Do you dread the long lines at the airline check-in counter? What about dealing with traffic if you’re driving across the country – or even across your state? Having some tea handy might just help.
Tea is incredibly calming and can help take the stress out of what can be a hectic experience. And for many people, that includes traveling. Between hurrying to the airport or getting the car ready for a long road trip, traveling can be quite the chore. A little tea may be able to soothe your nerves and keep you relaxed no matter what is thrown your way.
Continue reading for some of the most common types of tea and their benefits, as well as a few ways to enhance the flavor of your tea. Finally, you’ll learn how to make your very own easy-to-pack tea kit.
Why Drink Tea?
Maybe you’ve heard about the many health benefits associated with green tea. Green tea contains a compound known as EGCG or Epigallocatechin Gallate. This compound has been proven to have beneficial properties, such as supporting heart health. 1
Green tea may also support weight loss and help to keep your breath smelling fresh. 2,3,4
Black tea, on the other hand, may be able to help you relax after experiencing stressful events. 5
There are potential benefits from drinking other types of tea as well. For example, there is research that indicates drinking tea, in general, might support joint health. It may also support healthy bone density. 6
Types Of Teas: Green Tea, Black Tea, Chai Tea, And Tea Blends
If you’re new to the world of tea, there are a lot of different types to give a try. These amazing teas can provide a soothing, relaxing experience that may melt away the stress of your trip. Here’s some information on some of the most common types:
Green tea is a Chinese tea. It’s mainly produced in the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, and Anhui. Green tea has been around for thousands of years and is the most popular type of tea. In its traditional form, has a distinct, sharp flavor. 7
You can find green tea leaves from many different sources, both online and in your local store.
If you like ice tea or sweet tea, you’re likely drinking a beverage made from black tea leaves. Black tea and green tea are actually similar in origin. They both come from the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference is that black tea leaves are allowed to interact with oxygen, or oxidize, longer than green tea leaves before they are processed. 8
Chai tea is made from a combination of black tea, ginger, cinnamon, and other spices. It’s very popular in India. Most people prefer to drink chai tea with milk or something sweet, such as honey or sugar. 9
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can try blends of several different types of tea leaves. The possibilities are endless, especially if you choose to make blends yourself. You can even make blends using flowers and herbs.
Whatever blend you use, remember that the higher the ratio of herbs to water, the stronger the taste. Take some time to experiment until you come up with a blend that’s perfect for you. 10 And if you’re not up for making your own, there is a large variety of tea blends that can be bought online or at your local grocery.
Added Ingredients To Enhance The Flavors In Your Tea Leaves
Whether you brew loose leaf tea on your own or you buy pre-packaged blends, you might want to add some different ingredients to make your tea taste even better. Here are a few ideas:
Fruit – Dried pieces of lemon or pineapple will add some sweetness and flavor to your tea.
Natural sweeteners – You might have grown up drinking tea with refined sugar. You probably know that sugar can be dangerous to your health. But, if you still want that sweet taste, consider an alternative. Try adding some honey or stevia to sweeten up your tea.
Dark Chocolate – If you want something a little different, try adding a bit of dark chocolate to your tea. Dark chocolate has much less sugar than milk or white chocolate does and tastes especially great in chai tea. 11
Try This Travel Tea Kit The Next Time You Travel (It Also Makes A Great Gift For The Holiday Season Or Any Other Time Of Year)
Any travel tea kit should include an infuser mug (or a combination thermos/infuser) and, of course, tea bags. Let’s take a closer look at each:
Infuser mug – This is usually a mug made of stainless steel. There’s a small basket inside the mug that helps to keep the tea warm while you travel. The mug also comes with a lid that you flip over to place the basket on when warming your tea. The lid will catch any tea that drips from the basket.
Thermos – This can be used whether you want hot or cold tea. A good thermos will be durable, made of a material that keeps your tea hot or cold for several hours at a time. It should be made in a way that it doesn’t leak. It should also come with a lid that fits tightly and securely. That way, you won’t lose any tea if you accidentally drop it. Many models come with a removable infuser.
Teabags – No matter what types of tea you like to drink, you need to bring tea bags with you on your trip. Many different online retailers sell bags that come in a wide range of flavors. 12
A Container Or Bag- The last item in your tea kit should include some sort of container, box, or bag for you to keep your tea items in. This way, everything will be kept together and easy for you to find and use if your a passenger stuck in traffic or waiting around at the airport. Make it large enough so that it can also hold your bottle of honey, some stevia packets, and a lemon.
Savor Your Trip With A Soothing Cup Of Tea
Let’s face it – traveling can be very stressful. So, if you’re planning to travel soon or are already on the road, try drinking some hot tea. You’ll be amazed at the impact it may have on your stress level. Plus, it’ll taste great, keep you hydrated on the road, and support your health.