In my travel bag

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We’ve just recently come back from beautifully warm and relaxing trip to Bali. Although my husband and I have travelled extensively around the world, neither of us had been to Bali. So with two kids to take now, we thought we’d see how the ‘short’ flight went before we decide to brave a long haul one. I’m slightly scarred from when we last took our son to Europe at 18 months old but I guess the only way to get over your fears is to face them head on!

Having a nearly 3 year old and a nearly one year old makes it difficult to do our usual style of travel and accomodation, so we settled on a ‘resort’ style holiday this time. It was easy to park ourselves there, plenty to do but also the option to venture out when and where we felt like it.

Now onto the reason for the post. I’m a serial ‘over packer.’ It doesn’t matter how much travel I’ve done (work or play) I still haven’t learnt. And I’m sure you can guess, it’s 100 times worse when you have to pack for children too! I decided this time however to try and rationalise some of the ‘personal products’ so we could all use the same or use things for multiple purposes.

And of course they all had to be ‘low tox.’ So here’s what we took:

Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste

I’ve been using this ‘deodorant’ for some years now. Unlike mainstream products that are laden with chemicals, this naturally keeps you fresh with it’s unique blend of ingredients.

Pure Papaya Ointment with Calendula

I love this ointment to soothe and protect the skin. Not only is it a great moisturiser for very dry skin, it also works to soothe the skin from rashes and bites. And it’s my go to nappy and lip ointment! So many uses for the one product and saves me about 4 or five ‘extra’ unecessary products.

Dr Bronners Pure Castille Liquid Soap

Did you know that this amazing product has 18 different uses? Instead of taking separate face wash, body wash, shampoo and laundry detergent away with you, this one product does it all! I took peppermint with us (didn’t think my husband would like the ‘rose’ one) but there are plenty of other ‘fragrances’ to select from if it’s not your style.

Weleda White Mallow Face Cream

This product is amazing on irritated skin and is wonderful for those with eczema symptoms. Its my go to face cream on my kids when they have had dribble and teething rashes in the past. Seeing I was taking it, I used it for myself for the trip too!

Ouch! Herbal Insect Repellant

Have you ever seen what normal insect repellant does if it leaks? It literally eats through what it’s been sitting or lying on. Now imagine what that does to your skin or your childrens skin.

That’s why I took this totally natural (and great smelling) version with us. Made from geranium and eucalyptus oils as well as lemongrass extract it works! I imagine this is what people did for centuries to keep the insects at bay (that and gin and tonic!) before the nasty DEET products became all the rage.

LaVanila Perfume

Do you know how many harmful and toxic chemicals are in the everyday frangrances we buy? The smells are all synthetically derived and most of them make me feel sick these days. And who knows what they are doing to your body when absorbed.

I received this beautiful fragrance for my birthday a few months ago and it’s perfect for a tropical holiday. Sweet and fresh! And it lasts. The smell is quite strong to begin with but then it subsides to this delicious mix of vanilla and whatever it has been blended with. I’ve got the vanilla grapfuit one.

Dr Bronners Hand Sanitiser

I carry this hand sanitiser in my nappy bag at home for those times when water isn’t available. I love the fact that all it’s got in it is Organic Ethyl Alcohol, Water and Organic Lavender. NOTHING else. It sanitises, smells nice, leaves no sticky residue and has no added nasties. Perfect when you are on the go on a holiday for hand sanitising (especially in places like Bali where the water isn’t clean anyway!)

Weleda Baby Teething Powder

When you take a 10 month old away, you are almost guarenteed to encounter a bout of teething grizzles and pain. I do give my children Panadol on the odd occasion but it’s kind of the last measure I take after I’ve tried everything else. You don’t really know what is making them unsettled most of the time so I don’t dosing them up on something first up on the assumption it is always pain. Sometimes it’s just hunger or they are hot!

I must admit I was a bit sceptical about this teething powder when I first read about it but hey what did I have to loose. I’m going to choose to refrain from a discussion on homeopathic remedies given the many ‘hat’s’ I wear but will say that this has worked for our sample size of one!

UV Natural Sunscreen

Natural sunscreen provides a physical and not a chemical barrier to harmful UVA and UVB rays. Due the the regulations around sunscreen in Australia, this doesn’t mean they are any less effective in helping to prevent sunburn, sun damage and premature ageing. But they do mean you and your kids aren’t absorbing nasty chemicals.

I’ve been using this particular sunscreen since my son was a baby and given it’s worked well up until now, why change.

Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel

I’ve been using this tooth gel for my son since we started brushing his teeth. I think he probably eats more than he uses to brush his teeth so it’s even more important he isn’t swallowing dubious ingredients.

Grants Xylitol with Mild Mint Toothpaste

One of the first ‘personal’ care products that I swapped over to low tox was our toothpaste. We’ve been using this one for years now after a few other unsuccessful product trials. Th xylitol in it helps to prevent the growth of the bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities. I don’t miss those big name branded ones at all!

So there you have it. Travelling low tox doesn’t have to be hard. There are also some more tips about low tox travelling on a recent podcast I listened to. Read more about it here.

I’ve popped some links to where I purchase the products from if you’re interested for your next trip. And they are all up on my Product page for your viewing pleasure at a later date.

 

 

 

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