I have traveled more than 30+ countries in the past 10 years for work and have learned from experience on the travel essentials. I often stay several weeks in a foreign country at a time or a few days depending on the assignments. The four items that are always in my luggage are budget friendly drug store items that are also multi-purpose. These are my must haves for traveling.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for Face & Body Travel Size
- This try and true sensitive skin cleanser is great for washing your face and body in a foreign environment. The local water can range from soft to hard water and this product helps offset any skin irritation.
- It’s a great face wash. However you still need to take your makeup off first with a makeup remover for it to be effective.
- It can also be used as shaving gel to give you a closer shave.
Johnson’s Baby Oil Travel Size
- I have used baby oil for years to moisturize my skin after a hot shower. It is cheap and great for sensitive skin.
- It doubles as makeup remover for waterproof products. You will need to squeeze a dollop size amount on a cotton pad and gently wipe your eye and lip makeup off. After, I rinse with Cetaphil to fully clean my visage.
- You can also add lavender oil or other essential oil if you do not like the smell of baby oil.
Travel Size Vaseline
- Is there anything that this little tub of Vaseline can’t do? These are what I normally use it for during travel.
- You can put Vaseline on your under eye area, lips, hands and feet during a long flight to offset the dry air and you will have baby soft skin upon arrival. I also do this each night to combat the dry hotel room air.
- You can use it in lieu of an eye brown gel, lip balm when mix with some lipstick, eye cream, cuticle cream, a face highlighter for you cheek bone when you mix in some eye shadow and the list goes on.
- Lastly, you can use Vaseline to heal minor cuts (please advise a doctor or nurse before you do so).
Tea Tree Oil
- Tea Tree Oil is also a powerful multitasker and you can find many examples of usages online. It’s a highly concentrated liquid so please consult with a doctor before use. Do not put Tea Tree Oil directly onto your skin if you have sensitive skin.
- You can put a few drops of tea tree oil in your bath or steam your face with it. It has great antiseptic and acne soothing properties.
- If you are feeling congested, put a few drops of tea tree oil on your pillow before you sleep.
- It makes for a great facial spray on the plane and everywhere. You can mix tea tree oil in water and put it in the spray bottle for this purpose.
La Vie Partagee would love to hear what your travel essentials are!
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Author: Thai-Anh Hoang
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