If you are a frequent traveller, you are probably used to grabbing your stuff and heading off without much thought. You might even have experience of surviving out of a small backpack with just a few bits and bobs to help you to look and feel your best. It’s not easy knowing what to take, and before your travels, you might think that you won’t be bothered about how you look, you’ll be happy just to relax and enjoy yourself. The reality is often a little different, and most of us like to look nice and like to have options if we fancy a change or want to go somewhere a little nicer for dinner one night.
That’s why it’s a good idea to have a travel beauty kit in your case ready to go at the drop of a hat. A kit that never needs unpacking and is always prepared for you when you want to head off on your next great adventure. Whether you are staying somewhere nice like this hotel in Augusta, Georgia or sleeping in a tent, here are some of the things to put in your travel beauty kit.
A Toothbrush and Toothpaste – Do you buy a new toothbrush for every trip? A shocking amount of us do, even though we don’t replace our home toothbrush nearly often enough. Keep your travel brush in a sealed case and rinse it in boiling water and it will be good for more than one trip.
Dry Shampoo – It’s worth noting that aerosols like dry shampoo canisters might have to go in hold luggage. But, if you are travelling with only hand luggage, baby powder can do a pretty good job at refreshing greasy hair. Use lightly, and make sure you rub it in well to avoid greys.
Baby Wipes – It would be lovely to stick to your usual cleanse, tone and moisturise routine. But, most of us don’t when we’re away. Certainly not every day. Baby wipes are a must. They’ll remove makeup, help you to freshen up after a long flight and wake you up in the morning. They’re also great for wiping sticky fingers and cleaning up spills.
Moisturizer – Busy days, less sleep, poor diet and lots of sun all lead to dry and unhealthy skin, so a good moisturiser is a must. If you are short on space, get a gentle moisturizer like cocoa butter and use on your body and face. If you’ve got a little extra space, a tinted moisturiser can be a great alternative to thicker foundation in hot weather. It’ll give you a nice healthy glow and help to cover blemishes, without clogging pores and drying your skin.
Lip Balm – Dry lips can become very uncomfortable, especially in warm or dry conditions. A simple lip balm can help you to look refreshed and feel better.
Waterproof Mascara – You might not want a full face of makeup every day of your travels. Lip balm, tinted moisturiser or a light foundation with SPF and a good waterproof mascara can be enough.
Hair Ties – If you’ve got long hair, you’ll want to be able to keep it out of your face on hot days, or when you are busy, and the air is humid. Pack plenty of hair ties and bobby pins if you’ve got bangs or shorter hair. A small hairbrush is another essential.