As evident by the “Travel” tab in the blog, I love to travel. Quick trips or long vacations, doesn’t matter to me. Put me on a plane (even though I don’t LOVE flying) and send me anywhere. Hubs and I have been lucky to be able to travel to some fun places. This weekend I’m off to DC for a little girl’s weekend with my mom and sister. I lived in DC for nearly 10 years and this will be my first trip back since we relocated to the West Coast. Even though I had to buy a coat just for this trip (80s in SoCal, 40s in DC) I am stoked to be going back to where I essentially became and adult.
I’ve started making more of an attempt to pack light, well, as light as a chronic over-packer can. Step one was to no longer carry a bag that needed to be checked, unless the trip length required more than would fit on a standard carry-on. I’ve gotten that down to a science thanks to clever folding and an extremely paired down toiletry bag. Let’s take a look at what I like to take when I’m traveling.
The bag I use came in a set, Isaac Mizrahi via Target…I think. It was a Christmas gift so I can’t be sure where it came from. This is actually the smaller of the two bags in the set. I tell myself that if it can’t fit in a smaller bag, it can’t go. Thanks to the invention of travel-size EVERYTHING, I’m able to take pretty much everything I use at home. Bed, Bath, & Beyond has an awesome travel toiletry section, and the beauty needs that can’t be found there are usually filled with samples items from Sephora and Birchbox.
As far as makeup goes, I take my foundation, concealer, setting powder basics and rely on my beauty blender for application. I will grab a blush/contour combo palette and an eyeshadow palette that will yield a variety of looks without needing to many separate products. This time I reached for the Nars Steven Klein blush and contour palette and the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette. For brushes, I don’t like to pack too many because it just takes up space. I love the basic brushes from Real Techniques. They are perfect for traveling because you can do so many things with just the three brushes and a beauty blender.
For hair products, I always pack a root lifter of some sort, dry shampoo, texture spray, a leave-in conditioner and basic hairspray. I bring my flat-iron and/or a curling iron, opting to leave the hairdryer at home. Most hotels provide hairdryers so there’s no need to take up space in my bag with a bulky dryer. I will wash, condition, and dry my hair on the first day of a trip (i.e.: flying to my destination), then just use dry shampoo the rest of the time. That way I don’t have to pack shampoo and conditioner that usually leaks all over everything anyway. If I find I absolutely must wash my hair, I just use the products provided by the hotel. No, it’s not the normal shampoo and conditioner combo I use at home, but it beats having all of your stuff covered in a soapy mess brought on by high altitudes and cabin pressure.
On longer trips when I use my big suitcase, I will bring a few more items, but not much more than what you see.
What are some items you can’t live without when you’re traveling?