As of the 27th of March I will have been travelling for four months non stop through Europe. I have had four incredible months through Germany, Sweden, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and the UK. So what toiletries have I used to stay fresh all of this time?
Here is a list of all of the stuff in my toiletries bag:
Face wash – Young Living Gentle Foaming Cleanser: I was given this as payment for some horse riding I did back in Australia, and it is the best cleanser I have ever used. It is gentle and leaves my skin super clean. I have had eczema from some cleansers in the past, and this one has completely prevented my skin from drying out.
Moisturiser – Olay complete defines sensitive with SPF 30+: I use this as my daytime moisturiser and have to say I have not been burnt in the face once. I was recommended this and it hasn’t let me down.
Aveeno daily moisturising lotion: I was given this as a gift and it has been great, although I probably won’t buy it again. I use it as a night time moisturiser, which it clearly isn’t supposed to be used as, so next time I will buy something a little thicker for night time use.
Shampoo and Conditioner – Dr.Organic Organic Lavender: I recently bought these when I ran out of my last ones, and I will definitely buy them again. They are the best organic shampoo and conditioner that I have bought so far. Sometimes organic hair care is too thin, or doesn’t spread through my hair easily. These are the perfect consistency and leave my hair feeling soft and shiny.
Deodorant – Dr.Organic Organic Vitamin E Deodorant: Once again Dr.Organic produced a stella product which keeps me feeling fresh and smooth. I love not having to put nasty chemicals under my arms.
Toothbrush – Silver Care: This is super hygienic as the silver keeps bacteria from growing, although recently I have found out that silver in products isn’t so good for the environment, and there has been no long term tests determining it’s safety for humans to use in products. I will probably avoid this product next time I need to buy a toothbrush for these reasons, though it has been great.
Toothpaste – Standard Carrefour!: What can I say, I ran out at an inconvenient time. On previous trips I have used Lush tablet toothpaste, which is much better for my health and the environment, I will plan ahead next time and buy these!
Divina Australia Organic Bronzer: I forgot my foundation of the same brand, and have had to use just the bronzer when I go out. It is a super nice product, though I wish I remembered the foundation to go with it! On previous trips I used the combination as a sun protector as both products have an SPF rating.
Makeup brush – Divina Australia: This brush is the best thing ever. It is so soft and spreads the bronzer perfectly.
Divina Australia Mascara: Can you tell I love this brand? The mascara smudges a lot, so I have to put the bronzer on over it which kind of defeats the purpose. It doesn’t clump though and spreads super even so I love it regardless.
Eyebrow pencil – Maybelline Brow Precise: While I would not normally buy this brand at all, I bought it at the moment when I wasn’t thinking about the consequences of my purchasing decisions. Regardless it colours in my eyebrows which seem to only grow half way and makes me look like I actually have okay brows, so I like it.
Other stuff in my toiletries bag
A comb, which I was given on the plane. It folds up small so it’s perfect for travelling with
Bobby pins, because who can live without them!
Cotton and thread, just in case.
Band aids: also, just in case.
Pure lemon oil – Young Living: to add to my water if I don’t like the taste of it wherever I am in the world.
A small loofah: I use it to exfoliate, generally for my face.
Tiger Balm: My favourite thing in my toiletries bag. I love it and use it for everything. When I burnt my legs in China it was there to soothe me. When I rode a (really) shitty bike 64km in Turkey and woke up from the pain in my muscles, Tiger Balm soothed my muscles within twenty minutes. I now use it whenever I go hiking for my feet and sore muscles. You can buy it from almost any asian grocery place, or it is for sale in every asian country I have been to.
Of course, my Kathmandu toiletries bag has been great as well. I received it as a gift six years ago and it has been everywhere I have travelled since. It has lots of handy compartments and is super sturdy. Products have spilled in there (I’m looking at you shampoo!) and it has never become smelly or damaged.