Hi there DBs!!!
So, just trying to work my way thru the updates on this site since we've been away...you've certainly all been busy!!! I had 2 X 2 gigs added to my iMac while we were away and wow-wee...it sure makes these pages load faster. Holidays were great but it's nice to be back and into a normal routine again...and now we move on with more wedding plans ; )
I decided to "try out" some of the items I had picked up for the welcome bags on our own holiday...in my humble opinion, here's how things went:
- those $1 collapsible water bags with the carabiner attached actually worked out really great...filled easily from a water fountain, no spills...and when it's 35 degrees out and you're drinking water like crazy, you take advantage of a public fountain anywhere you can. I do think it will be different though in Mexico where drinking water from taps and fountains, even at resorts with filtration systems, is not recommended.
- I forgot a little bottle of isogel/hand sanitizer and what a mistake that was! We flew thru the Kleenex wet wipes and small packs of kleenex we had brought as a result.
- sunscreen...while getting ready in the morning, I'd apply from our larger bottle and use the travel bottle during the day while we were out. Worked very well.
- ear plugs...thank god we remembered to pack a set each in our carryons...during our overnight flight to Frankfurt, my entertainment system didn't work and the two little kiddies across the aisle screamed/cried/jumped/sang/fought all night long!!!! I'm thinking now we may put some in each welcome bag...we also used ours a few nights to help getting to sleep with strange noises, etc.
- remember those little shower sponges from Dollarama ($1/pack of 3)...I took one and LOVED IT!!! But I'm a shower gel girl and nowhere in Europe did we have faceclothes either...
- flip flops...a big YES...I don't care how fancy the hotel/resort is, it's just nice to schlep around the room with something on your feet. So now I'm debating on putting them in the welcome bags (so the ladies can use them all week long) or putting them out at the reception (which was the original plan).
- we used up every last drop of hand laundry soap we had brought and even went out to buy more
- those Colgate Wisp thing-ies...neutral on these. I found them awkward to use as they were so small, thin and stiff. BUT, if you don't have access to a toothbrush, one of those would still be better than nothing.
- bug spray...I don't normally have any issues but my FI gets bit a lot and usually develops huge welts...we were feasted upon one night while asleep in Venice, and I woke up with three bites on my foreheads and a trail of bites across my shoulder and down my arm...GROSS. Not to sound vain, but if I woke up on my wedding day covered in bites like that, I'd...not be happy!!!
- blotting powder sheets for shiny faces...used these a lot and might pick some up for my girlfriends bags...
- taking a bottle of nailpolish along that matches your manicure...YES...but now for the second time, my bottle of OPI exploded/leaked on a flight home. ALWAYS put the polish in a little ziploc!
- nailpolish remover sheets/pads in the little tear-away packs...SUPER good!
- I hate the way my feet feel after a few days in the sand...ground in dirt and dry heels...LOVED the little bamboo heel scrubbers I bought from Minimus.
- ibuprofen (or your preferred pain reliever)...we apparently had a lot of aches and pains on this trip...'cause we ran out about 3/4 of the way thru the trip.
- remember our wet bikini bags from La Vie? I saw very similar ones all over on our trip and they were asking between 7 - 10 EUROS for one! That was a super great deal for $1 each that we got!!!
Ok, that's all I can think of for now. Hope you're all doing well!