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Packing for a trip is arguably the worst part of travelling. Particularly for beauty junkies, it can be incredibly difficult to decide what to bring, and what to leave behind. Everything seems to become a daily must-have. The thought of leaving behind your favourite lipstick(s), or your blusher breaking into a powdery mess in your beauty travel bag, sends you into a panic.
How do you decide which lipstick follows you on the trip, and which one stays? What can you do to save as much space as possible in your luggage, and keep your clothes smelling fresh? So. Many. Questions. With these nifty tips, you can keep your panic in check, and streamline your packing process.
1. Seal your travel containers
Product spillage not only creates a terrible mess, but also means wastage. Even worse is if the product stains our clothing. So save yourself the anguish, and remember to stick some extra tape around your travel containers. Better safe than sorry, after all.
2. Reuse empty toiletry bottles for beauty essentials
Can’t find travel-sized bottles at the last minute? Saving the mini shampoo/conditioner bottles most hotels provide will help prevent that problem on your next trip. These perfectly sized bottles are ideal for storing your favourite beauty products – toners, cleansers, hair oil. Just be sure to clean them out thoroughly to prevent contamination of product.
3. Separate clothing with dryer sheets
Even freshly laundered clothing can smell funky after a long flight. To prevent your clothing from smelling stale, layer a few lightly scented dryer sheets between your clothes. Dryer sheets also prevent your clothing from sticking together due to static, and keep roaches away, which is always a great bonus.
4. Place a cotton pad in your powder compact
Rough handling of baggage at the airport can result in damage to more delicate makeup, such as your powder compact. To prevent it from breaking and creating a huge mess in your cosmetic bag, place a cotton pad in the compact to protect it from potential shattering. You’ll be glad you made the extra effort when your blush or bronzer lives to see the day.
5. Use contact lens cases for liquids
Travel-sized containers are great and all, but if you don’t want to spend extra money on them, reuse an old contact lens case for your hair gels, serums, and even hand sanitizer. Contact lens cases are the perfect miniature travel container as each is the ideal size for single-use applications. Colour-code your contact lens cases with nail polish to keep track of what’s inside each case.
6. Explore hairstyling pptions
Hairstyling tools can take up precious space in your suitcase. So dispense with them, and settle for handier alternatives like sea salt sprays. Simply spritz some on damp hair before tying up your hair with a towel, and sleeping on it. In the morning, unwrap to get sexily tousled beach curls! But if you simply must bring some sort of heat-styling tool, be sure to pack it in a heat-resistant case to protect the clothes in your suitcase.
7. Be prepared
Always stash some emergency essentials in your travel kit. Your essentials may vary, but some basics include plasters, bobby pins, tweezers, a nail file, and a stain remover pen. Get your makeup kit travel-ready, and you’ll be able to face any beauty emergency head on!
Which hack sounds useful to you, and what are some beauty travel hacks of your own? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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