After sharing our Alaskan cruise adventure over the past few weeks, I realized that I have valuable information and tidbits that I couldn't keep all to myself. I realized several items that really enhanced our vacation, and a few that I wished we would have had. So, today I'm sharing 10 items to add to your Alaskan cruise packing list.
Binoculars | Binoculars definitely added to the awe of your trip. Not the cheap kind either. Invest in (or borrow from a family member or friend) a great pair of binoculars for wildlife & scenery viewing. I was blown away by how much more we could take in by keeping a pair handy while on deck or our balcony.
Robe/Blanket | A robe would have been great for mornings & evenings relaxing on our balcony. I'm sure we could have requested one from our steward, but I always prefer my own. A blanket would have been even better! We did use our bed's comforter for cozying up on the balcony, but it was much too big to lug out. A throw blanket would have been perfect, and could double up for use on the plane.
Flowers | No, don't run to the grocery store before leaving home. I'm talking about popping by Pike Place Market, if you're sailing from Seattle. Stop by the morning before you sail away to pick up a bouquet of flowers for as little as 10 bucks! Bring a plastic cup for a vase or ask your cabin steward for one.
All Weather Shoes | Rain, snow, glaciers, you need shoes that covers it all! We loved wearing duck boots for the rubber, skid resistent soles for rain, snow, and wet decks. They also gave added warmth on cold days. We were also sure to get duck boots that were comfortable for walking on port days.
Light Jacket | Not all day, everyday will be cold enough for a heavy coat. A light jacket will come in handy for warmer days.
House Shoes/Slippers | This is something I really wish I would have taken—slippers. We loved hanging out on our balcony in the early mornings before heading out and in the evenings after showers. Instead of putting on socks and shoes to keep my tootsies warm, house shoes would have been the perfect fix. Bonus—they don't take up much space in luggage.
Stamps | We enjoyed mailing postcards back home from our ports, but I didn't bring enough to send from each port or to everyone I would have liked. So pack some stamps (you can buy postcard stamps for a little cheaper than regular stamps) and a pen to treat someone back home to a taste of your trip.
Sunscreen | Believe it or not, the sunshines bright in Alaska! We spent many days on deck overlooking the ocean and onboard pools, suncreen would have definitely been appreciated!
Small Bills | Our service was so impecable, we wanted to show our appreciation even more than just the cruise line's gratuity rates. We carryed on a stack of 1s and 5s for additional tipping. Having the cash kept our final bill at bay when checking out on the last day.
Hearty Appetite | So much good food! Onboard, in port, great food options everywhere!
Hopefully this list adds to the enjoyment of your Alaskan cruise! If you're still waiting to book your adventure, contact me, and let's start planning!
With Christmas just around the corner, it is well past time to start thinking about those stocking stuffers and gifts for under the tree! For me, I love giving (and receiving) ;) travel related gifts.
To make life a little easier for you during the hectic time of the holidays, I've put together a gift guide for travel lovers, myself included (hint, hint). Read on to see the latest and greatest gifts in travel accessories for the jetsetter in your life!
Airplane Seat Foot Rest | Unfortunately, airplane seats don't come with built-in foot rests, but, with this gadget, you can easily transform your seat. With the Travel Bread Airplane Footrest Hammock, you'll be more comfortable on those long flights.
Cord/Charger Organizer | The Leather Charger Roll Up from Mark and Graham is perfect for the tech-savvy traveler. With multiple pockets for chargers, earbuds, and more, the roll up design allows for more storage with minimal space. Not only is this piece functional, it is beautiful! Bonus: free monogramming!
Photo Printing Gift Card | With all of those travel photos piling up, a gift certificate to a photo printing service is the perfect stocking stuffer! Persnickety Prints is my go to for quality & price.
Luggage Drink Caddy | Strolling through the airport trying to keep up with my carry-on, boarding pass, phone, and Starbucks isn't easy! But this drink caddy that clips to your luggage handle is the perfect solution. Now, I've got a hand free!
