9. November 2016



Travelling is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but it also comes with the ridiculous burden of luggage-packing stress. That’s why you sometimes need a little guidance… here, let me help you out.

Travel is a pasttime of mine that has taken me to a lot of places, most of that solo, and I’ve realised what women (and men, too) need is a checklist. It helps you stay organised, not forget those important bits and pieces and helps limit the likelihood of over packing.

So, I thought I’d let you in on my beauty travel kit which will hopefully help your checklist write itself.


The key to skincare is to keep it simple, especially while travelling. Now, if you’re planning on travelling with hand luggage make sure to keep all your liquids under 100ml.


Travel size skincare items are lifesavers, but unfortunately not everyone has access to them. This is why taking hotel shower gels and shampoos can come in handy… those little bottles are definitely under 100ml (unless you stay at a ridiculously fancy hotel that gives you full-size amenities) and will probably hold enough product for a 3-4 day trip.

Try not to go overboard with cleansers and makeup removers. My tip is to bring makeup removal wipes to take off the majority of your makeup and then use a cleansing sponge with your regular cleanser to tackle any hidden residuals lurking around. This way you can leave your micellar water at home and bring only one liquid item (your daily cleanser).

Face masks are also a great addition to your travel skincare routine. Airplanes are not the skin’s friend, especially on long haul flights. The recycled air lacks moisture and spreads bacteria which can leave your skin feeling dehydrated and dirty. Additionally, the entire travel experience brings on stress and the change in climate can have adverse effects. That’s why face masks are handy; they will help bring back moisture to the skin and minimise the chances of breakouts. And they don’t take up much room in your luggage.

  • Toilet seat covers are handy to have in your handbag… for the plane, train or even worse, the public restroom;
  • Travel toothbrushes that come with a built-in brush cover are a helpful travel essential;
  • Always have some kind of hand/body moisturiser.. it’ll come in handy, especially on the plane.


Let’s get this out-of-the-way: yes, I take way too much makeup with me; but believe me, I’ve come a long way. This selection used to be much bigger.


Depending on where and when you’re travelling, makeup may be an unnecessary extra. Summer vacations and lounging by the pool are best done makeup free, but no one is stopping you from wanting to make sure that face is beat when taking a killer vacay selfie.

For hotter climates, concealers are a lot more effective and handy than foundations. They’ll cover what needs to be covered and you won’t have too much makeup melting off in the heat. But if you’re in a colder climate and are super into makeup like I am, take two foundations so that you have all your bases covered. I’ve chose to go with both a light and heavy foundation depending on my skin’s current state and activities I plan to be doing that day or if I plan on taking photos.

Contour kits were all the rage this year and rightly so because they’re great for travelling. Depending on which kit you purchase, you’re most likely going to have a contour shade, a highlighting shade and maybe even a bronzer and setting powder. So instead on lugging around 4 separate bulky items, they’ve all fit into one palette.

Personally, I’m not the biggest eyeshadow fan. Mainly because my eyes are so round and large that you hardly ever notice that I have any eyeshadow on. Plus, they’re not that good for travelling due to their fragility; so you’ll probably spend most of the trip worrying whether your Naked 2 palette has been smashed into a million dusty pieces by the airport’s luggage handling staff. If anything, rock some eyeliner, blend some bronzer into your crease and you’ll still be looking fierce.

Quick tips:
  • Face primers are great for long travel or activity days. It’ll help keep your makeup looking good and lasting longer;
  • Waterproof mascara is a great travel choice because no one needs panda eyes when selfies need to be taken;
  • Eyebrow pomade is a great long-lasting product and eliminates the need of lugging around a sharpener;
  • Ditch the eyeshadow palettes and take a few bold lip colours to take your look from day-to-night.

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