Struggling to catch up on zzz's after Daylight Saving Time? Sleep Week is here to help. From editor-tested bedding and slumber-friendly products to bed cleaning hacks, we've got everything you could ever need to up your sleep game. Happy snoozing.
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It can be lovely to travel. You get to experience new places and hopefully see sights that take your breath away. In fact, taking trips — whether they're short or extended — is like trying on someone else's life for a period of time. What's not great about these mini adventures, though, is having to sleep in beds that are not your own. Many travel destinations have accommodations that leave a lot to be desired; lumpy mattresses and worn-down couches are par for the course. And let's not even get started on those horrible pillows.
Is this a reason to cut your trip short?
No, certainly not. But there are travel products to help you sleep better when you're out traversing the countryside. From small things that remind you of your own cozy bed to natural disinfectants, here are six travel products that will make sleeping away from home feel refreshing.
It's so important to make sure the place you lay your head during travel is clean. And while you may not be able to pack a bottle of disinfectant spray in your luggage, you can certainly toss in a small container of this Cliganic Essential Peppermint Oil. Because of their natural antibacterial properties, a few drops of this potent stuff mixed with water can kill all sorts of bacteria. And the fresh minty scent will cleanse your hotel (or Airbnb, or hostel, or tent) of any foul odors.
Trust us, eye masks are not just for bougie characters on TV. They actually do wonders to block out rays of light that make restful naps impossible. And a Slip Silk Eye Mask, in particular, will leave your skin feeling refreshed as well. The silk doesn't zap moisture from your face like cotton does. Throw this on, catch some Z's during that red-eye flight, then wake up feeling completely recharged.
If a silk sleeping mask can work wonders for your eyes, just imagine what a 100% pure mulberry silk pillowcase can do. Pop this sleek Slip pillowcase in your luggage, and don't worry about it taking up any of the scarce space in your carry-on. When you do get to your destination and throw this on your pillow, your hair and your skin will thank you for helping to retain all that moisture. As a bonus, the silk always feels cool to the touch!
If you don't slather heaps of shea butter on your skin (especially your heels and hands) right before you go to sleep at home, you're doing it all wrong. The heavy cream really sinks in while your skin repairs itself overnight. But don't think you have to skip the moisture while you're on the road. Fill a travel-size container with an organic shea butter like this one from NOW Solutions, and lotion-up as you please before calling it a night. The routine will remind you of home.
Did you think your lips could skip their dose of nightly moisture just because you're traveling? Don't. A tiny lip treatment, the Laneige Sleeping Mask, is one of our faves. It can be tossed in a bag and pulled out right before bedtime. It's another small luxury to make sleeping in a foreign environment feel familiar.
SOOTHE Relief Blend Roller, $50
We love this CBD-packed Sow Eden roll-on oil for a few reasons. It's especially great for overnight trips because it's compact but powerful. And it can actually help relieve all that stress you feel during trips abroad. The unique blend of eucalyptus, ravintsara, and peppermint carrier oils help the CBD soak into the skin. The result? You fall asleep feeling comforted and at ease.