Here are some of the items that end up in our bags on our travels, because we consider them essential.
Bags Inside Your Bags!
I am all about compartmentalizing! So that I don’t have to pull everything out of our luggage when looking for something in specific, I find it easier if every group has its own bag. We have a bathroom bag, I have a makeup bag, each of us has a separate bag for underwear. You get the idea.
First to get them real stoked, get them the cutest backpack that you ever did see. Trunkimakes some pretty awesome ones (cute enough that the girls get stopped at the airport and asked where they got their bags!). This same company also makes fun animal neck pillows (2 sizes available) which are perfect for nap times while stuck in an airplane or car seat.
For vacations that involve fun in the sun, we trust Sunuva. We have worked with this company for years because they are absolutely AMAZING. You know them, from all our pictures. Pretty much every cute dress and bathing suit the girls own comes from them! Their swimwear is (not only UV protective), but is extremely stylish. They are constantly coming out with new lines, and each one is stunning. It’s not often that you can say “rashguard and chic” in the same sentence, but this company has figured out how to make it work. The girls look cute as ever whether they are swimming or in their beachwear. ~And after years of us being stopped by strangers that comment on how cute their dresses are and me replying “I know! I wish they made them in my size!” Well they finally do, they’ve launched a women’s line this year!~
What I’m Wearing
Chances are if we cross paths while traveling I am either in a bikini, or am wearing some form of extremely colorful clothing!
The bikinis come from Sunset Inc. This company has several brands under their umbrella that make swimwear from the modest to the younger and more revealing. You know which ones I gravitated towards! But they honestly make swimwear for every style and size, and they have survived several seasons in the sun so I am totally happy.
As for the neon clothes and dresses with Pom Poms, I get those from Pitusa. I find that nothing yells happiness more than wearing extremely bright colors. They bring the tropics to where ever you are! Why would someone not want that in their lives!
What He’s Wearing
Amphibian shorts. Quick dry shorts. Hybrid shorts. Whatever you want to call them. Eben owns about 5 pairs of them. He can jump in the water with them, and then walk off the beach and into a restaurant without having to change. They are a mix of swimwear and streetwear, and they have drastically reduced the size of his luggage. He wears them for work, for play, every day.
Forget makeup and razors as Christmas presents (although still good stocking stuffers), our NUMBER 1 used product, which we go through a crazy amount of is…sunscreen. No matter where in the world your traveler is going there will be a sun.
We use two kinds for different scenarios. We use Swox, a zinc, for all water sports. The stuff does not come off, but it also rubs in completely so you don’t have to have a face full of white goop! I also use Swox daily on my nose and cheeks, to avoid getting too red.
For the rest of our bodies, we use Sun Bum. We always have. And love it. And if you forget to reapply, they also make cool-down gels to soothe that sore skin. Our girls’ have sensitive skin and Baby Bum has never caused them any reactions. It comes in lotion form as well as stick form, which I have one in every day-bag, camera bag, and my purse (just in case).
If you are still a little stumped as to what to buy a special someone for Christmas, maybe you will find some gems in these previous posts I have written: