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.

Camelbak groove blue water bottleThe 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.”

Change the way you hydrate: Filters tap water into great-tasting water, Drink up to 24% more with the spill proof bite valve, BPA free bottle is guaranteed for life, Includes 1 Fresh Filter for 3 months of fresh water.

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

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.

skylar wearing colorful headband

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

Eucerin Everyday Protection Body Lotion and Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion

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.

NuNaturals Stevia powder, Jarro-Dophilus EPS probiotics and Sweetleaf english toffee drops
NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops

You can order both the stevia and probiotics from iHerb.com 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

Blue toiletry kit
Open Blue toiletry kit

Macbook with “Book” Case

White macbook open
book leather computer case
book leather computer caseLooks like a book but it’s really a case.

This Book

Caroline Leavitt Pictures of You book

My Camera

Black Camera


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

Averie and Skylar togetherI 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:

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