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While I try to keep things simple, I tend to overpack... but everything I'm sharing today is included on my MUST HAVE list! Here's what I bring on every getaway and why:
My Kindle Fire so I can read and entertain myself during layovers or long hauls on the road... I'm totally guilty of getting lost in a book on a vacation and I love every single second of it.
My next must have is obvious - chapstick. Whether you're going somewhere sunny and need a little protection from a sunburn or your heading somewhere cold and need to soothe your chilled chapped lips, this is a necessity for everyday life really.
Another technology related must-have for all road trips - headphones! Not everyone wants to hear Drake busting out of your cell phone nor do they want the play-by-play from the episode of Teen Mom you're watching on Hulu. Go ahead and plug in a nice pair of COMFORTABLE headphones. Try on a few pairs and find what works best for you!
You'll probably also want to pack a journal with you, at least I always want one with me. As a creative person, you never know when a good idea will strike - you don't always have access to technology because those silly devices die, but usually a pencil (or pen, most of the time) is pretty reliable. Plus, if you see someone famous you can ask for their autograph... because who doesn't love fangirl-ing in the middle of an airport or hotel lobby?
Speaking of looking ratchet, I always bring at least 3 hair ties and a handful of bobby pins with me because my hair is naturally curly and in the right climate, no matter what I do, it's going to show off it's au-naturale look. While I love rocking my curls, sometimes... It's nice to be able to pull my hair out of my face and frankly, being stuck without a hair tie just isn't fun.
Something else I bring with me just in case is my travel water bottle with a built in filter. I refuse to pay airport prices for water, plus I never know how badly jetlag will hit so I make sure I always bring my travel water bottle with me and then fill it once I get to the airport!
Another lifesaver while on vacation is eye makeup remover. Whether I'm attending a wedding or just spending time with family - most likely I'm going to shed a tear or two, although it'll be from laughing too hard... With that said, I don't want mascara and eyeliner smears all over my face so I make sure I always have a stash of my favorite way to remove it all.
On the same page as eye make up remover, I also bring an acne treatment cream with me, just in case my skin decides it wants to work against me. After using a facial cleanser, I apply a dot of a treatment before bed and I typically can wake up without a blemish!
The last item I always make sure I bring is something that helps me stay fit. I know that my activity tracker and it's charger are two things that always accompany me while I'm on the go... I love being able to know how much I walk while I'm sight-seeing and finding out my calories burned for the day let's me know how much I can indulge in my favorite foods back home.