hope some of you are experienced travellers and could help me with my curiosity as to what an average girl takes with herself on a round the world trip?
things such as
basic make up - do you take any? or will all just remain at home?
how to go about keeping your hair in an acceptable state (dyeing, cuts etc) (im unfortunately one of those with grey hairs :-( )
sanitary items (p.ex. tampons) i was told its best to top up on those in more westernized countries
not sure if im forgetting something basic , day to day things?
Hope to get your feed back on that !
My gal travels with a basic make-up kit. She doesn't wear much day-to-day doing normal things but if she's going out somewhere nice at night to a high-end restaurant, disco, club or crashing an embassy party then of course she gets tarted up.
Her hairstyle is low maintenance, doesn't require a hair drier, etc. and she uses lots of hair ties with a bandanna, ball cap, etc. She gets a styling and hair colouring every month or so whenever we pass through a place that passes for civilization; that's when she stocks up on feminine hygiene too because many of the places we go these products are not readily available.
One "party" outfit - the quintessential black cocktail dress with appropriate shoes means the nighttime salsa club or embassy party is handled plus a couple of sets of "normal" day-to-day-clothes plus beach wear plus everything else... it all easily fits into a carry-on size 35 litre backpack.
Have fun with your research and packing.
[ Edit: Edited on 05-Mar-2011, at 10:04 by CheersT ]
Cheers for the insight Terry!
I don't bring any more make up than mascara. If you are a light packer or on a budget .. you can just use the samples in a department store.
I've gotten my hair dyed and cut while traveling for actually less than in the states. As long as you know the language. I find that younger travelers, if they have the money, (I did this and didn't spend more than $20) will by a dryer or flat iron in the country they travel to. No worries about blowing an outlet or having an adaptor.
Feminine hygiene products... yea for more than a month.. I'll bring a box.
Yea, you can always grab a 2nd outfit or pair of heels on the spot, where you're going. Less is more in my case. If you find that you have a basic attire, you can always get souvenir accessories and doll up.