July 30, 2012

It's Gettin' REAL People! (and...Toiletries)

We're a short 33 days away from leaving San Francisco and I can't tell you how insane that is. I'm finishing up my vaccines, I'm starting to clean out closets and think about packing. We decided to sublet our apartment, furnished, and we're finalizing those plans. We've purchased everything we need for the trip. And I'm obsessing over details late night until I go crazy. Last night, I woke Tom up at 2am and frantically asked/said/yelled...

"Do our sleep sacks have pillow holders?!?! ThePillowsAtThePlacesWe'llBeStayingWillBeGrossAndWeMUSTCoverThem! 
Maybe we need to bring pillowcases! We can use the pillowcases to store dirty clothes!"

I really thought this was a completely important conversation that needed to be discussed at 2am. He disagreed. The conclusion? We still haven't spoken about it. Stay tuned.

This is basically what I look like at night,
thinking about the trip

We're 33 days away. And it's gettin' REAL, y'all. (I said that in my head in my best Britney-Spears-circa 2007-umbrella-breakdown voice.)

So now for more of the "What's In Your Bag" series. We've got a few posts left in the series and soon we'll share our complete packing list. Exciting times...I tell ya. I'm not joking, this is actually very exciting for us. (Check out the other posts in the series here and here.)

It's on to toiletries now...shared toiletries...with a boy...in one bag....for a year. Dear god. (PS - I love the ellipses...)
Clockwise, from top left: Dr. Bronners Organic Liquid Soap in Hemp Almond and Tea Tree;  Humphreys Homeopathic Witch Hazel Toner; Sample of Philosophy Purity Face Wash; Kleenex  Purse Packs; Tiger balm; Vitamins for Steph; Wet Ones Towelettes; Razors (that we'll both use); Travel size Old Spice Deodorant; Travel size Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant (what?!?! I sweat a lot!); Lush Solid Shampoo in Squeaky Green; Lush Solid Conditioner in Jungle; Travel size Conair hair brush; Somersets Shave Oil for Men; 2 Toothbrushes with cases; Dental floss; Baby Powder; Eye drops; Travel size Q-tips; Travel tubs of John Freida Brilliant Brunette Shampoo and ConditionerAura Cacia Peppermint Essential Oil; Sample of Philosophy Hope In a Jar Moisturizer; Eyeglass cleaning wipes; Crest Toothpaste; Aloksak Waterproof Bag; eBags Packing Cube

First, I know I'm going to have to give up using some of my favorite (and tried and true) products, and I'm doing that the moment we leave. With a few others (like my moisturizer and face wash), I'm going to use what I have until it's gone and then buy what I need from the drugstore. I'll deal. So, while this is what is currently packed, please know that I definitely won't be using Philosophy or Laura Mercier the entire time. When it's gone, it's gone.

And a few product explanations:

Dr. Bronners Organic Liquid Soap: This stuff is awesome. It's natural and gentle and can be used to wash your hair, your face, your laundry, your dishes, etc... It smells delicious and is concentrated, so a little goes a long way.

Humphreys Homeopathic Witch Hazel Toner: I see an aesthetician for clinical facials every few months and, while she would love it if I could take my entire beauty regimen (I can't), she suggested I get some witch hazel to help clean all the grime and dirt off my face. She also said that I should take a slice of fresh mango or papaya and rub it over my face a few times a month, because the enzymes help clear your skin and kill bacteria. Awesome sauce, right?

Lush Shampoo and Conditioner: I love Lush products, but have never used the solid shampoo and conditioner. This stuff smells amazing, comes in a cute little tin, and is supposed to last a long time.

Somersets Shave Oil for Men: Travel bloggers RAVE about this stuff. Apparently, those two tiny little bottles should last an entire year for Tom. It's only available through a seller in the UK - the United States needs to get with the program. (I also have 2 bottles of their women's shave oil, but I forgot to include it in the picture somehow...use your imagination. It's in pink bottle.) 

Aura Cacia Peppermint Essential Oil: I have a feeling this might turn out to be some of the best advice we receive. We read somewhere that it's a good idea to take a few vials of a strong, pleasant smelling essential oil with you on a trip like this because the rooms you stay in will probably be foul-smelling and musty and even just leaving a bottle of the oil open will really make it a more pleasant stay. Great idea, huh?

Aloksak Waterproof Bag: I love these bags. I have 2 sets of them and they hold our electronics, our important documents, and our liquids. I just place the liquids in one of these bags and then load it in the bottom of the eBags Packing Cube.

This, along with our electronics selection, is one of the heavier bags/compartments, but I think we've chosen wisely so, at this point, it's all going. End.of.story.

Update: I'm sure you're concerned about the sleep sacks. They DO have pillow holders, so that bit of anxiety has now subsided.

Update from 8/8/12: After reevaluating, we've removed the Tiger Balm from the toiletries bag. Tom made the good point that we can easily get Tiger Balm, or the like, anywhere in Asia for pennies. 

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