The Girl Travels

A log of my recent adventures in Vietnam, Cambodia, Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

A List of Things I Am Not Happy About

According to the Transportation Security Administration, I can no longer carry-on the following items. See how many things on this list match the packing list I posted in June. Recall that my plan was to use only one carry-on bag to avoid losing my luggage before my trip even began.
Aerosal spray bottles and cans
All creams and lotions including Neosporin or
first-aid creams and ointments, topical or rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions, moisturizers, etc.

Bug and mosquito sprays and repellents
Eye drops
Gel deodorants
Hair styling gels
Hair sprays of all kinds including aerosol
Hair straightener or detangler
Lip gels and balms
Lip glosses or liquids for lips
Liquid bubble bath including gel or liquid filled bubble bath balls or bath oils or moisturizers
Liquid foundations
Liquid, gel or spray perfumes or colognes
Liquid sanitizers
Liquid soaps
Make up removers or facial cleansers
Non-prescription liquid or gel medicines like cough syrup and gel cap type pills
Nail polish and removers
Saline solution
Shampoos and conditioners
All beverages

Camelbaks and similar backpacks and water bottles
Cheese in pressurized containers
Duty free alcohol and other items
Gel based sports supplements
Whipped cream
Yogurt or gel like food substances
Baby teethers with gel or liquid inside

Children’s toys with gel inside
Gel candles
Gel shoe insert

Eye drops - You are allowed to carry up to 4 oz., of eye drops with you.
Gel Shoe Inserts - Gel shoe inserts are not permitted, but shoes constructed with gel heels are allowed and must be removed and screened.

Prescription and non-prescription medications and other medical needs
Saline solution - You are allowed to carry up to 4 oz., of eye drops with you

Baby formula and food, breast milk and other baby items

Basically, I can't bring any of the toiletries I purchased and collected over the last few months, with the thought that they would make my trip that much more pleasant.

At this point I am seriously considering checking a small bag of toiletries, even though I know the chances of it making it to Hanoi before my tour group leaves for the next city are slim to none.

The terrorists have won this round.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Less Than 1 Month to Go

I've got both my visas, my passport, my Malarone (anti-malarial), and an oral Typhoid vaccine that I will start taking next week (and which has some unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects. I'm going to be a joy to be around). I have my plane tickets, my itinerary, and the addresses of some of the places I'll be staying.

I have a brand new pink backpack-ish bag (10% of the cost of the pink bag went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation - how could I choose another color?), and I spend way too much time in drugstores deciding between the Pepto-Bismol panacea or the Immodium/Rolaids/Phazyme solution (I'm expecting the food to result in some gastrointestinal side effects as well).

It's safe to say I'm a little anxious, both about the long flight(s) and the trip itself. Donations of Xanax would be appreciated. I think my mom might need some, too.