A detox retreat is a holiday for the mind, body and soul. While you are quite likely to be travelling light, you may need to put a little more thought into the few things you do take. Plus, to make the most of the power of a detox, you should get started before you reach your destination!
by VikrorijaGolubic CC0
Preparing for a detox retreat
You should expect no gluten, no dairy, no artificial sugars, no caffeine and no alcohol on a detox retreat. However, suddenly cutting these from your diet, especially if you consume them in high amounts, can have quite an impact on the body – this is why many hosts encourage guests to give their body a rest from these a little in advance of the retreat. The discomfort from caffeine withdrawal for example can take a day or two to pass – so it’s better to get that bit over with before going on your holiday! If you think you need support to get started though, don’t worry – the hosts should be fully prepared and be able to make you make that transition easily, and help you feel comfortable again quickly.
Packing for a detox retreat
You’ll probably be spending a lot of your time wrapped in a robe, outside of that make sure your focus is on comfort and practicality!
- Sarong – it is a skirt, scarf, and wrap plus it can double as a towel, bag, curtain, and even an emergency bandage!
- Swimwear for beach and pool.
- Activewear for yoga, pilates or gym classes.
- Casual clothing – think loose, comfortable and made from natural fabrics.
- Warm cardigan or wrap – perfect for early morning or late night meditation outside.
The barefoot way is the only way on a summer detox retreat, it helps you feel grounded and connected to mother earth. When footwear is necessary, it’ll be for practical reasons, not as a fashion statement!
- Flip-flops – for poolside, beach, and spa.
- Sandals – for excursions and walks.
- Gym shoes – just in case you hit the gym or go for an outdoor run.
Rather than packing accessories for dressing up an outfit, you should be packing things that are going to help keep you comfortable. Here are some ideas.
- Hair clips and slides
- Water bottle
- Ear plugs and eye mask
- Beach or pool towel
Cosmetics and Toiletries
This is the perfect opportunity to let your skin breathe and experience beautifully bare skin. If you do feel the need for make-up, choose organic natural products that are good for your skin and the planet.
- Mosquito repellant
- Tea tree cream for bites and stings
- Olbas oil in case you get congested
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body scrub
- Body oil or butter
- Crystal deodorant
- Face serum
- Tinted moisturiser
- Lip balm
When you are not occupied with yoga, Pilates, swimming, facials, massages and the like, you’ll be in the mood for more relaxing! Here are some things you might like to pack…
- Notebook – journaling is a great way to document your experience and note what changes you have experienced physically and spiritually.
- Book – choose something inspirational or based on personal growth.
- Music – listening to your favourite tunes can help you harness the power of a detox holiday, and anchor healthier choices for when you get back home.
- Crystals – if you have certain crystals that you feel give you energy, or help you keep calm, take a couple with you and use them while you meditate.
- Goddess cards – like journaling, goddess cards can help you understand your journey and embrace the positive changes that are taking place.
Don’t forget your travel insurance! The stress of lost luggage or cancelled flights can play havoc with a peaceful detox retreat in the sun – make sure that you have the right travel insurance in place, so that if something does go wrong, you won’t have to worry about it ruining your holiday!