Winter is peak season in Phoenix. That means a lot of people tired of the cold will be heading to my new hometown to take in the gorgeous weather, beautiful sunsets, and Sonoran cuisine. I’ve been living here for several months now and I know first-hand what you will sorely be missing if you do not pack these five things in your suitcase as you head to Phoenix!
I’m sure you wouldn’t even think about forgetting your sunscreen if you were visiting Phoenix in the summer. The mild winter weather just doesn’t seem like something that will hurt you, but, it is vitally important to wear sunscreen, especially one with UV protection, as the beautiful sunny days can have a damaging effect on your skin.
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In the same vane, wearing a hat to further protect your head and your face while you are hiking those gorgeous trails, catching a baseball game, or playing a round of golf, heck even just sitting by the pool at any number of Phoenix’s amazing resorts, would be a really smart thing to do.
It is very bright and clear here in the desert and if you don’t pack a pair of sunglasses you will find yourself squinting a lot. And that causes wrinkles. Just saying…
The air is very dry here in the Southwest and from time to time wind can pick up. The air can quickly dry out your lips (and your nose!). Make sure you have your favorite lip balm (or two) on hand to ensure you don’t end up with chapped, cracked, lips.
The dry air also means that your skin can take a beating, to keep it soft and supple, bring a bottle of lotion to put in in the morning and evening. Look for brands that offer extra-moisturizing versions, and added a bonus if it has built-in SPF protection.
It is very easy to get dehydrated, you can begin to feel ill and not even realize that you haven’t drunk enough liquids. From time to time put down the frosty beverage and grab some water. I personally try to be as sustainable as possible so I carry around a refillable water bottle and depending on what I am doing, a handy-dandy holder that allows me to be hands-free with my container. Drink at least twice as much water as you normally would.
For years I have recommended that you travel with probiotics. While on business or vacation we often get out of our normal eating routine and sometimes we can suffer the consequence of indigestion. I have been taking probiotics for years and cannot tell how many times it has come to the rescue when I have over-indulged. There is a lot of great Mexican and Sonoran-inspired foods, some can be a touch spicy, and the digestive enzymes can help.
Also, if you do something like the Fresh Foodie Trail and partake in all its delicious offerings or eat every tamale on my best tamales in Phoenix list, you may thank me if you pack a bottle of probiotics in your suitcase!
How about you? What else would you recommend for a trip to Phoenix?
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