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You know that burst of anxious excitement you feel as you anticipate an upcoming trip?
Are you so overcome with excitement about all the cool things you’re going to see and do, you wait to pack until the last minute?
Or maybe you’re like me? You pack two weeks before the trip – then re-pack every 2-3 days until your date of departure?
Every one of your friends has advice about what to take, how to pack, when to pack. Every person who travels regularly has her/his list of travel must-haves.
Having taken hundreds of trips solo, and dozens of family trips has taught me several lessons about packing light. You’ll find great info on packing and preparing for an upcoming trip in my post called 7 Savvy Traveler Tips.
As a family of world travelers, we’ve definitely had our share of “Oopsies!” on the road.
Here are some of the questions I’m asked quite often – typically in the last-minute frantic throes of “Oh crap! We packed too much! What can I possibly remove from this luggage?!”
- What are the travel Must-Haves I need to remember as I pack for a trip?
- What have I packed that I may eliminate?
- Did I forget to pack something I’ll wish I had?
What are Must-Haves when packing for a trip?
Here’s a peek into the depths of our family’s bath-beauty bag (aka, “dop kit”). We keep it fully stocked at all times, just in case we decide to embark on a last-minute trip.
After years of tweaking, we find this version is not too full, not too light, but Juuust Right.
Items you should take on a trip include:
- toothbrush and cap
- toothpaste (if traveling to Asia or Africa)
- dental floss (multiple uses!)
- perfume (sample size)
- sewing kit
- coconut oil – in a small, sealed container
- medicines (everyday prescription meds pluspain relief/aspirin products, etc.)
- large size Band-Aids, in case you incur a larger wound and cannot find the proper sizes while travelling
- a roll of toilet tissue (easy to smoosh and pack into any bag)
- Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths (aka “bum wipes”)
- nail clippers/nail set
- scrubber soap
- towel – viscose or other absorbent/lightweight, packable version
- hair detangle/conditioning spray
- hair ties/elastics
- portable brush/comb combo
What have I packed that I may eliminate?
Leave your designer shampoo and conditioner at home. In fact, you’ll also find the following products quite easily in most countries:
- hairspray and hair detangle spray
- moisturizer/body lotion
- shaving lotion or cream
- Q-tips/cotton ear buds
- feminine products
Did I forget to pack something I’ll wish I had?
I’ll keep it simple and rated PG here. Sometimes exciting travel takes you to places where toileting consists of hovering over a hole in the ground or using a squat toilet. I’ll let you search these images on your own, if you so desire.
Rather than getting caught with your pants down, do yourself a solid. Bring along these two Must-Have items on every trip:
- Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths and
- Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper. Simply “mash” a roll of t.p. and stash it in any size bag.
We call this dynamic duo our “wet+dry solution”. Hey, it works! After taking our wet+dry system on the road in Thailand, we realized how indispensable it is for us on the daily. We now keep Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths on the back of every toilet in the house. Soothing for tiny and adult bottoms alike, there’s no combo out there to beat it.
Go ahead and give our wet+dry system a try today. I found our Cottonelle basics at our local Rite-Aid store.
Hey, what do ya have to lose? A sore bum? Kids who hate wiping after going potty? Exactly right. That’s a whole lotta WIN in my book!
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