I love travelling but then who doesn’t? If there’s one thing weird about me though, I also love packing. I also love packing lists but let’s not go there. I went on a very special trip to London this winter and so before leaving I prepared this little post on my travelling packing essentials. I hate to reach anywhere unprepared even though the spontaneity of a holiday is one of my favourite things about it. This spontaneity just doesn’t include realising you’ve left your favourite graphic liner at home and the only one available is sold at one store across town. London get your act together, I love you but where’s your Sephora?
I usually start off my packing with putting aside the essentials for a presentable face. I don’t use all of them on a daily basis, the BB cream hardly ever, but its important to have it around just in case something really special comes up. We were staying at a hotel only a 10 minute walk from Buckingham Palace and you know I do have high hopes, otherwise referred to as delusions. On this trip I took my Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB Cream, the only foundation and the only shade I have ever found that looks like skin on me. I am not an easy person to buy foundation for! I also took the cult favourite Nars Concealer, I wear mine in 1 Chantilly. I took my pair of Sephora Beauty Amplifiers, the primer and the finishing powder which work great over makeup or even lightly dabbed over a bare face to reduce redness. I am definitely not big on contouring in general but I took a great mini Sephora kit with me just in case. The wonderful thing about these Sephora kits is that they come in only two shades, light and dark, and they’re super compact. If you’re not big on contouring that really makes the process of selection so much easier, and the shades are chosen to be versatile enough to suit almost anyone. When it comes to eyeshadows and lip products I try to be minimal and take basic shades and one of each type of lip product. The best thing is when you can find pallets that work together like these Two Faced Natural Eye pallets in matte and shimmer. I also included a wonderful new Sephora magic wand of lip colour, literally stacks of creamy lip colour in one super portable stick (its usually available by the counter).
Especially when travelling you don’t want to skimp on the skincare. A holiday can be a great time for your skin to refresh itself and using the right products goes a long way to help. I’m a Kiehls and Caudalie fan so I packed my vanity case full of their products in their smallest sizes.
Minis are always a good option while travelling, which is why I like to take my set of mini brushes with me and not the full size ones I would use at home (the fact that they’re silver, white topped and so you know when to clean them, helps). The mini hand creams available at the Body Shop won’t leak, are super moisturising, and cost way less than their L’Occitane counterparts. They also come in delicious seasonal flavours like Vanilla Chai although they also have year round flavours. I also like to include mini travel size blotting papers, so much easier on the purse than carrying around makeup and doing touch ups. I also look out for mini deodorants and wipes, and a one in all maintenance kit, though you may want to leave this one in your suitcase.
On the boring subject of deodorants and wipes, I also make sure to carry hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes. Be careful to make sure you include them in your clear carry on bag and that they fall under the liquid limits. I’ve had bad experiences at security with the forgotten hand sanitiser somewhere in my handbag. I tend to get my hair done at the salon if I can manage and I have a routine to keep it going for a few days but I still carry a tiny brush with me just for the little inevitable messes. Don’t pack a bunch of nail polish! You’re not going to have the time or inclination to change colours. If you’ve got a manicure done or done a home manicure before leaving, carry only that colour for touch ups. There’s nothing worse than walking around on holiday with chipped nails. Alright there are a million worse things, but it only takes up a teeny amount of your makeup bag.
Finally the one thing that we often forget is that we need a little bit of entertainment with us on holiday. There’s more downtime on holiday than you often expect. Sight seeing can get tiring and you can find yourself at the hotel earlier than you think. You can get a touch sick or under the weather and need to take a half day off, and then there’s always that time just before bed. I personally am a slow reader so I don’t tend to take books with me but I definitely love magazines, my laptop, and my iPad with me (they’re great for when you don’t love the inflight entertainment too).