10 Mindful Gift Ideas that are Actually Useful

Here are some mindful gift ideas that don’t only focus on sharing blessings this Holiday season but also encourage caring for the environment, upholding animal rights advocacy, and supporting the livelihood of local farmers, craftsmen, and small businesses.

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7 Green Holiday Tips for a Sustainable Holiday

A green lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean radically shaking up your everyday routine, giving up all kinds of meat, or replacing every product in your home with an organic version. We can all contribute to the environment through our own simple ways and by protecting nature, we empower it to take care of us in return.

Here are seven easy green holiday tips that will benefit the environment and make you feel healthier and closer to Mother Nature.

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10 Essentials for a Comfortable Flight

Flying can be stressful and time-consuming, especially when you have to check in early, wait in long security lines, and file tons of paperwork. But the real pain sets in once you’re seated on the plane. Sitting for hours in a cramped space with little legroom and no Wi-Fi can be torturous.

The best way to make your next flight as pleasant as possible is to pack the right travel essentials. Many of the items you’ll need for your trip are small enough to fit into a carry-on bag or keep in an easy-access pocket. Here are a few essentials that won’t take up much space in your carry-on but could make your flight so much more comfortable.

1. Sanitizer

You never know what germs a seat belt or tray table might have picked up, making them an unhygienic place for you to put your hands on. If you have to walk through a crowd to get to your seat, or if you’re seated next to a coughing or sneezing passenger, you’ll be glad to have some sanitizing wipes on hand.

They’re also useful for cleaning your tray table, laptop bag, and any other surfaces you might touch during your flight. Some people also keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in their pocket when they’re walking to and from their seats.

2. Neck pillow and eye mask

A pillow and eye mask combo is a must-have for any long-haul flight. You may not be able to control the person who’s snoring next to you, but you can control the circumstances of your sleep. Choose a neck pillow that’s the right thickness for you, and make sure the eye mask is large enough to block out all the light coming in from the window or your seatmate’s reading light. If you’re worried about lugging around a bulky pillow, you may find inflatable neck pillows more convenient, and many already come with an eye mask and ear plugs.

3. Foldable or disposable hotel slippers

During long-haul flights, you’ll want to rest your feet and give them a chance to breathe. However, flying economy class means you’ll have to walk through the aisle to get to your seat – so, you’ll be stepping on a lot of dirty floors. Keep germs at bay by packing a pair of foldable or disposable hotel slippers in your carry-on. Most of these slippers are thin and light, so you can easily stuff them into your bag pocket. Hotel slippers are really cheap; you can find some online for as low as P10 per pair. Foldable slippers, on the other hand, can be bought for more or less P100 in Daiso or Japan Home.

4. Drinking water

The air inside airplanes is extremely dry, which can exacerbate a stuffy nose, dry throat, and tired eyes. You can prevent these issues by staying hydrated. But here’s the problem – it can be a hassle to ask the flight attendant for water every time you need a drink. Added to that, some passengers aren’t keen on drinking tap water from the plane because of sanitation issues.

Many travelers make it a point to bring a water bottle that they can refill after going through the security check. If, however, you’re not sure if there’s a water fountain near the gate where you’ll be boarding, just buy a bottle from a convenience store right before you board the plane.

5. Lip balm

You can use lip balm to moisturize your lips and prevent them from cracking due to low humidity. It works best if you apply it a few times a day, including right before you board the plane or after the onboard meal.

6. Moisturizer

When the air is so dry, your skin may start to feel itchy or become flaky. To prevent this, moisturize your face and hands before you board the plane. You’ll want to look fresh and clean when you land, so don’t forget to cleanse your face before putting on makeup. TIP: Go the extra mile and make your skin happy by bringing a moisturizing face mask. You have time to burn anyway, so why not use it to give your skin the TLC it needs.

7. Reading material

Long flights are the perfect time to catch up on your reading. While most airlines offer in-flight entertainment, some flights aren’t equipped with monitors, and you can’t control what’s playing. With your own reading materials, you can choose what to read and reduce your screen time.

8. Shawl or cardigan

As it can get pretty chilly during flights, it would be best to bring a light layer of clothing on your flight. A shawl or cardigan can keep your core warm while letting the arms and legs breathe. This is especially useful on short flights when the plane staff doesn’t usually provide blankets.

9. Snacks

If you’re flying economy class, you can expect to go hungry. Most airlines serve tiny portions, and most passengers don’t have the time or energy to make a meal between landing and getting to their destination. Pack a few snacks that you love and won’t spoil. Nuts, granola bars, and trail mix are all good options.

10. Toiletry kit

You might be going straight on tour or to a family gathering or a work meeting right after you land. If such is the case, bring a toiletry kit in your carry-on so you can freshen up in the lavatory before landing. Make sure it has the essentials you need – toothpaste and toothbrush, mouthwash, facial wash, wipes, and deodorant. If it’s a long-haul flight, consider packing a change of clothes so you can sport a fresh new outfit after hours on the plane.

The Ultimate Packing List for the Traveler On The Go [Free Printable]

When you’re traveling, every ounce counts. Packing the right things will save space in your bag and keep you comfortable when you’re exploring a new city or hiking a trail.

Packing the wrong things, on the other hand, can be annoying (like putting on sticky sunscreen or cramming shoes with no good socks to go with them). So how do you know what to bring and what to leave behind? Download our free printable packing list for the traveler on the go.

Here are easy instructions to make this travel checklist work for you:

  • Download and print the PDF file (download link below).
  • Highlight the items you’ll need for your trip.
  • As you prepare for departure, tick the checkbox of each item you’ve packed.
  • On your way back, mark each item with an X to make sure you don’t leave your stuff behind.

Alternatively, you may opt to download it on your mobile device and use it as a digital guide as you pack for your trip.

There you have it – the list of things to bring when traveling. You’re welcome!

Disclaimer: Please note that this list must only be used as a guide. Depending on your individual needs, some of your requirements might not be included on this list.

Travel Itinerary Template [Free Printable]

Do you love planning your next trip? It can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. When you have so many things to think about and organize, the stress can creep in. Traveling can take a lot of time and energy, but it doesn’t have to be stressful! A well-planned trip is an enjoyable one that leaves you with great memories to last a lifetime.

To help you plan your next vacation efficiently, here’s a free downloadable and printable travel itinerary template.

No idea how to plan a travel itinerary? Check out our article on how to plan the perfect travel itinerary to help you get started.