Last year I blogged about some of my travel must haves. It wasn’t comprehensive, just the highlights. I find that I am constantly modifying what I pack – changing things, taking them out. Here are some of my latest additions.
GoGear Containers. I’ve wanted some Gotoobs for a while but was too cheap to drop $7-9 a bottle. I was at Walmart last summer (long story) when I found GoGear (fake Gotoob). I wasn’t sure they would last but at $2 each, I thought I could risk it so I bought 2. Five international and four domestic trips later and they are still going strong. Not spills, no drips.
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. I don’t really wear lip color. I have a few nude/sheer lip glosses but in general, I haven’t worn real color in about 10 years. Last year on a whim I bought a bright red lip stain and loved it. I brought it on a few trips and putting it on instantly made me look a little more put together. I invested in a darker, more work appropriate color that I now travel with. A little swipe is all I need to make a causal outfit look more professional.
iHome travel speaker. We got this at TJ Maxx for $10. It weighs nothing and it’s worth the little bit of room in your bag. Besides using it for music, I really like it for movies. Makes me feel like I’m not watching a movie on my laptop. You charge it via USB, so there are no batteries.
Benefit They’re Real Travel Size Mascara. My must have make-up item is definitely mascara. I generally use a drugstore brand that I love but the packaging is bulky. I like my carry-on make-up bag to be small which means every inch and ounce counts. It was $10 which is more than my drugstore brand mascara, but I was paying for size. I am glad I made the investment. I like the mascara as much as I like my cheap one and it fits easily into my bag. It perfect for our trip to Peru. I won’t be bringing much make-up on the trip but this is coming with me.
Kind Nut and Spices Bars. I came down with a horrible case of food poisoning at the end of my last trip (likely from the flight back or layover). It developed into an infection and basically wrecked my digestive system. I have to be really careful about what I eat which means I have to pack way more food than a couple of snack bars. My favorite is Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan. Kind bars are gluten and dairy free. They are perfect on days when my stomach is upset but I find myself hungry.
Headphone Adapter for Airplanes. I hate using the headphones they give you on airplanes. They aren’t noise cancelling and usually hurt my ears after 1 movie. I’ve noticed that KLM and Emirates have 2 prong headphone plug jacks so I bought a little adaptor for $2.
Cabella Multitool. The last few trips, I’ve found myself wishing for little things like a screw driver to or scissors. Over the holidays we ventured into Cabella’s and found a multi-tool on sale for $6 (usually $13). Micah picked one up for our camping kit and suggested I get one for traveling. I can’t carry it on but if I am checking a bag, it’s in there. I’ve already used it and I’ve only been here a couple of days.
Samsonite Travel Adapter with USB ports. My old Samsonite travel adapter finally died after 5 years of heavy travel. On a whim (and after reading reviews), I ended up with another Samsonite adapter with USB ports for charging. How did I ever live with just a traditional charger? Now I can plug my laptop in and charge my iphone (aka camera, calculator and alarm clock) and ihome speaker simultaneously.
Eco Silicone Collapsible Lunch Box. I’ve had this for a while and find it really useful. If I order room service and can’t finish it, I have a little lunch box to store leftovers in the fridge. I also put things like chocolate in it to keep bugs and critters out when I am somewhere without a fridge. It comes with a spork also. I got it at Marshall’s for $4. They always have them.
Each item was under $30 and I consider most of them a bargain. The make-up was pricey but it will last me a really long time (at the rate I use it). What small items have you recently added to your suitcase?