I love to travel, and I think a lot of you all do too! I have a trip coming up in a few weeks, and I’ve already gotten a head start on packing. The reason I love packing so much is that it gets me all excited about my trip. I love having something to look forward to. Having everything packed and ready to go in advance helps me with any travel anxiety. Today, I’m partnering up with CVS Pharmacy, to share some essentials that I keep in my carry-on bag! It changes up every season, but during cold & flu season, it’s crucial to pack essentials that will keep us healthy and well.
I love stopping into CVS to pick up my travel essentials. They carry all of my favorite brands, but also carry CVS Health brand products that I love. CVS Health is CVS Pharmacy’s leading line with nearly 3,000 unique, new, on-trend health and wellness products. These products make staying healthy and getting healthy more convenient and less costly. CVS Health has products such as vitamins, supplements, travel essentials, over the counter products, and more. You’ll find many CVS Health products lurking around in my carry-on bag.
When I’m going on a short trip, I avoid checking my bags at all costs. I’ll usually arrive at the airport with two carry-on bags that I can store in the overhead bin and below by my feet. One bag will have my laptop, headphones, a book, camera, snacks, and a few other essentials I may need easy access to. The other bag will have my clothes, and bathroom essentials packed away in bags and bottles.
Let me show you some things I carry with me!
I always always always have hand sanitizer with me. Airports and airplanes are extremely germy! I had a friend who was a flight attendant that confessed that most planes do not get cleaned or wiped down for weeks after the busy flying season. Think of all the people touching the seat belts, tray table, window, screens, and so on. So before you dig into your bag to eat some snacks, make sure to use your sanitizer! I also buy sanitizing wipes to wipe down tray tables, seat belts, the window, and armrests.
Since we’re going to be in a busy city in a few weeks, I also like to keep hand sanitizer in my purse. I want to make sure to stay clean after touching subways, taxi’s, elevator buttons, and door handles!
I always buy the small pack of tissues for my carry-on bag, especially during the colder months. There’s nothing worse than a runny nose on a plane, or having nothing to sneeze into other than your elbow.
My skin also suffers in the winter, especially when I’m applying hand sanitizer to my hands regularly. I always make sure to keep a small bottle of lotion with me. Lotion can also help with dry, itchy skin. CVS has excellent travel-sized moisturizers and products to choose from when you’re on the go.
I would have never thought of taking a probiotic while traveling until I saw these Traveler Probiotics several months ago. It makes a lot of sense because probiotics help keep your immune system strong which is crucial when you’re exposing your body to new germs and bacteria. I usually start upping my probiotics a week before I take a trip to get a head start on strengthening my immune system.
I always carry ponytail ties when I travel. It’s normal for me to lose or forget them! I make sure they are packed for my trip far in advance. There is nothing worse than having to wear your hair down on a hot plane after running to your gate. Speaking of running through an airport, it happens, and that’s why I always have cleansing cloths with me. If I feel like I’m sweating or need to freshen up, these are perfect. I also use them to wipe off makeup from the day if I’m on a late-night flight home.
One thing I always deal with when traveling is breakouts. I get so stressed sometimes, or wearing makeup more frequently than my face is used to, and get breakouts. It happens to me every time, so I’ve always learned to bring Acne Treatment Gel! This helps with redness, tenderness, and treating the problem faster. I love the CVS Health brand because it’s a money-saver and works quickly.
When I fly, sometimes the pressure of the cabin makes my sinuses flare up. Carrying around a nasal inhaler helps with breathing, and I’ve also found that it helps with my ears popping. The lavender plant is believed to help provide calmness, reduce stress, anxiety, and those are all things I deal with while traveling. Even though I’ve been on hundreds of planes, I always deal with traveler’s stress. I don’t think I could fly without my nasal inhaler.
You never know when you’re going to need a first-aid kit. I keep this small kit in my car as well. The kit comes with antiseptic wipes, sterile pads, sheer spot bandages, large sheer bandages, fabric antibacterial bandages, waterproof bandages, and sheer bandages. All of that in this tiny thin box is impressive! It’s so small and lightweight that it could fit in my jeans pocket.
Supporting your immune health is a must when traveling in the winter! When your flight attendant comes around and asks if you’d like anything to drink, you can ask for a hot cup of water to dissolve these AirSheild Tablets. You could also use a water bottle if you’d prefer to drink it cold. AirShield also comes in a gummy form, if you’d prefer something quick and easy!
Carrying floss and mouthwash is crucial when you’re at the airport. I’m not going to stand at the bathroom sink and do a full out teeth brushing but flossing and rinsing my mouth out is more realistic. There’s nothing worse than getting food stuck in your teeth, or having to deal with the aftertaste of a savory airport snack. Plus, having fresh breath is always nice for the person who’s stuck next to you on the plane 😉
Blister care cushions are my best friend when I’m on a trip. We usually walk around for miles exploring and taking photos of everything, so I’m always dealing with the blisters on the back of my ankles at the end of the day. The care cushions go right over the blister and heal the spot while making it more comfortable for me to walk again. I won’t go on trips without these! I used these a lot while training for my half.
The CVS Health line is a great example of how CVS Pharmacy looks at every opportunity for innovation through the eyes of their customers. CVS is always making changes to make their products based on customers feedback and paying attention to their lifestyle needs, specific pain points, needs for convenience, desires for certain ingredients, or packaging preferences.
I love packing CVS Health vitamins and Radiance Platinum vitamins with me while traveling. One of the great benefits of buying your vitamins and supplements at CVS is that they sometimes BOGO when you use your CVS ExtraCare rewards. The Radiance Platinum is CVS Pharmacy’s brand of premium vitamins, which are free from artificial preservatives. Most of the vitamins are vegan, non-GMO, and organic. Cranberry Jelly Beans for urinary tract health and the Biotin gummies for hair, skin, and nails are my two favorites.
Cough drops are perfect when you’re traveling. It’s easy to get a dry throat during the winter, so the CVS Health honey lemon is ideal for soothing my throat. These cough drops are free from artificial flavors and dyes, which is rare to find! Tums are my BEST FRIEND on the plane. Whenever I’m flying or eating different from my regular diet, my stomach can easily find itself in knots. You can find these easy on-the-go travel-sized Tums in the travel section. I also love the travel-sized Ibuprofen tablets. These are great if you’re dealing with headaches or cramping while traveling. I usually carry these with me because Kyle almost always gets headaches on airplanes.
CVS has the best travel kits available. I love their organizers for shampoos, lotions, hairspray, and more! The plastic bags they come in keep them secure, so they don’t leak on the rest of your clothing. I love the little labels that came with the set. The shoes, laundry, and stuff bags are genius! I can’t stand mixing my clean clothes with laundry or placing my shoes on clean clothes. I love the bags to keep everything organized and separate!
One other thing I always keep in one of my carry-on bags? My tennis racket 😉 I’m giving away the two travel kit bags to help you organize your travels! All you have to do is visit CVS.com and leave a comment below telling me what you keep in your travel bag!
Questions for you!
- What do you keep in your travel bag?
- Are you a last-minute packer?
- Over or under packer?
Thank you, CVS, for sponsoring this post! ALL opinions are my own!