Tidying Travel Toiletries


Visiting a new place is an exciting opportunity to explore a different perspective on life. If you’re seeing a new place, it’s a chance to leave your comfort-zone.  After planning your vacation, the challenge begins with deciding what to pack for your trip.  Whether you’re checking your luggage or limiting yourself to just one carry-on, don’t stress!  Instead, take advantage and consider this the perfect opportunity to “KonMari” your toiletries.

I’ve spent many years traveling, and I’ve determined that beyond carrying essential hygiene products, any additional toiletries I include depend on a few other factors.  Start here to determine what to take with you:  Your trip length and destination’s season, climate and accommodations will drive your choices.  The Ritz Hotel or a tent?  With a close friend or family member or on your own?

Of course, different trips will have different requirements.  If I’ll be wearing a backpack, I bring a multi-purpose product such as Pure-Castile soap which is a combination body wash and shampoo.  I include bug spray and sunscreen. Badger and Bullfrog are two brands that offer combination sunscreen/anti-bug products.  If my itinerary includes social dinners, such as on a cruise, I’ll include cosmetics.  Even in this instance, I suggest that you can still pare down and take only the products that “spark joy” for you.  If you haven’t already, before you leave, do a bit of experimenting.  Look at what you already have in news ways.  You might find that the cream blush you love on your cheeks makes a great lip stain (or vice versa with your lipstick!)   If you’re traveling with only one carry-on bag, remember the United States TSA rules allow for only 1 quart-size plastic bag with 3.4 ounce bottles of liquids.  Many cosmetic companies offer convenient travel-sizes of their products.  Putting small amounts of product into contact lens cases is an option for concentrated liquids.  Another option is to maximize powder products. Lighter in weight and not subject to TSA rules about liquids, powder foundation like Zuzu Luxe is available in many shades and can be applied as lightly or as heavily as you prefer for a smooth matte finish that is not drying to the skin.  Try any new products well in advance of your travels in case of a possible reaction.  On the same lines as powder makeup, consider taking along a few packets of powder laundry soap.  It takes up little room, adds little weight and allows you to pack a bit lighter knowing you can wash some of your clothing on the road.   Pencils for lining eyes and lips (not the same one this time!) also save space and weight.  One more tip:  I place my liquids bag in a larger gallon-size bag and store them in an outside pocket of my suitcase.  It allows for easy access in the security lines while also preventing them from possibly leaking onto my clothes.

In all situations, my goal is to bring the minimal amount, allowing me space in my luggage and more time to enjoy my new surroundings! That’s it! I hope these tips help. Now get packing and safe travels!