Planning summer travel? Take this kit with you.

Your summer plane trips will be simpler if you go carry-on only. This week’s giveaway can help.

Quick aside: A few winners from my second anniversary giveaway haven’t responded to the e-mails telling them they’ve won. Technically I should pull new names, but I can’t mail the prizes for another day or two anyway. If you entered the giveaway, check your e-mail to see if you won. (And if not-responding is your passive-aggressive way of saying, “I don’t want that book/T-shirt/whatever,” then fine. Be that way.)

Back to this week’s prize: The TSA-friendly travel kit contains the things you need to stay cleansed and even protected from the sun. Contained in the bag are:

  • Tom’s of Maine toothpaste. Technically it’s children’s toothpaste, aka “Silly Strawberry” flavor. It’ll get an adult’s teeth clean, too.
  • Pantene shampoo
  • “Inner Grace” shower gel from Philosophy
  • Degree deodorant, for after the shower
  • Marrakesh “Dreamsicle” leave-in conditioner/detangler (pool/salt water plus sun can do a number on your tresses)
  • Eucerin lotion
  • Banana Boat sunscreen, SPF 30
  • “Yelpstick,” i.e., a lip balm that I got from the Yelp.com booth at the Emerald City Comicon

I’m also enclosing a teeny-tiny flashlight, which is cute as hell and made by the Skil company, i.e., the people who also make power tools. It’s a sturdy little metal rascal and sheds a surprising amount of illumination. This is in case there’s a power failure when you travel — who wants to be in a strange place without light?

It would also come in handy if you’re camping and need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Otherwise you might trip over a root, or a bear. Or pee on your shoes.

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 9 p.m. PDT Monday, May Tuesday, May 28. If I don’t hear back from the winner by Wednesday evening, May 30, I’ll have the random number generator choose someone else.


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  1. Or, you might pee on the bear without a light!

    • Robin

      Hopefully I will take an overnight trip this year, so it would come in handy.

  2. I suscribe via email.

  3. kristy

    Your giveaways are always so fun!

  4. Cathy

    That cute little flashlight would have been useful on my last trip where I had to content with a power cut in a house where there was no flashlight to be found!

  5. Catseye

    I’d like the travel kit, Donna!

  6. Catseye

    I also subscribe to your RSS feed.

  7. Terry

    Neat items, very usable! Thx!

  8. Terry

    Facebook, too.

  9. Very cool items and useful, too.

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  11. Kevin

    Nice travel kit!

  12. Valerie

    Looks like a great kit!

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  15. I would love to win that pack! It’ll come in handy during my trips…

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  18. I remember talking my mom into buying some cheaper cheese telling her it all taste tbe same with the pimento in it well not so the $1.49 went in the trash and we ate the $3.69 and I never said that again about anything.i

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    Everything you could possibly need on the road!

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  25. Karen

    Sounds like a really practical give away and would fit nicely in an overnight bag.

  26. Fernanda

    Thank you for this giveaway. I would love to win

  27. petra

    Just in time for summer vacation. Thanks!

  28. petra

    I get your emails

  29. petra

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  30. Suzanne in VA

    Sure would like to have this for my trip to Montana in a couple weeks, I tend to pack too many toiletries….

  31. Christy

    That kit would come in handy for the camping/whitewater rafting trip I have planned. Thank you for offering it as a give away!

  32. Elizabeth

    Great useful giveaway – thanks.

  33. Elizabeth

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  34. thanks for the chance to win!

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  36. SherryH

    I’d like a chance at that, please! And thank you for the giveaway.

  37. Sounds like a fun kit. btw, your new Frugal Cool column is really great! Where do you find all this info?

    • admin

      @Carol: I find all the Frugal Cool stuff through constant, constant searching. One post a day = full-time job.

  38. Jackie

    Thanks for a fun and useful giveaway!
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    I’m subscribed via email.

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  51. I always love the idea of winning a prize and I could actually put this one to good use!! And the advice to travel with just carry-on luggage is absolutely right on!

  52. Marcia Carli

    Wow! Great giveaway! This is so good for those weekend train trips!

  53. sandy

    I get your email!
    Plan several overnight trips this summer

  54. Pedro

    Some good items for my gym bag. Thanks for the giveaway.

  55. Pedro

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  56. Stacy Dowdy

    you always make me giggle at some point thru the blog! Love your posts!

  57. Alissa A

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  58. Mary J

    This is avery nice travel kit.

  59. Mary J

    Email subscriber.

  60. Mary J

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  61. Sandra J

    Great idea! Who doesn’t need a travel kit!

  62. Sandra J

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  63. Sandra J

    I stalk you on Facebook 😉

  64. Sandra J

    Oh brother – that last smart Alec comment should have been “email”

  65. Daughter could use this kit!

  66. …and yes, I’m subscribed to your blog via e-mail.

  67. I just got back from a walloper of a trip but am planning two more this year for work along, and this would be just the ticket!

  68. Erm, that was work *alone. Never mind. I am a Twitter follower of course, who is belatedly recalling you couldn’t have met up this weekend because you’re in Alaska for two months. My memory fails me.

  69. And I subscribe via RSS!

  70. Kleester

    Sounds like a great kit. I’m in! =)

  71. Susan

    We’re packing up the kids and driving across country in a couple of months for a family reunion. These would sure come in handy. Hope I win.

  72. janet springfield

    Would love to win….. would love to travel!

  73. Jessie

    Sounds fun, thanks

  74. I’m always IN for a giveaway! :)!

  75. Marie Gaither

    This would be great for the trips I have planned for this summer and fall. Love your blog!

  76. Nifty items! Thanks!

  77. Danielle

    I subscribe via RSS!

  78. Danielle

    I twitter follow.

  79. Danielle

    I hope
    I win!

  80. love this giveaway

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  82. woohoo – free stuff!

  83. I also subscribe via email.

  84. Katie B

    I love reading your site and i love your way of living. I ordered the tom’s of main strawberry for my little daughter so she can keep going strong with her brushing and so she can get excited about mail like me!

  85. Traveling a bit this summer, so the kit would come in handy.

  86. And I subscribe via email.

  87. Michele

    I “Like” you on FB.

  88. Michele

    I already follow you on RSS feed – you are right there everyday on my homepage.

  89. Conee Corning Banks

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  90. Conee Corning Banks

    read your blog!

  91. CandiO

    YAY travel kit!

  92. ImJuniperNow

    Forget using this on vacation – Another 10 days without power like last October and this kit will be a lifesaver, no matter where I end up peeing.

    Thanks, Donna!

  93. Ashley

    I love to travel! And you never know when you’ll need a tiny flashlight. Or deodorant.

  94. Elizabeth Waniewski

    I follow you on twitter.@285322407

  95. Elizabeth Waniewski

    I get your emails.

  96. Marieli

    Would love to win the kit.

  97. Debra

    Would love this!

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