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You spend months, maybe even years, planning for the big day! From flowers to invites to guest lists, weddings surely are most largest event most people will ever plan. If you’re anything like my most type A friends, you haven’t missed a thing. But any great event planner will tell you that you want to be prepared for ALL scenarios and your wedding day is no exception.
Most brides are booked solid from the minute they wake up on their big day to the last dance that evening, with little time to deal with any fire drills that may arise … big OR small! Therefore, EVERY bride should have a Survival Kit with all the essentials to get them through their big day WITHOUT a hitch!
The first item (items!!) that go in our survival kit are the Scotch™ Essentials. We never want to think that anything could happen to our wedding dress ON our wedding day, but what if??? What if the seam of your dress starts to snag? A strap on your shoe comes loose? You find a rip in your dress? Oooohhh who’s getting a little nervous just reading this? Well no need to panic! Grab a bridesmaid and your Permanent Hem Bonding Strips to solve any these scenarios:
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Grab your cutest toiletry bag (in your wedding colors) and fill it with our list of over 30 essentials for your big day ….
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On the day of your wedding ask a bridesmaid to store your survival kit for safe keeping. If your dressing room is easy to get to that’s a great place to store as well. Another option that I’ve seen a lot of brides do is to store in the lady’s room. You’d be surprised how many spots in many hotel or banquet hall restrooms are perfect for storing supplies.
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Summer travel is a staple in many families & truly American past time. We can all remember family road trips when we were kids and now so many of us are continuing that tradition with our children. As great as road trips are, they can be messy. You know that feeling after you’ve been sitting in the car for hours to finally arrive at your destination? The car is dirty with trash from snacks all over the ground, everyone’s hands are sticky and that ‘dirty feeling’ just won’t go away. If you’re nodding your head then you definitely need a road trip essentials basket to keep you and your car organized & clean!
My summer vacation this year is a road trip around the pacific northwest with my college girlfriends! I’m excited for a week of lots of laughs, great adventures and spending time with my best friends. What I don’t want to deal with is a messy dis-organized car as we drive down the coast from town to town. My solution? The Road Trip Bin! It has all the essentials for a perfectly clean and organized road trip.
Here’s the items that I put in my road trip bin
I headed on over to Walmart to grab ALL these essentials, including the perfect road trip snacks: BELVITA Chocolate Sandwich Breakfast Biscuits, SWEDISH FISH Soft & Chewy Candy, OREO Mini Cookies and Single Serve NUTTER BUTTER Cookies!
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Walmart has a great in store coupon booklet with awesome savings on RITZ Cracker Sandwiches, BELVITA Sandwich Breakfast Biscuits, SWEDISH FISH Soft & Chewy Candy 1.9 lb. bags & TRIDENT Unwrapped Gum. Who doesn’t love a great deal?
A little bit more info about each Road Trip Bin item:
Snacks! Stock up on fun snacks to keep everyone full during the ride. I love individual serving size snacks as they’re easy to pack and eat while in the car. RITZ Cracker Sandwiches, BELVITA Sandwich Breakfast Biscuits, SWEDISH FISH Soft & Chewy Candy & TRIDENT Unwrapped Gum are all awesome for road trips. Not sure which snacks to get? Hello variety pack!
Disinfecting wipes “My car was cleaner after a road trip” said no one ever. You know the feeling when you get that dirty sticky food residue from your hands ALL over everything? Then you’re stuck in the car for a couple extra hours? It’s the worst. Disinfecting wipes are a perfect way to ‘clean as you go’ in the car.
Face wipes Just as the car can get dirty, so can you! Seriously though, do you ever just feel like you need a shower after a road trip? My face ALWAYS feels greasy and it’s nice to be able to clean my face off without having to actually wash your face with soap and water.
Hand Sanitizer Do I need to say more?
Plastic ziplock bags Do you ever get out of your car at the end of a road trip only to realize how much TRASH you’ve been accumulating in the car? Not only is it gross to have trash all over, but if it’s not in a proper bag, then it’s likely SPILLING all over. Surprisingly large plastic bags are the perfect solution. You can seal them up to ensure no spillage occurs. I always bring a couple plastic bags in a variety of sizes.
