What women want: Must-have items for overnight trips

Georgette Braun

It’s summer and time for a little vacation.

Even if we can’t afford in this still-struggling economy to spend a week in Laguna Beach, Calif., we might be able to swing an overnighter close by.

We asked three women the one thing they’d just have to pack in their overnight bags.

“I want to look good.”

That’s what Tammy Pham says about why she’d have to take makeup in her overnight bag.

Pham, who is in her 30s and lives in Loves Park, Ill., is a nail technician at World Nail Salon in Loves Park.

She wears makeup in modest fashion but isn’t just into lipstick. She also applies foundation, eye shadow, blush, mascara. “Everything,” she says.

It distributesheat without being aggressive. It lifts the hair as it is dried.

It’s a ... diffuser, and it’s the one thing Angela Myers of Belvidere, Ill., wouldn’t leave home without for an overnighter.

Myers, who is in her 40s, works part time as a merchandiser and has shoulder-length brown hair.

“I like a little bounce in my hair, and this helps,” she says.

Joan Hurd of Rockford, Ill., digs being outside.

She often travels to the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she walks and hikes.

Hurd, in her 60s, is the former owner of a yoga studio and has been a writer and editor.

What can’t she leave home without for a trip to the UP? “Hiking boots” if she had to pick just one thing, she says. But they’d be accompanied by SmartWool socks and a light fleece top.

Rockford Woman writer Georgette Braun’s must-take product? Moisturizing lotion. Reach her atgbraun@rockfordwoman.com or 815-987-1331.