Christmas Vacation with One Carry-on for a Family of 5.

This year we spent a week away from home during Christmas. To keep things cheap we only brought personal bags and one carry-on for our whole family. Now before I go on too much farther, just know that we celebrated Christmas with gifts when we got back home. With our kids being young enough to not know what day Christmas is on, we can actually do that.

Each one of us had four outfits for the whole 8 days. That meant doing laundry while we were away. We also had large coats since we went to Idaho where it was much colder than what we are used to in Southern California. We also had enough diapers and wipes to get to our destination, blankets for each of our babies, food so we didn’t have to buy airplane food, and our hygiene/makeup.

Here is what I packed for myself to give you an idea:

1 PJ set

2 sweaters (I switched off every other day on which one I wore).

4 white T-shirts

1 coat

1 scarf

1 pair of pants

1 black leggings

1 pair of work out clothes with sports bras

1 pair of shoes

2 pairs of socks

(Not shown in picture above is 4 pairs of underwear and 2 bras)


If you can get it at your destination, buy it there. I’m mainly talking about diapers and wipes in our case, but that could look differently for different people. We only packed enough for the flight then bought them in Idaho.

Don’t be afraid to borrow things. Need a jacket? Ask for someone’s spare to borrow. Almost everyone has extras that aren’t being used and most people don’t mind lending an extra pair of socks or a towel or whatever. Or even toys for your kids. No need to pack toys if where you’re staying they’ll have things for your kids to do.

Don’t pack just-in-case items. If you absolutely need it, buy it. Most likely you won’t need it though.

You’re traveling, it’s okay if you wear the same thing more than once.

Can it be used for double duty? A scarf as a travel pillow (or as cover up while nursing), lipstick used as blush as well, you get my drift?

Plan packing items ahead. Give yourself enough time to think through how to make it all possible.

Pack like-things together. Ex: all our clothes went in the carry-on, all blankets in one backpack, all food in another backpack, etc.

Would I do anything differently?

Wait until at least two kids can walk in the airport. With two babies who can’t walk around and all three of our kids still in full car seats, AND with both me and my husband wearing backpacks (carrying a baby each) getting from car to check-in car seats was super difficult.

Not pack so much food, we didn’t need as much on the plane as I thought so it was just extra weight.

Do any of you try to pack minimally? The whole week we were gone we stayed at 4 different places and packing light made it really easy to pack up and go to the next place. It made packing light well worth it!

What I Take When I Travel: Hygiene



Hygiene Travel 1I’m going to be traveling for the next two weeks and I wanted to share with you what basic, simple essentials that I bring with me on the road. My daughter and I share one small bag. Here is what’s on my list for hygiene. Above I have lotion, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and essential oils. I try to use very natural products. Now that I’ve been using products that don’t have synthetic smells, I can tell a huge difference with other conventional hygiene products and I’m super sensitive to them now. So it’s essential for me that I have my own products wherever I go. The lotion that I’m using right now is called Everyone Lotion, the citrus+mint scent. I also like the lavender one too. My shampoo is called Everyday Coconut Shampoo. Love this shampoo! My conditioner is from the same company as my lotion. It is Everyone Hair, the coconut scent. The body wash that I use, and is my favorite body wash, I’ve been using off and on for 3 years now, is from Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. I have used the peppermint, lavender, lemon, and the baby safe one that is unscented. The one I’m using currently is the baby unscented one, but I recommend all of them! If there’s one product that you should take with you, I would say Dr. Bronner’s castile soap because you can use it in your hair as well. FYI- castile soap is made from vegetable based items, not an animal product, like lard, etc. Then lastly, I bring my Past Tense, Breathe, Lemon, Peppermint, Lavendar, and On Guard.   
Hygiene Travel 4I used to have really bad acne, and now that I don’t, I try to embrace my clear skin by not wearing a lot of make up. I use ZUZU luxe powder foundation, a brush, mascara (that you can get from walmart), concealer (incase I get one or two zits 😉 ), and a mix of liquid and pencil eye liner. Some Alba Botanica sunscreen, and floss and my toothbrush and toothpaste. Since I got an electric toothbrush….I’ll never go back! Usually I make my own tooth powder, that you can find my recipe from my old blog, but my clay is still in my house, where my soon-to-be-former-spouse still lives.
Hygiene Travel 2I don’t know if this is considered “hygiene” but I pack this with my hygiene products. I use Q96 multi-vitamin as well as it’s B12 and D3 sprays. I definitely can tell a difference when using them. The middle one from Nature’s Way, is actually and probiotic that stays refrigerated, and lastly, I take Lutein because it’s supposed to help eye support if you are under fluorescent lights all the time or stare at a screen a lot during the day.

Alright well I hope you enjoyed seeing what products I use on a regular basis, and what I am taking with me for the next two weeks on the road. I hope it inspires some of you to try and use more natural products that help your overall health. Hope you all have a great day!