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Monthly Must-Haves: Travel Essentials

I’ve basically been traveling for an entire month.

Between my Search Inside Yourself seminar, my daughter’s wedding, and my son’s wedding I’ve barely spent a moment out of a car or plane.

With that in mind, I thought that October’s Must-Haves should be dedicated to my travel essentials, for both business AND pleasure.

Actually, one of my biggest goals for Lotus Heart Mindfulness is to travel around the world teaching classes to those who want to learn, so this is a blog I've had particular experience in over the last month, as well as one I hope to continue to revise in the future.

I know I’ve often struggled with fitting everything into ONE carry-on suitcase, so if you need a few tips for that, check out this awesome YouTube video on how to pack a carry-on for 7 days worth of travel!


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Luggage Tag

This ADORABLE luggage tag is sure to help with finding your suitcase at the airport.

  • Travel tag measures 4.6 inches (11.6 cm) x 2.1 inches (5.3 cm) and is made of a durable, pink silicone,

  • easy to attach to any size luggage or backpack with metal hardware for extra security,

  • features a PVC window to keep your personal information secure while traveling,

  • bright and easy to locate for fast pickup at baggage claim,

  • ID holder features a fun disposable camera design by Maddy NyePortable Charger.

Portable Charger

How many times has your phone died in the airport or while on the plane?

When traveling it can be hard to know when you might have access to an outlet where you can charge your phone, this portable charger fits in my purse, and charges both my phone and iPad multiple times!

That’s KEY for traveling overseas, and being away from power for hours on end… I was especially happy to have it while in Portugal for my seminar and my daughter’s wedding.

  • Jackery launched the world's first Lithium Portable Power Station in 2015 and specializes in providing outdoor green power solutions for explorers,

  • built-in UL certified battery cell ensures your safety,

  • fully charges an iPhone 6/7/8 up to 4 times within 1.5 hours or an iPhone 6 Plus/7 Plus/8 Plus up to 3 times within 2 hours,

  • built-in lightning cable enables super fast charging for all iPhones, TWICE as Fast as iPhone original charger with original cable; free yourself from long and bothering charging time.


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Photo Album

Who doesn’t love to have mementos of great trips or family plans to look back on in moments of nostalgia? I know I do!

Scrapbooking and creating your own photo albums may have fallen out of style, but there are plenty of cool websites that will make professional looking photo albums for you!

My favorite is Mixbook, a website that specializes in printing travel photo albums, invitations, calendars, and plenty of other printed products.

Right now they’re running a sale for the fall season for 50% off of the entire store, plus when you sign up you get an additional discount on your first order!

I love having books from my travels around so I can look through them when I want a reminder of all the incredible places I’ve seen, as well as friends and family members being able to look through my adventures at any time.

(Plus, with the holiday season coming up, these scrapbooks could be a wonderful gift for someone you love this year!)

Some of MY Mixbooks from my previous travels.

Some of MY Mixbooks from my previous travels.


Whether I was driving one state over, or flying halfway around the world, these products are some of my absolute life savers on the road!

Looking for more tips on mindful travel, or trying to find out how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life? Check out some of the other services I provide!

From my home studio in Tampa Bay I offer yoga and meditation classes (both personal and corporate), as well as workshops for MBSR.

If you’re not in the Tampa Bay area I have several online classes available through Zoom Meeting.

Be sure to follow me @lotusheartmindfulness on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more mindfulness inspiration!

Monthly Must-Haves: Incense and the Basics

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We live in a very wealth-driven society in which things=success.

While that can ultimately become a VERY unhealthy drive, having high quality goods isn’t always a bad thing.

I’m always on the lookout for products that support makers or artists, are eco conscious, or are just really well-made for myself, for my husband… even for the dogs!!

I’ve found so many things in fact that I’ve decided to introduce a new monthly segment of my blogMONTHLY MUST-HAVES!!!

That’s not to say every product in here is something you need to buy in order to practice mindful meditation, yoga, or anything really, but they’ve been particularly helpful for me.

Since this is my first month doing this I’ll start with the basics, with a fun item included, so you can find out what I use for my yoga and meditation essentials.


What’s in my yoga bag?

  • Manduka PRO Yoga Mat

    • Pros

      • I absolutely LOVE my Manduka PRO Yoga Mat, I’ve had it for ten years but you would never know it!

      • It’s durable, it’s easy to clean (you don’t have to soak or scrub it), it comes in a lot of fun colors and patterns, and best of all, it’s got the best cushion and support I’ve ever seen.

      • It provides extra cushion for my knees, without being too squishy (which I find tough for both balance, and my wrists!).

      • Plus, the company supports using sustainable materials, so if you’re worried about your impact on the environment this is the mat for you!

    • Cons

      • It is a little pricey, but you’ll never have to replace the mat. If you’re already well into your yoga practice and don’t have one of these, you’re missing out. If you’re starting your yoga journey and know you’ll stick with it, this would be a great investment!

      • I’ve found the Pro mat is a little bulky, so I don’t travel with mine, but it makes for a luxurious home mat. I look forward to practicing on mine all day!

  • Swell Stainless Steel Water Bottle

    • Pros

      • Things that should be cold stay cold, and things that should be hot stay hot. This was the biggest thing for me!

      • 25 oz is a great size for my more strenuous sessions (and if you’re so inclined, fits a whole bottle of wine wink, wink)!

      • Just like the Munduka Mat, these bottles come in all sorts of colors, you could even get one to match, plus you can reduce the waste of a plastic water bottle.

    • Cons

      • Dropping one of these water bottles has blown out my eardrums more than once. If you’re prone to moments of klutziness save yourself the earache on this one.


!!Current Obsession!!

Incense holders certainly aren’t some you have to have in order to practice yoga or mindful meditation, but I’ve found some scents can really put me into a more peaceful frame of mind.

Putting incense and art together serves both a functional and fun part of me, and when I saw these backflow incense holders I fell in love!

If you don’t know what a backflow incense holder is or how it works, here’s a video!

I found this one on Etsy for $75, but there are plenty of options if you don’t like the style of this one. Just look up backflow incense holders on Google!


If you want to learn about the less material sides of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation check out some of the other services I provide!

From my home studio in Tampa Bay I offer yoga and meditation classes (both personal and corporate), as well as workshops for MBSR.

If you’re not in the Tampa Bay area I have several online classes available through Zoom Meeting.

Be sure to follow me @lotusheartmindfulness on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more mindfulness inspiration!