometime.

    • Lauren @ atipsygypsylife.com

      I’m telling ya, total game changer for beach girls! Nature’s detangler 😉

  • Desiree Chance

    Coconut oil is the BEST! Great tips for the minimalist traveler. I also use it for a myriad of reasons when traveling and it hasn’t steered me wrong yet. 🙂

    • Lauren @ atipsygypsylife.com

      Yes! Please share any secrets if I forgot something 🙂