The Only Last-Minute Travel Tips You Need, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
It’s August—time to get that last trip in.
Published Aug 1, 2018 5:15 AM
It’s August (already!)—but luckily, there’s still enough time for one last summer getaway. We have a few travel tips for you (horoscope style), so throw a dart on the map (or, okay, check Hopper) and get packing.
March 21 – April 19
We know how much you hate waiting and standing in lines. So, when it comes to booking flights, book way ahead and snag the seat nearest to the front of the plane—you know, so you can get out of there as fast as possible.
Stay swift with the Nomatic Travel Bag ($229)—a sleek, high-functioning bag designed to optimize your luggage experience while you’re on the go. Its versatility offers you the option (you like those) to carry it as either a duffel bag or a backpack, hands free. There’s also no need to check this bag in, which means you can get outside and call your Uber faster than you can say “overhead compartment.” Just make sure the rest of the party can keep up with you.
April 20 – May 20
Okay, hear us out: We know how vital your extensive evening skincare routine is, with your vast array of beloved serums, toners, eye creams, and exfoliators. But that’s not ideal for traveling light, so let’s condense.
Start with Say Yes to Grapefruit Rejuvenating Facial Wipes ($5.99) to remove makeup and gently exfoliate your skin. Follow up with Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Sheet Masks ($44), made with red algae and almond extract to help your skin recover, lift, and hydrate after a long day of travel (and since they’re packaged for single use, even more ideal for keeping your suitcase under 50 lbs). Go ahead and pack your trusty moisturizer, and know that your precious serum collection will still be waiting for you when you get home.
May 21 – June 20
As an air sign, you might be hyper-aware of the questionable quality of air circulating the plane. It’s stuffy, there’s a faint aroma of French fries, and to make matters worse, somebody behind you just sneezed. Quell that anxiety with an extra shot of Emergen-C, and double up on Young Living’s Thieves Essential Oil ($45.72), a unique blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary to fend off germs and keep you spry enough to enjoy every bit of your trip. As an FYI, it’s named for the oil blend rumored to be worn by unscathed looters during the bubonic plague as they raided victims’ homes, so you should have no worries at all about that tiny cough two rows behind you.
June 21 – July 22
As a creature of comfort, you like to be prepared for anything, which can be a challenge when it comes to packing light: You never know if the plane is going to be hot AF or freezing. So, when you organize your carry on, include a garment that can double as a blanket.
Try the C by Bloomingdale’s ($198), an oversized scarf ideal for airport trekking and chilly nights about the town. It’s easy to roll up and tuck in a bag, and you can wear it around your shoulders or draped across your lap. Even better? You can also use it as a pillow in order to get some shut eye before you land. One scarf, multiple uses: That makes for one very happy Cancer.
July 23 – August 22
Since you’re known for your signature mane, we simply cannot expect you to leave your blowdryer at home. However, we do have a solution that will help you both downsize (we know it sounds like a lot to ask, but wait for it) and upgrade your on-the-go hair care regimen. Try the Fully Loaded Buttercup Blow-Dryer Kit by Dry Bar ($199).
And loaded it is: You get a collapsible, high-end mini blowdryer (with a nozzle), tiny brush, and a posh line-up of products you can trust to ensure that you stay *fly* on the fly, including dry shampoo for those (almost) good hair days. Mix and match according to your travel needs, and tuck them away in your travel bag. Now, you can maintain your usual level of glam without compromise, and you don’t even need to worry about giant cans of hairspray exploding in your bag.
August 23 – September 22
We can always count on you to think of those just-in-case details. You’ll be the one to rescue us with your mini umbrella, and keep everyone up to date on the latest travel apps (we see you, FLIO). You know that those little details can elevate an experience to perfection… and that’s why you’re bringing a water bottle with a built-in filter.
