Packing can be a very complicated process. Do you know this feeling when you look at your closet, then at your dressing table, then at your suitcase and so on a couple of times in a row, but you still have no idea how to manage this chaos? No worries, it is possible to prepare the luggage the way so that it’d contain all the necessary things, but wasn’t too heavy at the same time. Cosmetics often take quite a lot of space in the bag. That’s why here’s a list of tips for smartly packing cosmetics. Whether you’re going for a long backpacking trip or a weekend away with a group of best friends, they’ll come in handy.
Take multi-purpose cosmetics
Some great cosmetics can be used in various ways. They take space of one thing but play roles of many. Tinted Foundation, for example, can have UV protection – you won’t need strong sunscreen for your face. Instead of regular lipsticks, take one that gives both color and security to your lips. Pick a makeup bag that has a small mirror, so that you won’t have to take it separately. If you’re planning to go out a lot and want to get a full makeup from time to time, a small pallet will be practical – it contains a variety of cosmetics in one little box. Get a tube of shampoo with conditioner, so that instead of two bottles, you’ll only need one. Natural oils are amazing; you can use them both for your hair and skin. Coconut oil is especially great because it can not only moisturize, but also work as a shaving cream, body scrub or make-up remover. It even heals small cuts and sunburns.
Keep the makeup simple
Pack only necessities: mascara, tinted moisturizer, eyeliner or whatever it is you use daily. You don’t need to carry all the make-up stuff you have at home. It’ll make your bag lighter, which means traveling will be easier. Besides, your skin can use a little bit of rest. It’s good to stay away from heavy make-up once in a while.
Remember about the size
That’s super important if you travel with hand luggage only. There are strict restrictions on what you can carry with you on the plane. All the liquid products must be less than 3.4 ounces. Don’t take anything that’s larger than that, you don’t want your great perfume or favorite shampoo to end up in the garbage – and that’s what’s going to happen if you try to smuggle it in. All the liquid cosmetics should be kept in a sealed plastic bag. The rules concern only hand-luggage, but whether you take a checked luggage or not, packing light is always good.
Smart cosmetics that come in handy on the road
Cleansing wipes are one of them. When you backpack, take long train or bus rides, walk for kilometers or spend lots of time in nature, for from “civilized world,” they turn out to be very useful. If you’re going to hot places, sunscreen is a must. Simple moisturizers that can be used for the whole body (including face) are the most practical ones. Protection for your lips is important, whether you’re going to a very warm or a cold place. Dry shampoo is a great thing too. If you don’t have time or space to wash your hair properly, you can just spray it quickly with the shampoo, and it’s going to be all right for some time.
Mind the climate
Sunscreen was already mentioned, but it’s essential and deserves attention. Remember to take it and use daily if you’re going to be exposed to the sun. Sunburn is an unpleasant thing, and you surely don’t want to bother with it while spending time on a dream beach somewhere in Thailand or Australia. While most people know they need protection from the sun, many forget icy weather can be problematic for the skin as well. Take a good moisturizer and protective lipstick if you’re going to Iceland, Alaska or another cold place.
It’s okay to love makeup, it’s wonderful if you enjoy looking fancy & fabulous, but traveling is a good chance to embrace your natural self. Your hair can look good without straightening, and it’s okay if you once go out without make-up. Don’t bother with these things too much and just enjoy your travels.
Do you have your tricks for packing cosmetics? Let us know! And share this article with your girlfriends.