Take Me With You!: A Traveler’s Guide to Carry-On Products

3floz.com‘s catchphrase flickers on my screen: “For those who travel, those who are curious, and those who can’t commit.” How unabashedly true for wanderlusters everywhere. I’m packing for my next trip while thinking back fondly to when I was agonizing on what to bring to the Philippines. I promised myself I’d “carry-on only,” which meant 1 duffel bag, a small roller suitcase, and my backpack for 6 weeks of who-knows-what in an attempt  to live by the travel mantra “Pack half of what you think you need and twice the money.”  This is what I brought, other than some clothes, passport, camera, and my laptop (okay, I’m a writer . . . those are essentials).  I hope it inspires you to travel light, experience heavy, and enjoy everything–come what may.

It’s normal to feel achy and stressed on long flights to (insert dream destination here), so I was dubious that the “Asian herbs” in Jadience’s Stress Relieving Detox Patches ($30) would do much to calm travel-frazzled nerves; however, it seemed the coptidis, inulae, corydalis and cyperi and their yummy smelling Jade Neck Pillow ($39)–said to strengthen chi–worked their much-appreciated magic. Over half the flight was spent in Lullabye Land and I awoke bright & bushy for the adventures ahead.

The first thing I need after a flight is a long bath or shower to soothe achy muscles; sadly, many hotels forget to add conditioner to their bathroom amenities or provide one that makes my hair feel like straw–eww.  Nevermore with John Masters Organics FAA Friendly Pack ($14).  My favorite item in the kit is their citrus neroli detangler which soothes hair dryness from windy New York winters and too much time in Waikiki waves–organic and eco-friendly they’re doing their part to save our planet all while giving us soft hair.

JK7 Day Face Lotion ($220) is the answer if you want baby-soft skin from a bottle.  A traveler’s indulgence, this emmolient lotion makes the skin silky and supple for a day of discovering the world–with or without makeup.  Made exclusively on the North Shore of O’ahu at The Sullivan Estate & Spa Retreat, this travel essential bears an oh-so-subtle waft of  of sensual vanilla coupled with soft rose and brings the healing of the islands with you wherever you go.

If your vacay has any beach time (or outdoor time, in general) don’t forget proper skin protection.  To make more room for other 3 fl. oz. or less goodies, pack SUPERGOOP! SPF 30+ Sunscreen Swipes ($10) for your body and Ocean Potion Kidspot Stick, SPF 50 ($5) for your face;  both products are long lasting and non-greasy, and the face stick is particularly good if you are prone to skin allergies.

Jane Iredale ‘D2O’ Hydration Spray ($17.50) rehydrates thirsty skin (perfect to combat dry plane air), has a light ylang ylang frangrance,and works overtime as a makeup setter to let your look last all day.  Tip: Let your mascara dry first before spraying and this will make them look fresh from day to evening.

A must-have when your travel schedule is jam packed with city sightseeing, dinner, dancing, and then some (with no time in between) is Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo To Go ($11). Refresh your locks with the lemon verbena scented powder that soaks up oil and creates volume without having to start from scratch.

Last, NutriBiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract or GSE ($8-$14) goes wherever I go.  Used as a natural antibiotic, it can be taken diluted in a glass of OJ for whenever you’re under the weather.  I learned this from my naturopathic-forward friend from New York and haven’t taken antibiotics since.  Voilà!

Where to Buy:

Jadience and Jane Iredale products are available at The Sanctuary Day Spa in San Diego.

Eco-Friendly Travel Kit available at John Masters Organics Online.

JK7 Day Lotion available by calling The Sullivan Estate at (808) 638-7020 or e-mailing them at info@sullivanestate.com.

SUPERGOOP! SPF 30+ Sunscreen Swipes and a whole array of travel goodies available at 3floz.com.

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo available at beauty retailer Sephora.

GSE is available at several health food stores everywhere.  I like to get mine at Down to Earth in Hawaii.

Katherine Hsia

Known affectionately as "the wandering concierge," Katherine segued a hospitality career in fabulous New York City into a life pursuing her passions of writing, adventure and travel on the spectacular island of O'ahu. She is a freelance writer for publications such as Honolulu Magazine, Hawai'i Parent, Freesurf, and more, while working on her Hawaiian comic and non-fiction book. She enjoys seeing life for its whimsical beauty, great meals with good friends, her love affair with travel, and being overstimulated by new experiences. Want to get in touch with Kat? Add her on facebook or send her a message on her website, http://www.katherinehsia.com, where she's been known to get her blog on.

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