Updated March 27, 2022.
Okay, that title is a little more “click-bait-y” than I normally like to use, but I want you to read this! Every once in a while, there are certain items in a women’s life that totally change the course of her existance. These are a few of those things from my experince traveling the world. I hope you’ll read them all, but that one will particularly capture your fancy and make you go, “WHAT?! That’s a thing?!” And then I want it to change your life! Read to the end… I saved the most scandalous one for last!
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Sounds salacious, right? It’s really much better than that, though. I don’t know about you, but my thighs rub together. They just do, it’s how I was made, and even at my lowest (and unhealthiest) weight, my thighs still rubbed together to create painful chafing. You, too?
Also, my arm band that I use to hold my phone on a run, that also chafes me. Right under my arm, y’all. The gall! Seriously. This little item solves both issues, and is also great when you feel a blister coming on from those new shoes you didn’t have time to break in before your trip. It looks like deodorant, but don’t let it fool you. Once you use it, you’ll know it’s a little miracle in pink packaging.
Also helpful: How to Run Anywhere on Travel
It’s everyone’s favorite word, right? Moist. Honestly, I don’t know what the big deal is. I don’t think it’s a weird word, but apparently a lot of other people do! This kind of moisture, though, is good–as in, really good. Air travel, sun exposure, and hotel soap can all make your face feel dry. You know that tight, weird, uncomfortable feeling that you hate? The right moisturizer will fix that for you!
This one is made for daily and nightly moisturizing, but it’s also travel size, so it’s perfect to take with you in flight. It includes an SPF of 40, but best of all, the brand comes recommended by my dermatologist! Trust me, your face wants this moisturizer.
Also dermatologist recommended: The Traveler’s Ultimate Guide to Sunscreen
A Wrinkle-free LBD
I’m an excellent packer. I know how to pack linen and get the fewest number of wrinkles possible. But you know what’s infinitely easier? Wrinkle-free fabrics! Trust me, you need a wrinkle-free “little black dress” in your closet that can go from suitcase to body without the need to iron, steam, or use wrinkle-releaser spray (which is also good for other fabrics, by the way).
This one has a flattering V-neckline, fit-and-flare silhouette, and the rouching means you can pull it up or down to find your preferred waistline easily. It comes in several different colors and patterns, and it’s made in either Canada or Vietnam, so bonus points for not being made in a Chinese sweatshop. It also comes in regular and petites for my fellow travel-sized ladies!
Read next: What Every Woman Should Pack for Every Trip
I know, I know, heels are the sexiest of all shoes. But you know what’s not sexy? Bunions! Having fixed both of my genetically-based bunions at age 29, I can tell you from experience that having your feet at your disposal is very important! When I asked, my podiatrist recommended looking for sandals with arch support, an ankle strap, and a toe separator for optimum, lifetime foot comfort. You’d be surprised at how many great options there are! Here’s a pretty black sandal to go with your little black dress!
And let’s be for real, unless he’s a legit shoe designer, any man criticizing your shoe choice is not the right man for you!
Also this: The Traveler’s Guide to Their Own Two Feet
I am not talking about your bra size, I’m talking about your period. I’ve been using the cup since 2015. I don’t use pads, I don’t use tampons. And you know what? I don’t have cramps anymore. I don’t have to use valuable packing space for feminine hygiene products. My periods went from 7-9 days to 3-4 days. My hormones are more manageable. I don’t have to plan my life around my periods anymore. I can wear a white running skirt when I’m on my period.
After struggling with lengthy, heavy, painful periods all my life, the cup literally transformed my life. Think that little cup won’t work for you? I was filling up two super-plus tampons and two super-plus pads per hour, used together. Is that TMI? Does it make you want to try the cup? It’s worth it.
Also important: The cup is silicone, so bacteria can’t grow on it. There is no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). It doesn’t hurt to put it in or take it out (I don’t know if this is normal or not, but tampons hurt me, and I could always feel them). It can be left in for up to 12 hours (I left mine in for 24 on a light day during a particularly long travel slog).
Read next: How to Travel and Still Have Good Hygiene!
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