Ten items you should pack when traveling

I’m going to write a bit about travelling tips today, because of a trip I booked on sweethomevacation.com, to Disney World!

Packing for a trip can seem like quite a chore, more so if you’re not a regular traveler. Additionally, it can be quite confusing. You could end up packing too much of item A, too little of item B or entirely omitting item C altogether!

Packing for a trip should be approached methodically and what better way to do this than to create a list? A detailed “packing list” will help you to exhaustively pack all the necessities you need for a trip while keeping your luggage limitation in mind. The ultimate aim of packing should not just be packing light but also packing smart. A small luggage filled with frivolities won’t do you much good in the long run.

Whether you’re jet-setting around the world or going on a road trip, these items are really essential to have, as they will help you to feel prepared and confident in all your adventures. In addition to appropriate clothing, the following are a must have for your trips.

  1. Charger and adapter: there is nothing as pesky as running out of battery when you need to browse the internet, chat, make calls or use Google maps. A charger is an indispensable travel tool because irrespective of the battery capacity of your phone, it will defiantly run down. A traveler’s charger and adapter will help you charge your devices in the eventuality that they go off.
  2. First aid kit: You don’t need a whole pharmacy just a customized first aid kit. The kit should be trimmed down to your needs and should include band aids, medications for headache, fever, running stomach and other minor maladies. It goes without saying that if you have a pre-existing medical condition; you should bring your meds along.
  3. Shoes and flip-flops: There is a saying that when on a trip, the best place to store your shoe is on your feet. This may not be far from the truth because shoes tend to be bulky and consume space. Pack shoes that are versatile and durable for your trip. At most, two shoes are enough for a trip; one on your feet and the other in your luggage. You can’t always be on shoes throughout your trip so it is imperative to include flip-flops.
  4. Cash: while packing your luggage, do well to tuck away some cash because they’ll always come in handy. Also, it is advisable to carry two ATM’s when travelling so as not to get stranded on your trip.
  5. Earplug: from watching movies, listening to music, to just blocking out noise, a quality earplug can be a travel asset. Pack earplugs that are sturdy and not bulky so that it won’t take up space.
  6. Personal hygiene products: these include soap, tissue paper, perfume/body spray/deodorant, lotion, shampoo, tooth brush, shaving stick, etc. For lotion and shampoo it is advisable to take the amount you’ll be needing for the journey in a small container. This will help to create space in your luggage for more important
  7. Towel: if you’re lodging in a hotel for the length of your trip, you may not need However, it is best to come with your own towel for the sake of hygiene. Instead of bring along the normal bulky towel go for quick drying ones made of synthetic microfibers that can be easily folded into a small size.
  8. Cosmetics: for a lot of females, cosmetics are an essential day to day need. However, cosmetics should be kept at a minimum because there is a risk of spillage in a tightly packed luggage.
  9. Flashlight: the electricity in some parts of the world still leaves a lot to be desired, so always go along with a flashlight. It is also not advisable to use your Smartphone as a flashlight as this can easily drain your battery leaving you stranded.
  10. Padlock: this may not prevent theft of luggage or a stop a thief with a knife, but they do serve as a deterrent to the straying hands of a petty thief. Also, you may need a padlock to lock your door when you get to your destination.


In conclusion, it is necessary to have it in mind that every trip is unique and different and as such the items discussed above may not be all encompassing. Your requirements have to be tailored down to suit your trip. Just bear in mind to not only travel light but to also travel smart.

Some new auditions this week

We went to a couple auditions where they get my girls to just play with toys without me. I’m never sure whether they’re trying to test if the kids are good without the parents, or to study how the kids play with the toys. Perhaps some day I’ll figure this one out!

Beautiful, Sunny LA

I flew out for an audition last week to gorgeous LA.

I want to move there after hanging out in rainy Bellingham. After a day full of a couple auditions and preparations, we went for ice cream at Mashti Malone’s! What a treat. I chose the rosewater and ginger ice cream. I know it sounds gross, but was amazing!

I found that it was covered by the Cheap Eats channel on Youtube:

Love the thrill

Love taking my girls to auditions and feeling confident going in there. The casting director can feel your calmness and confidence for sure!



Last week we went to an baby audition for pullups and the casting director came by to ask me questions after her audition. Felt like a million bucks! And yes, we got called back.

Next we went to an audition for an Electrician Commercial. They wanted to promote girls in trades. My little one waddled around in her electrical hat; it was pretty cute! Visit Electricianbellingham.com for more information about that audition.





How to Take Great Kid’s Headshots!!

Yesterday I took my daughters to get their headshots done! The photographer was great. She put them in natural sunlight, sitting and standing. She got some really funny shots of my 10mo giggling. I will post a few of them soon!

The photo studio had a photo “happy hour” where we can get unlimited photos taken for $30!! 15 edited photos are provided for free. What an awesome deal.  🙂 And then we sat by our pool while it was cleaned by Anaheim Pool Cleaners! It was a great day.

In the beginning when they were babies, I did the headshots and followed these guidelines: http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/headshots/child-actors-tricks-taking-perfect-headshot/

And I love this video:


I’m going to redo their headshot in a few months. When the kids are young, it’s best to get headshots done every several months.

Racial Requirements

Because we are close to Vancouver, we have gone across the border to do some auditions there. I don’t know if it’s just because it’s a racially diverse city, but often casting directors in Vancouver are looking specifically for ethnic minorities. Because my daughters are both mixed Asian, this can come in handy for them.

Is there’s a big gig, the casting director is often looking for one caucasian kid, one black kid, and one ‘ethnically ambiguous’ kid. One of my daughters has large eyes and more caucasian features, so she can pass for caucasian, or a whole slew of ethnically ambiguous roles, ranging from hispanic, to Asian, to mixed Asian. My other has smaller angled eyes and so we usually only audition her for hispanic, Asian or mixed Asian.

Still, a wide range of roles there!

My baby just got over an injury so we’re getting back into the game now. We visited Scottsdale because they needed a baby who could do an ad for http://excavationscottsdale.com. I hope my little one gets the role!

How to find a great agent – part one

I wasn’t even looking for an agent when we came across our agent, Daniel. He has being amazing (even if we haven’t got any gigs yet!).

Truth be told, all agents want to book your kids in jobs. If they take you on, that means that they’ll do the work to get your kids booked. However, some agents do have too many kids on their roster and they may forget about you. Make sure to keep your agent updated with your kids’ new headshots and any changes to their body measurements.