Living out of your suitcase when you're on the road can be exciting and full of adventure but it can also leave me feeling uprooted, with little grounding. After many years of feeling this way I have tried to shift my perspective and believe that home is the people you are with, and the mindset that you hold. So I try to bring 5 things with me wherever I travel that indulge the 5 senses and help to create that mental feeling of home.
SEE: I like to take a few photos of my loved ones that I can put beside my bed. Sure you can look at photos on your phone but there is something so nostalgic about having a good old fashioned printed photograph to see the people that make you feel grounded. I also take sticky notes of the different creative projects I'm working on. I like to put these above a desk so I'm visually reminded of what I'm working on and sometimes I'll paste up an inspo image beside them.
SMELL: I bring my VITRUVI diffuser with me on the road and the Bergamot and Geranium essential oils remind me of home. It is a soothing ritual to turn it on, much like lighting a candle, and it can bring a nice calming energy into an otherwise sterile hotel room.
HEAR: Right now I'm listening to the podcast "Women Of The Hour" with Lena Dunham. I'm also digging the song "Stand Tall" by Childish Gambino.
TASTE: One of the first things I like to do when I land somewhere is go to the grocery store and grab my essentials. It helps me to create a routine and I'm less likely to eat unhealthy foods on out on the run if my fridge is stocked with my favorite healthy food.
FEEL: I have a thing for soft furry feeling pillows, faux lambskin rugs, faux fur coats, it's a little bit weird now that I think about it lol. Anyway... I have a furry hot water bottle I love to bring with me that feels super comforting. I also like to do my favorite yoga pose - the wide legged forward fold - when I get off the plane and each morning because it makes my body feel so good.