Tips for packing toiletries and cosmetics

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


I’VE been traveling lately. Some may think I’m the type to over-pack, but I’m actually quite practical about it, for the reason that I, like most people, do not have a personal assistant to carry my travel bag for me. So, the more lightweight it is, the better. Still, me being me, I refuse to give up anything that I need to be comfortable. Here’s how I pack personal toiletries and beauty necessities.

Toiletries

• If you’re only taking a hand-carry bag, make sure you know the limits for liquids that you can take. Store them properly to avoid spills. Put them in a separate ziplock bag to protect your other items in case a spill happens.

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• Don’t bring expensive perfume or toiletries to begin with, in case you do have to leave something behind, or it spills. That’s going to be money wasted, and your heart possibly broken at having to leave your favorite perfume.

• Decant just the amounts of liquids that you need into smaller containers. If you don’t have old containers from samples to spare, make the investment of buying travel-size plastic bottles and jars. These are commonly sold in the mall. Or, just buy travel sizes of toiletries, and you can reuse these on future trips.

• This option is not as environmentally friendly, but it is practical to bring sachets for short trips so that you can leave these behind when you head home.

• These are the things I consider must-haves on every trip: facial wash, daytime moisturizer with SPF, eye cream, night-time moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, feminine wash, contact lens solution, hand and body lotion, body wash, small bath puff, deodorant, tweezers, comb and cologne.

Cosmetics

• Bring only what you need. This may require proper consideration, but if you’re only going to be away for less than a week, it may not be practical to bring an entire bottle of foundation with you, for example.

• Multi-tasking products are essential when traveling. Many products can be used on both the cheeks and the lips. Try a tint, a jumbo stick or cream product.

• Bring long-wearing products so you won’t need to constantly touch up on a day of being on the go or sightseeing.

• An eyeshadow duo and one neutral blush can be enough for a trip, but if you need variety, travel-size palettes are everywhere now. Pick one that already packs several eye or cheek colors, as you please.

• If, like me, you simply can’t do with just one lip product for the whole trip, perhaps bring one pink or nude for day and red or berry for night. Take one gloss and one lipstick.

• Bring makeup shades that all coordinate with one another, and with the clothes you’re packing, so that it’s easier to get camera-ready for all those travel photos.

• Bring travel sizes of what you can, like mascara, lip stuff, makeup brushes, etc.

Other things

• Bring wet wipes or a small bottle of isopropyl alcohol, in case you happen to go to a bathroom that doesn’t have soap. Wet wipes are great for freshening up throughout the day, especially when traveling.

• If flying long-haul, the air in a flight cabin can be very drying. Make sure to have moisturizer, lip balm and hand cream to prevent skin from drying out, and drink plenty of water during the flight.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 01, 2014.

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