Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pack Up

When J began traversing the globe, I gave him a spare dopp kit full of his favorite toiletries. He never has to wait until that morning before a flight to throw together his must haves—nor does he risk leaving something behind and resorting to a hotel's generic 3 in 1 shampoo/conditioner/soap combo. Since my travels are starting to be more plentiful as well, I'm considering the need for my own reserve.

When it comes to miniature travel-friendly amenities, what are your go-to favorites and what do you never leave home without?

[photo by Corrie Bond.]

12 comments:

darcey said...

I never go on a trip without my travel-size Bumble and Bumble Prep spray. Even if I use foreign shampoos, hair dryers or forget other styling products at home, I need my Prep to keep my hair soft and weightlessly frizz-free.

http://www.amazon.com/BUMBLE-Bumble-PREP-OZ/dp/B0011TFJLE/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1256921134&sr=8-7

Sarah Bradley said...

I absolutely never forget my razor or soap. The hotel ones make my skin itch and well the razor- you never know when you might need to show some skin!

Darby said...

#1- Razor
#2- Purpose soap
#3- Cetaphil

Hugs to you!!!

Devon said...

This is a little more than toiletries, but I always have the following packed as part of a pre-prepared travel kit:

1. Pashmina. Double purpose: blanket on plane; scarf or wrap for dinner.

2. Black Eye mask. The ones on the plane suck.

3. Toothpaste, toothbrush, razor.

4. I don't worry too much about face soap but I always bring my face lotion. My face lotion is miraculous and can make any washed face using generic face soap a-okay.

5. Nail file. Because nails always break when traveling. And there's nothing worse than having to bite down a jagged nail.

6. Camera. Because it's always forgotten in the last minute packing rush.

7. Puma's. They are light, small and provide at least one comfortable shoe in a suitcase full of work-type shoes. And because I always forget tennis shoes on trips and walking up stairs to Japanese temples in high heels is not the way to go (trust me).

8. Makeup. Blush, bronzer (both with travel sized brushes), eye shadow and lipstick. That's it. Goal is to look healthy and awake through my jet lag, not like I spent an hour on my face.

9. Kindle.

10. Hair products? Kerastase in a small travel bottle. I never tote straighteners or hair dryers but do bring along head bands and the like.

This may be WAY more than you were looking for...but, for me, this is my foolproof way to make sure I have everything I need!! Enjoy your travels...

Anonymous said...

Devon, how can you blithely mention that your face lotion is "miraculous" but not tell us what the name of the lotion is?! Cruel!

Mary R said...

Depending on the temperature, I pack slightly different things...

summer time- a large scarf that is multipurpose (wrap, beach towel, sarong, etc)

winter- a cuddly sweater and fuzzy socks

Always, I have a book, sunscreen, sunglasses, and tweezers! Very important in so many unexpected ways!

Yoli said...

Creams, both for face and body and toothpaste. Those two simple things have been what has caused me the most discomfort when I don't have my own, throughout my travels.

Devon said...

Totally sorry about the lack of face cream mention. It's Dermaware Anti-Oxidant Moisturizer - Optimal Hydration. You can buy it online from a company called Sugar & Swank. It's really to die for...

simply seleta said...

When traveling, nothing feels better than hopping into bed with a freshly cleaned face and good moisturizer. My must-have indulgence is Sisley's eye botanical gel. It's certainly not cheap, but lasts one year. I promise it's worth every penny. Whenever I buy it, I ask for lots of little samples for traveling. The goodies they give me are wonderful little skin treats on trips.

ita darling. said...

Osis Dust it. it's small size makes it great for hairstyling- mattifying any greasies after a long day of travel or just volumizing and piecing out. and since it's powder and not liquid, it doesnt need to be sifted out for security...

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I'm the worst because I tend to raid my pre-packed travel bag when I run out of my normal sized stuff. But I always keep a good razor + Christopher Watt's travel skin care set in my travel bag because it's full of extra soothing gentle products that calms down that yucky flight break-out that I am prone to.

The Lil Bee said...

I have this Nars ultra-thick moisturizer and a bumble & bumble hair repair conditioner that I use pretty much daily. I can't stand dry skin or frizzy hair! As for the rest of my travel essentials, I have a container in my linen closet filled with minis...either from nice hotels or Sephora samples, etc...so I pack along a bunch of those and get to try new products while I'm away.