Not all guides are created equal

All over Pinterest you can find packing guides for families and kids. Well here’s my adults only guide to packing for Disney. This guide includes some of my go to travel essentials for every vacation and also ones geared specifcially for Disney!

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1. Coalface Cleansing Charcoal Bar

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Heat and Humidity wreak havoc on my oil and acne prone skin. So I can’t go to Florida without my Charcoal Bar. This bar acts as both a exfoliator and cleanser. It greatly reduces oil, redness and the absolute best acne cleanser I’ve ever used.

2. Boots Botanics Rosewater Toner

 I’ve raved about this spritzer a thousand times. It is my go to travel essential. I will bring it in my day bag to Disney and spritz it on my face or neck when ever I need to cool down.suffer from occasional psoriasis so I use it to ease red, itchy and dry skin. Bring it on flights to keep your skin hydrated. It also cleans and tones the skin.

3. Handheld spritzing fan

I absolutely hate being hot.  So I’m bringing a pocket fan with me in my day bag. A MUST HAVE for Disney since there’s a lack of shade and crazy Florida heat.

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4. Body Glide for Her

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As a voluptuous lady when I mix heat, walking and shorts I suffer from chub rub. THE HORROR! The solution? Body Glide. It looks like a deodorant  stick, but it’s actually a moistening balm. Body Glide is made from all natural, plant-based materials. It acts a protective layer between your skin and irritants. Apply it in the morning and reapply throughout the day.

5. Sunglasses Straps

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Lily Pulitzer Sunglasses Strap

I live in my Ray Bans when I travel. If I lost my sunnies on a rollercoaster I would be devastated. To insure your glasses wont slip off at Disney it is essential to invest in a pair of Sunglasses Straps! I’m bringing an adorable strap from Lily Pulitzer that is featured above. You can find a wealth of options on Amazon.

6. Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport SPF

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Walt Disney didn’t believe in shade. So at Disney parks you’ve got to protect your skin. I love using Hawaiian Tropic brand sunscreens. The new “Sport” line holds its own against sweat and water and still has the amazing tropical smell of the classic brand. You can even find mini travel size bottles at target that are perfect for your day bag and carry-on luggage friendly.

7. Pimp out your MagicBand

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I love the idea of the new Disney MagicBands. It acts as a hotel key, credit card, reservation holder and your park ticket. They make you feel like a VIP. But they are butt ugly! Make your band for fashionable and stand out in the crowd by “pimping” your band! I used myfantasybands.com and got the gold glitter to go over my pink band. But there are hundreds of companies on Esty that focus on decking out you MagicBand with stickers, paint and more.

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8. Alcohol

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No good adult trip is complete without a bit of drunken mischief. But at Disney drinks can be very pricey! The solution? Bring your own booze! Disney allows you to bring basically any food or drink into the park as long as it’s not in glass. Obviously you can’t bring a bottle of Vodka. But you could sneak in your own spirits! For my trip I purchased these sneaky flasks. Each tube will hold two shots of my favorite beverage. No enough to get wasted, but should spice things up a bit! If you do this remember to drink responsibly and know your environment (don’t black out at Magic Kingdom in front of a ton of princess dressed six-year olds).

9. Waterproof Swimsuit Bag

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Wet Bag from Etsy

In order to make the most out of your trip go from the water park straight to magic kingdom by throwing your wet suit into a tiny wet bag. It seals in moister to protect your other belongings and it small enough to throw into your backpack.

10. Portable Charger

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Disney now has park-wide free wifi! So you will be able to use all your favorite applications. Which is sure to drain your cell phone battery. Since you most likely won’t find a free outlet (unless you want to pay Disney at their hourly charging station). Be sure to pack your own portable charger. You can buy cheap ones on Amazon.

11. Rain Poncho

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You could buy a “vintage” Disney Yellow Poncho on Etsy

One of the biggest cash cows at Disney are their rain ponchos. If it starts to sprinkle you will see hoards of families rushing into the stores to snatch up these (now clear) plastic beauties. Save yourself $10 and buy one in advance at the Dollar Store. You can find compact folded up ones that you can keep with you in your day bag.

