This is a post in an ongoing feature on Her Packing List called “The One Little Thing“. Each week or two, I’ll be interviewing a traveling lady to find out the one little thing she just can’t travel without. This one is brought to you by Julie Robertson:
I’m a dreamer first and a traveler second. Last year, I ventured out on my first solo backpacking trip, snaking my way from South Korea through to Southeast Asia. I completed the trip with surprising success, mustering up as much gusto and poise as a bashful klutz can manage.
My travel philosophy revolves around doing as little preparation as possible, letting my gut instinct lead me through opportunities as they arise.
As such, I’m not much of a travel beauty queen; my regimen is limited to a fresh haircut, concealer, mascara and the one little thing I cannot travel without.
What one little thing can you not travel without?
Aveeno Eczema Care Cream. In the past, I have fallen into the marketing trap of every skin care company in the world; my bathroom counter is lined with creams of all sorts – face creams, eye creams, body lotion, heal softener, leave-in conditioner. You name it, I probably own it. Aveeno Eczema Care lotion is the one product that has made me ditch all others.
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Why has this one item been so important to you?
I am undeniably addicted to hand lotion: physically, mentally, emotionally, habitually… all of the above. I’ve always had sensitive skin and without a good slop of lotion, I transform into an addict fiending for a fix. With traditional lotions, I need to re-moisturize at least 15-20 times a day or my hands become tight, rough and unbearably itchy. This eczema care cream is thick, creamy and lasting without leaving me feeling like I dipped my hands in motor oil. I’ve cut my usage in half… five times over.
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
The one downside of this product is that it only comes in a 166 mL size. It’s lightweight and compact enough for your backpack, but (annoyingly) exceeds the 100 mL airline regulations for carry-on.
>> Carry-on tip by Editor: Transfer your lotion into a 100 mL Nalgene bottle. They don’t leak, and they meet carry-on requirements.
Why would you recommend this to your travel friends?
During travel, our hands go through a lot, from low-budget hand soap and anti-bacterial gel, to hard water, sun exposure and constant swimming (yay!). All of this wear and tear can leave your hands calloused, cracked and ripped, a big no-no in my books. We travel with our five senses, including our sense of touch: pulling silk scarves through your fingers at a market, running your hand along the walls of Angkor Thom, embracing locals and new friends everywhere you go. Protecting your hands is essential.
Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?
Lotions are generally geared toward one body part, but in reality, good quality products are interchangeable. In Southeast Asia, I combed a tiny amount through the ends of my hair to help fight the humidity.
How did you hear about this item?
My adoring mother knows how much trouble I have with my skin. Despite my refusal to take her number one piece of advice (go see a doctor), she is always on the lookout for new aids, cures and long-term fixes. She saw this in a drug store and bought me my first bottle.
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
Aveeno Eczema Care Cream is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want pre-maturely aged skin (so hopefully… everyone). Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
About: Julie is a solo female traveler who encourages spontaneity and the practice of avoiding life’s important decisions. She recently crisscrossed through Asia, and is in the midst of planning her next long-term trip. You can find all of her tips, tales and daily bursts of travel inspiration at The Fairy Trails. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.