In case you’re just finding my blog (and haven’t seen me mentioning it a BUNCH in my last few posts, hello) I’m leaving to head to Paris later this week. I’m super excited, but I’ve also been obsessively making lists of things I need to pack and not forget. Unlike when you travel with someone else and get to borrow things if you forget something, when you’re on your own you’re literally… on your own. I know I can buy stuff at my destination, but I’d rather arrive prepared than frantically scramble on arrival. Here’s a list I’ve put together of 6 things that feel are super important to include while packing:
1. MAPS.ME app • This is one of the most handy apps I’ve discovered recently. Basically, it’s a map app for you to use when you’re stuck with your phone offline (to save yourself from those crazy roaming fees). When you’re in wifi, you can download the map for whatever place you’re traveling to. Once you’re no longer in your hotel/hostel/cafe and away from wifi, it’ll still be there! It shows everything down to individual stores, so there’s a lot of detail.
2. Sheet face masks • The dry, recycled air on a plane tends to leave your skin feeling tight and gross on long flights. Sheet masks will help put some moisture back in your face, and you’ll look kinda like Hannibal, so no creeps will bother you. Win/win.
3. Dry shampoo • Don’t even lie to yourself, you know you don’t want to waste your time every day on your trip styling your hair. Keeping a travel sized bottle of dry shampoo on you will help you look refreshed and also help with some volume, to keep you looking top notch even though you probably didn’t just shower (I won’t tell).
4. Door stopper • It’s not often that something crappy happens while you’re traveling, but better to be safe than end up in a real life version of Taken. Once you’re in your room for the night, you just wedge the stopper under the door to keep any unwanted visitors away. It’s such a simple addition to your travel essentials, but definitely worth having.
5. Probiotics • This might seem like an odd addition, but hear me out. Traveling introduces you to so many different foods, and those foods can totally disrupt your gut health if it’s something you’re not used to. Taking a probiotic while traveling will help keep you ~regular~ if you know what I mean, and provide you with good gut bacteria just incase you ingest some bad ones.
6. Activated charcoal • This is super multi-use. Not only can activated charcoal be used as a mask or with your face scrub to help keep you skin looking its best, but it can also be used to help you out in case you ingest something real crappy on your travels. Because the charcoal is porous and binds to toxins, it’ll help you heal faster if you get food poisoning!! Just keep a few of the capsules in a mint container just in case!
I know a lot of people will likely be traveling in the next few weeks to see family or to just get away for the holidays, so I hope this list comes in handy for some of you! You might not need a door stopper when you’re home, but you never know when you need to keep that pesky family member out of your room! (I also have a post from my trip to Kenya highlighting 5 Things I wish I’d Packed worth checking out!)