I never travel without this….and if I do I regret it almost every time

My Trusty Neti-Pot

Working in the emergency department inherently means I am around sick people most of the day. My immune system is taxed regularly. I eat a healthy diet (but let’s be real… I cheat too), I try to get enough sleep (most days), exercise and minimize my stress levels. But I am also a full time travel provider. I live on the road, in new environments all the time, in and out of hotels and on planes multiple times a month. My immune system needs all the help it can get.

My neti-pot is an awesome part of my night time routine (4-5 nights a week). I love this one because it is porcelain. I avoid plastic for many reason, but especially in this case. I have had this neti-pot for over 10 years. I can throw it in the dishwasher and wash it by hand. I swear this has helped me stay healthy during cold and flu season, allergy season (and I do not have allergies that I know of) and with all my regular plane travel.

THIS IS NOT A POST ABOUT HOW TO USE A NETI-POT. Youtube it, ask a sales person at your local health food store or talk to a friend. But do make sure you use distilled water, non-iodized salt and if you water is too cool you will feel like you are being dragged behind a boat!!

Try it for a month and you decide!!!

My Basic Packing List

This is Betty Blue– she is a good bag, but not perfect. We will get into that later in the gear review section.

First, we have to handle the basics. Usually I check my suitcase. It is free to check a bag (again we will come back to this and many other things). I find it much easier to move through airports when you are light, especially if you have a tight connection. Also, I never have to worry about the overhead space being full. Finally, I generally have something that cannot go through TSA. So I have found it is just so much easier to check a bag.


  • Scrubs: If you are lucky…. You have access to scrubs and don’t need to pack those. Often I will bring 2-3 quick dry shirts and wash them in the sink.
  • My work fleece
  • Stethoscope and printed resources (I am still old school)
  • Work shoes (I swear by dedicated work shoes for the ED) 


  • TRX
  • Yoga Mat
  •  Running shoes
  • 2-3 sets of workout clothes
  • Sometimes a suit for lap swims


  • Neti-pot/salt (I always regret it if I don’t bring it)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss
  • My skin care regiment
  • Tweezers


  •  Good knife
  • Fork
  • Tupperware 1-2
  • One small bottle of Gluten-Free Chicago Seasoning
  • Tea/Matte and ALWAYS a few bags of “Smooth Moves”

The Cherished carry-on:

  • Scarf
  •  Headphones
  • Minimal chargers
  • I love my double USB plug
  • MacBook Air (more in the gear review)
  • Sealable Coffee mug – I love my Hydroflask
  • Book/Kindle
  • Glasses (sunnies and regular)
  • Any meds you need
  • Cellphone/wallet
  • Reusable bag shopping bag

Play Clothes are totally dependent on the plans….