How to Avoid Packing on the Pounds
Your Travel-size Guide to Hair and Beauty Essentials
Packing our bags to go on holiday can be very stressful and we often forget the things we need. So we thought that we will help you out by giving you a brief breakdown of what you may need to pack to keep you looking beautiful no matter where you may be heading!
These items are non-negotiable, so pack these first!
- Face wash – some face washes double up as a makeup removers, making it a practical choice.
- Nude Eyeshadow Palette – great for daytime and can easily be amped up for more evening looks
- Brushes (you can also get travel size brushes which are really convenient, otherwise only take the brushes you will be using)
- Your most used eyeliner (why take them all when you will only use your favourite one anyway)
- Clear lipgloss/ nude lipstick
- Lip balm
- One darker lipstick (just in case you go out)
- Powder (this will help control any shine on your face, so you can take as many holiday pictures as you want and still look good in them!)
- Hair bands
- Bobby pins
- Two-in-one shampoos – (some shampoos and conditioners are available in travel sizes. Some are even available as solid bars similar to soap)
- Hairbrush/ comb
- Styling Spray – a multi-purpose item, can tame flyaways, add shine and body to limp looking hair
- Dry shampoo
- Coloured Hair – choose products that will prevent your colour from fading and make sure your hair is well-conditioned
- Fine hair – Choose a gentle shampoo that can be used daily and pack a leave-in conditioner and hairspray, this will help seal the hair’s cuticle preventing it from frizzing or static.
- Curly – Opt for a gentle moisturizer shampoo and a creamy conditioner, if you have the space and are going away for a long time, throw in a deep-conditioning treatment.
- Frizzy hair – include a sun/ heat protection spray and an anti-frizz serum. These will help tame the frizz while on holiday.
- Deodarent ( you can get antiperspirant body sprays, which combines your roll-on and body spray so you only need one. They usually are quite nicely fragranced so it may “replace” (maybe substitute is a better word, nothing really replaces your perfume) your perfume for your trip.
- Soap (If you are staying in a hotel, they often provide one for you but rather take one just to be prepared.
- Body Butter (just because you are on holiday doesn’t mean you can ignore your body. This is a must, especially if you happen to be going to a very dry area)
Quick fixes and tips:
No dry shampoo?
Sprinkle a bit of talcum powder onto your roots, rubs it in and then brush thoroughly. Alternately, dab witch hazel on your scalp. This will only last a day.
For split-ends, use leave-in conditioner and for flyaway, hairspray will do the trick.
Out of heat –protector spray?
Apply a drop of sun lotion on your hand, rub them together and then apply to your scalp.
No curling iron?
Braid your damp hair and leave it to dry for as long as possible. The tighter the braid, the tighter the curl but if you really want defined curls, quickly, apply a strong hold mousse or your styling spray to damp hair, twist and then dry (usually there are hair dryers in hotel rooms or let it airdry).
If you can only take a limited quantity of a product or the packaging is too bulky, simply decant as much as you will need into small travel bottles. Nowadays, you can buy gas stylers which are ideal for travelling and there are also travel size versions of our everyday styling equipment.