We arrived in Moscow train station at sharp 17.10 hours from St. Petersburg yesterday, 23rd October 2015. The Sapsan speed train departed at 13.10 hours covering more than 700km in exactly 4 hours. Though we entered Russia on a sunny day, it was cloudy on the second day. Yesterday was showering in St Petersburg and weather forecast predicted there will be a shower and cloudy too in Moscow today. While in the train, I was thinking how blessed it was that my skin are not having as much as red spots as a results of scratching due to dry skin (hence the skin itchy) as compared to my previous trips in a cold seasons where temperatures are below 10 degree celsius. I thought of sharing my traveling essential which I found suited and come handy to me to moisten my dry skin. Let see the photos of my basic daily needs below:-
|Traveling facial kit set, a complimentary gift from SK-II|
I've been using SK-II for the past 15 years. They usually will provide a gift set (after a purchase of so much money spent on their product) like the one that I brought along during my travels, no matter where and how long it takes. The set is so cute, small that you can just store them in a traveling pouch together with your other things. Being 49, my skins need facial care protection and SK-II essence has balanced them nicely to ensure that my face will never turned dry and red due to being exposed in cold windy air while chasing to accomplished the POI @ cities attraction. Be discipline to apply those skin care of yours twice a day, before you start your daily travel walks and before bedtime.
|Massage cream, Muscle cum paracetamol and Black Seed oil pill supplement|
I'm still suffering from a frozen shoulder, especially on the left side. It started off on the right side, a month before my 2nd leg in mid 2014. I was adamant not to go for surgery as the specialist explanation does not satisfy my 1001 questions about the need to operate, hence, I used my own method to ease the pain. I'm happy that it worked well with regular exercises and the muscle pain reliever that I took once in a blue moon. The pharmacist had given me "myoflex" pill that suffice to takes care of the fever too beside relaxing the muscle. Takes 2 pills each time you need it, especially after you have done with a day exploration. I took it before bedtime and the black seed oil was taken every morning, 1 pill daily just for supplement which is good for the joint. The deep heat (massage cream) was to apply and gently massage your foot. But before that do apply a vaseline to your foot before applying deep heat and after a good massage, put on your wool socks. Feet must be covered and protected all the time.
|Wipes tissue, vanity sets and water bottle|
There's no muslim shower in all of the toilets throughout European country, Russia and Scandinavian country except Helsinki. Hence, the above are most important to bring for Muslim usage. Muslim has to properly wash (using water not tissue) after we have done with either small or big business in the toilet. The wet tissue and the water bottle in above photo are 2 important things that we, Muslim need to bring whenever we were on the road. That water bottle was a gift from Ane, for me to use to cleanse myself (wudu') for my prayer. Since we were out most of the days, we used to pray obligatory jamak Zuhur and Asar at the park or any clean places that we can find.
|Olive oil, vaseline and body lotion|
These 3 are protecting the whole body skins from dryness and itchiness. I was reading an article about a wonder that vaseline can do tour skins.It works like magic. Apply them whenever you found any tiny spots that you scratched on. I used it a lot this time. Besides, make sure not to take too much or stay too long in a hot shower. Try to have shower only once a day (preferably before bed time) in a mere warm water by controlling the level of hot water. That hot water shower added the dryness of your skin. My family did that a lot during our first travel in a cold weather in 2005, where weather in Tianjin that time was minus 10 degree celsius. Having a long shower in a hot water was definitely heaven but the result was painful. Even the winter cream that hubby brought along does not help all of our skins. Therefore, take my advice, use vaseline as much as you can. In addition it's not costly at all.
I thought of sharing this tip too, international adaptor is a must thing to bring beside your phone, camera and mac book charger. As for me in this trip, I no longer carry my heavy DSLR camera. iPhone 6 plus that I carried suffice for my needs to take photos for my blogging purpose.
|Good shoes and good socks|
Just invest your money for good shoes. I chose Timberland boot and it keeps both my feet warm and secured though I walked almost 15km a day. I no longer had a problem in continuing wearing this shoes with that thick wool socks the next day. It's a perfect shoes for all traveller if compared to other sport shoes. I was telling hubby the other night that we must buy 1 for all our family members.
|Samsonite trolley bag and bag pack|
Last but not least is your luggage. Among all of my Samsonite traveling bag, I like the black one with 4 roller that helps me to push them around without much energy forced to it. It has both sides usage. I normally rolled my clothes to minimizes space in my bag. You may watch many you tubes that teaches how to properly arranged your clothing and other stuff. I becoming packing expert after years and years of traveling.
I hope the above tips may help you in planning your future travels. Thanks for reading.