Try the KOR Nava ($22): It’s good looking, BPA free, and fully capable of wiping out that icky chlorine taste we hate. So, once you’re past airport security, fill up at the drinking fountain and get the experience of bottled water without the high baller price. And you have to admit that although it might not be that convenient to carry all these just-in-case extras, it truly pays to think ahead. Good lookin’ out, Virgo.
September 23 – October 22
As you weigh your makeup options against your makeup travel pouch, you calmly talk yourself down from packing six extra shades of eyeshadow you know you won’t actually wear. If there was ever a time to be realistic with yourself about choosing your color palette (psshh) for a whole week, it’s now.
So, cover all your bases with the Naked Basics Palette by Urban Decay ($19)—it’s perfect for your every contour need. Toss a couple of pencils, brushes, your signature lipstick, and mini mascara along with it, and you’ll feel poised for any occasion. As for your pressed powder? Place a cotton pad inside to prevent breaking on the go. And Libra, we know you won’t be that surprised by how well you can get by without your electric purple eyeshadow.
October 23 – November 21
Where does jewelry even belong in a suitcase? You hate it when it gets tangled, and you’re wary of checking your bag when your fanciest bling is in tow. So, in case you haven’t already thought of one, here’s a solution you’ll love: bandanas.
Sprawl one out, lay your necklace on the edge, roll it a couple of times, place necklace number two on it, and so on. Tie that baby up and tuck it between your clothing (or really, anywhere), and it’ll stay inconspicuous, safe, and tangle-free. Once you get unpacked, your bandana can double as an accessory (preferably on your hair on day three of not washing it). You love anything multi-purpose, so this sneaky pack hack is just the thing for you!
November 22 – December 21
Out of all the zodiac signs, you prefer to be on the move more frequently than the rest of us (so maybe we should be asking you for the tips?). You understand all too well how tired those neck and shoulders can get from hauling luggage around.
Here’s just the thing for you: Boiron’s Arnicare Gel ($8.69). You’re adventurous (we don’t actually believe a little ache would slow you down), so you’ll appreciate having it to apply on your ankles after running back and forth over the hot sand all day, or on a sore neck after sleeping on a different pillow. Overexertion is always possible when you’re having this much fun, so this is the best way to avoid those aches.
December 22 – January 19
You love to travel. But as someone who truly values structure, straying too far out of your steady routine makes you just a tad nervous. So, don’t compromise it (much). Some hotels have gyms, but they may not offer you the incentive you need to get your cardio in. Before jetting out, do a quick Google search for nearby yoga, cycling, or HIIT classes, so that you can stay in your routine while still receiving a new experience. After all, you never know what you might learn from a new instructor. Another bonus? Exercise is rumored to beat jet lag, and boosts the immune system after a day of travel.
January 20 – February 18
As one of the more technologically inclined signs, we know how vital it is for you to stay connected to your network (even when you’re supposed to be dropping out for the week). From checking your email, browsing social media, gaming, and staying current on your favorite podcasts, you absolutely need a portable charger that can keep up with you.
Arm yourself with the Ankor PowerCore Portable Charger, which offers high-speed charging on all of your traveling devices, in order to ensure that you’re never stranded with low battery ever again. So, keep that phone of yours as a hotspot—even in the middle of Joshua Tree, where there are no outlets in sight.
February 19 – March 20
You’re rumored to have quite the imagination, but truly, you never know what you’ll encounter (unicorns?) once you lock your door and leave your bubble for the week. But even still, in the name of all things practical, you like to be prepared for anything.
So, instead of bringing multiple containers of supplements, pack a pill box organizer for both your daily vitamins and “just-in-cases”—like, for example, your activated charcoal (for tummy aches), melatonin, and pain relievers. Use the extra containers to stash your rings, small earrings, safety pins, extra hair ties, and even samples from your crystal collection. No, it’s not the fanciest thing in your suitcase, but it will help you stay organized and confident enough to take on anything.
Catherine Urban is a professional astrologer and writer. Check out more of her astro-obsessing here.
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