12. Quick Dry Sport Towel

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I hate carrying around big bulky beach towels. Especially when I’m packing a carry-on only suitcase. Save room and invest in a thin and mighty Sport Towel. These towels are quick drying and ultra absorbent. Plus they’re compacts and lightweight which is perfect for traveling.

13. Hand Sanitizer
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Thousands of children mean millions of germs. Pack hand sanitizer and protect yourself.

14. Brita Sport Filter Water Bottle

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Disney now offers free ice water at every shop, restaurant and kiosk. Don’t buy bottled water! Bring your own bottle and fill it up. Save the earth and some major cash. I like the Brita Filter bottles. You can fill using regular tap water and rest assured that your water is filtered and clean.

15. Doterra Travel Kit

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I just invested in my first Essential Oils kit and I am excited to test them in the field! With a Travel Kit I can bring travel size morsels of all the best oils. It’s like walking around with an all natural pharmacy! I’m going to bring my On Guard, Breath Easy, Slim and Sassy, Deep Blue, Lemon, Frankincense, Peppermint and Lavender oils! All can cure most everyday ailments.

16. Grid It! Organizer (small)

207_xlargeWhen I’m traveling I like to know that everything I bring has its place. I don’t want to have to fumble through my bags searching for a pen, lip balm or hand sanitizer. That’s why I swear by my Grid It Organizers. I have them in all sizes. The small one is perfect for purses and the medium on is great for backpacks. Whenever I pull mine out people always comment on how cool it looks. Never loose your extra memory card, highlighter, or batteries ever again! Get organized and invest in a Grid It.

17. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration

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So much good in one bottle

After spending all day in the sun your skin will need some serious TLC. I love the Hawaiian Tropics After Sun location. It smells like walking through a Hawaiian green house full of hibiscus flowers. It contains aloe vera which is great for cooling the skin and easing burns. You can purchase travel sized bottles at Target!

18. Lifeproof Case

Screen Shot 2015-07-18 at 5.29.01 PMI have the absolute worst luck with my cell phones when traveling. I drop them on rocks, loose them while kayaking, they get stomped on by horses, ect. Literally the worst luck! So I recommend investing in a powerful case like the Lifeproof. They are extremely durable, waterproof and strong. I like the Lifeproof because its slender and modern looking.

19.  Personalized Ears

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Find an adorable and unique pair of ears on Esty

Stand out from the crowd and get a better deal on ears before you get to the park. You can find Minnie and Mickey ears in every style and character inspiration on Etsy.com. I loves the Alice in Wonderland themed ones featured above!

20. Drawstring Backpack

shoppingAvoid terrible backpack tan lines and bring a drawstring bag with you.  If you’re a light packer this will be the best way to tote your goods. Find a lightweight, durable and waterproof one. Mine is a little more hight-tech then one pictured. You can find Drawstring bags that have zippers and pockets at athletic stores.

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There it is my adult’s packing guide to Disney. Have any items to add to the list? Let me know!

Plus Size Packing for Tropical Mexico

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I absolutely love packing. Invite me over, I’ll pack your bags. I guess that’s why I’ve already started pack for my trip that is several months away. This winter I’ll be celebrating the New Year in Cancun, Mexico!

thiiiiiiiAs a plus size girl sometimes packing for the tropics can be daunting. When traveling I want to be cute and comfortable! The biggest discomforts I face traveling are chub rub and proper skin care. So I’ve compiled some of my favorite skin care products that are literal life savers when I travel!

Fight Chub Rub: 

Silky Underwear Dusting Powder 1. Silky Underwear Dusting from Lush

Dust this smooth, sensual jasmine scented powder between your thighs, under your chest, anywhere and instantly feel like a Victorian goddess! Helps prevent chafing, absorbs moisture and deodorizes.

