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. The following is a story by Madison Bannon.
I can’t remember the last time I flew for less than 10 hours, probably back in college when flying Southwest cost the same as taking the bus. Otherwise the shortest trip I have taken is from Washington, DC to a stop over in Dakar, Senegal and then back in the air on the way down to South Africa: 32 hours total. I have done this trip now every year for the last 3 years, I am pretty sure one of these days there just isn’t going to be a return ticket. For now I have mastered the art of packing up my entire life to move across the world (roll your clothes, don’t fold them!) and the art of the carry on.
What one little thing can you not travel without?
When I travel to South Africa these days, I do so for love. And nothing kills the romantic airport scene like the smell of airplane food, sweat, and the weird guy next to you. For this reason the one little thing I just can not travel without is: Baby Wipes.
Why has this one item been so important to you?
Like I said, it’s important to feel and smell fresh during and after a long flight. Recycled air and sitting with your legs crossed for 5+ hours is really NOT conducive to that, as you can probably imagine. There are a lot of different adult lady products that will make you feel fresh, I mean at least there are commercials for a lot of them, I don’t know, I always just use baby wipes. There’s a wipe for your face, a wipe for your hands, a wipe for your hoohah… there’s fresh scent, moisturizing, ph-balancing, the list goes on and on. But here’s the thing: baby wipes do all of it! They are gentle and not perfumed and they leave you feeling fresh! Grab a pack and use (I recommend a new wipe per use) to blow your nose, clean your face, hands, armpits, feet, lady bits, bum, everything! If it’s gentle and effective enough for a baby (and they are the ultimate dirty/sensitive combo) then it is good enough for you!
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
Very packable! Get a small travel pack, (there are more than enough,) it doesn’t take up much space in your carry on and they are reseal-able so they wont lose their wetness. Much better than carrying around face wash and hand sanitizer in the 3oz/100ml bottles in the plastic baggie.
Why would you recommend this to your travel friends?
Sitting in a tiny seat with your legs pressed together for extended periods of time can leave you feeling pretty unappetizing. For your own comfort and for the sake of whoever is picking you up, it’s nice to hop off that plane looking and smelling fresh to death. Washing up in the tiny airplane bathroom is damn near impossible, so baby wipes allow you to freshen up whenever and wherever! Plus you should have enough to keep with you throughout your trip because you never know what kind of messes you might endure!
Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?
Every time I am greeted at the airport with a dozen roses from my boyfriend, in my head I’m saying “thank you baby wipes!”
How did you hear about this item?
One time I flew to South Africa I did so with a cold, I was going to pick up some tissues when I thought, hey! Why not try this! Multi-purpose!
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
Baby wipes are perfect for travelers on long flights who like smelling fresh. Especially any time you have someone special waiting for you on the other side of the flight. Even if its your parents, you don’t want them thinking, “Oh I’ve missed her…but she smells weird.”
About the Author: My name is Madison Bannon, I am a twenty something, living and working in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for an academic enrichment program for middle school students. During my time at American University in Washington, DC I studied abroad in Durban, South Africa where I fell in love with the country and now travel back every year! Catch me on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.