Not surprising, there’s not that many things that are absolutes. I can totally relate to the whole minimalism concept (particularly when I venture into my over-crowded purse) but I have to admit I’m a chronic over-packer. I hate the idea of missing something, so I bring everything. Not surprisingly, I use very little of what I bring (which drives my husband nuts). Will this ever change? I don’t think so.
But just for fun, I thought I’d share the few things that never a day goes by where I don’t love, eat or admire every one of them.
- Dry Shampoo – I have a cow lick (what a crazy stupid term) in the back of my head that needs taming every day. I also have long, high maintenance hair that ends up pulled back to some degree or another and a little dry shampoo can stave off a wash for a good 4 days. Love this stuff.
- Quest bars – because they are low carb, high protein and totally awesome tasting. This is the best protein experience of my life (next to ProCakes of course). I also adore the founder and kinda stalk her on social media. She keeps me motivated to grow my business and stay focused.
- Lululemon Cropped Yoga Pants – I live in these pants. I mean, I seriously wear very little else other than stretchy yoga pants every day. Fortunately here in California, I can get away with the cropped ones pretty much year round. To me, the greatest success in my life is that I can wear these everyday. I hope that never changes. They also make my butt look great, so there’s that.
- My Laptop – it goes everywhere with me. It’s my business portal, my social outlet, and my connection to the greater world. Google has been my biggest teacher. Seriously, there’s nothing Mr Google doesn’t know. My laptop is also my creative medium. I write, edit images, record podcasts and brand my business all on this little Macbook Air. Amazing.
- Gel Manicures – I used to have those long acrylic nails. I wore them more because my own nails were so weak then because I liked the way they looked. They always looked great for the first week, then downhill from there. Now I get gel manicures which don’t destroy your nail beds, but still provide enough strength and coverage, that it keeps them strong and looking great for weeks.
- Nut butter – Any kind is good, but man I happen to love me some macadamia nut butter. I always make my own now as I’ve become such a snob about what goes into it. Most store brands are loaded with sugar and palm oil. Thumbs down on both! I make mine with vanilla extract, a little honey and loads of flax and chia seeds. Oh, and I don’t eat it as a spread, I eat it as a snack, on a spoon and I can blow through a whole jar dangerously quick.
- Mac Lipstick – I am cheap, so I will divert to drugstore brands now and again and I’m always disappointed. Yes, Mac lipstick is expensive, but it lasts, it looks great and I heart it. I’m typically wearing a fully made up face of makeup when I go out (to offset the stretchy pants), but I find that even just a big pair of dark sunglasses and my Viva Glam II and my face looks ready for public consumption (my hair is another story).
These are the things I don’t leave on a trip without. Everything else, I can live without.
What about you? What are your top essentials when traveling or otherwise? I’m always curious to know what things people value most.
Much love to Amanda at Running With Spoons for hosting Thinking Out Loud.