I’ve been packing for Bali, it’s my very first overseas trip and I’m getting excited. Today the huz and I will head to Bali, I’m planning on immersing myself in some culture, a few swimming pools and laying face down on several massage tables.
You guys know this is my first overseas trip…EVER! When I was sick it was one of the few things I wished I had done, travel. I got busy raising a beautiful family in my early twenties which was all shades of wonderful but there never seemed to be enough money in the budget for overseas travel. To be honest the inclination wasn’t strong enough either, it wasn’t until I realised I was on borrowed time that travel became important.
And here I am, about to board a plane while clutching my very own passport 🙂
Bali is hot and humid so I’m seriously not taking much in the way of clothes, but I am ticking off all the boxes with the items in my toiletries case.
I’ve had lots of advice (thanks guys) along the way and even though some of you suggested I buy most items once in Bali I’m a bit of a nervous Nellie and I wanted to be prepared.
When the team at EGO read that I was headed to Bali the lovely Lauren sent me a *care package, lots of essentials to keep us covered that we have packed. This was a great start and ticked quite a few items off the list which was awesome because the final dollar tally at the pharmacy was a bit scary!
EGO had me sorted with some hand sanitizer and several sunscreens, lip balm, some SOOV (for insect bites), invisible tint face cream with sunscreen and insect repellant. Such a fabulous parcel to receive right!
Then it was off to the pharmacy, we wanted super strength mozzie repellant in the form of wristbands, a plug in for the room and super strength spray. No I don’t want Denghi fever and I’m not taking any chances.
We also grabbed some pain relief tablets, band aids and a few heat patches for my back, even though I plan on daily massages the humidity and sun irritates my scar tissue and it doesn’t take much for the pain to ruin a good day.
Then it was on to everything to block/unblock us! Please holiday gods spare us the dreaded ‘Bali belly’.
We chose Travelan, Coloxyl and some Gastrolyte effervescent tablets. We’ve also been taking a daily probiotic tablet for a few weeks and will pack them to take over to Bali. Fingers crossed there’s no ‘extra’ action in the toilet 🙂
Oh and because there’s a seriously high chance of chub rub I purchased some 3b anti chafe cream. Ain’t no fire between the thighs gonna ruin my holiday!
I’m also taking some colour care *shampoo and *conditioner from hair care company Davroe as well as their famous *LUXE leave in treatment, this will stop my very blonde hair from turning very green in the pools. I’m not sure if there is a hairdryer at the hotel but I’m cool with taking my own, and of course an adaptor plug is essential. We’ve actually got two. Originally we were going to take one and a power board but the son gave us his so two will be plenty.
It won’t be long and I’ll be stripping down poolside so I’ve already started to prepare with some Vani-T Brazilian bronze mousse. This easy to use *mousse is the business, just prepare your skin, pop on the *applicator mit and rub it all over. Then pop your feet up with a cuppa for an hour while it develops and rinse. No smells, no streaks just a lovely bronzed glow. I keep it topped up with the moisturising *bronzing custard each day, so simple and works every time. I also love that Vani-T (like DAVROE) is also a South Australian brand, we make some pretty amazing stuff here in the South.
For the flight we’ve packed eye masks, mine is the pretty one because I picked it up from Peter Alexander. We’ve also got some ear plugs, inflatable pillow and I’m taking my Harlow *‘Forever wrap’ scarf as a wrap/pillow. To ensure I stay relaxed and can grab some shut eye I’ve got a small rollerball of my favourite lavender and ‘on guard’ essential oils from Doterra. These will help me sleep and keep the germs at bay.
To secure my suitcase we have bag straps and ‘Tamper Tell’ seals. These seals have unique numbered codes to record, if it’s missing or the code is different I won’t be touching my bag at the airport. I may even get my bag plastic wrapped because all I can picture is the bloody Corby saga and I don’t want any of that action!
Oh, and a passport holder that I can ‘wear’ with built in RFID technology. This means that creepy scabby criminal types can’t scan my cards or passport details. Speaking of cards, I also took the time to call my bank and inform them I was headed overseas, not because I’m a bragger but for security:-)
I’m not taking much makeup because the humidity will just have it sliding off my face and you know, it’s a holiday. Some deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrush, my regular medication (and script) and lube for some between the sheets holiday action is about all else that will find its way into my bag. Don’t be shocked by that last bit, you all know I’m in menopause and lube is a ladies best friend ?
Let me just say a huge THANKYOU to everyone who has messaged me over the last few days wishing me luck, imploring me to have a wonderful holiday and just being bloody happy for me. This trip has been a long time coming and I’m excited. I’ll post some pics from Bali….can you believe it?…from BALI!
Til next time,
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