How to Pack Light While Still Looking Good on the Road.

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” -St.Exupery

Ireland. November 2010.

Traveling light is the way to go. Wherever you land, you can usually buy anything you need, so there’s no use wasting precious luggage space bringing it along. I am quite particular about where I shop and the clothes and make-up I buy, but when it comes to travel, bringing the least amount of items is my main priority. In today’s world, it’s quite easy to find your favorite products in carry-on approved sizes. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Make-up:
When it come to make-up, products with more than one use are ideal. These save space in your luggage and make getting ready in a flash super-easy.

Michael Kors Rollerball conveniently combines perfume with lip gloss. You’ll smell great and always be prepared for a night out.

Another great two-in-one product would be Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer. This way you don’t have to bring foundation and moisturizer.

As far as cheek and lip color, I’d suggest either LORAC Sheer Wash or Benefit Posietint. These products give lasting color on both lips and cheeks.

Mascara is an important item to bring, especially when there will be a lot of pictures taken. If you’ll be away for a short time, you can bring a travel size, but at 0.38 oz, you can probably stick to a regular size. I rely on DiorShow mascara because it goes on smoothly without clumping.

I also always leave room for Smashbox’s Photo Op Under Eye Brightener. With nights out and early mornings, sleep is often not a priority while I travel. That’s where this product saves the day. It helps eliminate dark circles and brightens eyes.

Another Smashbox item I never travel without is their Limitless Eyeliner. Not only is it water-proof, it applies easily and has a built-in sharpener. One less thing you’ll have to worry about packing!

Hair:
Hair can often be difficult to manage on the road, especially depending on where you are headed. No matter what products you bring, make sure to pack plenty of bobby pins and hair ties.

Heat and humidity are often a factor, which is why I’d suggest Living Proof products. They come in travel sizes, and work wonders with a small amount of product. I wouldn’t travel anywhere without their Frizz hair product, it truly works wonders.

Suitcases for a Bahamas Cruise. (Mine's the small one!)

I also always make sure to bring dry shampoo with me if there are days that I can’t wash my hair. There are many out there in the form of spray, however, I find Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo to be the best. Since it’s a powder, I don’t have to worry about it taking up room in my Ziploc bag. (Just as a warning, I got stopped and searched at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport I guess white powder at an airport can raise suspicions.)

I don’t take up any room in my travel bag for shampoo and conditioner, especially if I’m going to be traveling for a while. Instead, I buy a bottle when I get to my destination. But, if you are looking for a great travel-size shampoo, I’d suggest either Bumble and Bumble or Ojon. Living Proof also makes a shampoo, if you like to stick to the same brand.

Sunscreen and Bug Spray:
With my Irish roots, sunscreen is a must, and depending on where you are traveling, so is bug spray. As far as I’m concerned, getting Skin Cancer, Dengue Fever, and Malaria are not options.

I bring a sunscreen stick for my face; I prefer Neutrogena because it’s hypoallergenic and won’t clog pores. For my body, I buy products when I get to my destination. Usually, you can find a brand you are familiar with; I bought Nivea in Thailand. If not, look at the ingredients to make sure it covers UVA and UVB rays, and it should work just fine.

I also buy my bug spray when I get to my destination. I have found that the products sold in the county I am visiting tend to work the best. The bug spray I bought in Bangkok, not only smelled nice, but I barely got bit in Thailand or Vietnam. Just ask the pharmacist for the best product, and the bug spray will do the rest.

And remember, you aren’t always going to feel your prettiest while traveling, especially when you are covered head-to-toe in bug spray and sunscreen, but these products will help you look as good as you should feel while traveling the world.

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2 thoughts on “How to Pack Light While Still Looking Good on the Road.

  1. Your the best packer ever having been your travelling buddy on a number of (need I say it wonderful!!!) occasions!!!!I have learned so much just from seeing your suitcase………it still hasn’t made me pack less but I think I’m gradually getting better…………..I just need to travel more and get more practice at it!!haha!!keep up the good work, good post!!

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