TRAVEL resources:

Travel changes who we are.  I'm so grateful my parents had the courage to toss us into the wilderness for weeks at a time, on the North American road for a year, and eventually overseas...to family.  Frugally.  Our little eyeballs met stunning wildlife, endless history, and vital diversity.  And then, there was more.

It was a bit humorous, though, that my travel gear and plans often felt chaotic.  After extensive planning and packing, I'd arrive at a destination and continue to spend endless time sorting through my things, yet again, only to feel lost and unprepared for what was ahead.

It was while simplifying my life (which now fits into 3 bags), that I learned to carefully seek travel resources that truly fit my needs.  These keep me streamlined and ready for just about anything.  I'm sharing some of my favorite travel resources below, which can help one enjoy this process and save precious time, too.  XO


BATH BAG

Eco Tools Recycled Bath and Shower Gloves |  My must have!

If you've ever tried to travel with a wash cloth, you know it just doesn't easily work (it often becomes a damp/germy burden).  Instead, these eco/recycled bath and shower gloves have been the quickest and easiest way for me to dry-brush my skin before showering, then suds up and scrub every little spot (including the delicate ear nooks), rinse, wring out, and toss aside to quickly air dry.  On laundry day, I toss them into a washer to be sanitized.  This is the only brand that has felt gentle on my skin (not sharp/jagged) and they have lasted forever.  These can be excellent even for those who don't travel!

 
 

TexereSilk Bamboo Towel |  My luxurious little travel towel!

This little towel easily meets my travel needs.  It's small and easy to hold/fold/roll.  It can wrap/dry the hair (it was made for this) and has been more than sufficient to dry the body.  It has a loop (to secure it around the head or to hang it dry) and it's soft and exquisite.  This bamboo towel dries at about the same speed as my past travel towels—but it feels like pure luxury (unlike most travel towels).  I love it in white.  This could also work great for men:  Quickly hand-dry your hair.  Place a hand inside the hood, to hold the towel, and dry the body.  Grab each end, to dry the back.  Never again wrangle lots of towel!

 

Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleansing Pads | To Clean, Refresh, plus Minimize Blemishes and Rosacea Symptoms

These cleansing pads make my face and neck feel squeaky clean each morning and evening (which is important if one can't shower daily, while traveling!).  In addition, these cleansing pads clean my sensitive skin so well, it's rare that my skin has any reactions/blemishes.  The most amazing thing?  After years of suffering with rosacea (which only the prescription Soolantra had been able to soothe, as my rosacea is possibly an allergic reaction to mites that naturally reside on our skin), these Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Cleansing Pads miraculously handle that, too.  If my skin feels itchy (from Rosacea), I cleanse my skin with one of these cleansing pads and it immediately takes the itch away.  No more prescription medication!  I can't imagine living without these!

 

Pangea Organics Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing Oil | Vegan, Gluten-Free, For All Skin Types

As we age, spend more time outside in the elements or flying in the sky, our skin can feel dry.  I found a product that came with rave reviews in solving this, and I admit, I was drawn to its marketing:  "If you only use one anti-aging product, this is it...luxurious and complex blend of precious, plant-based ingredients...delivers the most impactful, restorative and hydrating effects possible...absorbs so quickly, it radically boosts cell production...necessary in a true long-term anti-aging regimen...speeds up skin cell regeneration, fades scars and can alleviate breakouts...soften, smooth and breathe life back into tired skin."  But if this doesn't come true for you?  Pangea Organics says, "At any time, for any reason, 100% Money Back Guarantee & The Product is Yours to Keep or Share with a Friend."

(Click Here to Take 20% Off Your First Order at Pangea Organics...)

 

Primal Pit Paste Natural Deodorant |Goes on smooth, smells great, and provides 24hr+ protection.

I think I've tried every natural deodorant on the shelf.  Nothing has worked as good—nor gone on as smoothly—as Primal Pit Paste.  This little glass jar of deodorant has it all:  Compact eco (glass) packaging, long-lasting, great scents, and applies smooth as butter!

 

Toiletry Bag (aka Travelon Signature Convertible Backpack) | My bath kit has never been more organized...

When I head off to shower, this bag can be carried as a backpack, crossbody, or handbag.  It sits upright wherever I place it (nothing flops down onto public bathroom floors).  It keeps all my bath products organized, upright, and steady (no more chaos, less spillage).  My regular-sized toiletries even fit inside (so I spend less time searching for items on the road), along with my bath gloves, towel, a small change of clean clothing, cell phone, and a packable bag (to carry my dirty laundry back from the shower).  And when I dress up, this bag can be emptied of its bath contents and be my dressy anti-theft dinner bag.  I love its flexibility.

 

CLOTHING

 
 
 


LODGING

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Small Tamper-Proof Lojel Hatch Suitcase | Carry-on size.  Great if moving location every few days.

This bag...opens like a cupboard, allows cubes to lay flat inside (like stacked drawers), so one can more easily reach in for just one thing (nice at airports) or choose to never unpack (nice in small rooms).  I love that flat, hard cases can more easily survive rain, stacking, the tops of buses, and doubling as a chair.  BONUS:  There was no plastic/chemical smell when my Lojels arrived!

 
 
 
 
 

Medium Tamper-Proof Lojel Cubo Suitcase | Check-in size.  Lovely for weeks/months on the road.

This bag...opens like a cupboard, allows cubes to lay flat inside (like stacked drawers), so one can more easily reach in for just one thing (nice at airports) or choose to never unpack (nice in small rooms).  I love that flat, hard cases can more easily survive rain, stacking, the tops of buses, and doubling as a chair.  BONUS:  There was no plastic/chemical smell when my Lojels arrived!

 
 
 
 
 

Large Tamper-Proof Lojel Hatch Suitcase | Great for 4 seasons of gear/long-term living on the road.

This bag...opens like a cupboard, allows cubes to lay flat inside (like stacked drawers), so one can more easily reach in for just one thing (nice at airports) or choose to never unpack (nice in small rooms).  I love that flat, hard cases can more easily survive rain, stacking, the tops of buses, and doubling as a chair.  BONUS:  There was no plastic/chemical smell when my Lojels arrived!

 

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