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 can’t travel without. This one comes to you from Jacqueline.
What one little thing can you not travel without?
The one little thing I always bring is Rainwater Botanicals natural deodorant in Jasmine Wind.
>> Check these natural deodorants out on Etsy.
Why has this one item been so important to you?
I have dry skin. I don’t know what it is about airplanes, whether it is the recirculation of the air or the frigid air conditioning, that dries out my skin and makes it itchy every single time. (Obviously not something desirable in any situation.)
This deodorant uses coconut oil, so it moisturizes rather than dries out my skin. It doesn’t contain aluminum, so no having to wash out stains in hostel/hotel sinks. A little goes a long way, which is perfect for when I’m backpacking. I can bring one stick and not have to worry about running out after a few months of traveling.
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
The standard size is a 2.5 oz stick, which is easy to throw in any carry on and works with most airline regulations. There is an even smaller trial size that I have used, which is great for weekend trips. It’s 1/8 of an ounce, great for weekend trips – just make sure you don’t lose it.
Why would you recommend this to your travel friends?
Comfort is essential while traveling. You want to feel (and smell) good, so you can focus on being in the moment and not worry about little nuisances, like itchy skin, or be self conscious when meeting new people.
Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?
On my last trip to India and Nepal, the natural deodorant came in handy. I was hiking and walking around for much of the trip. I didn’t have time to always go back to the hotel before dinner yet I was still fresh. Also, the scent is strong enough to mask unexpected smells while traveling. There have been many smells I have encountered while traveling in public transportation or walking around. All you have to do is shrug a little and get a whiff.
How did you hear about this item?
I found this item while perusing Etsy. I knew I wanted to try a natural deodorant and found a keeper on the first try.
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
Every traveler, who doesn’t want to smell fresh? It is especially great for active travelers with dry skin.
About Jacqueline: JJ Berman is a freelance writer for travel and food blogs based in Chicago. When she’s not blogging, she’s eating and dancing my way across the world. She’s been to China, India, Ghana, Vietnam, the Philippines, the Netherlands, and various cities across the U.S. She is also the photographer and writer behind the travel and photography blog Urbane Nomad, which chronicles her adventures abroad as well as the unexpected encounters in everyday life. Follow her adventures at www.urbane-nomad.com and on Instagram and Twitter.
NOTE: The product photos were taken from the Rainwater Botanicals’ Etsy page, which I have received permission to use.
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