This is a post in an ongoing feature on Her Packing List called “The One Little Thing“. Each week or two, we’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 Lucy Sheref.
I’m Lucy aka WanderLuce and I’ve been travelling (light) full time since 2013. My focus is on comfortable, slow travel and I guess you could call me a ‘flashpacker’. Travel, beauty and food are my passions which I cover on my blog, WanderLuce. My One Little Thing is Coconut Oil, and before you ask why, read on to be amazed…
What one little thing can you not travel without?
Coconut Oil! There is nothing more multitasking than this little gem. You can use it in multiple ways: body moisturiser, cleanser, sunburn and mozzie bite healer, lip balm and leave in hair conditioner. Taking it a step further, you can mix it with sand to make an exfoliator and even to make a tinted moisturiser out of your foundation.
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Why has this one item been so important to you?
With a background in beauty, I’ve learned a thing or two about discovering multitasking products. Although my home base is Koh Tao, I travel full time so need to fit everything I need into a 35 litre backpack and don’t want to take five products when I can take one.
I spend the bulk of my time outside of Europe and as such, can’t be precious about which beauty products I stock up on, but coconut oil is always readily available and often the cheapest choice! Sticking with natural products is also a great way to stay healthy on your travels, particularly if you have sensitive skin like I do so coconut oil is a great option.
Coconuts in general rock my world. There’s nothing better than a fresh coconut to beat a hangover, it’s like natural Lucozade!
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
It tends to come in a tub, or plastic bottle so isn’t bulky at all and is rarely heavy. Like anything liquid, I use micro-pore tape* to seal the cap so that it doesn’t spill all over my clothes, as although having coconut scented stuff isn’t the worst thing in the world, having a broken laptop is!
Why would you recommend traveling with coconut oil to your travel friends?
I can’t emphasise enough just how versatile coconut oil is. Even if you don’t consider yourself a ‘girlygirl’ (FYI I hate this term!) everyone needs a moisturiser at the very least. If you want to cook, you can even use it instead of olive oil or butter and stir it into your tea/coffee!
Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?
In South East Asia, finding affordable suncream is a bit of a nightmare so I extend the use of my UK bought suncream by mixing it with coconut oil, which is a natural SPF 4. I particularly loved the day I had next to no suncream left, so mixed the remnants with some coconut oil and smeared the mixture onto my parched arms which were also covered in sand fly bites which immediately soothed them.
How did you hear about this item?
I’m not sure how I heard about coconut oil as I’ve been using it for years. I’ve always devoured anything to do with beauty products and am a total beauty junkie so I think it probably entered my consciousness in a haze of beauty news.
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
In truth, any traveller should have this product. Male or female, it transcends sex, age and environment! If you like multi-tasking products and enjoy staying healthy whilst smelling delicious – coconut oil is for you! If you hate the smell, you can even go scent free.
About the author: In 2013, I quit my job and booked a ticket to Sri Lanka thinking I’d be back to the UK in 6 months time. Two years later, and I’m still travelling! In that time, I’ve discovered new passions (weekly spa sessions!) and old ones (travel, writing) and combined them all to create a career for myself that keeps me on the road. Alongside working for Travel Dudes and Roctopus Dive, I’ve been lucky enough to write for Lonely Planet Traveller, The Professional Hobo and, of course, Her Packing List! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and of course, my blog WanderLuce.