I love the puzzle that is packing for a backpacking trip. But I so rarely see posts about what people put in their bags on weekend getaways or longer vacations! If you’re like me and hate to check bags, you really have about the same amount of room: I hit the airport with one roller bag and one (always very heavy) shoulder bag. Aside from the usuals, here are the things I never leave home without. What are your “extras”?
Since I so stubbornly refuse to travel with a backpack, after a long trip, my muscles are especially sore. I always have this yellow ball in my carry-on. A tennis ball will work, but I’m obsessed with this one. I honestly don’t remember where it came from! But it’s super-light. To get out any knots, I just stand with my back against a wall and spend twenty seconds shrugging my shoulders with the ball between the muscles and the wall. Life-saver!
My favorite two skincare brands, especially when it comes to travel, are Kiehl’s and Dermalogica. Kiehl’s famously doesn’t advertise and is wisely generous with (free) samples. These two containers are from old samples — don’t try to read what was in them. It doesn’t matter. I now re-use them on every trip I take, refilling with whatever products I am using at the time. One is for night cream, and the other has SPF for day. Dermalogica has amazing travel-sized products. My favorite? This facial exfoliant. It makes me feel so cleansed after a long day of travel — and it actually heats up, which makes me feel extra-cozy during winter.
This one doesn’t need much explanation: I eat less veggies on the road, so I supplement. There are so many choices at Whole Foods and elsewhere. This is what I happen to have now.
These are my favorite items in my travel bag: Almay makeup removal pads. In addition to how easily these make it to take off makeup on the road, I learned during a recent trip to Argentina that they have a double purpose. With one swipe, it’s so easy to remove any residue left by red wine. Just don’t lick your lips afterwards — disgusting!
Between spray-tans, makeup or even dirt if there are outdoor activities involved, I’ve started carrying a dark-colored washcloth with me. That way I don’t ruin anyone’s nice things!
Everyone has “their” thing they steal from hotels. Mine? Shower caps. I quite famously can go an entire vacation without washing my hair, which is approximately the consistency of thick pieces of rope.
Travel scents are so important, for so many reasons. Normally, I am addicted to little roll-ons, but I was recently introduced to the brand Lollia. I am obsessed. In Vegas, they sell it at the Cosmopolitan.
I have so many more things (who could really leave home without a Tide to go pen and eye drops for the plane?), but my last one is, simply, a watch. Not only was I taught to never wear a watch when I was in middle school (no one in a social situation should see you looking at a watch, as if your time with them is boring), but I don’t even have a clock in my car right now. But if I doze off on a plane and can’t quickly check what time it is when I awake, I would have a coronary!
What do you never leave home without?
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