Hello SOTGC Community!
The mercury continues to rise, and airport security lines lengthen as summer travel season opens. Is your travel etiquette in check? Seriously? And your TSA 3-1-1 Compliant Bags in tow? Well then let’s get on with it!
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, there are a few things that I’ve learned the hard way as well as from my clients on the road. So, I’d like to let you in on the secrets I share with my inner circle of traveling beauties in hopes you’ll rarely find yourself in need of quick rescue solutions while away from the comforts of home. But if you do, I’m here to help, and I’m only a text message or call away. (Just ask our fearless leader Marney Reid or better yet read the post she created from my email to her a couple weeks ago.
In my Must-Have Travel Bags entry I shared ways to get through airport security with less stress and what toiletry bags can make it easier than ever. Organized travel bags make getting through security MUCH easier. Let’s chat about what to put in those bags and mini squeeze tubes.
Do you find yourself speedily cruising the travel beauty isles of your local drug or grocery store the night before a trip? With the exception of hairspray and toothpaste, I’ve been able to eliminate that trip all together, save my cash for tips, and maintain my beauty regimen without interruption or a bad hair day for which a workable solution takes precious time I don’t have to spare on the run.
Don’t cheat or abuse your skin when you travel by purchasing travel-size items to which your skin is not accustomed and may respond poorly. You may cause unnecessary drying or breakouts by using products not formulated for your skin type or unique needs and spending time in dry airplanes, airports, hotels and the sun. Skin and hair need extra special attention when traveling, but you can do so without carrying an extra suitcase.
The Perfect 4 Pocket Beauty Bag keeps you organized, relaxed, and always ready for an adventure.
First, plan ahead and schedule an hour to set up your travel bags to have ready to go at a moment’s notice, and eliminate last-minute rush and chances of forgetting crucial items.
Pocket 1: Skin Care
- Your favorite skin care most likely comes in a travel or trial size that you can keep on hand and in your travel roll-up bag. Ask your skin care provider or call me. If you’re traveling for more than two weeks, pack two sets.
- If you prefer not to buy extra facial skin care in a miniature size that will last one or two trips, depending on the length of your travels, just fill a few more squeeze tubes with your cleanser and day and night moisturizers. Your additional age-fighting supplements and eye cream are most likely already less than 3oz., which will allow you to take them “as is” and will fit nicely in one pocket of your travel roll-up bag.
Pocket 2: Glamour
- Foundation Primer with Sunscreen, Foundation, CC Cream with Sunscreen for days that require quick get ready or a less polished look, cream eye shadow and one customized compact that holds all of your color for day-to-night events. Stay tuned for our complete travel makeup lesson.
Pocket 3: Hair Care
- Fill your mini squeeze tubes with your no-fail shampoo and conditioner. If you don’t have these, talk to your stylist about the best brand for your hair type that works well in both arid and humid climates. We’ll dish about the best quick hair prep tools and products in a following post.
- Mini hairspray and personal favorite styling products for curly and straight styles.
- Dry Shampoo
- Bobby pins, two or three mini clips, two hair bands, one head band, and, if you have long hair, one “sock bun.”
Pocket 4: Body Care and Extras
- Fill another squeeze tube with body-loving hydrating crème or lotion that absorbs well and leaves skin extra smooth. If it has a fragrance you adore, it can double as a light perfume. Coconut oil is a terrific option. Consider adding a few drops of fragrant lavender or vanilla oil for a light scent since wearing perfume in business meetings is often frowned upon.
- Finally, fill a little squeeze tube with a great quality sunscreen with SPF 50; this will protect you best if you end up spending the day on, in, and about the water, or if you are out out for more than 10 hours. You’ll still get a sunkissed glow about you but without the sun spots and no need for more than one tube of sunscreen.
- A few final but ultra helpful items to keep always full in your bag:
o Feminine products if you still need them. Travel can change your body’s cycle so its helpful to be prepared.
o mini refillable mouthwash bottle, dental floss, and good toothbrush and toothpaste.
o Small nail repair kit and mini clear polish (for nylon runs and manicure touch ups).
o Allergy eye drops, Q-tips, and cotton pads.
o Deodorant and La Fresh Deodorant Wipes for on-the-go freshen-ups. (Keep some in your purse too.) 48 count for $19.90 at www.Lafreshgroup.com
Once this travel bag is set up, you don’t have to worry about forgetting something in the rush of leaving home or having negative reactions to unfamiliar product brands. Upon returning home from each trip, take a few minutes to refill each item and replace damaged containers and expired products before placing this nifty little bag back in your suitcase for safe storage and guaranteed travel stress relief. As you do, make a list of the things you are low on or out of, and pick those up on your next trip to the store or salon.
Have a family? Make a fun project out of this and help each family member set up their own bag.
Helpful tips are always needed among our tribe of women on a mission so take a second and Tweet, blog link, Pin, and Share these ideas with your network. It takes a village!