I was unpacking my suitcase this evening from my trip to New Orleans – an exciting Friday night, I know. As I was putting back all my things in their normal places, I wanted to share a few things with you that I could never go on a trip without.

1. Blister Band-aids – perfect for your heels when you’ve done more walking than sitting and still have more walking to do. Bonus, they stick through a shower!
2. First aid kit – you never know when you might need an alcohol swab! I used some once when I had scraped a rental car on a tree – worked like a charm to restore the bumper to original condition.
3. A healthy snack. You never know sometimes when you might get something good to eat. I like these KIND fruit and nut bars, they have protein and carbs and are pretty tasty.
4. Sunscreen, at least an SPF of 50 or higher. Even if I am supposed to be inside the whole trip, you never know where I might end up and I want to try to avoid any more sun damage.
5. Some kind of 3-in-1 face cloths – I can get lazy on the road and changing climates can be tough on my skin (weird, that sounds like a voice-over line from a commercial) so these let me wash my face and skip the lotion afterwards and get to sleep a tiny bit faster.
6. Stuff sacks – I like keeping the dirt off the rest of my suitcase contents and these make incredible shoe bags.
7. Jewelry case – I’m not a huge Vera Bradley person but I found the perfect jewelry case in the midst of a floral field of purses in a store a couple of years ago. Inside the soft-sided bag there are little pockets and zippered compartments to keep everything organized – perfect!
8. Schick Intuition razors – I don’t use these at home but they are so great to travel with. I’ve used them camping, in a sink and in a normal shower setting. After having many shaving cream container mishaps in my luggage, I finally discovered these. I have used other brands like this but these are the best in my opinion.
What can you never leave on a trip without?

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