Travel Pillow | I have searched for and tried many travel pillows. A colleague recently recommended this one, so it is on my list. It looks like the perfect solution to those bulky pillows that aren't even that comfortable!
Portable Phone Charger | Having battery back up for your phone at any given point or place can be a lifesaver! This sweet little gadget is the perfect solution! I love that it connects right to your phone with no added cords to keep up with for charging.
Travel Journal | A place to jot down happenings, amazing meals, and off the beaten path spots are a must for any traveler. This leather journal is perfect for any travel lover!
Personalized Passport Holder | This is my favorite passport wallet! Modern, stylish, and personalized! I love that it has many more pockets for me to slip my credit card, cash, and even coins in a zipper pouch.
Packing Cubes | Did you check out my YouTube video yesterday? Need I say more?
Expandable Carry On | I just saw this the other day, and immediately became intrigued! I love all of the pockets, removable storage, and how it condenses. Definitely something I want to try!
Front Pocket Wallet | This one is for the guys! Number one travel tip—ditch the wallet in your back pocket to decrease your chances of being pick pocketed, and scoop up this front pocket wallet. Bonus: free personalization!
Crossbody Purse | Yep, this one is on my for real list! A roomy, very well made crossbody bag WITH a zipper closure, another one of those must haves to lessen the chances of successful theft.
There are some amazing things on this list, great for a variety of travel lovers, including myself!
I hope this helps you think of ideas for gifts even beyond Christmas.
Packing cubes are all the rage in the travel industry right now, and, I must admit, they've changed the way I pack and travel! Packing cubes keep me more organized, allow me to pack more without overpacking, and help me downsize luggage!
I've shared packing cubes several times on Facebook & Instagram, and several have asked "how in the world do you use them?"
Well, your wish is my command! Today, I'm sharing a video on how I use packing cubes for traveling.
I share packing cubes and bags that I use, how I prepare my items for packing, and how I use them beyond the suitcase. Check out this quick video to get a feel of what you can accomplish when packing with packing cubes.
Awhile back, I had a chat with my mentor, business coach, and friend. He was giving me a much needed kick in the pants about self-confidence. We all have moments like that right? Anyway, he said something that really struck me about YOU, my clients & potential clients clients. Without me, you could be gambling you time & money away! Wow, that is something I certainly would never want!
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Hey y'all! I hope you are had a great weekend and are having a great week so far! As always, things are busy, busy around here. But no matter how busy I am, I keep up with keeping a consistent skincare routine. This is something that is very new to me in the past year. I never did well with a true, consistent routine, and, wow, can I tell a difference, especially when traveling!
Last year, I was introduced to Colleen Rothschild Beauty via several ladies I follow on Instagram. I finally made the investment, and added several of her products to my beauty pantry. After the first application, I was HOOKED! My skin had never felt to soft and radiant. And I am not exaggerating. Since then, I have added several more of her products to my routine, and my skin has never felt or looked better. I stick to this routine while traveling as well, and I don't feel such a drastic change in my skin due to various changes in climates, conditions, and altitudes as I have in the past when traveling or flying.
Paired with a few other products, Colleen Rothschild is game changing, so naturally I want to share this with everyone. I feel like all of my friends are going to get her Discovery Kit for birthday or Christmas gifts! I know that I sound like a saleswoman, but I promise this is 100% authentic! I am a believer!
So, here is my life changing skincare routine. I've linked the products I use and included when & what order I use them.
Night Face Routine
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser | In the shower, I wash off the day's makeup & grime with Cetaphil. This isn't a necessary step, but I like the added wash. Cetaphil is gentle enough it does not strip my skin, so it pairs great with the next step.
