Giveaway: The TSA-friendly travel kit.

thInterest in these things never wanes. I expect that’s because it’s just galling to pay more for a teeny-tiny toothpaste than you would for a 6-ouncer on sale with a coupon.

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.

Among them:

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.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline is 7 p.m. PST Wednesday, Dec. 4. If I don’t hear back from the winner by 7 p.m. PST Thursday, Dec. 5, I’ll pull another name. Last week I had to do that twice — if you enter the contest, check your e-mail on Thursday morning!

Note: Due to the high cost of international shipping, a winner who lives outside the United States will be given a choice of gift cards in lieu of the travel kit.

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  1. Barbara Calder

    Like the flashlight for a late walk on the beach!

  2. Barbara Calder

    I subscribe via e-mail.

  3. Barbara Calder

    I follow Surviving and Thriving on facebook.

  4. Kathy Mayin

    This is perfect! Heading to Guatemala for a month in January.

  5. Kathy Mayin

    Following on FB. Haven’t seen my dear sweet other half in six months…the smell pretty stuff and lip balm would be so appreciated.

  6. Kathy Mayin

    Also, I get all of your emails. I so love the things you share with us.

  7. Kathy Mayin

    And, lastly I follow on Twitter. As always, much gratitude for these giveaways and for all of your great tips and ideas you always share with us.

  8. Follow on Facebook. I always like to see what the giveaways that you offer are. I enjoy the creativity that you put into grouping like things.

  9. I follow you on Facebook.

  10. Would use all of these when traveling

  11. Like on Facebook

  12. Follow on Twitter

  13. Receive your emails.

  14. Don’t do Twitter but love you on Facebook and receive your e-mails.

  15. Melissa F

    Would love to win just to try the Crest Pro-Health shampoo. LOL! Love your posts! Take care.

  16. Sounds like a useful collection of items to fly with. Still haven’t taken my little lotion and my lip care items out of their plastic bag in my purse from when I flew to Arizona a few weeks ago. At least I can find them pretty easily!

  17. I recently started following Surviving and Thriving on FaceBook.

  18. I enjoy hearing about life in Alaska ….

  19. … so I just signed up for emails too.

  20. Cool prize!

  21. Facebook too.

  22. Cindy Brooks

    Anything with Bath & Body Works products in it gets my attention! I always carry a tiny flashlight when we travel and it’s come in handy several times on late night trips to the bathroom 🙂
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  23. Cindy Brooks

    e-mail subscriber
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  24. Cindy Brooks

    following you on facebook
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  25. Count me in…perfect for DD2 who has become quite the traveler here of late….who is heading back to Cali from a visit with a DF and then back to the East in time for Xmas with anxious parents.

  26. What a great package for traveling. A flash light is a great idea…I never would have thought of it.
    Thank you!

  27. I am an email subscriber

  28. I follow on facebook

  29. Happy holidays Donna! Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. I follow on Facebook.

  31. I subscribe via email too.

  32. Barbara A

    Thanks Donna!

  33. Thank you for the chance!

  34. email subscriber

  35. facebook fan

  36. I especially love that orange ginger scent!

  37. I subscribe via email.

  38. I follow you on Twitter

  39. I started with getting the emails

  40. And Facebook naturally followed, what a fun giveaway!

  41. Zelda Lee Hoover

    Looks like a great travel package! I am an email subscriber,

  42. Great giveaway!

  43. I follow on fb.

  44. I follow on twitter.

  45. I subscribe via email!

  46. Would love to win this for international travel!

  47. Tracy Stone

    Orange-ginger sounds yummy! And I do have to travel once or twice this month…

  48. Tracy Stone


  49. Tracy Stone

    twitter and facebook!

  50. Lots of great stuff for traveling — thank you!

  51. I get your emails

  52. I follow your tweets (moeyshay)

  53. I am a student of frugalogy and I love reading your Alaska adventures.

  54. Alissa A

    I’m an email subscriber.

  55. I love the orange ginger lotion scent!! I subscribe via email!

  56. I also like you on Facebook.

  57. And I follow you on Twitter (@kchowy). Thanks for another cool giveaway!

  58. I’m leaving a comment!

  59. And I’m a subscriber!

  60. And I follow you on twitter 🙂


  61. maryegankirk

    have been a follower for several years but family needs have kept me from reading your posts for a couple of months. I’ve missed you!, and my ‘me-time’ of which you have been a part over the years. winning this stash would be a great way to celebrate my renewed commitment to the caretaker needing to take care of oneself in order to be able to take care of others.

    thanks for all the good advise!

  62. In_the_808

    These would be great

  63. Eric the K

    Taking the fam to DisneyWorld, this prize would come in handy

  64. I’d love a chance to win, thanks!

  65. Neat travel pack! Can use it while visiting relatives for the holidays. Thanks for the opportunity.

  66. Carolina Cooper

    I follow you on Facebook. Heading out to the Dominican Republic, I would love to win this great gift. Can lightning strike twice in the same place? I hope so!

  67. Carolina Cooper

    I follow you by email, as well.

  68. Natural care products would be most appreciated. It is nice to read your Alaska reports on my email. Sounds like you and your nephews enjoyed your evening and the cold.

    Nita in southeast Michigan

  69. everything is so tiny and cute!

  70. I subscribe via email too!

  71. and on Facebook! sorry, don’t Tweet (yet! lol)

  72. Thank you for the giveaway.

  73. I subscribe via email. This is a great giveaway. Very practical!

  74. Melissa Boitnott

    I subscribe on facebook. Great giveaway.

  75. once again a great giveaway, keep up the good work Donna.

  76. Pick me! Pick me! I could use it in March to visit daughter & son-in-law while on their trip to Vermont, or to take a friend gr.kids from Baltimore to Tucson during the upcoming summer, or in November of 2014 on a trip to the UK.

  77. conee corning banks

    follow you on facebook

  78. conee corning banks

    love your blog

  79. Chris B.

    Your blog is in my Favorites list!

  80. crazyliblady

    Your post says part of the package is “Crest Pro-Health shampoo and multi-protection rinse.” I was a little confused.

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