Traveling is tough these days. Restrictions, security checks, flight delays and other inconveniences have taken the joy out of what many have considered to be enjoyable . . . traveling the world. Now not only do you have to endure long lines, practically disrobing before you get to the gate, less than wonderful service once onboard and uncomfortable sardine seating; you have to also plan what you are going to take and how you are going to return with purchases! Yet there are people who still insist on traveling with everything they own in tow! Are you one of those? If so, I have a few simple suggestions to help you lighten your load while traveling. For starters, let me say that I believe in traveling with one (1) carry-on and a handbag. While folks are waiting for their checked luggage, I am already in a car on my way to the hotel and the start of my adventure. It doesn’t matter how long I will be away two days, two weeks or two months . . . one carry-on!!!! My motto, “If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t go!” My other rule . . . Keep it simple. . .
Libations: Years ago, I gave up carbonated beverages and fruit juices because they contained too much sugar, so to add variety to my choices once on board, I started carrying packets of Crystal Light to add to my water. I love them because like most things that I travel with, they’re flat, practically weightless and add a flavorful break from just plain water . . . without a whole lot of extra calories. My fav is fruit punch, but there is a world of options, like strawberry, peach iced tea, raspberry green tea and good old ice tea with lemon, just to name a few. And while you’re at it, check out their Facebook page and take the Crystal Light Flavor Over Fizz Challenge and replace your regular or diet soda with Crystal Light—a refreshing alternative to all the sugar and caffeine in soda.*
Fragrance: Instead of lugging that bottle of “could be confiscated at security check” cologne, consider fragrance towelettes like these from Roger & Gallet in Blue Lotus, a ten pack of these refreshing, individually wrapped, fragrant tissues are about $8.00. A quick look online will uncover other companies with similar products.
Multipurpose Cleanser: I also like to travel with alcohol free eye and make-up remover pads like those by JeanPierre, a pack of 20 pre-moistened pads are about $3.99.
As for some of the other things you might be tempted to pack . . . Your blow dryer, there is one in your hotel room. Curlers? Try the old fashioned way; wrapping sections of hair around tissue and tying, covering with a shower cap and letting the steam work or just changing up and going natural! Lotion, shampoo and conditioner . . . It won’t hurt you to use what’s available for a couple of days will it? Lighten your load this summer when traveling and keep it simple! Think about it. See you next week.©Audrey Adams
*No monetary compensation was provided by Crystal Light or Glam Media for this post. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Crystal Light.