Every traveller appreciates a good travel hack so here is one from KajoMag. Save more space in your toiletries bag and carry a bottle of coconut oil.

Here are five reasons why you should bring a coconut oil with you when travelling:

1. It moisturises your skin

Most people like to use coconut oil as a natural moisturiser. There are different ways of applying iton your skin.

One of them is to apply coconut oil all over your body after showerIng to lock in the moisture.

There is no need to worry about the greasy feeling because it tends to absorb quickly into the skin.

You can also apply it generously to your feet before going to bed to reduce cracked heels.

If you are suffering from sunburn when travelling, it can work as a remedy for your inflamed skin.

Thanks to its moisturising effect, it also can help to hydrate chapped lips.

2. It works on your hair too

Forget to bring hair conditioner? Use coconut oil instead. This natural oil is known to contain vitamin E which helps to give you that silky hair you always wanted.

Just use it the way you use the usual hair conditioner or leave it overnight as a hair mask. 

3. It replaces your makeup remover and eye cream

Dab coconut oil on a piece of cotton pad and remove your makeup. You can also leave it underneath your eyes overnight to help remove those annoying dark circles.

Coconut oil will solidify when it is under 30 degree Celsius. Here in Malaysia, a tropical country, it is usually in liquid form. Credits: Pexels.

4. It works as a shaving cream

Apply coconut oil on your face, underarms, legs or bikini area and start shaving. While it helps to reduce ingrown hair problems and redness , coconut oil also keeps your skin moisturised after shaving.

5. Boost your oral health

Have you heard of oil pulling? It is an old Ayurvedic remedy to whiten teeth and boosting oral health.

You can use sesame or sunflower oil but coconut works well too.

Just swish around two tablespoons of oil in your mouth for up to 20 minutes. Do not swallow the oil after oil pulling.

It can also help to relieve mouth ulcers.

So by packing one bottle of coconut oil, there is no need for you to carry skin moisturiser, hair conditioner, make up remover, lip balm, eye cream, shaving cream and mouthwash.

Besides cutting down on your exposure to chemicals, you are also cutting down on excessive plastic packaging!

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at Kajomag.com or Twitter at @patriciahului.

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