Pack It Up: Which Beauty Products to Pack and Which Ones to Leave Behind
Maybe you've already been a world trotter for years or maybe you just recently discovered your love of traveling. For those that aren't such frequent travelers, there's always the struggle of figuring out exactly what it is you should pack and what you can leave behind. With all the fees and regulations that come with your luggage, it's important to pack smartly so that you're not paying to bring something that you don't even end up needing. So if you're going to be taking a trip this season, check out these tips on which beauty supplies to pack and which ones to leave at home.
First and foremost, always bring sunscreen. We know it's a cliché tip when it comes to skincare but it's a cliché for a reason. The sun can be extremely damaging to skin and whether you're going on a tropical beach vacation, hitting the ski slopes, or visiting a bustling city, chances are you're going to be exposing your face to a lot of sun. All skin types can benefit from sun protection so make sure this item is top of your list.
While traveling is great, the cold air circulating in airplanes, the temperature changes, and the sun exposure can all take a toll on your skin. Don't forget to bring a good moisturizer that's fit for the weather you'll be staying in. When you're going somewhere colder and dryer bring a heavier cream moisturizer, and for hot and humid places you can opt for a lighter gel moisturizer. Artra has some great moisturizers for a low price that also work as sunscreens which means that's one less thing to pack.
Heating tools can be tricky items to travel with. Tools like curlers, flat irons, and hair dryers can be heavy and take up valuable space in your suitcase. Also, if you're visiting another country, the outlets and wattage will likely be different meaning those tools won't even work without a convertor. The time and money you spend trying to use these tools could be better spent actually site seeing or relaxing so we would recommend just leaving these things at home and looking into a long-lasting protective style.
If you don't want to use a protective style, you can use heatless options such as flexi-rods to style your hair. They're squishy so you can put them on and leave them overnight. They're also lightweight and can be easily molded to fit your packing spaces. The best part of all? You save time on having to style your hair which means you can sleep in longer in the mornings! And isn't that the whole point of a vacation?
Aerosols can also be very tricky to travel with. If you're traveling by plane, you'll either have to find travel size versions of your favorite aerosol products or pack the full size versions into checked baggage. Also, the TSA might take up the product if you've lost the cap. If these are all headaches you'd rather not deal with, it would be better to reduce the amount of aerosols you'll be traveling with and instead replace them with gel or liquid versions for the trip.
Unless you're a professional makeup artist, you can leave behind your big eyeshadow palettes. Not only are they bulky and can sometimes be heavy, just think about all the movement that your luggage will be going through. Are you okay with the possibility of the eyeshadows breaking? We didn't think so. Let them stay intact at home and opt for that fresh-faced vacation look. If you were hoping to try some fun vacation colors, go for a colorful eyeliner or lipstick instead since these are smaller and less likely to get damaged.
There's a certain charm to switching time zones, staying up to explore a new city's night life, or navigating through foreign places but doing these things can start to show on your face. Bring a good concealer that can cover up any dark bags and give your skin a little extra life when you've just hopped off a long flight.
Even if you plan to check in your luggage, it's always a good idea to bring travel-sized amounts of beauty and bathroom products. Your full-size bottles have much more product than you'll be needing on your trip so bringing these things will take up too much space and weigh down your suitcase. If you're going on an extended trip and know you will need more than what a travel bottle can carry, it might be a good idea to research the options that you'll have available at your destination and buy them once you get there instead.
To help keep the amount of hair products you'll need on the trip, be smart about which haircare products you choose to bring. Think about using products that will help you extend the life of your hairstyle so you can spend more time having fun and relaxing and less time washing and styling your hair. Cantu's Refresh Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Co-Wash is a great budget-friendly product because it doubles as a dry shampoo and conditioner which you can use to refresh your hair without leaving any white, powdery residue.
Whenever possible, try to find solid versions of gel or liquid products. This is especially important for those of you who like to travel with carry-ons only. The advantage? You won't be limited to travel sized amounts and you won't have to worry about your items leaking and ruining your clothes or electronics. Also, you can save money by not having to pay checked luggage fees. There are plenty of products that come in solid versions such as facial cleansers, foundations (stick and powder foundations), deodorants, sunscreens, lotions, etc.
The whole point of a vacation is to refresh yourself by escaped all the daily stresses of your usual life so don't feel tied to all your usual beauty products and routines. Following these tips will help ease the packing process and give you a chance to spend more time relaxing and less time worrying.
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