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2. BodyGlide for Her

This was my godsend during my month in South East Asia! I went through two sticks!! Glide this stick between your thighs and it acts as a skin lubricant to reduce irritation. Non-greasy, fragrance free, sweat and water-resistant.

Get yourself a pair of bike shorts with built-in rash guards.

3. Undersummers Rash Guard Panty Shorts

These babies are perfect to wear under that adorable summer dress. They are light weight, breathable, comfortable and come in a variety of colors.

Skin Care: 

I have super sensitive skin. So chemical free and organic products are very important to me. Below are some of my favorite products!

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1. Biore Charcoal Bar

Ever since I began using the Biore Charcoal line my skin has been transformed. It feels smoother, less oily and tighter. I use the bar and gel facial wash.

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2. Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30

This is powdered sunscreen that is waterproof and works immediately upon application. Brush it on your face throughout the day over or under makeup.

3. COOLA Mineral Sport SPF 35

In my opinion this is the best smelling sunscreen around! Organic, mineral enriched, highly effective sunscreen.

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4. African Paradise by Lush

After playing in the sun all day your skin will need some serious therapy. Apply this rich body conditioner and heel yourself. Full of Aloe, Shea butter and more your feel and smell good enough to eat.

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I think I’ve written about this product more than anything else in my blog! Keep this in your carry on bag and spritz this throughout your flight. It will refresh and rejuvenate your skin!

Clothes:

Lately I’ve been into the minimalist look. For Mexico I’m feeling a color palate of royal blue, crisp white, black and some pops of coral. I’m looking to incorporate Mexican culture by adding details like stitching, beading and patterns. Since I’m only going for a week I can pack super light. Hopefully putting everything in a carry on bag.

Where do I shop?

My NUMBER ONE shopping spot for plus size clothes is Maurices.com. They have a great selection of girly, bohemian and trendy plus size pieces. I absolutely love this store.

I’ve also discovered that Forever 21 now has a pretty decent Plus Size section. I love their options for shorts and basics. Plus I dig that they have high-waisted bikinis and crop tops in my size!

My Trip:

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End Notes:

Since I’m not leaving for a couple a months I’ll continue to update this page! Check back for more tips later.

Go. Buy. Now.

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I have complied my top five new products that I love and use daily. These products make my life easier, richer and more balanced.

1. Define bottle

The “Define Bottle” is a fruit infusing water bottle. Beautifully designed and trademarked by a 16-year-old named Carter (who I had the privilege meeting and filming for a TBA TV spot). This eco-friendly water bottle allows you to take fruit infused water with you where ever you go. “Give up your plain water habit and define what’s in your water bottle.” – Carter

Retail Cost: $29
2. Lokai braclet 

The Lokai Bracelet is an accessory with meaning. Wear it to be reminded of life’s highs and lows. Each lokai is infused with elements from the highest and lowest points on Earth. The bracelet’s white bead carries water from Mt. Everest, and its black bead contains mud from the Dead Sea. These extreme elements are a reminder to the wearer to live a balanced life- staying humble during life’s peaks and hopeful during its lows.

REtail Cost: $18
3. botanics organic rose-water toning spritz 

This is the one beauty product I swear by. I discovered rose-water spritz this past summer when I had a facial allergic reaction that caused my cheeks to become inflamed, itchy and bumpy.  A pharmacist recommended I try rose-water and now I’m addicted. This spritz soothes and calms by skin. It also cleanses, tightens and moisturizes. Use it first thing in the morning and right before bed. I also suggest traveling with it and spritzing mid-flight in order to maintain moister while flying. It’s also paraben-free, organic, and oil free.

RETAIL COST: $9
4. Rawnori Avocado Tool

I love avocado. I mean LOVE. This tool makes slicing and dicing super easy. This 3 in 1 tool cuts, opens, pits and slices the avocado.

RETAIL COST: $7
5. tanglefix brush

I love this brush because it’s small, compact, gentle and sturdy. Plus its the perfect size for traveling!

