Cleanliness comes before Godliness, they say.
Frequent travelers speed their packing by keeping a “for-travel-only toiletries kit always ready to go. Since these items can be heavy and take up lots of space, look for small travel or sample sizes of your favorite toiletries and cosmetics. This is important —over half the weight In a fully packed suitcase can be from these items! Search for double-duty products such as sunscreen and insect repellent in one Replenish used items immediately after returning home.
that way a big part of getting packed Is already done the next time you grab your bags to go! Its Important to consider the ‘What ifs” when fitting out your toiletries kit, particularly when traveling internationally. I hate wasting my tourist time looking for contact lens solution In a strange city or waking up in the middle of the night needing the aspirin 1 forgot to pack!
On the other hand, some people think finding toothpaste in Tibet is part of the adventure. I say, go prepared —create your own customized packing list,
In addition to moisturizer, deodorant. shaving supplies, and hair care products these are the basics
I. Cotton balls, Q-tips. Look for small prepacks in the sample size bins of drug variety stores or pack into snack•sized self-sealing plastic bags.
2. Insect repellent. Unless it Is the dead of winter, you should pack it. “OW- makes a space-saving combination sum screen /Insect repellent called “Skintastic.
” If you’re headed to a really buggy place or where malaria is an issue take a small pocket-stir stick of insect repellent so you can reapply during the day 0 tuck a Cutter* stick Into my purse). Mosquito spray
for clothing and for your room is a good Idea too. Buy Insect repellents in the US — overseas brands might contain ingredients illegal for use In the US, their effect could be worse than the bites
3. Moist towelettes or antibacterial hand cleaner. This Is a mum for those times when you cannot find a place to wash your hands
4. Panty shields/tampons/sanitary napkins. Pack a one-day supply (or domestic travel – enough to get you to a drugstore. For international travel take a one-month supply. The locally available products may be primitive at best or your favorite brand may be available but expensive.
5. Sunscreen. Because I have temperamental skin, I prefer to take a full container of a brand I know so it have no unpleasant reactions. Carry a sample size In your day pack or purse for midday reapplication.
6. Talcum or baby powder. These are nice In hot and sticky weather. In tropical places I carry a sample size to reapply midday.
7. Tissues. Small packets are indispensable I line the bottom of my suitcase with them so I have plenty to use — for toilet paper, seat covers, hand towels, napkins, not to mention a drippy nose.
Pack Them with Care.
It’s no fun to arrive at your destination and find that shampoo has leaked all over your clothes. Following are some take- the-worry-away ideas for packing toiletries and cosmetics.
reminds us to never pack prescription drugs in checked baggage_ These should be in your carry-on in their original containers, especially for international travel. The container should show your name, doctors name, and a description of the contents. (Drug laws In some countries are very harsh!)
If your baggage is delayed. you can remain on your prescription schedule if you have it with you. • If your favorite products aren’t available In travel sizes, buy small plastic bottles with screw tops at your drug, luggage.