The week got a tad busy trying to prepare for this trip and finish all my work prior to leaving. It’s almost that time and I’m STILL trying to decide what clothes to bring. HA! We’ll be doing laundry there but I’m still agonizing over what to bring. I just feel like the outfits I’ve planned out are so plain. I HAVE to get it together.
But what I do have packed or close to done packing is my carry on bag. When I’m on personal travel I usually carry a weekender bag and a medium purse or messenger bag with me.
In the medium purse or messenger bag I have my travel documents (DL, passport, printed itineraries and confirms because you’ll never know when you’ll need it and if you’re email is working on your phone), phone, camera (NEVER put this in your checked bag), nano, headphones, sunglasses, pen, tissue, and chapstick.
Since this trip will be a red eye and we have a layover, I’ll actually be bringing more and placing most of it in my weekender. Here’s what I’ll have in my bag.
- iPad – for video games, movies, and books
- 2 magazines (because I only have 1 magazine subscription on my iPad)
- Snacks because it is a long flight
- Water bottle – purchased at the airport because you don’t want to puff up from all that pressurized air.
- Mini make-up case – eyeliner, concealer (non liquid based), eye curler, translucent powder, uni pallet, brushes, lipstick.
- Hair brush
- 2 scarves – one as a blanket the other one as a pillow additional to my husbands shoulder (thanks babe!)
- Extra sweater because it always seems to get cold on planes and scarves just aren’t enough.
- Socks, especially if I’m wearing sandals – I put them as soon as I get into the TSA line (you never know whats on the ground) and take them off after security and put them back on in the plane to keep my feet warm slash I don’t want people grossed out by my bare feet.
- Flip Flops – During long flights, if I wear shoes as opposed to sandals or flip flops, I will bring a pair of flip flops or sandals for when I go to the restroom. I hate keeping my shoes on during a long flight. The pressurized air make your feet expand, so when you place your shoes on it becomes tight and uncomfy. So I take mine off and keep my flip flops next to my shoes & use those until I land.
- Chargers for the phone, ipad/nano, and camera
- Jewelry bag (NEVER put your real jewelry or expensive costume jewelry in your suitcase. There are so many ridiculous TSA scandals out there. My inexpensive costume jewelry is in my suitcase, but my treasured pieces I always carry on with me.)
- Tylenol PM, Motrin, and Tylenol and occasionally, Dramamine.
The contents of my quart bag vary from place to place. For instance, if I’m traveling early in the morning to somewhere here in the states I put my make up on at the destination I’m arriving at so I usually have some make-up products in there. If I travel at a decent time, I usually have the standard items in there such as lipgloss, refresh eye drops, contact lens drops, antibacterial gel, perfume, tide to go stick, and lotion. Since our travel time will be about 16+ hours including lay overs, I’m adding the following to my bag (additional to the standard): toothpaste, tinted moisturizer, mascara, face wash, and contact lens solution.
Now back to cleaning and packing my suitcase.
Ummm…. that wasn’t supposed make me sound like I’m bringing an actual medicine bag.
I’ve mentioned in my what’s in my toiletry bag post that we’re bringing some medicine with us on our trip. When I’m traveling alone I always have multivitamins, motrin, tylenol, and claratin in my toiletry bag. But this trip I’m stocking up a little more. During our London and Paris trip in 2008, we both got sick during and after our trip. Somehow I ran out of medicine while we were there, so we had to buy generic UK brand medicine which was not effective, so this time we’re being extra cautious and stocking up. Two weeks ago, we went to get our Hep A and Typhoid vaccines (which apparently is something we should’ve done last year when we went on our honeymoon… whoops!).
Here’s a list of the items we’ll be bringing.
- Multivitamin Gummies (for both the hubs and I) – Yes, gummies! Yes, we’re in our late 20s and I realize we’re not 4 anymore, but taking those gigantic vitamin pills are not fun. 😛
- Calcium vitamins – for my knee
- Tylenol – both Extra Strength and PM
- Benadryl – This is more preventive, in case we eat or are exposed to something that causes some sort of allergic reaction.
- Claratin – This is more for me because I have really bad seasonal allergies. I never know when I’ll need them so I always bring them with me.
- Pepto-Bismal – Because you never know, especially with the exotic food and foreign water.
- First Aid kid – travel size – just in case.
- Neosporin spray – travel size – again just in case.
- Hydro-cortisone – anti-itch for my random sun rashes or bug bites.
- Sambuccol – It’s like Airborne and Zicam, where you take it at the first sign you feel any sickness and it’s supposed to combat the sickness; however, it isn’t easily accessible everywhere. It’s from the UK but I’ve only seen it in liquid form there as opposed to meltable pills. They have them at Giant or CVS in VA, but I haven’t spotted it here in the Bay.
- Pepcid – No one wants to feel bloated or have acid indigestion. Trip for you Asians, it stops your face from turning bright red when drinking (obvi, there are precautions to this as you’re mixing alcohol and medicine. so definitely heed caution). I don’t turn bright red but I know some people that do and have used this trick.
- Tylenol Cold – I know it’s the summer but you NEVER know. I’ve gotten sick in the summer for the last 2-3 years. For some reason it’s always AFTER the husband gets back from Vegas for a boys weekend. :-\
So that’s what’s in our medicine bag. You can never be too careful! Better to have it than not to especially when you’re going to a country where English isn’t the primary language and can’t read the boxes. 😛
It’s almost time to leave and I’m STILL trying to figure out my outfits. Although, I’ve packed my toiletry bag (consolidated everything into smaller containers) and my makeup bag. I’m so indecisive about what clothes to bring. Apparently Europeans dont’ wear shorts and I need to cover my knees in Morocco (shoulders I knew I had to), so I’m trying to put outfits together where they’re fashionable yet respectful of the customs. I’m going to stand out like a tourist either way. sigh. I need to get my act together sooner rather than later.
So this is a post about how I’m going to consolidate the massive amounts of toiletries I’m bringing with me. Keep in mind, some of this stuff I already have from traveling (you must be crazy to think I travel with full sized bottles… especially in the winter when my clothes are heavier. I need all the space I can get!) and some I purchased specifically for this trip. My go to places to purchase travel necessities are target or walmart (travel aisle), container store, amazon, and sephora when they give or sell sample size items.
Some things to note:
- Purchasing travel size products isn’t always the cheapest thing to do. There’s a high possibility that they raise the price for a small amount of product.
- But liquids in baggies because you NEVER know if bottles may burst when you’re in a pressurized cabin 30,000 feet in the air.
For shampoo and conditioner, I’ve tried a variety of containers for shampoo but so far these two work best for me.
For the detangler, volumizer, heat protectant spray, and curling lotion, I use these bottles or a perfume atomizer like the one photo below if I know I’m not going to straighten or curl my hair that often.
Like I mentioned above I may use atomizer for hair products, but I also use them for actual perfume.
For the texture creme, I’m going to put it in one of the pill case compartments, which I’ll use for other cremes. I’ll also be putting my serum and acne moisturizer in these compartments. Should be enough for two weeks because I only use it at night.
For my everyday lotion, I put it in a 3oz squeeze bottle so that I can carry it with me on the plane. I may also use this for face and body sunblock.
How do you consolidate your toiletries?