If your quart-size liquids bag is overstuffed, one item you can remove is hand lotion. Then pack a lotion bar instead. Being solid instead of liquid, the bar can remain in your carryon, handbag, or jacket pocket when you go through airport security lines.
My daughter makes these sumptuous lotion bars from beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter. She got the recipe from Renee Harris of MadeOn Skin Care Products. A creative person, Renee loves to make things in her kitchen for her family. But she was plagued by extremely dry skin on her hands. To make matters worse, her daily activities added cuts and splits, causing her to have to wear Band-Aids on her fingertips.
Desperation led Renee to create the lotion bar. Amazingly, it healed her dry skin within days. The bar also cleared up her son’s seasonal eczema. The family made more lotion bars and took them to a farmer’s market. The rest is history. Not only does the formula help heal dry skin, but it also works as a lip balm.
To use, gently rub the bar between your hands to soften the lotion, and then apply to your skin where needed. I find the bars to be perfect for my hands, although applying enough lotion bar to larger areas of my body is a bit tedious. I’ve been known to ask for a little bottle of regular lotion at the hotel’s front desk upon my arrival and then leave the mostly empty bottle behind when I fly back home.
Each lotion bar can be wrapped in a bit of wax paper or plastic wrap, but my preference is to use a small plastic travel container with a pop-open lid—perfect for quick access on the go.
My daughter has a variety of mold shapes, including a heart, star, and rectangle. She gets extra points for her clever recycling of an Altoids’ mints container whenever she gives lotion bars as gifts. I never tire of opening a tin that used to contain “curiously strong” mints and finding “curiously handy” lotion bars.
Fiercely Frugal Savage Sister Diana has gathered packing pointers over the years on numerous domestic and foreign trips. Most recently, she travels in conjunction with the publication of her latest book, 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times.
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