Deciding how to fit your skincare regimen into a finite number of three-ounce containers and a one-quart plastic bag is a familiar hassle for travelers. Even if you’re driving or prefer to check luggage, it can be unwieldy to pack full-size bottles of shampoo and face wash. Follow these tips for hassle-free beauty on the go. Bon voyage.
1. Pare it down.
Do you really need that full bottle of deep conditioner you only use once per week? Pack what you think you’re likely to use, and then remove the rest.
2. Get a reusable bag.
A number of cosmetic companies have started producing one-quart travel bags that can be used multiple times. Disposable bags are more likely to tear and cause spills. If you’re a frequent flyer, invest in a reusable bag and store it in your suitcase to streamline your packing process.
3. Be smart about liquids, creams, and gels.
Unless they’re in liquid form, like lipgloss, most lipsticks don’t need to be packed in your plastic bag. The same holds for most lip balms and solid deodorants. Save precious space in your one-quart bag by packing these non-liquid items in a separate makeup case.
4. Master the stress.
Between last-minute packing, rushing through security, changing planes and long drives, travel takes a toll on your mind and body. Try to drink enough water and eat healthily to avoid sickness, skin problems, and discomfort.
5. Keep it clean.
Planes, trains, and cars can cause an odd combination of dryness and uncleanliness: air is recirculated, causing dehydration, but close proximity to other travelers and constant movement from one place to another can cause sweating and oiliness. Consider investing in these traveler-friendly products for comfort: hand sanitizer, facial wipes or oil-blotting sheets, lip balm, hand cream, a mini hairbrush and, if you’re feeling indulgent, a facial moisturizing spray.