Getting There: Beauty Travel Tips

Now’s the season for vacations.  Even though the economy sucks and people are saving their money, vacations and trips are still happening.

Even if you’re headed for a weekend trip to a nearby hot springs, you’ll still want to bring some of your beauty items.  What you bring and how you bring it depends on the length of your stay and how you plan to get there.

Beauty Tips for Road Trips

Road trips are best because you have a lot more room to carry your makeup.  You could bring a large travel makeup case with no real consequences.

How much you bring with you depends on the length of stay.  If it’s just a day or two, you can get by with a small eye shadow compact, mascara and liner, in addition to some of your daily face makeup.

A longer stay may mean bringing a larger portion of makeup.

Here are some things you should definitely have in your makeup case when going on a road trip:

  • Any face moisturizers and soaps that you think you might need on a daily basis.
  • Powders and foundations (only one of each to save space).
  • The most likely colors of eye shadows.  How many you bring depends on how often you plan on doing different looks.
  • Mascara, eye liner.
  • Lipstick and lip gloss.  Lip liner if you use that.

Other essentials you can’t forget:

  • Hair brushes and combs.
  • Travel size shampoo and conditioner, just in case.
  • Travel size toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Any hair dryers, curling irons, or straightening irons that you need on a daily basis.
  • Hair binders, clips, barrettes, and head bands.
  • Nail clippers and files.

Since you’re going to be on the road, you won’t need to worry about taking too much, and you won’t have to agonize on how you pack it.  Leave that kind of worry to those that plan to fly.

Beauty Tips for Flights

The real trouble lies in flying.  Regulations for carry-on luggage are ever so strict.  If you want to know the exact rules for flying in the United States, check out this website.

Basically, if you plan to carry-on liquids and gels for your flight, they need to be no more than 3 ounces and they need to all fit in a one quart size zip top plastic bag.

Beauty items that need to be carried on in this bag:

  • Liquid lip gloss
  • Nail polishes.
  • Liquid eyeliner.
  • Hair sprays, shampoos and other items.
  • Liquid foundation.

If you’re not sure whether something should go in the bag, it’s better to just throw it in.

When you go through the x-rays, you’ll need to send through your plastic bag separately of any of your other carry on luggage.

But what if you have things that are too big for that plastic bag?  Like a full bottle of conditioner?

In this case, you’ll need to check one of your luggage bags. When you check something, it goes in the cargo bay of the airplane, rather than with you at your seat.  The 3 ounce rules don’t apply then, so you can bring as much as you want.

Keep in mind: luggage gets lost.  If you have a really expensive bottle of perfume or foundation, you may just want to leave it at home.


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  1. one good beauty tip is to have sufficient rest, lots of fluid and nutitious foods.:`;

  2. When traveling, I always make it a point to keep a small jar of petroleum jelly handy. It can provide such quick relief for chapped lips. I just lather some on my lips before going to bed and … voila! I wake up in the morning with luscious, soft and moisturized lips! Perfect for beach getaways when the sun can really bake your the moisture of your lips away.

  3. I never leave home without oil blotters. They’re so handy, especially at times when you just feel so sticky and unclean — a few quick blots will help make you feel fresher and cleaner.

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