I wrote this in 2016, and forgot to post it. So, here goes:
I have just had 3 days away with 3 friends. We went to some very rustic & highly therapeutic natural hot springs. These sort of hot springs are highly mineralised. They are in quite a few places in New Zealand, but to find some that are also therapeutic in cost, which these ones are, is just such a treat. Sadly many of our more well known ones are out of the range of many of us kiwis. "User-pays" culture gone mad.
We went to a really inexpensive lodge & just chilled out, & soaked. So special. I am constantly amazed at how lovely our country is, & how there is still so much that absolutely anyone can do & see, cheaply. It really is beautiful, hauntingly so, in many places. And I always ask about the history of any place that I go to ... there is always someone with fascinating stories.
It was not one of my more chic weekends. I had a sore chest (it's winter here), & was quite debilitated with it, however one long soak in the appropriate pool .... & a miracle happened: my chest started to heal.
And I took the wrong food. We were staying somewhere with a big communal kitchen, & just prepared our own food. My group shared food. Why did I take organic muesli & almond milk for our breakfast? Everyone, myself included, just wanted toast. And no-one wanted the tins of tuna that I took, either. Mistake number one. I'm clearly not sure how to do this travelling food thing.
We stopped at a cafe going to the springs, & back to Auckland. It was a long trip. Why do we stop & eat a full meal size snack when travelling? It's not as though we are expending much energy, sitting in a car. Out of a city the food is either really bad or fantastic. No midway here in this country! Mistake number two. Water & a bit of fruit or piece of cheese to nibble on would have filled me up. And, it would have been more chic.....
I pared down my skin care, but not enough: mistake number 3. Next trip anywhere it's wipes for cleaning, bio-oil to get off any make-up & for night cream, plus day cream with spf. No time to luxuriate with body lotion when you're sharing a bathroom. I keep soap freebies from hotels & take one with me, deodorant, & small containers of shampoo, conditioner, & hand cream that I have decanted.
And now, 2018 update:
My most recent visit to the above hot pools in Northland, last year, was a disaster. I felt sorry for the person whom I traveled with. I was a terrible travelling friend as I had big allergic reactions on the way up and was very sick. It took days for me to recover. I now have anti-histamine pills permanently in my handbag for any sensitivities. There is absolutely no chicness in travelling and getting sick!!
It's late autumn and I have again been travelling, staying with family, for four days. I went with:
- two pairs of jeans
- a few tops
- a jumper (which I didn't need.....)
- a jacket-cardigan thing
- walking shoes
- 2 bras
- 5 pairs of knickers
- 2 pairs of socks
And I must confess that I am not one of those bloggers who have lovely outfits on their blog: I simply do not have a big enough wardrobe for that. (And, others do it better than me)
I take a small everyday handbag, and everything else fits into my old medium sized travel bag. It's not a flash bag, it's a tidy one, and has travelled far and wide with me.
I also took minimal make-up:
- Antipodes mineral powder and Thin Lizzy brush
- eyebrow powder (it's actually an old eyeshadow) and brush
- all of this except my lippy, goes into a small make-up bag
- facewipes for removing make-up
- tinted sunblock
- shampoo and conditioner decanted into small containers
- small soap, conveniently taken as a freebie from some hotel stay
- small tube of toothpaste
- hand cream
- all except the hand cream goes into a toilette bag
- sort out The Food Thing
- take and drink lots of water
- decant your skin and hair care into small (labelled) containers
- take minimal hair, skin, and make-up products
- take a mindful wardrobe with you