Wednesday morning we are heading off on a two week family holiday to Borneo with a brief stop in Kuala Lumpur first. It is around 32 degrees there every day and our plans include a lot of not much but swimming and hanging out with the orangutans. I am pretty good at packing clothes for a trip. (By my age, I should be!) As long as I have clean undies for every day, I know I will be fine. There are two places that I always fail to pack lightly so I have done my best to focus on including the least amount of stuff we could need in those two areas.
The first is my toiletries bag. I am not sure why I feel the need to bring makeup everywhere even though I barely wear it. This trip is to tropical Malaysia during the middle of summer and there are no events to attend, so I will not need even half of the little I normally wear.
So all I am taking is what appears in this photo. Of course, my toothbrush and toothpaste. The kids pack their own toothbrushes, but we share the one tube of toothpaste now that they are all big.
Coconut oil from Coconut Revolution. This is the best. I use it as moisturiser at night. I will decant this into a smaller travel container as the glass jar is big and heavy and breakable.
The next four items came in my June Bella Box and are awesome. I have been gifted this month’s Bella Box to try out the service and I really enjoyed getting a surprise package of beauty products in the mail. Gemma immediately claimed the Original Source watermelon & jojoba oil moisturising shower gel and I don’t blame her…it smells delicious! The rest of the box was all mine though and just perfect for my trip! Since we are staying in hotel, I will just use the shampoo and conditioner they supply but am taking this little sample of Aveda damage remedy hair treatment for the end of the trip when my hair is fried from two weeks of solid swimming! Next is my new favourite thing ever, Tint Stick in Nude Pink from Universal Beauty Cosmetics. I had never heard of this brand before and probably would not have found it were it not included in the Bella Box, but my goodness this tint is rich with colour and stays for hours! I am going to try their other colours when I get back. Then the lip balm from Burt’s Bees over the top and that is all I need to feel like I have made an effort. Travel does a number on my lips! The final Bella Box item is the little perfume. I actually ran out of my perfume recently and was waiting for duty free to buy more. This scent, 1000, from Jean Patou is deep and warm and another product I would not have known about! I will try it out on the trip and maybe it will be what I purchase at the airport the way home!
The three little glass vials are essential oil mixes by Solyvia for bug bites, headaches and sleep (respectively) and I tend to bring them on trips just in case someone needs some gentle remedies. As I never leave home without my powder and I love me some Laura Mercier, I will be packing my compact. I am hoping the Sephora in KL has some more for me to bring home!
Can’t leave my Dove antiperspirant at home because TROPICS! I have my Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap as it is magic even if it isn’t covered with all the weird religious text that I remember from my college days when I first started using it. Just a few drops in some water will clean anything from dirty kids to dirty laundry on the road! Ultraceuticals sunscreen because I HATE the feeling of any other kind. Microshield because hand washing when travelling is not always easy and finally, the coconut hand cream from Coconut Revolution because the Microshield rips my hands up! The Microshield also comes in handy to clean out small grazes that the twins somehow constantly get. I do bring a brush, but that is in my handbag along with about 400 bandaids.
The next thing I tend to stuff full of just-in-case crap is the twins’ backpacks! From toys, books, colouring pages, markers, games as well as an electronic device each to candy and snacks, I over prepare and they end up just complaining they have to carry the darn thing. This time we are bringing two books each, a maths workbook (seriously, they asked for homework!) and a small kit of pencils, crayons and a sharpener that I put together at Daiso. They will be allowed to choose one stuffed animal to join their beloved Nunny on board and then a doll or toy to pack in the suitcase. They are sharing the one iPad with a headphones splitter so they better learn some sharing skills on this trip. We are bringing Uno and travel sizes of Mastermind and Guess Who in the checked luggage for downtime at the hotel.
I have not decided on the snack situation, but I think I might just fill a few ziplock baggies with sunflower seeds, m&m’s and crackers as well as a bag of apples in my own backpack.
What are your best tips for keeping things as light as possible on trips with kids, but still not feeling like you are missing things you need?