Water bottles Keep yourself hydrated while travelling! Just make sure your water bottle fits in the beverage holders of your car. Caution: the more water bottles you bring, the more bathroom breaks you’re going to have 🙂
Chapstick Personally, I don’t go 10 feet out my house without chapstick so I would NEVER go on a long road trip without it. Sure enough you’re lips are dry and there’s no where to stop for miles!
Phone charger Our car has a phone charger plug-in so we always keep an extra charger in the glove compartment. Admittedly my phone is ALWAYS on low battery. Ops! If you’re using your phone for GPS like I always do this definitely isn’t a good thing! If your car doesn’t have plug-in, you can get a portable phone charger very reasonably priced.
Sunglasses Hopefully the sunniest days of your road trip won’t be when you’re in the car driving, but when you arrive at your destination. Yet driving with the sun in your eyes is never fun and in fact can be dangerous. I always carry sunglasses and even a baseball cap to help.
Reading materials Nothing says Girls Weekend Road Trip like great music (80s anyone?) and lots of good magazines. As the driver, I always make one of my girl friends read the articles outloud to keep me entertained on the long drive.
Storage bin I love using square fabric bins. These always fit perfect in the back seat of our car and easy for everyone to get to! I prefer having a bin WITHOUT a cover so that its easier for everyone to grab from it.
And now we’re off to see the pacific northwest!
Need some fun road trip ideas? Check out these printables for lots fun ideas to keep your family entertained!
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After spending a decade in Chicago, Joe & I moved to Seattle 3 years ago where we left behind our weekends of lots of cab rides, bright lights and tall sky scrapers for more outdoors oriented weekend activities (READ camping).
Yes, camping. Although I love nature as much as the next person, admittedly I was really nervous about camping!
Nervous because at the age of 32 I had never once gone camping. Not even back yard camping, glamping or even cabins. When Joe suggested spending a weekend camping during our first summer in Seattle, I had no clue what to pack, let alone what type of luggage to bring. (FYI, a suitcase is NOT the right answer.) After years of less than ideal camping packing, I’ve comprised a list of camping supplies EVERY city girls needs 🙂 .
The top items ever City Girl needs on their next camping trip!
1Not only does hiking work up an appetite, but putting a tent together??? That’s a workout in itself. You’ll want to have easy to grab snacks to keep you going throughout the day! OREO THINS are a perfect snack for camping. Not only do OREO THINS come in some fun new flavors (hello lemon!), it’s easy to bring these on during a day hike and for a crisp treat afterwards with the new OREO THINS 12 Pack! I stocked up at Walmart on several flavors, which was great because EVERYONE tends to want these during our hikes! (Score one point for the camping rookie!)
2If you’re lucky enough to camp at a camp sight that has a bathroom, don’t expect a 4 star hotel accommodations. The first time we went camping I spend more time looking for a spot to place my toiletry bag than actually brushing my teeth. Let me be the one to tell you, there’s NO where to put your toiletry bag that looks appealing. That’s why S hooks are a total life saver. Hook it to the back of the stall door or on a ledge while you’re washing your face, brushing your teeth, etc. Brilliant.
3 No I’m not trying to start a new footwear fashion trend, but bear with me. These sandals are PERFECT for transitioning from your hiking shoes at the end of the day to hanging around the camp fire at night. Odds are that it will be chilly enough at night that you’ll want to wear socks, but after a long day of hiking, you might not want to slip in to another pair of shoes.
4That feeling of just being dirty likely won’t go away until you get back home and take a shower. But having one-use face wipes will make a huge difference (and MUCH easier than washing your face). I even put a couple in clear plastic bags to take with me when we go hiking during the day.
