It only takes a few conversations with fellow ladies on the road to know that most of us pack relatively similar items. What differentiates our packing lists the most, perhaps, are our luxury items – the one or two things that maybe you could have left at home but knew it was worth creating space to bring.
Why bring a luxury item when space is so limited and precious? Perhaps it’s because you’re unlikely to find the item on your travels. Maybe you want the comfort and familiarity the item provides. For many, it’s knowing that it’s important to treat ourselves, even when (or especially if!) we’re not on a luxury trip budget.
Recently I’ve read about the ways my fellow female travelers treat themselves to some pampering on the road: taking a dip in the local hot springs, getting a massage on the beach in Thailand, or having a few spa days in Fiji – a little rest and relaxation on the road recharges the batteries and can sooth the soul.
While I haven’t enjoyed similar pampering on my trips, I’ve packed a few luxury items – some I may venture to call necessities!
- Tempurpedic travel-sized pillow — I have back and neck problems and this always comes with me. It takes up some room, sure, but it’s never been a problem.
- An electric toothbrush – while it roughly takes up the same amount of space as a regular toothbrush, I also have to make room for the charger.
- A travel-sized hair dryer – I let my hair air dry while road tripping around Australia, but when I’m not camping, I prefer to avoid frizzy hair and dry it!
- Foot scrub – I packed a small bottle of lovely smelling, exfoliating foot scrub on my last trip. After hours of walking, it felt wonderful to give my feet some attention.
Some of the lovely ladies I know have included some of these luxury items in their bags:
- Hair: straightener, curling iron
- Face: make up, specialty cleansers, moisturizers, scrubs, and masks
- Feet: multiple pairs of shoes, a pair of heels
- Body: dry brush, robe, perfume
- Accessories: purse (extra bags), jewelry
- Spa-like treatment: slippers, robe, candle
Many travelers have also made room for:
- Electronics: laptops, smart phones, a D-SLR
- Comforts of home: tea, favorite food (I tend to bring a small container of natural peanut butter and I’ve known a few Aussies to pack a tube of Vegemite)
- And don’t forget: musical instruments, book (print or electronic)
What’s your favorite luxury item to take on the road? How have you made time to treat yourself well on a budget?
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