Traveling constrains your time, luggage, and even energy. My skincare (and makeup) routine is cut in half when I travel. Read on to see what I prioritise!
In an ideal world, you have sample or travel sizes of all of your products, so you know your skin won't break out from it. Trying new products is always a risk as you're already in a new environment that your skin/body may not react well to.
Sephora's Facial Wipes - You're tired; you've been on your feet all day. I get so lazy with my skincare routine when traveling so using wipes are the easiest way to go.
A facial cleanser is a must. I love getting travel kits as they're so convenient. Belif's bestsellers On-The-Go Travel Kit has the basic essentials to keep your skin happy and healthy while you travel. Belif is one of my favourite brands but you can get whatever kit that makes your skin happy. I also recently got the Drunk Elephant birthday gift from Sephora, which includes their Jelly Cleanser and Protini Cream so I've been trying it out on my more recent trips.
- If you DO breakout, carry a sheet of acne patches to help alleviate it a bit.
Don't exfoliate on your trip. It's not worth the space nor the risk.
I believe toners are still worth bringing. I'm currently packing Son & Park's Beauty Water that I bought in Korea. They were selling the full size + a free travel size in a pack. Most if not all toners should be kind to all skin types so you shouldn't have to worry about breaking out from a new toner.
Unless you are in dire need of this, I think you can skip it.
SERUMS & AMPOULES
This one is very dependent on how you think your skin will react to where you're going. I've been bringing my marula oil(1oz) with me when I know it's going be dry and I have not regretted it.
Masks are definitely a luxury to bring, not an essential (in my opinion). They barely take up space so it should be fairly easy to pack. They're great for unwinding after a long day, or hydrating your skin on the plane, as Mama recommends.
I think this is one of the few things in the gray area. I love bringing eye cream to make sure I look refreshed when traveling but I realise it's more space and may not be essential. I think the best option for this is to bring sample sizes since eye creams are usually clean because they're made to moisturise an area that is more sensitive than the rest.
This is a MUST. Of course you need pack moisturiser. I'd argue to bring whatever size you want (as long as it's TSA compliant). You need a good moisturiser that will lock in the potent-yet-minimal amount of product you've just applied. It's not worth letting your skin suffer.
This is also a MUST!! UV protection is not essential, it's a requirement. Protect your skin- don't be a fool. Make sure you are applying sunscreen daily.
For hot or humid destinations: Blotterazzi by beautyblender. I personally don't like using the pack of blotting paper because it gets messy and I feel like my fingers get oily. Blotterazzi is a reusable blotting applicator that's easy to use and easy to travel with because it comes with a case and a mirror.
This is my checklist on how to ensure that I'm prepared to have the best flight possible.
Huge disclaimer: This is most likely... scratch that... THIS IS more than you need to pack. I am an over-packer. It's my sin to bear.
Mama recently gave me a suggestion that I've been meaning to try that I'm sure I won't regret: pack a face mask and wear it halfway into your flight. It will hydrate and moisturise your skin, and make you feel more relaxed and cool during your flight. Can't wait to try it out!
So many vacation options, so many different occasions! Which bag is right to take to your next trip?
I wanted to break down the different types of travel bags to help you:
Having each of these bags will keep you covered for any and every adventure you choose to take on!
Suitcases are one of those things where it's always worth it to do lots of research since they're so expensive, you'll use it a lot, and they're meant to last you a long time! You want a suitcase that will be durable, functional, and stylish, of course.
Suitcases are my favourite bag of travel since I never have to worry about it not fitting as a carry on, nor do I worry about it getting dirty or ruined if the airline requires/requests for me to check in it for whatever reason. It's also very convenient since I can roll it- it's not hard on my shoulders like a duffel bag would be.
I can probably do an entire post on choosing the right suitcase, but for now, I will say two things are absolutely required when shopping for a suitcase:
Whether you're doing an overnight or a backpacking travel through Europe, it's important to have a ergonomic backpack that's durable and has enough compartments.
