It's that time of year again for me. The summer travel season begins this weekend with the Memorial Day holiday. After the harsh winter in DC, I am going to embrace all this heat. It's also the time when I jaunt off to destinations full of products, tips, and trend items in a checked bag. But this year will be different. I have vowed to only take a carry-on with me to the beach and any trip under 7 days. Yes, I can hear the laughter as you read this.
Trust me, I did not think this was possible until I saw the slide show of Heather Poole on the NY Times website and was immediately hooked. I didn't think it was possible until my 5 day trip to Charleston and Barbados. I thought "I can do this." First, I needed to make a list of all the necessary essentials, outfits, and excursions then I would be well on my way.
I decided to call the series "Pretty in a Carry-On" to highlight what essential items you will need this summer season and beyond. It won't all be beauty products. Some will be cute scarves, luggage, totes, and clothing which will have you stepping off the plane and to "wherever your final destination may be." Can you tell I've been on a quite a few planes in the last couple of months.
First up is Bliss' Blood Orange + White Pepper Hand Cream. If you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile the one item of your skin that needs help will always be your hands and feet. I constantly wash my hands and frequently more than normal when traveling. I don't want to get sick because of airplane germs. Please don't get me started. I picked this hand cream and I'm currently giving it a test run. I'm pleasantly surprised. First, it's not heavy. I was looking for a thick hand cream, but in 80 degree weather a thick hand cream doesn't work. Barbados' water is very salty. Locals call it a "salt bath." My hands need edextra loving after taking numerous dips in the ocean and the pool and this product is now in the carry-on rotation.