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Self-Care Essentials to Bring on Your Next Trip



When it comes to planning a trip, the first source of stress comes from deciding on the destination. The next round involves efforts to make it affordable. Then there’s the moment of truth, where you buy airfare and book the hotel reservation.

After that, it’s smooth sailing until you find yourself a few days away from departure. At that point, the stress returns in the form of deciding what luggage to bring and what to pack.

We can’t offer any help regarding clothes and shoes; these choices depend on individual tastes and the destination. What we can do is offer suggestions regarding the extras you plan to bring – particularly the items considered part of self-care.

As you can imagine, self-care refers to efforts to care for and look after your personal health and well-being. By bringing the right combination of self-care products, you stand a better chance of having a great time on vacation.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at six self-care essentials to pack for your next trip out of town:

Skincare Products

Elements and factors responsible for causing harm to the skin do not go on vacation. With this in mind, it’s essential for vacationers to pack skincare essentials. The list includes body lotion, cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Stick to the same skincare regimen on the road that you follow at home. Doing so will keep your skin looking fresh and youthful for the duration of your trip. Besides, who wants to be sunburnt the whole time?

Vitamin Supplements

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Our bodies need vitamins and minerals to function at peak capacity. With this in mind, it’s essential to pack supplements. Start with a B12 vitamin supplement to ensure you feel energized and motivated for the duration of your trip. Vitamin C comes in handy for keeping your immune system strong, while melatonin will help you fall asleep as you adjust to a different time zone. Those prone to experiencing vitamin deficiency should consider packing a multivitamin supplement for their trip.

Personal Hygiene Products

Don’t you hate going down to the hotel lobby and overpaying for personal care products because you forgot to pack them? With this in mind, it’s a good idea to pack these items first before anything else. The list of essential personal hygiene products includes body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, and underarm deodorant. Make sure these items are packed before moving on to clothes and other items.

Reusable Water Bottle

Millions of people walk around chronically dehydrated. Even if you do a good job drinking plenty of water in your normal life, the disruptions of travel may result in you not getting enough hydration. With this in mind, make a point to pack a reusable water bottle. Pack it in your carry-on bag if bringing one. Doing so makes it easier for you to stay hydrated during your trip. Doing so will mean more energy and better health.

Comfortable Sleepwear

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Despite their association with rest and relaxation, many vacations involve loads of activity throughout the day. That leaves us exhausted at night. However, unfamiliar surroundings can make it difficult to fall asleep no matter how tired we feel. Make the process easier by packing comfortable sleepwear. By getting into the same comfy bedtime clothes you wear at home, you stand a better chance of falling asleep fast and staying asleep throughout the night.

Entertaining Distractions

While vacations are mostly jampacked with fun and excitement, they often include long stretches of boredom and tedium. These blocks of time tend to revolve around air travel. Rather than count the ceiling tiles at the airport as you wait to board, take the time to pack plenty of entertaining distractions. It could be as simple as stocking up on downloaded shows and movies on your mobile device. Pack a book you’ve been meaning to read. These and other ways to pass the time will go a long way in keeping you sane as you travel.

Planning a vacation involves a hefty amount of stress and uncertainty. Much of this angst is derived from concerns over what to pack. In addition to packing your favorite clothes, you want to ensure the essential self-care products are there too. That way, you can focus on what’s most important: having a great time!

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