Tuesday, October 02, 2012

How I Pack: Liquids



This is it, dumped out onto the bed.  We'll have to buy toothpaste in Paris, where you can actually get a 3 ounce tube - big enough for more than a few days...  Samples of my skin care products are very helpful; some things I only use once or twice a week.

The thing that finally got me to minimize the volume of liquids that I pack?  On the first day of some month, years ago, I vowed that I was going to live ENTIRELY out of my dopp kit until it ran out.  And I realized, near the END of that month (almost four weeks into my experiment) that I still had quite a bit of stuff...  Since then, I've cut way back on quantities, and if I have to buy something, then I'll just HAVE to shop in Paris.  (oh bother)

13 comments:

  1. Exactly!!! I actually skip packing soap and pack only enough hand lotion to survive the plane so I can pick up my favorites in France. Hoping you are having a GLORIOUS time.

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  2. Don't forget your sunscreen (or is it there?). Another Paula fan here.

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    1. Oh, it's there! The silvery tube in the top row is SPF 25, I think. I'm the girl with the divot in the tip of her nose from a close encounter of the sun damage kind...

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  3. Kindred spirits! I love Paula's Choice and save the samples for trips.

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  4. I see you're a fan of Paula's Choice ... I love her BTR show, Paula and her team always have great advice!

    "... then I'll just HAVE to shop in Paris." Poor you! LOL!!!

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  5. In a burst of travel-light enthusiasm this summer I spreadsheeted how long it took me to use up travel sized liquids. I switched from body wash to a solid pure glycerin bar and from toothpaste to tooth powder(travel only says my dentist)which accommodates a bigger volume of sunscreen. Altho shopping in Paris does sound like fun!

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  6. Thanks for sharing.

    I too love Paula's Choice. However I haven't figured out how to make the sample packs work when I travel. I tend to get several uses out of a packet and I find that I have to leave it standing upright on my counter or it will spill out (I just tear open a tiny corner). How do others handle this when you may only be staying 1-2 days in a location, or even when you have a sink situation where the packet can't be left out, but has to be put away? thanks.

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  7. Janice, I'm learning so much from you! I really hope you show us what wardrobe you will be traveling in and packing. I'm going on a trip to Germany for the holidays in December for 10 days. I would love to copy you as I do these days a LOT T hanks for all the inspiration.

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  8. Use the tip of your safety pin to put a little hole in the sample packages. The contents won't ooze out as easily.

    Can anyone recommend a reasonable hotel in Paris in a safe and convenient location -- near shopping and museums? Thanks, Martha

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    1. Hotel Jeanne d'Arc, at 3 rue de Jarente. Weird lobby decor, small rooms, but always clean and quiet. NOT where we just stayed (more on that soon) but a hotel I've been in a few times and would return to.

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  9. I did an experiment in the same spirit once: when I started a new bottle of something, I wrote the date in sharpie on the bottom of the bottle. When I finished it, I could see how long it lasted. I was shocked to see how little shampoo, body wash, etc., I actually use and it did give me confidence to pack far less for trips.

    I love multitaskers for travel, too. Paula's Choice makes a hair and body shampoo that also works as a face wash if you have normal skin. And I use Nivea cream (the German version, which they sell at Merz Apothecary) for face, heels, hands, cuticles...

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