For many of you it’s travel season—a great time for family bonding, quality time with your significant other, or just some peaceful R&R alone. Whatever your reason for taking a trip, we know that the demands of work, family, social life, and now even your vacations, have you busier than ever. The last thing you need to do is worry before a big trip so we’ve outlined a few easy packing tips to help put your mind at ease. Now you can focus your time on more important things like that perfect family photo op or the five-star cuisine you’ve been dying to try.
Carry-On Travel Musts
There are certain things you should always bring when traveling that are essential to a safe and pleasurable trip. To ensure you’re comfortable, don’t leave home without these often overlooked additions to your carry-on:
SPF. Wherever the sun shines (even if you’re indoors) you can experience the harmful effects of the suns UVA and UVB rays. And don’t forget to keep your SPF on hand for reapplication throughout the day. Our Obagi Sun Shield Matte SPF 50 is perfect for on-the-go travel, and less than 3 ounces so it’s TSA approved.
Hand Sanitizer. Nothing ruins a vacation faster than getting sick. We know germs are inevitable but while traveling they can be especially prevalent in highly trafficked areas like airport bathrooms, public drinking fountains and the hotel remote control.1 Also, be sure to wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer to keep germs at bay.
Snacks. Traveling can be stressful enough. There’s no need to add to the madness with low blood sugar or the dismay of limited food options. Be sure you have a few travel-friendly, healthy snacks on-hand like almonds, a protein bar, apple, or baby carrots.
First Aid. Cuts and bumps can happen anywhere—especially in unfamiliar areas and with the hustle, bustle and excitement of travel, it’s even easier to sustain an injury. Consider carrying some small individually packed antiseptic wipes, Band-Aids and ibuprofen for those minor mishap moments like headaches, blisters, and cuts.
Up next is your luggage. For many of you, packing your suitcase is a love-hate relationship. The stress of bringing everything you need is sometimes overwhelming, but the joy of zipping up your bag knowing you did a job-well-done is priceless. Below are some tips for packing the perfect suitcase:
Go Wrinkle-Free. Some people swear by rolling their clothes for added room and less wrinkling. Regardless of how you fold, roll, or hang your clothes to travel, we suggest bringing clothing that doesn’t wrinkle easily. Knits, or anything with stretch in it are ideal, and some brands like Chicos even devote an entire line to travel-friendly clothing. 2
Save Space. Every inch is priceless, especially if you’re saving extra room to bring home souvenirs. Instead of packing your full-size bottles of lotion, cleanser, shampoo or conditioner, go to your local retailer and purchase some smaller, travel-friendly bottles to transfer your product into. Obagi has made travel easy with our trial Obagi Nu-Derm® System that will save space in your suitcase! This kit has the same products as the full system but with smaller bottles, perfect for saving room and are TSA approved (in case you decide to toss them in your carry-on instead.) Another great tip is to visit your local beauty supply store and grab some shampoo and conditioner samples—you never know you may find a new brand you love! Finally, you can save space by tucking your socks or other small items into your shoes for extra room.
Coordinate clothes. One of our favorite travelers, Rick Steves, suggests packing mostly black clothing because it’s easy to match and can be spiced up with colorful accessories or scarves which don’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase.3
We know many of you are seasoned travelers. Do you have some travel tips? Share them with us in the comments below.
1. http://www.today.com/id/21423163/ns/today-today_health/t/soap-germiest-p.... Accessed June 26, 2013
2. http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/07/18/wrinkle-free-approach-to-traveling. Accessed June 26, 2013
3. http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/womenpacking.htm. Accessed June 26, 2013