5 I skipped the large full size hand sanitizers for several of these smaller hand sanitizers. I put them ALL over the campsite. I mean all over. One in our tent, one next to the food, one in my hiking bag and one in my toilet paper caddy … which brings me to …
6 The ONLY thing that’s worse than using the bathroom outside, is having to use damp or dirty toilet paper. Ugh. To make sure this NEVER happens to you, put your toilet paper role in an large clear plastic bag. While you’re at it, throw in your hand sanitizer and a flashlight. Remember all those times you get up in the middle of the night to use your bathroom in your house? Well it’s a little different in the middle of the night in the wilderness. Flashlight needed!
7“Sleeping in the woods is so comfortable” said no one ever. Put your yoga matt to work and lay it down underneath your sleeping bag before going to bed. Although though it’s so thin, it makes a huge difference!
8 When we camp, we always bring so much stuff with us. Between all the food, cooking supplies, tent, sleeping bags, it takes up a lot of room in our trunk. I love using clear bags to put clothes and blankets in. Then when we’re searching for items in the trunk, we know exactly what is in each bag!
9Impress all those serious campers with your ability to get the fire started! Plus who really has time to sit around and wait for the fire to finally start going?? Add a little petroleum jelly to a couple cotton balls. Then place several of these under the logs before starting the fire.
10 At the end of the weekend the last thing you want is for your car to be as dirty as you feel! Put those hiking shoes (or fancy sandals 🙂 ) in shower caps to prevent dirt from getting all over the floor of your car or trunk. One less thing to have to clean up when you get home!
After years of uncomfortable camping trips, I’ve finally mastered the packing … now if I could just get wifi to work in the wilderness.
Looking at these recent camping trips, I don’t know what I was waiting for all these years!
You know that feeling when you’re running out the door to catch your plane with arms full of WAY too much luggage only to find that you forgot a couple things?
Every time this happened to me I promised myself I would write down a list of what I needed for my next vacation. Not only was it frustrating to forget the things I needed, but also when I would over pack toiletries I didn’t really need. I’d forget the sunscreen for my beach trip to Miami, but sure enough I brought it with me to Minneapolis to visit my sister in December. It took me years struggling with how to pack my toiletries to get a system down that would last me more than ONE vacation!
Here’s my favorite tips for packing toiletries:
1 | I have a completely separate set of toiletries that I bring with me on vacation as opposed to what I use everyday at home. When NOT traveling I keep these in my suitcase. This makes a world of difference and I can’t recommend enough.
2 | I’m a sucker for matching labeled containers. Obviously. I bought a bunch of these TSA approved sized ones for all my liquids. Yes, I could just use those mini shampoo bottles that come at the hotels. While I’m a lover of everything reused, I’m a girl who likes my toiletries looking clean and well labeled.
3 | That brings me to the labeling. Don’t go for just any label. Make sure these are waterproof or you literally will only be able to use them for ONE vacation. Buying labels that are pre written will look WAY nicer than writing yourself. The only downside is that there might not be a label available for every one of your toiletries (aka – dry shampoo anyone?).
4 | I purchased full size versions of my travel toiletries. That way when I refill my toiletries, I’m not mixing shampoos from whatever I’m using in my shower. I keep the full size versions in my suitcase when I’m not traveling. Literally EVERYTHING that I need for my travel toiletries stays in my suite case when I’m not traveling.
5 | Refill your toiletries AFTER each vacation. There never seems like there’s enough time to pack and prepare for a vacation. Filling up your toiletries shouldn’t be one of those!
6 | Anyone else ever feel completely gross after flying on a plane or a long road trip??? In addition to my standard toiletries, I create a little ‘while traveling’ case that includes hand sanitizer, Airborne, Listerine strips, perfume samples (the ones from the magazines) and hand lotion.
7 | To carry all my non liquids I love to use the free department store makeup bags that come with purchase. I never feel bad if they get dirty because I know another free gift is on it’s way eventually :).
Now on to show you MY travel toiletries! I split up my toiletries in to 4 different groups (which essentially means that I just have 4 different containers)
Liquids | obviously these go in a plastic ziplock bag
Non Liquids (hair brush, toothpaste, etc) | I use one of those free makeup bags with department store purchase
Makeup | I always use a plastic makeup bag so that in the event that something breaks or spills, clean up is easier.
