Travel Prep | Pink Wings
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I'm in the airport on my way to Thailand right now, so today I thought I would share two ways I've been prepping for the trip:

Step One: Photo-Ready Smile

Sadly, the teeth gods did not see fit to bless me like they did my hubby; good teeth don't exactly run in my family. That means I have to work extra hard to make do with the lot I've been given. I've been a total whitening junkie for the last couple of years, so I was excited hearing about Colgate®'s Optic White® Express. It has twice the hydrogen peroxide*, which is the pro-recommended whitening ingredient, and can make your teeth whiter in 3 days*.
So I grabbed it from Walmart, tried it out, and took before and after photos to show you guys the results. This is after 3 days of brushing 3 times per day (you'll have to zoom). I don't know if you'll be able to see it in the pictures, but I feel like I see a difference. It's not only maintaining what whiteness I've managed to create for myself, but making it brighter while all I have to do is...what I've been doing: brushing my teeth. Haha, it doesn't get much easier than this. I'll also try to post an update picture after using it for a couple of weeks.

*For best results, use as directed for 4 weeks and **Vs Optic White® Sparkling Mint®.

Step Two: Travel Essentials

I'm not talking beachwear and such, I'm talking for the airplane ride! Ugh. The worst trip I've ever endured was when I was in high school going from Upstate NY to Korea. Forty-five minute drive to the airport, connecting flight to JFK, flight to LAX, then Narita, then Incheon. All in economy. Not fun. I have no idea how long it took for us to finally get there but it was like I hadn't slept in 48 hours. This trip to Thailand is pretty much the same! It will be a bit of a B-word, so here are a few essentials that I've prepped to soften the experience:

-My handy travel-size Colgate® Optic White® Express. Having a dirty mouth only makes me feel worse while traveling. A quick brush on a layover is a good pick-me-up.

-Socks: Because I seem to go from hot to freezing and then back with every connecting flight...

-A great book: Dale Carnegie's are classics.

-Headphones: Because airplane ones are a last resort.

-Face wipes: Again. Maintain your hygiene in any way possible.

-Travel-size perfume. Although I'm not a fan of masking...desperate times call for desperate measures...

Please tell me your own suggestions/recommendations! I'm already on my way, but if nothing else I can grab stuff at the airport.





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50 comments

  1. Loved your post on this! Seriously, it's so hard to keep teeth white sometimes! Where in upstate NY are you from? I'm from Saratoga Springs! Oh and have the time of your life in Thailand!

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    1. Too cool, I am from the Utica area ^^ I always miss Upstate NY in the Fall, it's beautiful <3

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  2. Great travel post! Great packaging recommendations :)

    xx Sera | STARDUSTBOHEMIAN.COM
    (IG: @TheStardustBohemian)

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  3. So fun!!! Have an amazing time in Thailand! Which countries did you decide on?!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. Thanks! So this month we are just going all over Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ko Tao & Phuket. But we're still debating our next trip, it keeps changing! Right now my husband is dead set on this Filipino island

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  4. You are gorgeous!! Have fun in Thailand! Thanks for sharing your travel tips! I'll need to try that optic white! I haven't been blessed with the best teeth either!

    be the plebeian

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    1. Thank you! Def give it a try, and I will try to post an update after I've been using it for longer!

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  5. Oh have fun in Thailand Gina! Great travel essentials, I would normally bring a a scarf/wrap to ward off the cold (it can get chilly up there) and also a neck pillow. Thanks for introducing me to the whitening tooth paste, I have to check that out my teeth is in extra need of some help! :) xo~ Lena
    www.felinecreatures.com

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    1. Good ideas, I always see people with neck pillows and wonder if they are helpful <3

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    2. It works pretty well especially for 10+ hours of traveling! Have fun and safe travels Gina!

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  6. cute post, I have been wanting to read that book
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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    1. Oh it's a great book, don't put it off!

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  7. I just got a tube of the same toothpaste as part of the Influenster program. It's a bit stronger than I'm used to but now it makes sense with the double hydrogen. Oh, and what is is about planes and airports being so cold??? I'm always having to wear multiple layers, even if I'm traveling to or from somewhere warm.

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    1. Oh cool, I have only done one Influenster thing, I still don't really get how it works exactly, I need to be more involved. And yeah, I'm all about the layers too! I get cold so easily >.<

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  8. So exciting, enjoy Thailland that's somewhere I've always wanted to visit! You have such a pretty smile.
    Marta
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  9. You have such a unique look I love your eyes, hair and smile!

    Danika Maia
    http://www.danikamaia.com

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  10. Nice post!! Are so beauty dear!!
    Kisses from Spain.
    Xoxo, P.

    My Showroom

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  11. Perfect teeth didn't run in my family either! Although I did have braces, it was a long process to getting my teeth to where they are lol. 5 extra teeth, headgear, and all! lol. Where as my boyfriend never had braces and he only has ONE slightly crooked tooth.
    Even though you said perfect teeth didn't run in your family, you still look beautiful!! <3

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    1. Thanks a bunch :):) How I wish I had done braces when I was younger~

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  12. For these long haul international flights I like to bring along an eye mask and a cashmere throw. The blankets they give you on the plane are never enough to keep you warm. . .plus they are scratchy as heck. Have fun in Thailand and take lots of pictures to share with us when you get back.

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    1. What a good excuse to buy a cashmere throw, hehe

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  13. Can't wait to see all your epic pictures from your trip!!

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  14. have fun!! i basically have the same things in my carry on when i travel!

    Animated Confessions

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  15. I love these photos! I hope that you have such a great trip! I have to have a few books (non fiction and fiction), a notebook (my brain always races), music + headphones, chapstick, gum for the altitude changes, and KC and I like to take little travel sized games sometimes. We are majorly into board games we get so nerdy about it. Our favorite is blokus for travel, there is a small version that closes and comes apart. Can't wait to read about your trip! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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    1. You always have the best ideas! Blokus is a good one, I didn't know they made a travel size, cool!

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  16. I usually bring ear plugs and an eye mask for better sleep on the plane. Have a great trip!

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    1. Good idea. I never can sleep on planes, maybe these will help

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  17. Have fun in Thailand Gina!

    — Michelle | MXP STYLE

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  18. Have a great trip!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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  19. I love optic white too.
    Though they said it has too much chemicals but IDK, it's amazing.
    Happy Women's Day!
    XO

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  20. this is great!
    & helpful as i tend to overpack haha..
    happy travels!!

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    1. Thanks! I used to have that problem too but lately I have been under packing because I realize that I can usually do laundry for free or cheap while traveling

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  21. this was very useful thanks for the tips!

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    1. Thanks! I don't know that I do much differently than other travelers but I'm glad you found it useful!

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  22. I can see a difference in your before/after pictures. I think you think amazing in both pictures! #client

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