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Travel Must Haves

Travel Must Haves

Being a yachtie and traveling for long periods of time can be difficult. You have limited space as it is, but you definitely don’t want to take up space for boring things like shampoo. We would much rather have open space for that wooden monkey we bought in Costa Rica and the painting we got from New Orleans. Plus, it can be such a pain to haul more than you need back to the crew house. For all of those reasons, here’s a list of a few of our favorite travel must haves for those with little space.

Tide Packets

These little guys are a life saver for long trips when you don’t have access to a washer or dryer. There are three little packs of laundry detergent perfect for a sink-sized load. Generally, we can wear the same shirt a couple times but for things like underwear that need to be washed after one use these are perfect.

Lush Shampoo Bar

Lush Cosmetics has come up with shampoo and conditioner bars that are great for traveling and, at the same time, helping out the environment. They are small enough that they are easy to pack and travel with and you don’t have to worry about the excess plastic. Give the avocado-cocoa butter shampoo bar a try and you’ll never want to go back to those huge plastic bottles of shampoo ever again. Plus, when you are at the crew house you’ll never have to worry about someone stealing a pump or two of your shampoo.

Charcoal Tablets

Charcoal tablets are good to keep on hand when traveling. Activated charcoal pulls toxins from the body and expels them, so with things like traveler’s diarrhea and Montezuma’s revenge, these little pills may make your holiday run a little more smoothly. You can also mix in it with your favorite beverage; I had a charcoal lemonade that changed my world. Activated charcoal is also known to help with hangovers, for when you’ve had one too many drinks at the Elbo Room.

Duffle Bag

Working on yachts, we all know the importance of space. As yachties, we manage to fit our belongings in places people wouldn’t believe because it’s either that or get rid of it. That’s why traveling with a duffle bag makes more sense than a suitcase. Suitcases are big and bulky, and take up so much more space than a rolled up duffle bag would. Even if you are off the boat and in a crew house, it’s such a pain, and an eye sore, to keep that massive thing hidden in a corner because it doesn’t fit anywhere else. If you have fragile items, suitcases are obviously the better option for you, but if you’re dragging around clothes, give a duffle bag a try.

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