What’s In My Travel Toiletries Bag

I love travel size items. It gives me a chance to try something new without the commitment. Plus, who can resist the cute little packaging? Here’s a look at my favorite things I brought along with me on my trip this summer.


This was my first chance to try out the shampoo bars from Lush. These are great for travel because they’re solid, rather than a liquid. Don’t have to worry about them leaking in your luggage! I used Godiva.

Another travel must-have is the Venus travel razor. In case you haven’t seen this already, it uses any of the regular blades, but the handle is smaller. The whole thing comes in a compact case for packing. Can be saved and reused, too.

Hairspray is such a necessity that I actually brought two. For everyday, I love the Oribe Superfine Spray. It’s a bit pricey, so a trip was a good excuse to splurge on a travel size bottle. Seriously, though, I like everything else about the product. Then for days when you need more volume, I can’t say enough good things about the Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish.

Of course, I can’t be bothered to wash my hair every day when I could be out having fun. For second day hair, I brought the Pret-a-Powder dry shampoo from Bumble and Bumble. The powder formula can take some getting used to; however, I find it leaves my hair with a much better texture than the spray versions. Not to mention it comes in the tiniest, most adorable bottle I’ve ever seen.

I’ve seen lots of travel toothbrushes and containers. My personal favorite is the Steripod Toothbrush Sanitizer. It simply clips on over the bristles, protecting and sanitizing. This is great for in the bag and out on the counter. It’s cheap and lasts for three months. I actually use them at home also.

Finally, my last must have is the Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer. This travel lotion gives your skin a bit of color without being as intimidating as a self-tanner. Use it to kick off a holiday tan or just disguise your ghostly paleness like me.

These were my go-to products on vacation. While I might be a sucker for miniature-sized products, I think they add something extra special to a trip. It’s a great chance to try out some new products before buying the full size.


Highlights from New York

As I mentioned previously, one thing that took up a lot of my time in June was my vacation. I went with my family to New York City. None of us had been there before, and it was the number one travel destination on my list. We had a great time, if a bit exhausting. We averaged six or seven miles of walking a day. I took plenty of pictures so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things and places. Hope you enjoy!


It rained the first day we were there, but that didn’t stop us from exploring Times Square. I quickly became an expert at umbrella dodging. The next day we took a tour of downtown Manhattan, including the new World Trade Center building and 9/11 Memorial.


Other sightseeing included the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Central Park.


On our last day, we explored Grand Central Terminal and then took a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. We ended things with a big dinner in Rockefeller Plaza. Our walk back to the hotel let us see another side of the city, which is just as beautiful at night.