Why I Shop at Trader Joe's Before I Travel


You may be surprised to hear that I hit Trader's just before I travel overseas. I love to load up on goodies to take on my trip. Come with me on my travel haul before my international trip!              

My Trader Joe's Pre-Travel Shopping List

1. Go Raw Trek Mix

I don't need to tell you about airplane food. The Trader Joe's Go Raw Trek Mix is a yummy combination of nuts and dried fruit. It's the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and crunchy. It's a must for my backpack.

2. Lip Balm

I throw a few of these into my purse and backpack. Airplane air is dry and I am constantly reaching for my lip balm. This one is spearmint.

3. Head to Toe Balm

Great for feet that have walked 20,000 steps all over Paris! Also good for hands and cuticles. Some people love it to tame unruly hair.

4. Spray Hand Sanitizer, Lavender and Grapefruit/Lemon

They smell so good you'll forget that they are fighting germs. I take these into bathrooms and spray EVERYTHING.

5. Chomps Beef or Turkey Snack Sticks

I keep these in my backpack for when I need a little protein. No refrigeration needed.

6. Ginger Chews

Great for car or airplane sickness, or just too much rich food. Ginger settles upset tummies.

7. Marula Oil

Good things come in small packages! This is great for dry skin. I put it on after wash my face at night and let it sink in.

8. Supreme Hydrating Eye Cream

A staple in my makeup bag. It's rich but does not clog your pores.

9. Micellar Wipes

Awesome for removing makeup. Also works great as a stain remover for your clothes!

10. Hydrating Hyaluronic Body Gel Cream

I put this cream in a 3 oz container for my carry-on. It is one of the best body creams I've ever used. And guess what, it's also a wonderful face moisturizer! Two products in one plus hyaluronic acid for better moisturizing.

11.   Super Lemon Room Spritz

Ever checked in to a hotel room that smells musty? This room spray is very lemony and refreshes the air and fabrics. As a matter of fact, I use it instead of Downy Spray to get rid of the wrinkles in my clothes! I take an item out of my luggage, smooth it out on the bed, spray it with the Super Lemon Spritz, and hang it up. The wrinkles hang out and my clothes smell delicious!

12. Pop Up Sponges

These little wafers are dehydrated sponges. Get them wet and they expand into little sponges. I use them in the shower and to wash my face because most European hotels don't provide washcloths. Another nugget.....cut them in thirds and use them to apply your makeup. You'll have a fresh, clean applicator every time.

13. Lavender Dryer Bags

I love the smell of lavender! I throw one of these into my carry-on and it makes my clothes smell wonderful. They are also good for putting inside your pillowcase for a restful sleep.

14. 100% Ginger Mix and Ginger/Turmeric Tea

Some hotel rooms provide a kettle in the room. For those that don't, I have a Travel Immersion Water Heater that I bought on Amazon so that I can have a cup of tea in my hotel room at night. I love the Trader's Ginger/Turmeric Tea, plus I add a little of the Ginger Mix in with it. It really helps with the havoc that all that bread and cheese does to my system!

15. Small Hand Creams

Trader Joe's usually offers these 1oz. hand creams in a 3 pack. They smell great, are easy to keep in your purse, pocket, or make up bag. They work just fine as an all over body cream.

If you find additional travel goodies at Trader Joe's, please add them in the "Comments" section below!


  1. Annie I love reading about all the fun items you use. I use some of them too but now I know about some more… for traveling or for everyday! You’re the best! ❤️


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