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Radiant Cleansing Balm | This would be my #1 pick for my beauty skin routine. This cleansing balm has completely changed my life. The first time I used it, I knew it was going to be a game changer. It is so nourishing, yet melts off your make up. It is so gentle, you can rub it on your eye makeup and open your eyes while washing. To wash off you use a muslin cloth included with the cleanser that gives a bit of exfoliation. I cannot recommend this enough!
Frankenscince Essential Oil | Not only does it smell amazing, Frankenscince oil is amazing for your skin! It is great for helping with scarring, rashes, and burns, but it also helps with anti-aging. I use a roller top on the essential oil bottle, and do a quick roll on my forehead, each cheekbone, and under my jaw line. I apply 2-3 times a week using a jade roller.
Jade Roller | I use a jade roller to not only rub in the frankenscine oil, but for other benefits to my skin as well. It is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, assist in lymphatic drainage & blood circulation, and eliminate toxins in the skin. You can read some great information on the benefits of jade rolling here. I use this duo 2-3 times a week.
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Sheer Renewal Cream | This is my #2 pick from Colleen Rothschild Beauty. I have never used a face cream that I love, but this is incredible! It leaves my skin feeling silky and hydrated. It does not leave a sticky film, and my skin feels refreshed when I wake up in the morning.
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Extreme Recovery Cream | I recently added this into my routine, and it is so good! My skin drinks up this thicker cream! Creams that I have tried in the past have made my skin feel clogged and sticky, but this is so breathable. I use this cream a couple of times a week, though it you can use it every day. I think this is a great cream for the harsher cold of the winter. Lately, I've tended to use the Sheer Renewal Cream when it is much hotter or humid outside.
Morning Face Routine
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Vitamin C Treatment Complex | This is also a recent add to my routine. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects against sun damage and has anti-aging benefits. I put this on a few minutes before my moisturizer, and never even feel it there!
Neutrogena Suncreen Moisturizer | In the past I never moisturized my skin in the mornings. I didn't want to feel like my face was suffocating under my make up. But since using the Vitamin C Treatment and this sunscreen Moisturizer, I realize I was doing the opposite for my skin. My skin was unprotected, and, therefore, free to soak in my makeup, unprotected against sun damage, and subject to the dirt & grime of the day. My skin no longer feels cakey or like it can't breath when I wear make up, and I rest easy knowing that my precious skin is protected agains the sun. I love the lightweight feeling of this moisturizer.
Chapstick | What can I say? I'm a simple girl—I love some regular ole Chapstick! The now have Chapstick with sunscreen, so it is a great addition to my skincare. I apply this multiple times a day, and under lipstick.
Travel Bottles | These are my favorite travel bottles. Though they are not the TSA approved size for carry-on, they are my favorite for checked bags. There is nothing worse than running out of what I need, so this size guarantees I won't run out of my Cetaphil or other soaps or shampoos while traveling.
Travel Jars | I hate to bring my full size jars of beauty skincare products, so these jars are great for carrying just enough of each product for my trip. They are great for giving samples to share with my girlfriends as well.
Plan to Try Soon
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Intense Hydrating Mask | I've been reading up on this hydrating mask, and I hope to try it soon. What appeals my to this mask is that you can wash it off, or just let it soak into your skin. So great for low maintenance!
Turmeric & Neem Oil Brightening Mask | Neem oil is all the rage right now. It is in hair care products for hydrating & strengthening the hair. In this case, paired with turmeric, you get the benefits of hydrating, strengthening, and brightening of the skin.
I want to add that I know the Colleen Rothschild products are pricey. However, I I have had the same jar of the Cleansing Balm since October. So though they are an investment, the products are worth it and lasting!
I hope this encourages you to get into a skincare routine that works for YOU, because implementing a routine has been so amazing for my skin and how I feel.
Note: This post is not sponsored in anyway. These are just products that I use, and truly believe in! Colleen Rothschild Beauty has drastically changed my skin, and I want to share it with EVERYONE!
This post does contain affiliate links via Amazon.