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36 Rolls of Toilet Paper
I’ve come a long way since I first started traveling.
I was that person who didn’t want to fly anywhere because “How would I be able to bring everything with me that I needed in just my personal suitcase?”.
I mean, who doesn’t bring 36 rolls of toilet paper with them when they travel?
So there I was each time we took a trip, loading my van to the brim with almost everything I owned. Think I’m kidding? I had the habit of packing every pair of shoes in my closet because I wanted a backup in case my feet felt sore. Added to that was about an entire drawer of underwear for a three-day trip and I even sometimes packed my slow cooker (with absolutely no plans of what to make in it)!
Yes, it was that bad.
We Have to Learn What Works for Us
Over the years of lugging things in and out of hotel rooms, I’ve learned that overpacking isn’t helpful for my family. We typically never even touched half of the stuff I brought along – it really only made us feel cramped and unorganized.
So, today I am going to share with you my top seven “extra” things that I’ve learned are practical to pack when traveling. These are beyond your typical clothing, toiletries, and medical necessities, of course.
7 Practical Things to Bring When Traveling
Even though I sometimes still struggle with wanting to bring along everything that I own, these are the seven practical things I limit myself to.
1. Refillable Water Bottle
There was a time when I would buy cases of water to bring along with me when I traveled. I like to drink a lot of water and I didn’t ever want to be without something to drink.
However, since traveling more often, I’ve learned that most places have refillable bottle stations. Bringing a refillable water bottle with me makes sense, allows me to stay hydrated, and spares me a lot of space while packing.
Did you know you can save even more space by using a collapsible water bottle?
2. Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts
There is nothing that ruins a trip faster for me than having my feet hurt. When my feet hurt I feel tired, cranky, and less like exploring.
This is why in the past, I would pack several different pairs of shoes. When one started to bother me I could simply switch to another.
Having this many pairs of shoes doesn’t make sense!
Now I simply bring the shoes I need and a pair of Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts. I love that my inserts fit several different types of shoes and allow me to have the energy to keep exploring comfortably.
3. Handwash Detergent
Remember the drawer full of underwear I thought I needed? Turns out, I didn’t need to pack half of the clothing items that I did.
Bringing a bottle of detergent with me when I travel affords me the ability to wash single items of clothing by hand if for some reason we under-packed and needed one more outfit to get us through.
4. Portable Battery
If I am out traveling, a portable battery charger is always in my purse. I have found that it is much better to keep charged on the go, rather than stop having fun to find an outlet or turning back to the hotel to power up.
Even though many phones now double as a camera, for me, the old-fashioned type is still a necessity.
How many times have you been denied a photo because of limited space on your phone?
Oh no, which app can I live without?
6. Collapsible Hamper
Traveling with a collapsible hamper is a game changer. Seriously, who wants their dirty clothes thrown onto the hotel room floor or worse yet, mixed in their suitcase with the clean clothes?
Bringing a collapsible hamper that can fold down and fit inside my suitcase is practical because I like organization. It makes me feel happy.
7. Open Mind
Number seven isn’t technically something that you can physically pack into your bag but I feel that traveling without it only sets you up for failure.
When traveling, it is important to always keep an open mind. In fact, one of the biggest parts of traveling is learning and discovering something new! Am I right?
One of the ways I try to have an open mind is by seeking out new restaurants while traveling instead of going to the ones I’ve been to a hundred times. Trying new local cuisines is always a fast track to enlightenment as well.
Now that I’ve shared my list of seven practical things to bring while traveling, just think of all the places to go! And what better way to get started than on the right foot?
How to Get Fitted for Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts at Walmart
I won’t lie, getting fitted at Walmart for my new Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts at first felt a little intimidating. When I walked up to the kiosk standing near the pharmacy, I wasn’t sure what the steps were going to be. Turns out, it’s super simple!
So let’s walk through the steps together so I can show you how easy it really is.
First, find the Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts kiosk at your local Walmart. My store had it located near the pharmacy. Not sure where if your store has one? Use this store locator tool to help you get started.
The second step is to remove your shoes and step onto the feet outlines printed on the kiosk stand.
From here the screen will walk you through the rest of the process. It involves simply standing how you normally do, leaning forward, lifting up each foot separately and slightly shifting your weight when asked.
With these few simple tasks, the advanced FootMapping® technology used in the Custom Fit® kiosk is able to create your own personal Custom Footmap – identifying your arch type, foot length, and unique pressure points.
Once this technology has evaluated the data, which takes less than 2 minutes, the kiosk will recommend which Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts are right for you.
The final step is to purchase the matching inserts from the kiosk that match your fitting. Don’t worry, the computer will show you a picture of the correct packaging – which is each color-coded to help.
Do you have a great tip for packing smarter? What is one thing you always bring along? Tell us in the comments!