Over the last few trips, I've figured out that I'm not really an over-packer like I once thought I was. I don't pack a lot of extra outfits or shoes. And I've paired down my toiletries to something a little more manageable. But I do pack things I might need. I like to be prepared and as comfortable as possible. I like to have some of my favorite things with me and so there are a few travel essentials that I pack for every single trip I take. Are there things you always pack?
This blog post is sponsored by Boiron® and PTPA. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I just got back from a work trip to Mexico. I was also in Mexico for spring break with my family a few months ago. Both trips had different goals (one to network and learn about a new-to-me destination and the other to relax as hard as possible) but I found that there were things that I packed for both trips that I couldn't have done without.
I love to travel. And while I usually just do quick weekend getaways, I feel super lucky to have taken a few really fun trips over the last year. I always check a bag so I can bring the things I feel like I need without worrying about getting liquids through the TSA check (listen, this girl loves her lotions and potions).
But even when you check a bag, you've got to worry about making sure your bag doesn't weigh too much.
These travel must-haves keep me feeling great, looking good and able to have a great trip without feeling like I'm missing some of my favorite things.
Travel Essentials I Always Pack
I have to admit, I'm an anxious traveler. I get the airport super early because I hate the idea of missing my flight. I am totally that person who stands in a line to stand in a line so that I can board the plane. And I want to be prepared for anything that might pop up during the trip.
A nervous stomach is never a good thing when traveling. And the changes in time zones, diet and bathroom schedules can really throw things off.
I know that I can probably track down these items should the need arise, but I feel so much better having them with me at the start of the trip.
These are the things I never travel without:
- Hairdryer – there was a time when I stopped bringing a hairdryer (for weight purposes) but you can truly never rely on the quality of the one found in the hotel. Especially if it is a work trip, I always bring my own. It's the only way I can be sure that my hair will be dried and look presentable.
- Sunglasses (and back up sunglasses!) – I can't be without my sunglasses! And I always have a backup pair just in case. Because I wear contacts, glare can be really bad. So I can't imagine being without sunglasses for sightseeing or just enjoying a meal outside.
- Backup Battery and cord – We've come to rely on our phones SO much and they are such a great resource when traveling. Not only can you use it to book car service, but you can also have your boarding pass right in the palm of your hand and get directions anywhere. Plus it can keep you entertained if your flight is delayed.
I never go on a trip without a backup battery that can recharge my phone multiple times. Plus this mini fringe connector cord is great because it's compact, and hooks to your keys or purse so it's easy to find.
- Travel Size Perfume – These tiny perfume samples are my favorite thing to have when I travel. On planes, in airports, cabs, etc. smells can get pretty funky. These not only make me smell awesome for going out at night, but I can take a quick sniff should I need to mask a malodorant scent.
- Lip Balm – A good lip balm, with a tiny bit of color, is perfect for not only travel days where the air can be dry but also for the trip itself. If you aren't drinking enough water, or are in the sun, chances are your lips need a little extra TLC.
A good lip balm keeps your lips feeling great and can take the place of lipstick.
- Indigestion and Gas Medicines – I always make sure that I have Boiron® Acidil® and Gasalia® with me on trips. There is nothing worse than feeling bad on a trip. These two things really come in handy and they're so easy to use.*
- A Packable Hat – Whether I'm trying to get out of the sun or hide a bad or lazy hair day, a packable hat that holds it's shape, and looks cute is a great accessory to have on vacation!
- A Little Black Bag – I skip my big purse in favor of a small black bag. I pare down to just the essentials when I leave the hotel room so I can feel light and free. Black usually matches everything and hides dirt. You always have to have a place to keep your room key and also things like sunglasses and your phone.
Even at an all-inclusive resort, I like to have a little bit of cash on me for tipping so it's nice to have a bag (a cross-body bag is the best) that you can carry with you without any hassle.
My husband always makes fun of me for packing my Boiron medicines. But I always want to make sure I feel my best on a trip! You know that when you travel, your system gets off track. Travel stress, rich foods, large meals before lying down, all of these things contribute to indigestion and gas.
So why wouldn't you prepare for it!
And with all the recent backlash about certain heartburn medicines (studies are showing they can cause terrible outcomes like cancer or death!) I am paying more attention to what I am putting in my body.
On a trip, I want to embrace the food culture and not worry about how it might leave me feeling.
These Boiron® medicines are perfect for travel! They come in punch through sheets that fit easily into my little black bag. I can bring them with me on all my adventures.
And you don't need any water to take them. You simply dissolve two tablets under your tongue every 15 minutes (for up to an hour) until you find relief. Even better, since they don't interact with other drugs, I can share these with other people I'm traveling with, in case they need them as well.
It's my motherly instinct to take care of those around me.
I'm not willing to miss out on fun opportunities because I don't feel my best. And over the years I've figured out that planning ahead keeps me enjoying every single minute of a trip.
The Two Homeopathic Medicines I Never Travel Without
Gasalia® temporarily relieves bloating, pressure and discomfort and pain associated with gas and can be used by adults and children 6 and over. The unflavored tablets are so convenient and a discreet way to relieve your symptoms. It can be taken before or after a meal (because you know your body and how it reacts to certain foods) and has no known drug interactions.*
Acidil® is the #1 selling homeopathic medicine for indigestion and heartburn and relieves occasional heartburn, indigestion, bloating and upset stomach. Acidil doesn't contain ingredients commonly found in other antacids that can cause constipation or diarrhea (which travel can induce on its own…) and can be used by adults and children 12 and up.*
TMI? I consider you all friends and this is the type of info I share with my friends. Traveling, whether with friends, family or co-workers, can often leave you feeling gross. I love knowing that I can keep everyone feeling their best. I mean, who doesn't suffer from indigestion or digestive issues??
I keep both of these products in my desk drawer for ease of use. That's how much of a part of my life they are. These earth-sourced, pharmaceutical-grade ingredients help me feel better, fast. And that's something I am happy to share with others.
Check your local Walmart or natural foods store (like Whole Foods or Sprouts) for these Boiron® products! (Not intended for pregnant or breastfeeding women with heartburn and gas unless consulting with a physician first.)
This is good-for-you medicine that is convenient and designed to relieve your symptoms so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. (And, of course, I also use these once I'm back to real life at home).
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.
By packing these travel essentials, I know that I am setting myself up for an enjoyable trip, every single time. Even with travel delays and airport food (you'll always find Acidil and Gasalia in my carryon too) you can create a positive travel experience.
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What travel essentials do you never leave home without? My list of items helps me to feel prepared (looking and smelling cute), and ready to experience new things no matter what stresses the trip has in store!