I always seem to go away with tonnes of stuff! I tried to buy it on the departures side of the airport as it weighs so much, but maybe I need to cull a few things from my list.
What do you guys take? Here's my list:
Shampoo (hubby is bald so no need of this for him!)
Shower gel (I make my husband share mine!)
Toothpaste & brushes
Mosquito plug in
Mosquito clicky electric shock thing (can you see a trend?)
Sun cream (usually at least two different SPF factors)
attractmosquitos, if you don't wear them you'll then need less of some of the other stuff!
Get Boots aftersun moisturiser with built in mozzie repellant, two in one job there!
For shampoo, conditioner & shower gel make sure you have small sizes, or save any small containers to put only the amount needed in & throw away at the end.
I take your point about the perfume and aftershave and aftersun though. I feel naked without perfume, but I think I will have to give it up on hols
I feel like I am a walking chemist shop when I go away, put things in my lugggage "just in case", I even split the medicines up so I have some in my hand luggage and some in my case, anybody would think I holidayed in Outer Mongolia!!
I am a better with toiletries, never use perfume because of mozzies, take small bottles of shampoo etc or decant into smaller bottles depending how long I am on holiday.
You are meant to be helping me cut down my toiletries not adding to them
pacentmels (I can never spell it)
anti-dirreheau tablets (I so need to learn how to spell medicines)
travel sickness tablets
deoderant, anti-persiphant and perfume
Thinks that all I took last time (bad memory and I only got home early Sunday lol)
(edited to add more)
I don't take perfume either, not only does it attract mozzies but it evaporates so quick in the heat that you can't smell it after a while anyway. In Turkey I use lemon cologne instead.
and then my girlfriend will have all her stuff too
Toothpast and brush
Suncream (SPFs 35 & 15)
Aftersun (both face and body!)
Sanitising hand gel
Plus basic make-up kit of eyeshadow, kohl pencil, mascara, lippy and translucent face powder.
First Aid Kit
Antiseptic wipes and cream
Antihistamine pills and cream
Melolin non-stick dressings
Tubular jersey bandage
Cold remedies (eg Beechams or Lemsip)
Plus 3 different lots of prescription medication.
And, yes, at some point I've needed to use every item in the first aid kit - even in the Canaries on one notable trip where I tripped with a kettle full of water in my hand and both my parents fell over whilst we were out walking and where in need of having bad grazes dressed! I must be particularly accident prone and have an accident prone family! The contents have grown as each eventuality has materialised!
but when children are small you always just to have your 'just in case' things don't you.
and as I'm now realising, Miss Pink, you also need an awful lot of 'just in case' things when travelling with the elderly too
Seriously though, you can't take anything for granted in Cuba and one of the best presents I can leave my hosts is the bulk of the contents of the first aid kit! For some reason, last summer there was a real shortage of cold and flu remedy stuff around and big hints were dropped before I left home that these would be very welcome as a gift to take out with me. Along with the usual bottle of Scotch too of course
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