Amp Women's Water Shoes
Regardless of what my teenage fashion critic says, I think I looked reasonably cool in my Amps. Most importantly, on their inaugural trip to Belize, they definitely made my trip better—in kayaks and boats, on a SUP board, and in the water. Considering they doubled as snorkeling booties, they’re one of my best travel bargains.
Valley Storage Freeze Dried Camping Food
The first time I went backpacking, my body purged the crappy freeze dried camping food my boyfriend insisted on buying. My system can’t handle all the additives that he has had no problem eating for years. I needed healthy freeze dried backpacking food—and I found it thanks to Valley Storage.
Samsonite 2-in-1 Travel Pillow
You know you’re getting old when you come with your own pillow. Meet my new squishy, silky micro bead-filled and brilliantly convertible little slice of Heaven—the Samsonite Magic 2 in 1 Pillow. I bought it at some airport for the sole purpose of saving my neck during a a long flight to an unknown destination. It caught my eye because it was conveniently convertible—able to morph from a neck pillow to a miniature regular pillow in a single zip—offering double the opportunities for relieving neck kinks.
Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Hair Conditioner
This is an AWESOME one for all you wavy or curly haired ladies who want to kill two birds with one stone so your bag weighs less! I learned the secret of Trader Joes Tea Tingle Hair Conditioner while stalking on Facebook. Not only does it condition your hair, but it’s the BEST curl enhancer I’ve ever found (and I’ve funded the industry in search of one that works without making my hair too crunchy or overly greasy).
After shampooing, squeeze out a bit less than you would use for a regular condition job, rub your hands together and spread it evenly throughout your hair and LEAVE IT IN. Remove the excess when towel drying, comb your hair and scrunch your hair with a dry washcloth. VOILA! Your hair is conditioned, your curls will dry defined and your bag will be a little lighter. Definitely buy it at Trader Joes if you have one near you—if you don’t, grab some from Amazon.
Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen
When news broke that Neutrogena was one of the unhealthiest sunscreens on the market, I lost trust in all the mainstream brands. I began my search for a favorite natural one at EWG. Not only did Blue Lizard absorb the most, it stayed on in the water and passed saved me from frying in Bali.
Hi-Tec Women's Hiking Boots
The last thing I wanted was to have sore feet and/or blisters on my 13 day Canadian Rockies hiking tour. I bought these a few months before the trip with the intention of testing them out and breaking them in. They never needed it. From the moment I put my foot in them, they felt like wearing Ugg boots. Super padded, lightweight, without a single pressure point—these are a hiker’s dream!
Cindy Joseph Boomstick Color
Regardless of your age, Boomstick Color is both awesome AND a spacesaver when you travel. This compact makeup stick, which looks good on a variety of skin tones, doubles as blush and lipstick and doesn’t require any applicators. Plus, it’s small enough to carry in your pocket.
Deuter ACT Lite Hiking Backpack
The Deuter Women’s ACT Lite 60+10 is VERY comfy and perfect for anyone with a small frame. It supports the back extremely well and has a roomy main compartment that is easily accessible from the top or bottom of the pack. There are also plenty of pockets and slots for storing all shapes and sizes of stuff. It’s also super cute!
Physician's Formula Organic CC Cream
This is another awesome beauty product that kills two birds with one stone. Both a moisturizer and a base makeup, this cream is another must have for those who insist on traveling light. It’s organic, is best applied without a makeup brush, and has excellent coverage. Works on a variety of skin tones.