Welcome to Day 18 of 30 Days to Packing a Better Bag.
When determining what should go into your essential travel beauty kit, you have to decide what type of traveler you are. Are you a low key traveler who is fine with lip balm and tinted moisturizer? Or are you a fashionista who prefers to bring all the pieces including every shade of eye shadow and lipstick? As with every other packing list, start with the basics and build your essential beauty kit from there. Look for items that can double up, like blush and lip color or brown pencils.
We at Her Packing List like to keep our beauty kit as simple as possible, and you should, too! Why? Because travel makes you happy, and happy people are beautiful!
Sunscreen – This should be on your packing list no matter what time of year, no matter what destination. You don’t want to worry about wrinkles or sun spots later in life. Go with a stick form sunscreen to cut back on those liquids!
Lip balm – I pack a small container of Vaseline since I have sensitive skin, but any sort of lip moisture will be better than none. Go with a lip balm with SPF to give your lips some added sun protection.
BB Cream – Packing BB cream is a great way to keep your items low, as it is like lotion, sunscreen and foundation built into one.
Eyeliner or brown pencil – Use your eyeliner as a brow pencil and lip liner if it’s in a lighter shade.
Mascara – Find a travel sized tube of mascara available at beauty stores like Sephora and Ulta and commonly given away with big purchases. It’s a small item that can make your eyes stand out.
Concealer – A small container of concealer is good for hiding those blemishes.
Face wash – Always wash off your makeup to keep your skin clear. You can use liquid wash or even wipes, as long as you have something. We covered this item in our essential toiletries kit yesterday, so hopefully you don’t forget that one!
Tweezers – Keep your eyebrows in check with a pair of tweezers. These can also come in handy for medical related things (like removing splinters).
Clippers and Nail file – Find some small clippers and a couple disposable files to travel with.
Eyeshadow – A simple palette with at least three colors should suffice, which will allow you to mix shades. A reader suggested putting broken eyeshadow in contacts cases to reuse them.
Perfume – Try a solid perfume to save on liquids such as those from Lush or Aroamas!
Lipstick – We rarely pack lipstick, but if you prefer some color on your lips, throw in a tube. Perhaps a tinted lip balm will be the better option while traveling.
Powder – Compacts are more difficult to pack as there’s the risk of breakage, but if you bring it, make sure there’s something in between the mirror and powder, like a brush or cotton ball.
Blush – Not everyone wears blush, but as with the powder, take caution to prevent breakage and spillage in your bag. Consider bringing a color that can double as eye shadow and blush to cut back on space.
Don’t forget: If worried about looks while on the road, just tell yourself that you will never see those people again.
Take Action: The Essential Beauty Kit
Start with the essentials of your beauty kit, like the sunscreen, foundation and mascara. Add whatever else you need to feel fresh and happy at your destination. Remember to place liquids in your TSA regulated plastic bag, which is just another reason to travel with less makeup!