I am done with touring for the year! Time to clean out and restock my travel bag!
When first I began to travel, I would load the bag with the toiletries from my side of the sink. I’d take my lotion, skin conditioners, toothpaste, and whatever I thought I needed, put it in the bag, and then pack my clothes. This process meant that I would occasionally turn up at my final destination without necessary items.
Every now and then I would forget essential cords, like the ones that go to my phone or computer. After a few years, I decided there had to be a better way.
I remembered that when I was pregnant, the literature suggested that I pack a bag with everything in it that I would need to take to the hospital with me when I went in to have the baby.
If it worked for a trip to the hospital, it ought to work for longer trips, especially since I was anticipating taking such trips.
With that in mind, I put together my storytelling travel bag with duplicates of all the supplies I need on a daily basis. Then, I put the bag in my closet in easy reach.
What’s in it?
1. A cord for my computer
2. A cord for my phone
3. Toiletries (Toothpaste, floss, toothbrush, you get the picture)
4. Skin Care Regime (Oil of Olay to Jergens)
5. Nail care regime (files, polish, creams, base and top coat)
6. Cough drops and other throat needs
7. Aleve (because sometimes life is a headache)
8. Melatonin (a sleep aid when my travel schedule makes me jittery)
9. Extra pens and pencils (You can’t ever have enough)
10. Contact lens solutions (Including eyedrops)
11. My sleep mask (I like it really, really dark when I sleep)
12. Dread accessories (If you don’t have dreads, use your imagination)
13. Shower cap
14. Sleep net (I hate rolling over and pulling my own hair)
There are a few more things , but you get the point. The toiletries are all kept in a ‘kit’ so that I can keep track of them, and it is easy to see when I have to replace things.
When I get ready to leave for a week, overnight, two weeks, or however long, I only have to put my clothes a in the bag.
If I have to fly, I take out the large bag with my regular size toiletries and replace it with my flight kit.
Packing has become a breeze.
This set up might not work for everyone, but it is a timesaver for me.
Every little bit helps.