In Our Purse: The Things Our Founder Never Travels Without

If you follow us on Instagram, then you know we're on the road a lot! From the outside looking in, running a travel company can look pretty glamorous. We’re lucky to get to spend a ton of our days exploring new places, meeting fascinating women, and sharing those experience with some pretty amazing female travelers.

That said, the non-glamorous side of international travel - from flight delays to jet lag - can be taxing for your mind and body. Wild Terrains founder, Lauren Bates, will spend more than half of the days in 2019 away from home, so you better believe she’s learned a thing or two about making travel as easy as possible.

Below, she shares some of her favorite tips and tricks for feeling and looking good while you’re on the road.


Photo credit: Lauren Louise Photography


What three things are always in your purse on a travel day?

  1. RECESS body and face wipes - they’re pocket-sized and individually wrapped so they’re perfect if you need to quickly refresh after a long flight.

  2. Saje’s Pocket Farmacy Kit - it has 5 essential oils designed to cure stress, headaches, stomach aches, muscle pain, and sore throats.  

  3. Laura Mercier Velour Lipstick - I tend to not wear makeup on travel days, but I’ll throw on a bright shade of lipstick so I don’t feel totally naked!

You travel quite a bit—how do you keep your skin looking healthy?

Spending so much time on airplanes is extremely dehydrating for your skin, so I try to be really good about hydration on the days I travel. I’ll buy two big bottles of water in the airport and I make sure I finish them by the time I land. (I also make sure I have an aisle seat so I can go to the restroom 15 times.)

What’s your typical skincare routine when you travel?

I recently started taking off my makeup when I board a plane. I apply Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil and REN Evercalm™ Global Protection Day Cream to make sure my skin stays moisturized during the flight, and then I re-apply my makeup when I land. I also make sure to apply Supergoop sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy outside.

What do you do to minimize stress while you’re away from home?

I’ve started meditating every morning when I wake up and every night before I go to bed. I’ve found it really keeps me centered throughout my day and helps me sleep at night. I love the Calm app because I can pop headphones in and do a quick meditation anywhere I am, like a hotel lobby or a crowded airport.

How do you stay in shape while you’re on the road?

When I travel, I typically stay in a smaller boutique hotel or an Airbnb, and don’t have access to a gym. I love the SWEAT app, because many of the workouts can be done from anywhere and without much equipment. I’ll do a quick workout on the floor of my hotel room to make sure I’ve gotten some exercise in.

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