While Traveling (a couple items to help freshen up during travel time) | in a small makeup bag
I even use a small travel container for my moisturizer and eye cream (not pictured). For perfume, I refill one of those small free perfume sample containers.
I keep all the refills to my liquid toiletries together in large makeup bag that I store inside my luggage when I’m not traveling. It makes refilling the toiletries SO much easier to have dedicated products that I only use for travel.
I keep this stored in my suitcase along with the other travel toiletries when not traveling!
2 Non Liquids
I’m not necessarily a bar face soap kind of gal, but it makes traveling so much easier to do so. It’s one less thing that I have to try to squeeze in to my liquids plastic bag.
I keep a smaller clear case for cotton balls, hair ties & bobby pins.
I have a completely separate set of makeup that I use for travel, as opposed to my everyday stuff. If you’re worried about it expiring before you use it all up, you could alternate your travel makeup bag and everyday makeup every so often.
4 While Traveling
I keep a couple items with me in a tiny makeup bag to help me ‘freshen up’ while in route to my destination! Airborne, hand cream, Purell, Listerine strips, & perfume samples.
One last photo showing you everything that goes in to my suitcase!
After moving out to Seattle a couple years ago (from Chicago) I’ve learned that skiing is a staple sport in the pacific north west. Not growing up on the slopes, it took me a couple ski trips to learn what the key items were to have a successful and COMFORTABLE trip! Below are my 12 key items that I always bring with me …. in addition to those staples that you think of right away (skis, boots, poles, & helmet if you own them and snow pants, jacket, hat & gloves).
Here’s my top ski essentials
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Now, a little bit more about each item …
1Chapstick | cold dry air can definitely make your lips chapped. I always make sure to have chapstick with me, but especially when skiing! Grab your favorite kind or try out this DIY EOS copy cat version.
2Sunscreen | The sun can be pretty fierce when you are skiing (any Project Runway fans?). It reflects off the snow & can cause major damaging burns to your skin! I always bring a small face sunscreen with me.
3Extra socks | I bring an extra pair with me because I ALWAYS seem to get snow in my boots midway through the day. Make sure you have TALL socks that go up to your knees so that your boots don’t rub in to your skin. I’m not one to pay a lot for socks, but I have gotten on the bandwagon for high quality ski socks as a ski necessity.
4Boots | Wear your winter boots to the ski lodge instead of tennis shoes, else you’ll likely get your first pair of socks wet before you even hit the slopes!
5Granola bar | Bring a snack in your jacket pocket. You will be really happy you have a quick energy boost when you need it most.
6Waterproof mascara | If you’re going to wear make-up it’s gotta be waterproof!
7Waterproof phone holder | Considering my rookie ski skills, I end up in the snow a lot more than I’d like to admit. So having a waterproof case for my phone is pretty crucial. I bought this one online for under $10 assuming my phone would fit a little bit more snug than it did. That ended up being ideal because there was enough room to store some cash & credit cards in it as well!
8Layers | Think THIN layers. The temperature at the top of the slope can vary greatly from the bottom so even if you’re not cold putting on your skis, you may appreciate the layers once you get to the top! I use my winter running compression tops & bottoms.
9Extra hair accessories | I braid my hair before I hit the slopes to prevent knots in my ponytail, so I always take an extra ponytail holder or two.
10 Workout sunglasses and/or goggles | My first season of skiing I didn’t own goggles, so I used my workout sunglasses which was a great substitute as I was learning to ski. The glare from the snow can be tough on your eyes when you’re on the slopes so make sure to bring something!
11Infinity scarf | The first couple times I went skiing I didn’t think about keeping my neck warm. BIG MISTAKE. An infinity scarf is a good option because it just stays around your neck! I bought this one because it had the extra layer of lining within it.
12 Backpack | Instead of bringing a nice purse or bag, I brought an old backpack which I stored at the ski lodge while skiing. I stuffed my boots, extra socks, layers and water bottle in it. Ski lodge floors can be dirty (think melting snow on the floor) so skip the fancy bag and bring an old one!
May you pack like a pro even if you’re still a rookie!
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