Retail Cost: $6

My travel beauty essentials

When traveling on short or long trips I have a few beauty essentials that I have to bring with me. Here’s what’s always in my cosmetic bag:

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  1. Aveeno Ultra Calming Face Wipes 
  2. Goody Tangle Fix Brush (compact and the best brush I’ve ever used!)
  3. Go Gear travel tubes (For shampoo and conditioners) leak proof and BPA free!
  4. Dove deodorant (classic favorite)
  5. Benefit Garden of Good & Eva Perfume (citrus floral. crisp & fresh)
  6. Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater toning spritz (the best skin therapy ever. I’ve had the clearest most even toned skin ever since I began using this product. Also great for rehydration during flights and travel!)
  7. Pixi Fresh Face, Primer and under eye care
  8. Elf Blush and Bronzer
  9. Mascara
  10. Eye Liner

Packing for Indochina!

I leave in just a few days for my trip to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam with the Big Indochina Adventure. Packing for South East Asia is pretty tricky. The weather is hot so you’ll be tempted to back just shorts and tank tops, but Indochina is a conservative country and proper coverage is needed in public and in many temples and restaurants. You have to pack pants and t-shirts for temple wear. You can always buy clothes in Asia but for a plus size girl like me, it might be hard to find the right sizes.

Here’s what I’m packing for 30 days in SE Asia: 

*I’ve stricken through things I didn’t wear or shouldn’t have brought!

Shoes:

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  • Panamahat from J.Crew (Got sick of carrying it around, folded it, ruined it and eventually threw it away)
  • Rainbow Saraong
  • 2 Swimsuits (Should have brought just one)
  • Orange Purse from J.Crew
  • Black Bigger Purse from Target (Didn’t use, Tossed)
  • Wind Breaker (Never Worn)
  • Grid it organizers
  • Two Out Go Quick Dry Towels

Clothes:

  • 1 Maxi dress
  • 2 day dresses (Tossed one)
  • 3 Blouses (Only wore one of the three) from Maurices
  • 2 T-shirts (I should’ve packed at least 4) from Torrid
  • 2 Tank Tops (Should’ve packed more)
  • Romper from Maurices
  • Vest

Beauty:

  • Hawaiian Tropics Lotions
  • Bug Spray
  • Aveeno Face Wipes
  • Bronzer with SPF
  • Waterproof Mascara
  • D.O

Ast: 

  • Sewing Kit (A Must have! Saved my life twice!)
  • Adaptor  (All outlets take the american insert!)
  • Playing Cards (Someone else will bring them)
  • Portable Charge
  • Headphones
  • Travel Pillow (It kept falling on the ground everywhere, so for cleanliness sake I tossed it)
  • Small Day Pack

*WHAT I WISH I HAD BROUGHT:

  • A pair of Yoga or Long light weight pants (For Temple wear) Eventually I was able to find Elephant Pants in my size, but it would’ve been easier if I had just brought a pair from home)
  • More underwear! You get so hot and sweaty I was wearing two a day usually.
  • Something a little dressier for clubbing
  • Noise Reducing Headphones (to block out loud fellow travelers on the bus and train)

Alcohol and Tattoos

On our second day we went to Universal Studios. Where again we had amazing luck and encountered virtually no lines. We saw every show and rode every ride in less than half a day. It was fantastic.

After lots of fun we ventured out of the park to Universal way. A magnificent tourist destination full of kitsch restaurants and expensive shops.

While walking around we came upon Hart and Huntington Tattoo Parlor. Ashley decided she wanted to get the Deathly Hollows from Harry Potter Tattoo.

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I had been wanting a tattoo for a long time and that “what the heck”. #yolo. So I went ahead and booked my appointment to. We both had 11pm appointments with a tattoo artist who had competed on “Tattoo Wars”.

After all our paper work was complete we had a few hours to kill so we headed to The Hard Rock Cafe. We had a couple of drinks to mellow us out and make us braver and then headed to get our tattoos!

It was relatively painless and I am in love with my new ink!

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It’s from the Vanessa Carlton album “White Rabbits on The Run”. It symbolizes being a leader, following your dreams and getting lost in wonderland.