Bring It With

I received a couple items in the past few days that are going to be perfect for our trip.  Even though we’re not leaving for a couple weeks, I have a bag that I am putting trip items into as a “pre-packing” attempt so I don’t forget anything I intended to bring with as the chaos of departure week draws nearer.

First, this Camelbak Groove water bottle that I received is coming with.

The tap water in Aruba (and San Diego) is safe to drink but filtering it definitely couldn’t hurt.  Nor can it hurt to have a nice big bottle of water to keep hydrated with.

According to their site the Camelbak bottle has a filter built into the straw “to turn tap water into fresh, great-tasting water anywhere you go.”


And then I got this Eucerin Everyday Protection Body Lotion and Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion.

I do use lotion daily on my body, but I confess, I am not a fan of sunscreen.  I love the sun in all its glory and if I get extra wrinkles because I don’t slather up with sunscreen, it’s a calculated risk I’ve made.

Something about the smell of sunscreen that really bothers me.  I don’t like the way it feels on my skin but it’s the smell that turns me off most.  The Eucerin isn’t branded as a sunscreen per se, and doesn’t smell as sunscreen-ey to me as regular sunscreens do, but I can still smell it to a small degree.

In general, I like Eucerin products because of how moisturizing they are.  I grew up with my mom handing me a tub of Eucerin to combat the effects of long, drying, winters on my skin.

For this precious skin, especially when we’re traveling on the Equator, some sunscreen is a must.

The lotion with SPF 15 & 30 will come in handy.

If you would like to try a sample of Eucerin lotion, Like their Facebook Page, fill out the quick form, and enjoy your complimentary sample!

Other things I know I am going to bring with on our trip include:

Stevia & Probiotics.  The same as what I brought with before.

You can order both the stevia and probiotics from Use code AVE630 to save $5 off your first order.  Both items are about 40% off retail prices through iHerb.

Also bringing my Toiletry Kit that I really like

Macbook with “Book” Case

Looks like a book but it’s really a case.

This Book

My Camera


And I’m bringing a good, laidback attitude about everything!

I did a post on my Top 20 Travel Tips and having a good attitude and letting stress roll off you when traveling is huge!

Thanks for the comments on my last post about what the Easter Bunny brought when he stopped by.  Yes, Skylar is loving her new “phone” and she is so happy about it.


1. What did you do over the weekend?  Did you celebrate Easter?  Any great food or stories to share?

As I mentioned last night in my post, all I needed to see was Skylar’s excitement from her Easter Bunny loot and my weekend was complete.

2. What do you bring with on trips?  Any “must haves”?

I have posted before that I do try to enjoy the food that is local at my final destination because I think it’s fun and adventurous to try the local cuisine.  However, common sense prevails and I bring enough portable snacks and fresh fruits and veggies if possible (not always with air travel to bring fresh produce with) but I don’t leave home empty handed.  Never know when hunger is going to strike or what the options en route to one’s destination are going to be.

In addition to some snacks, I never go on trips without a couple bikinis, running shoes and socks, my passport, cash money, one credit card and one debit card, a computer, camera, and whatever shampoo and conditioner I am loving at the moment.  Sorry, no hotel mini bottle samples for me. Chapstick, gum, and a sense of humor about long travel days also make the trip list.

Those are a few must haves of mine.  What are yours?

P.S. If you’re just catching up on posts from the weekend, here are mine since Friday:

39 comments on “Bring It With”

  1. I am a terrible packer. I usually have great intentions of packing ahead of time, but it rarely works out. I do make lists though, so at least when I settle in to finally pack, I just look over the list. I haven’t really forgotten anything major ever. Seasoned traveller, I suppose. :)

    I love Eucerin too. my sister got severe burns over 50% of her body when she was 2 and spent all of her life getting surgery and the doctors always told her to use that stuff over anything else. It is a little too think for everyday use, but I love it.

  2. I love the Camelbak bite-and-suck bottles! However, the cap does get moldy quite often and I found myself cleaning it every day out of fear. So, I ended up just removing the cap completely – just something to keep in mind.

    Instead of Easter, I celebrated Passover – although it was only the tail end…
    I MUST have my camera, water bottle and sunscreen. I wish I could be more carefree about wearing/not wearing sunscreen, but my skin is too sensitive!

  3. I am jealous of your vacation!! Bring me in the suitcase?? :) I have to bring a million clothes because I never know what mood I am in and what I will want to husband hates it because I will overpack a TAD :) to say the least!

  4. There are a lot of great sunscreens out there that don’t smell. I love the Aveno spray on lotions. Teach that gorgeous little daughter of yours that skin cancer isn’t cool when 5 seconds to apply a product can prevent it! Too many cases of skin cancer that I know of that could have been prevented – people think it’s all wrinkles but it’s your life in your hands! I’ll end my PSA now ;).

  5. I totally have to bring snacks, especially if I’m traveling somewhere where there isn’t going to be a lot of good food. I do like to indulge a bit while on vacation, but so many things upset my stomach that I can’t eat anyway. I also have to bring reading material. Books, magazines, vacation is all about relaxing. Ahhhh :)

  6. A few of my must haves: probiotics, bars, favourite shampoo & conditioner, extra zip lock bags (usually no name brand though), many swim suits, coconut oil, shorts, tank tops, Birks, passport, debit & credit card, small amount of local cash (unless the local bank won’t except my bank card then I get local currency ahead of time), hair clip, books to read on the plane, pens & paper, calling card, and emergency phone list – so far have never needed it.

  7. That Groove sounds awesome… I totally want to look into getting one of those! And Eucerin’s Aquaphor is my go-to healing ointment for tattoos!! :)

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