If there's one thing that I can't help myself from doing while I'm traveling, it's perusing the drugstores and supermarkets. Whereas most people will return from a vacation with souvenirs and memorabilia stamped with exotic locales, I love to pick out jams and jellies, deodorants and soaps.
While away, I snagged a few things from the pharmacy that happened to be within walking distance pf our hotel--it either appeared as though I were really stinky and in need of several cleansing bars, or else I just had an obsession. Clearly, it's the latter.
Deodorant is done in so many different ways around the world--I get tired of the same old stuff we carry here, so a few new additions are always a big score in my book. That, and I never run short on sweat...it's possible that I sweat more than any other female in the world. But hey, I'm just healthy. Typically I'm on the lookout for Rexona (common in the Pacific, but also found in Brasil), but I settled on Nivea's Sensitive Balm (the scent is really clean, and it's non-irritating), and a cute little Garnier roller. That was based purely on the look of the casing :)
Soaps galore--I keep each bathroom stocked with plenty. Sometimes it's just nice to just have a solid bar of soap to work with. Sure, shower gels and creams tend to be more moisturizing, but when those have run their course, you just need to go with what you know. We certainly don't have fig or pomegranate around my way, so these needed to be added to the basket.
There is a line in Brasil that can be found in a few pharmacies, called Seven. I had read about the papaya cleansing water (I heart cleansing waters), and later discovered all of the other little treats the company had to offer. Papaya soap, coconut cleanser, a coconut water facial spray, and a papaya face cream (not pictured). It's sort of like all of my favorite breakfast fruits, but processed just enough to spread on my face. Deeelish.
So here's what I'd like to know--what are the things that you absolutely need to get your hands on when traveling to a new place?