I am currently on my honeymoon in Australia.
I really should be doing something romantic with my husband right now… like drinking champagne and eating strawberries. Truth is, he had to send his boss a Powerpoint presentation, so we’re doing a little Internetting (and drinking some wine) after a day spent SCUBA diving at the Great Barrier Reef. I can’t believe I friggin did that… and to think a year ago, diving was by biggest fear.
Up top is the the view from our hotel.
Not too shabby.
Anyhow, we’re settling in Australia, getting ready for dinner on Monday night (ps it’s still early Monday where you probably are!).
I made it here with everything I needed: my passport, a credit card and a change of underwear. But I packed A LOT of things I wanted, which accounts for the other 44 pounds in my suitcase.
Here’s the seven things I don’t travel without.
There’s about one million blue tooth enabled, portable speakers. After sampling a bunch, I opted for the Mini Jambox for three specific reasons: One, it’s tiny. Two, it allegedly holds its charge for 17 hours. And three, it sounded pretty darn good compared to that Beats by Dre Pill thing (which I am convinced isn’t all it’s cracked up to be). I tried it out in my kitchen last week and loved it. Hopefully it’ll keep us in tunes throughout this trip.
I love the look of a Turkish towel, but I never really understood them. Are they towels? Scarves? Tapestries? Things meant solely for looking pretty in an Instagram pic? After some Googling, it turns out all of those things are true (and just look at the keyword-laden title on Amazon. Sheesh!). My sister-in-law recently bought me one, and I opted to bring it along. You never know when you might need a towel, a little something to wrap around your shoulders on a cool evening or need a pretty barrier between you and, say, a grody train seat. I think the Turkish towel will be incredibly useful, and the fact that folds down into the size of a t-shirt makes it especially fab for travel.
I used to think the gift of a candle was a really nice way to tell someone I don’t know you that well. However, I am now way into them, especially when I travel. Nothing jazzes up a hotel room like a beautiful scented candle. I love these small ones from Voluspa—the lidded canister makes them portable and easy to toss into your suitcase.
I never, ever, ever travel without some sort of comfy hoodie, like this one I splurged on at lululemon. Perfect after a day at the beach, at breakfast, on the airplane, whenever. Definitely not as classy as a cashmere wrap, but who ever said I was classy?
I asked for (and got! Thanks Whitey and Colleen!) a Herschel backpack for Christmas. One that fit my big-ass laptop that I am currently wishing was a light as a feather Macbook Air, not a heavy MacBook Pro. They’re stylish, functional and easy to carry.
Apparently the sun is one million times stronger in Australia than anywhere else on earth*. Precisely why I am bringing loads of sunscreen with the best of intentions. You’re supposed to reapply that stuff every few hours, right? Right. But I can’t stand slathering pore-clogging sunscreen over my makeup. Yuck! Luckily, I was introduced to this awesome mineral sunscreen (approved by the American Cancer Society!) that lightly sits on top of your skin, sans that gross oil slick appearance. It’s NOT makeup, so my hubby can and WILL be wearing it, too.
And how could I forget the crème de la crème of non-essential (BUT completely essential!) travel goodies: my travel-sized cribbage board. It makes time fly when you’re twiddling your thumbs at the airport, drinking an afternoon beer on the beach or relaxing after a long day of adventuring. If you don’t know how to play, it’s easy to get the hang of, provided you know how to count to 31.
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Whelp, time for me to get back to relaxing. In the meantime, tell me what you always bring with on a trip?
PS Photos from Amazon.com.