How I Survived Carrying On for 7 Days

We just got back from our 7 day cruise and we had a blast!  The sun, beaches, and beautiful waters were so nice and relaxing.  7 days was definitely long enough and I am glad to be back.  I really enjoy vacation, but there is something to be said about a routine and your own home.

Before we left, my husband was telling me, “Jennifer, we are carrying on for this trip.”  As a normal conversation in our house would go, I would say, “Oh, you are hilarious.  No we aren’t!”

Guess what?  We were. (Insert head slap here.)

My carry on bag
My carry on bag

I know, I know… the challenge was real.  What was I going to do?  How was I going to make do with sample size amounts for 7 days that may or may not be my favorites?  

I had to plan.  I laid out all of my “gift with purchase” samples and sorted them for what I thought I needed for the week.  These are just a few of the many essentials:

  1. Sunscreen – definite must
  2. Cleanser – I took the smaller Oskia Renaissance Gel Cleanser (not pictured).
  3. Oil – Biossance Vitamin C+ Squalane (of course)
  4. Moisturizer – Love this little mini of the Embryolisse Moisturizer
  5. Eye Cream – because I have kids and I’m getting older – haha!
  6. Shampoo/Conditioner – My hair gets many tangles.  I can’t live without conditioner.  I took Purology and TRESemme.
  7. Oribe Haircare – I love all of these products.  The smell is amazing and I haven’t met an Oribe product I haven’t loved!

My advice?  Always keep those samples.  They come in handy when your husband tells you have to carry on for a 7 day trip!

Do you have a stash of samples you always keep around just in case?

Wishing you all the bright fireflies,



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