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Travel Light on a Full Itinerary with Mini Travel Essentials

March 14, 2013

Packing. One of the first things one must pay attention to when travelling. Well you’ve read of the many tips on how to pack lightly, I personally am not so good in that department. What I do is list down the essentials, the amount of each I should bring and check them out from my list when I had them tucked in my luggage – which is another thing worth writing about, I’m the worst when putting in stuff there. ^_^

You can actually get the most out of your travel by experiencing all types of activities offered in the land. You can fill your itineraries with indoor and outdoor activities that are unique in the region and bring home more than just photos and souvenirs. However, moving from one place to another can be a bit inconvenient when one has a bulky set of personal necessities to bring along for the trip. Travelling light without leaving any of your travel essentials behind is easy with mini-products that are ideal for travel. Even if you are staying in a hotel, it is best to bring your own vanity kit and toiletries especially of products you trust and use for your hair, teeth and skin. You can never know what the  hotel-provided shampoo would do to your flat hair and you wouldn’t want to go about with fizzy hair while enjoying the scenes…worse, you wouldn’t want to be caught in a less glamorous mane on your photos!

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Grooming essentials like soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and toothpaste can take a lot of luggage space if one doesn’t pay attention to their sizes. Purchasing mini or travel size versions of these items doesn’t only save on baggage space but also relieves travellers from unnecessary weight. Toiletries for travel usually come in pocket sizes. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion can be found in sachet packs or mini bottles. Those who plan to have these items on their carry all baggage can consider bottle sets that are TSA compliant so they don’t have to worry about meeting travel security requirements for bottled liquids. You wouldn’t want to be hassled by getting them all out of your luggage and confiscated when checked…it’s both waste of time and money so go with the minis.

When it comes to hand or beauty soap, travellers can choose from pocket sized bars or soap sticks that are easy to use and pack-away even when wet. There are also travel shampoos, hand soap, and body wash sheets that are ideal for outdoor travel like camping or trekking. All that is needed is a bit of water and one can lather these thin and tiny sheets  and leave you feeling clean and fresh. For oral hygiene, one can choose from a variety of toothbrush and toothpaste set that come with a handy case. Toothbrushes with foldable or detachable handles are the ones ideal for travel.

Always consider the amount of time to be spent on your travel, if you are staying for more than a week, it is best to buy your essentials from the nearest shop than bring too less…Sometimes, the small issues make the big difference to your travel experience.

  

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  1. What is it about mini’s that I love so much? If it comes in a small version it seems like I must have it! I don’t really buy mini’s but sometimes when you are going on a short trip mini’s just make sense. Hubby and I are taking a weekend vacation to Washington DC and the Luray Caves soon and mini’s are a must so that I have more room for clothes!

  2. One tip for those traveling only with carry on luggage. Take only the things (toiletries) that you know you would not be able to get at your destination. Due to the liquid restrictions, etc. you may want to stock up on necessities once you reach your destination. If you are traveling state side that should not be a problem at all. However, if you are going overseas do a little research into the area where you will be traveling, so that you can find out if items are accessible where you are staying. That way you pack even lighter and can get what you need while there.

  3. For me it’s really hard to travel light specially if you’re planning a vacation of more than a week. These tips are really helpful, thanks for that!

  4. This is what I use my free samples I get from companies for. I have tons of shampoo, lotion, beauty products and they all go in a travel basket to be packed when a trip comes up.

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