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 comes to you from Bonnie Etherington.
Hi! I’m Bonnie, the female half of Wild Buttercup. I’m from New Zealand, my partner is from the USA, and we met in Indonesia, so, needless to say, travelling is a big part of our lives. Currently we’re based in New Zealand, and have had to content ourselves with shorter trips here and there (most recently, to the Gili Islands), but soon we’ll be leaving the land of the long white cloud behind and travelling on a more long term basis.
What one little thing can you not travel without?
I never leave the house without a chapstick that contains SPF. My current favourite is an Avon “Care Deeply” chapstick which contains aloe as well as SPF.
Why has this one item been so important to you?
In cold climates it keeps my lips hydrated and protected from chapping, and in hot climates it protects my lips from sunburn (yes, lips can burn just like other body parts, and it isn’t a pleasant experience!).
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
It’s small enough to keep in your pocket or in your purse. Honestly, it’s so packable that it is one of those things that you might never be able to justify leaving behind!
Why would you recommend this to your travel friends?
Because it is useful in any country and in any climate. It can be easy to overlook the humble chapstick, but it can really make all the difference between happy lips or sad lips, whether they need some extra hydration on a flight, or some sun-protection on the beach, or even if you’re hiking and the wind starts to dry them out.
Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?
When I first moved from Indonesia to New Zealand for university, my lips got really dry, especially in winter. It was so bad that they looked flaky and painful all the time and would even bleed. It was around this time that I started religiously using a good chapstick. After a few days of this treatment, my lips were as good as new and now, five winters and many chapsticks later, my lips have never been that bad again.
How did you hear about this item?
My grandmother sent me my first one as part of a Christmas present, and she still often sends me new ones.
What sort of traveller is this item perfect for?
It’s useful for any traveller, no matter where you’re travelling, as it protects your lips from all sorts of weather conditions, and takes almost no effort to cart around the world. My partner even steals mine occasionally!
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