One thing that suffers during your travels is skincare and hygiene, especially if you leave your favourites behind. Often, you can’t find the right products in new and unfamiliar countries, so why not save yourself the hassle and take them along with you. This saves throwing your routine out of whack and keeps you looking fresh throughout your trip across the globe even if you might not feel fresh.
While many ditched traditional shampoo for natural alternatives like baking soda and apple cider vinegar, conditioner is still popular for giving your hair the sleek shine and volume it deserves. Most people have their favourite conditioner, so packing away a few travel-sized bottles of those can help ease out of your cushy home lifestyle and into full-blown backpacker mode.
Moisturiser really is the best thing you can take with you when you embark on your travels, mainly if you’ve finally found the perfect blend of all-natural ingredients, fragrance, and sustainability. Wherever you go, moisturiser is an essential part of your daily skincare routine, and it keeps your skin hydrated in hot and dry environments.
If you’re going somewhere sunny (which, let’s face it, you are) look for a moisturiser with SPF properties to give you one less thing to worry about, it will protect your skin from the UV rays that will slap you in the face every time you step outside.
Numbing Cream and Hand Sanitiser
When travelling, you can be sure accidents will happen, and if you’re away from civilisation and reliable medical help, you risk discomfort and potential infections. You can prepare for these eventualities by packing xylocaine ointment, a numbing cream, and hand sanitiser to ease pain and clean any wounds. Hopefully or your travel friends won’t need to use them, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Body and Face Oil
Packing an all-natural body and face oil won’t just give you the deep, refreshing clean you need after a five-day hike to the top of Machu Picchu, it also saves you space when packing everything you can think of. Body and face oil is versatile and can also ease the pain from sunburn and hide any scars you want to keep hidden.
Deodorant and Wet Wipes
It shouldn’t need to be said but with bus journeys, nights out, and unreliable hostel showers, getting a good scrub in on your travels can be challenging. Luckily, most people are in the same boat, so you won’t stink out the bar or sacred temple, but you still don’t want to be that girl.
Packing spare deodorant and wet wipes for emergencies will keep you feeling a little better if you’re unable to get a decent shower in, but don’t rely on them before a night out.
Prepared for Anything
No matter how prepared you think you are for your trip, you’ll still get to the airport and remember that one crucial thing you’ve left behind. There’s not a lot you can do about that, but as long as you remember the real essentials, you can live without it until you get home.