But if you’re planning a trip back to family of origin or to someplace warm and sunny and exotic for the holidays, you’ll need the items contained therein.
Hair stuff: Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy volumizing shampoo and conditioner. The aroma in question is “orange ginger,” and it does smell lovely.
Mouth stuff: Crest Pro-Health shampoo and multi-protection rinse (once known as “mouthwash”). Also a wee little container of Glide floss — if you meet the guy/gal of your dreams on that Caribbean cruise, having spinach in your teeth won’t make a good first impression.
Skin stuff: Bath & Body Works lotion (also orange-ginger), Banana Boat sunscreen (SPF 30), Blistex Nurture & Nourish lip balm.
OTC stuff: Two Advil tablets, in case you stay too long at the fair and wake up feeling sub-par. Also three capsules of MegaRed krill oil, chock-full of antioxidants (also good for those who overdo the fun) and guaranteed to have “no fishy odor or aftertaste” (see “guy/gal of your dreams,” above).
A flashlight: Small and cute and equipped with a carabinier so you can clip it onto your belt, fanny pack or key ring. Perfect for negotiating your way through a crowded hostel room on your way to the john, or for scaring away the land crabs if you take a late-night walk on the beach in the Caribbean.
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