TRAVEL ESSENTIALS- TRIAL & ERROR

MUST HAVES FOR TRAVELING?

YOU KNOW, I HAD AN ENTIRE POST SET UP FOR THIS TOPIC.  I KEPT GOING BACK TO IT AND EDITING AS OUR SPRING BREAK TRIP PROGRESSED.  CAN ANY OF YOU GUESS WHY I HAD TO GO BACK AND EDIT?  YEPPERS!  IF YOU GUESSED BECAUSE MY LIST OF MUST HAVES KEPT CHANGING THEN YOU GUESSED RIGHT!  I STARTED OUT WITH CAREFUL PLANNING BACK IN OCTOBER 2015 FOR THIS TRIP, RIGHT DOWN TO SITES TO SEE ALONG THE WAY.  THEN, WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR THIS TRIP, I WAS HIT WITH A MONTH LONG ILLNESS, I CAN ONLY DESCRIBE AS THE CRUD, AND LAST MINUTE PACKING!  I HAD RESERVED PICTURES IN MY MEDIA LIBRARY OF BEAUTIFUL FRENDS LAYLA EARPHONES & LUXURIOUS PASHMINA WRAPS, AND IN THE END I CAN ONLY SAY THAT WHILE THOSE ARE FABULOUS TO HAVE, WE NEEDED OTHER ITEMS MORE.  SO HERE IS THE LOW DOWN ON WHAT I WISH I HAD PACKED  & WHAT I NEED TO INVEST IN FOR FUTURE TRAVELING…

MAN, I WISH I HAD PACKED

  1. SHORTS– HELLO!!!! SOUTH CAROLINA IS 80 DEGREES RIGHT NOW!
  2. LIGHT-WEIGHT TOPS– AGAIN, 80 DEGREES! THE FUR VEST I BROUGHT IS NOT GOING TO HELP ME!
  3. MORE TOYS FOR BELLA & BOO (YORKIE QUEEN BEES)- BECAUSE ONE TOY= BOREDOM AND/OR A TUG OF WAR!
  4. MY PILLOW– BECAUSE THERE IS NO OTHER SUBSTITUTE. FOUND HERE.
  5. JUST ONE BAG!– ENOUGH SAID.

WHAT I NEED TO INVEST IN

  1. GOOD LUGGAGE– LUGGAGE W/MULTIPLE COMPARTMENTS & COMPLIMENTARY PIECES (GARMENT BAG, ROLLING SMALL, MEDIUM, AND LARGE BAGS, ROLLING WEEKEND W/MEDIA COMPARTMENT, CARRY-ON)
  2. CAMERA– ONE THAT IS IDEAL FOR BLOGGING/VLOGGING W/REMOTE. DO THEY MAKE THAT IN JUST ONE CAMERA?
  3. TRIPOD– BECAUSE SOMETIMES I WANT TO BE LAZY AND CATCH THE VISTAS TOO.
  4. PHOTOGRAPHER– MY SON ABSOLUTELY HATES TO HAVE TO TAKE PICTURES AND MY HUSBAND REFUSES.  PLUS, I FEEL AS THOUGH I COULD REALLY BENEFIT FROM FILTERS & DIFFUSERS :^)
  5. LAPTOP– I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED USING JOSH’S MACBOOK AIR ON THIS TRIP!
  6. BICYCLE W/ STORAGE & BIKE RACK FOR AUTOMOBILE– COLUMBIA, SC HAS SO MANY BEAUTIFUL BIKING AREAS IN THE SPRING WITH THE AZALEA’S & FOLIAGE BLOOMING.  I MENTIONED TO JOSH THAT I NEEDED A BIKE.  I TOLD HIM IT WOULD BE GOOD EXERCISE TOO CAUSE YOU NEVER SEE FAT CYCLISTS, AND HE REPLIED… “THEY EXIST…THEY’RE CALLED BEGINNERS”.  I DIED IN THAT MOMENT & LAUGHED SO BLOOMIN’ HARD I COULDN’T CATCH MY BREATH. THE 3 MEN (HUBBY, JOHN & JOSH) IN MY LIFE ARE SO SARCASTIC FUNNY.  ITS A TRIP TO BE AROUND THEM.
  7. A CHARGING SYSTEM THAT IS UNIVERSAL– LESS CORDS AND ALL THAT!
  8. A TRAVEL MAKE-UP & BRUSH ORGANIZER– I CAN ALWAYS USE MORE ORGANIZATION IN MY LIFE.

LUCKILY, I REMEMBERED MY FAVS

  1. MY TELESCOPIC BACKSCRATCHER– YES, I SAID THAT.  I TAKE THIS EVERYWHERE.  MY BFF “T” HAS BEEN AMAZED WHEN I HAVE PULLED THIS OUT OF MY PURSE AT A DENTAL CONFERENCE TO SCRATCH MY BACK.  IT IS PINK AND PINK IS PURRDY!
  2. IPAD MINI– CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT! IT IS PRECIOUS!
  3. SAMSUNG GALAXY S6– SAMSUNG IS A FAV COMPANY OF MINE BECAUSE THEIR ELECTRONICS HAVE BEEN DEPENDABLE FOR ME.
  4. MY PERSONAL SIZE FILOFAX– I KEEP THIS IN MY PURSE ALWAYS UNLESS I AM FEELING A SMALL CROSSBODY THAT DAY, AND THEN IT WILL BE IN THE CAR.
  5. ORAL B MECHANICAL TOOTHBRUSH– I LOVE THE ORAL B FOR THE CLEANEST FEELING TEETH!
  6. CREST 3D WHITE TOOTHPASTE TRAVEL SIZE– THIS IS A NEW PRODUCT FOR ME.  AFTER BEING A COLGATE USER MY 46 YRS I SWITCHED. THE PATIENTS THAT I SAW IN MY DENTAL PRACTICE WERE COMING IN WITH WELL MAINTAINED WHITE TEETH, EVEN THE COFFEE & TEA DRINKERS! I’LL LET Y’ALL KNOW HOW IT DOES.  SO FAR IT HAS WORKED BETTER  FOR ME THAN THE COLGATE OPTIC WHITE TOOTHPASTE.

I BELIEVE THAT DOES IT FOR NOW.  THESE LISTS WERE COMPILED IN REGARDS TO TRAVEL BY CAR.  I WILL DO A SEPARATE POST ON MY FLIGHT GO TO’S.  PLEASE COMMENT OR USE THE GET IN TOUCH PAGE ON MY SITE TO LET ME KNOW WHAT Y’ALL FIND BEST TO PACK AND WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME.  PLUS, I GET LONELY TALKING TO MYSELF SOMETIMES.  I WOULD LOVE FOR SOME OF YOU MORE EXPERIENCED BLOGGERS OR PHOTOGRAPHERS TO GIVE ME SUGGESTIONS ON CAMERA’S THAT CAN HELP ME BE BETTER AT CAPTURING MY LIFE AND THAT OF THE WORLD AROUND ME.  I CAN LEARN THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF EXPERIENCE.

UNTIL NEXT TIME…PACK LITE!

DAWN

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