Wirecutter recommends the Osprey Packs Farpoint 70 Travel Backpack but it doesn't look like it's carry-on friendly (this model is OK for carry on though). For more recommendations, I recommend reading through the Pack Chronicles, a new lifestyle blog that features a lot of backpacks, written by one of my closest friends!
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I believe this bag gets its own category since it's like a backpack and a duffel combined. I've never bought it but so many of my friends rave about it and can't say enough. It's spacious enough like a carry on suitcase, but carries and travels like a backpack and duffel. It's quite adjustable and seems really easy and light to pack with, so even though I've never used it, I'm going to still recommend it!
Check it out here.
Duffel bags are a great option for a weekend getaway where you don't want to look like you're packed for a full week of travel. Duffels are more formless opposed to suitcases, which give me the justification to not be so strategic when it comes to packing (AKA I feel justified to be messy). I also love the feeling of just opening up my duffel wide open when I arrive at my hotel/AirBnB and letting that be enough, versus feeling I need to unpack everything right then and there when I open my suitcase.
Last year, I bought a weekender duffel that's also carry on size compliant from an Australian brand called Country Road. I am obsessed with it. It's pretty, sold, durable, and way bigger than you'd expect.
My absolute favourite duffel in my closet is my Cath Kidston foldable duffel set. Read about it here!
*Another note about the foldable duffels, I brought it over to Korea in case I overshop, which I did, and now I have an extra duffel bag to bring back with me without having to buy a new suitcase! Cath Kidston is putting out more of the model I love, in new patterns! Find them here.
A weekender tote is essential for an overnight stay. Again, if you don't want to take a backpack but don't need to pack an entire duffel, this is a great option. It carries enough, carried on the shoulder, and simple. It doesn't make you feel like you're able to go on some trek. You can find cute and cheap options from Target!
One con about weekenders is the lack of pockets and compartments, just something to keep in mind!
the bottom line...
There are a ton of options when it comes to finding a travel bag; the question is: 'For what occasion?' Consider the length, location/season, intensity of the trip, and which bag might make the most sense to take!
Am I missing a category? Let me know!
If you care at all about packing and maximising space, whether that be for more of your stuff, or empty space for souvenirs on the way back, you MUST get packing cubes.
I bought these packing cubes on Prime Day and got to use them for a handful of trips now. Click on the photo to purchase, and continue reading below for my review!
Packing Cubes are great because all of the folding and rolling you do, you can force compacts them in these bags to really maximise space, and to better organise your items! Personally I hate when I need to pull something out from the bottom of the stack and then all of my rollings for other clothes come undone. It makes a mess and I end up having to reroll everything because that's how I am. It saves you the hassle and the space.
Packing cubes come in different sizes, colours, and are made by a bunch of companies. AmazonBasics are a solid seller for a decent price. Plus, they were cheaper on Prime Day so I decided to give them a try. Since they were my first pair, I bought an assorted set of 2 medium and 2 large sizes. This isn't a huge deal, but I also love that they have side handles to easily maneuver them when need be.
I definitely use the medium sized ones more since they fit perfectly in my carry on suitcase and I use that suitcase for most of my trips. The two mediums fit perfectly stacked on top of each other, turned wide-ways, horizontally; fits like a glove. I'll put all of my tops/outerwear in one bag, and all of my bottoms/undergarments in the other. I'm left with about a third of the space to put in shoes and misc. items (since toiletries will go in my inner compartments).
I really don't think you need to get a fancy packing cube unless you really want to. Keep it simple. You want the bags to be a size that's going to fit your suitcase and fit your clothes; made of sturdy material; and has a reliable zipper that won't break on you. That's about it when it comes to a packing cube. You'll see that they're well-worth the money.
To reiterate, 2 mediums will fit perfectly on top of each other in my suitcase, as well as leaving me about 1/3 left for misc. items in the main compartment. Two larges will fit my larger, international suitcase, leaving me about 1/3 space as well.
AmazonBasics carries a variety of sizes and colours so go ahead and buy the one that works for you! Whether you purchase from Amazon or another manufacturer, they are super worth it and I highly recommend them!
Happy travels (: