Going on holiday is exciting and fun, but packing can be quite the opposite! This is a quick guide on what to pack in your vanity bag so you can look great for all those holiday photos.
- Take only what you need!!! A good way to figure out what you should take is to make a note of what products you use on a normal day, and pop those into your bag.
- Multitasking – take products that can do the work of many, such as lip/cheek stains or eyeshadows that can be used as blush.
- Go neutral. When in doubt, choose nude or neutral colours because they are easy to wear and go with everything. Always travel with a nude lipcolour!
- Be sensible about what products you’re taking and how much you’re going to use them. If you’re going backpacking, don’t take your most expensive makeup because you’ll spend a lot of time worrying about losing it! If you have a favourite bright lipstick that you won’t get much chance to wear – leave it at home! If you’re going for a wedding (like I am) and need something a bit above average, then try out your look at home first. Make a note of what you used and include all those items in your travel vanity case.
- Less is more. Mini products or sample sizes are the best things ever! Nowadays you can get mini versions of almost everything, including skincare, perfume roll-ons, eye pencils, eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, powders, brushes, etc. Unless you’re going away for a very long time, these mini versions should be enough to last your whole trip!
- Don’t panic. We all leave something behind! The chances are, its not essential and you will survive without it. If you’re in a metropolitan area, find the nearest department store which will be amply stocked with beauty supplies. If you’re in the wilderness, take heart! You’re surrounded by natural beauty, so embrace yours.
I usually split my makeup between what I will take in carry-on baggage and what gets packed away in my check-in baggage. Carry-on items include those that I might need in flight, or very soon after getting off the plane. I keep these in a small zipped back that fits into my handbag.
Carry On Items
- Lancome Colour Design Palette in Kissed by Gold
- Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment
- Spare hair ties
- Bobbi Brown Corrector
- Saline eye drops
- MAC Lightful Powder Compact
- Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Blushing Nude
- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush in Exposed
- MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer
- Contact lens case
- Tampons (always be prepared!)
In my checked-in baggage, I include items that I would use everyday. I’ve broken these up into ‘Makeup Tools and Face Products’ and ‘Eye and Lip Products’ because they wouldn’t fit into the same picture.
Check-In ‘Makeup Tools and Face Products’
- The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturiser
- Shiseido SPF 30+ Face Moisturiser
- Benefit Highbeam
- Ecotools Travel Brush Sets and Eyeliner brush
- Maybelline Express Finish nail polish in Crystal Dash
- Bobby pins
- MAC Bronzing Powder
- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush in Flush
- MAC Studio Tech Foundation
‘Check-In Eye and Lip Products’
- Shu Uemura eyelash curler
- Urban Decay Ammo palette
- Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara
- Mini Lancome Juicy Tube in Marshmallow Electro
- The Body Shop lipstick in Ginger Rose
- Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Rivoli
- Stila Smudgestick in Stingray/Rimmel Soft Kohl in Sable Brown/Stila Glitter Eyeliner in Rock Candy
- Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
- Mini Urban Decay Primer Potion
Some things I didn’t include that I’ll be taking are a strip of ibuprofen, wet wipes, a duo fibre brush, some extra foam tip makeup applicators and a nail clipper.
I hope this helped some of you with your holiday packing. Have a great time, wherever you are, and return home safely! As you read this, I am high above the sky jetting off for my own holiday!