5 Common Things We Forget to Pack

19th May 2014 / By Guest Contributor

Heading out of town for the upcoming 3-day weekend? Whether your destination is a sunny desert or a chilly mountainside, below is a list of essentials that are easy to forget, but crucial for an easy going trip!

Sunscreen: This is a must-have if you want to avoid aging skin and skin cancer. It’s a no-brainer that if it’s sunny, you need sunscreen. However, you also need it when it’s cloudy! Up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. If you’re like me and have sensitive skin, be sure to pack an oil-free sunscreen for your face. Also, the less chemicals and preservatives, the better (avoid ingredients with “paraben” in them).

Moisturizer: Hot weather, Cold weather, Airplanes, Air conditioning, Alcohol. What do all of these have in common? Dry skin. Traveling can take a toll on your skin, and you need to take care of it! Give your skin some TLC throughout your trip by properly moisturizing. This includes your lips! For on-the-go options, keep a facial spray in your purse, such as Evian’s Mineral Water Spray. Also, an easy remedy is to drink more water than usual. Remember, dehydrated skin will expose more wrinkles…even the little ones.

Sandals: Whether you’re packing heels or boots, you cannot forget your sandals! You never know what may cause discomfort – shoes that are too new (#girlproblems), unexpected gross hotel room floors, or maybe you just decide to be comfortable on the last day of your trip! Do yourself a favor and be prepared. If you don’t think flat sandals can be cute, think again.

Light Jacket: “I’m going to the desert, why do I need a jacket?” I can’t count the number of times I’ve said that in my lifetime, and I’ve regretted not packing a jacket 95% of those times. High temperatures means AC on blast in hotels and restaurants. Keep a light cardigan handy just in case you start to shiver!

First Aid Supplies: A few first aid materials will be a huge convenience for whatever situation you may across. Build your own mini-kit with the following: several bandaids, healing & antibiotic ointment, and hydrocortisone ointment (for bug bites). Also, although not necessarily considered as first aid, pack pain killers. You can find small travel-friendly items at a local drugstore. If you’re flying, put these items in your carry-on.

What are your packing essentials? Let us know in the comments below!


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