First, think of what you use daily as you get ready. Wash your face, brush your teeth, comb your hair. Contact lenses? Chap stick? Lotion? Q-tips?
My husband’s includes deodorant, gel and his favorite lotion and any medications or vitamins he will be taking during the trip. Trimmers for shaving.
Mine includes cosmetics, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, hair spray.
For this trip – 13 days – I edited down my make-up bag to , my trusty L’oreal green primer, my compact Lorac POREfection Facial Powder and a Lorac pallet DTLA Los Angeles. All of the colors I need for my cheeks and eyes in one pallet!
- Flat White
- Concrete Jungle
- Art Walk
- City of Angels
- Leather Jacket
- Art Deco
I will also bring a few different lip liners with chap stick and a nude lipstick. I can mix and match the best lip colors this way!
True story, I was once listening to The School of Greatness Podcast (Lewis Howes) and Elizabeth Gilbert was the guest. He asked what is one thing you know for sure, and she said something to the effect that mixing two shade of lipstick is always better than just using one. I loved that. Many of the guests give a deep, profound, soul searching response, but when she said that, I was like TRUTH. My best color comes from lip liner and chap stick, perhaps layered and toned down with a nude.
And then last but not least, a black eye liner and mascara.
Bonus Points if you bring scotch tape for a wicked cat eye trick.
I like to pack something to easily wipe my face clean at the end of a long day. That could be facial wipes or it could be a zip-lock sandwich baggie full of cotton balls soaked in rubbing alcohol.
For international travel, you may need to think about converters and adapters. Europe uses a 220 volt system, while the US uses 110 volts. Plug your devices in at the wrong power load and a quick spark is the only warning you will have that the device has been fritz-ed. In addition, different adapters may be needed for power outlets. Even with both the converter and the adapter, you will not be able to use your curling iron or flat iron so pick up a dual wattage travel-size version.
Also think about any medications and vitamins you use on a regular basis at home, and any that you could see being helpful while traveling. You don’t need to go nuts and buy every over the counter scenario available, but maybe a small vial for pain relief, something for an upset stomach, and a few cough drops. If you get sick while traveling you can always go get something at a local pharmacy, just carry enough on hand so you can get to the store when needed.
As a female, I like to have a few emergency toiletries on hand just to get me through a day and an evening before I can make it to the store.
A laundry solution like wrinkle-release and a tide-to go stick.
Some anti-bacterial wipes.
Sleepytime and Lemon & Ginger tea bags.
Your turn! What do you think is the smartest thing you pack in your travel toiletries bag?
The best thing that I do is keep the bag full and loaded to go. I only need to add in my cosmetics and I’m ready to go!
You’re Beautiful in Every Way,