"The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land."
As I have mentioned, the hubs and I recently returned from a 2.5 month vacation in England, Europe, NYC & Pennsylvania. During our trip, we traveled on planes, cars, boats, trains and spent 2 weeks in an R.V. We were on the go constantly and, often, with only a bag between us. Space was limited and I had to think long and hard about what I absolutely needed with me. While some of the decisions were painful, there were certain products that I had to bring, no matter what.
I consider these my absolute travel essentials. Regardless of where you are going, or how you are getting there, your life will be a little better with these by your side:
1) Clear Eyes Tears + Redness Relief - Removes redness and moisturize dry eyes - perfect for long flights.
1) Up & Up Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes - Target's version of the Pond's cleansing wipes, but these are cheaper and work great. They remove makeup easily are great mid-day refreshers in hot climates.
3) M.A.C Fix + - Helps to set your makeup in the morning AND acts as a skin refresher throughout the day.
4) Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo - Because you don't always have time for a full primping session. This is my favorite brand, but there are a ton out there.
5) Baby Powder - This one gets a bit up close and personal, but sometimes, when it's warm and one is walking around a lot, one might experience some chafing...you know what I'm talking about ladies. This will help you.
6) TUMS - On vacation, you tend to eat/drink more than you normally would, and it's often much richer food than you're used to. Enough said.
7) Maybelline Full 'N Soft Mascara - I love this drugstore find, which is never goopy and goes on just how I want it.
In addition to the items above, I also recommend the following, for any long trip:
- A good travel wallet. We use ours all of the time and it's great because it fits airplane tickets, money, passports, etc.
- Some antibacterial wipes in your bag. Not all places are lucky enough to have such nice and clean toilets as we are here, so having something to do a quick toilet seat wipe-down will come in handy.
- A secure and light camera bag, with lots of room. You want something that you can take instead of a purse, and that will not make it easy for anyone to grab your camera. We use this bag, which works great, but there are a lot of options out there depending on your equipment and needs.
- A comprehensive travel guide. Personally, I like the Lonely Planet books, but again, you have many choices.
- Before your trip, it is smart to take a photocopy of your I.D. and/or Passport and keep it safe and not on your person. That way, if you lose those valuable documents, you at least have something to work with upon trying to replace them.