The Travel Beauty team hopes you have some exciting summer travel plans in the works. Cross country road trip…destination wedding…Minorca…Don’t let your summer escape infringe upon your summer aesthetics! Take the products you know you need and nothing less. Here are our tried and true product packing tips.
When you travel with as many expensive toiletries as we do, you learn – rather quickly – which packing strategies work and which leave you with a toiletry travel kit coated in night cream. Here are our trial and error tested methods for arriving at your destination with your products – and your beauty regimen – fully in tact.
It’s What’s Outside That Counts
First and foremost, choose your toiletry bag wisely. We designed our Travel Beauty Travel Bag to be slightly padded, zipper enclosed and plastic-lined. The padding protects products from breakage, but if the unfortunate happens, the plastic lining and zipper stops it from getting unfortunate all over your vacation wardrobe! Many of our favorite brands, like Cosmetics 27, Emma Hardie and Phylia de M. have all made their own complete travel sets that come in chic little dopp kits as well.
Dust Off Your Dust Bags
More and more beauty products come in eco-friendlier glass bottles every day. And though they be beautiful on our vanity, they are but perilous in our carry-on. Enter all those small dust bags you’ve likely amassed. You know, the ones that come with large jewelry pieces (hello, Alexis Bittar bangle) and small leather goods. These are your beauty products’ best friends. Put each glass product in its own bag (the thicker the bag, the better) to protect them from banging and then breaking in transit.
Know Your Products’ M.O.
What spills easily and what doesn’t? For example, there’s an oil we love, but it seeps out of its bottle very easily. We learned (the hard way) that this has to stay home. (We are not fans of transferring containers, especially oils. Too much gets lost!) Also, pump bottles – the types you have to press down to lock – are all-around bad travel buddies. The pump almost always opens and then the darn thing is pumping product out the entire trip, unbeknownst to you! As much as possible, go with tubes that have tightly-closing flip tops. We also love non-liquid formulas for travel, like Juvena Pure Lifting Peeling Powder, and Heaven Skincare Ella Jane Celebrity Skin Wipes. The less liquids to worry about, the better.
Pack Products That Pack A Triple Punch (Or More)
Most of the products we really love do many different things…and do them all well. A quality multi-purpose oil, like Cosmetics 27 Huile 27 can be used from scalp to soles, and works fabulously wherever you apply it. When thinking of which products multi-task, don’t forget about those that are unisex! Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes are traditionally a men’s product. But these wipes are so cleansing and refreshing we love them just as much as our husbands do. Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm is face cleanser and mask that doubles as a deep conditioning treatment for hair. Pack a moisturizer with SPF. Institut Esthederm Bronz Repair Age Control Face Cream SPF 20 is an ideal anti-aging moisturizer that offers strong protection against the sun and can be used as a day cream. Then there’s Vine Minus Ion Care Water, which is so high tech and multi-talented it could probably fly the plane if need be. It is a great refresher/primer for hair and face, moisturizes and has antibacterial properties. You can even brush your teeth with it! And we do…
Always Pack A Dream Cream
Bring one product you can keep right with you (in your purse) and that can go anywhere on you. Heaven Skincare Black Label Vanilla Pod Hand & Nail Cream is made with such high quality organic ingredients you can use it not only on your hands and nails (and arms and legs and feet) but also on your face. Plus, the luscious scent has the aromatherapeutic benefits of being calming, comforting and stress reducing! ‘Cause, you know, travel can be a bit stressful sometimes…
By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack