When it comes to travelling I am by no means a packing connoisseur, in fact packing is probably my absolute worst part of travelling. I don’t know why and I wish I was one of those super organised, Lavandaire style list makers with compartments and travel bags for everything but, we all have our crosses to bare and as someone who doesn’t travel a lot but plans to travel more, I can only hope this improves with time.
One thing that has definitely improved with experience is my travelling skincare routine. I’ve found that depending on the length and distance of a trip it can be tempting to take both everything and nothing. Short trips I have to admit, I’ve been known to chuck in a packet of face wipes and some Simple moisturiser and say to hell with it. Longer trips? enter every full sized step of my at home routine I can possibly fit into my wash bag (I just can’t quite get to grips with decanting).
It was on my most recent trip to Miami that I felt like I’d really ‘nailed’ skincare packing and so thought I’d impart some of this wisdom onto any fellow packing novices.
So when it comes to breaking down exactly what I need to take I keep it basic but specific, I also try and keep it ‘cheap-ish’ mainly because I have a huge fear of lost luggage and need the products to be easily replaceable if the worst happens:
Not just a cleanser, this needs to be a cleanser that I can remove my eye makeup with so I don’t need to take a separate one. My eyes are quite sensitive and I always like using an oil based eye make up when I’m at home to make sure I get everything off, a micellar water just doesn’t hack it for me. The Oskia Renaissance Cleanser is perfect for this plus, they do it in a travel size but to keep things thrifty, the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is a great option.
Skin can go all sorts of crazy when travelling so I like to have a serum with me to help nourish my skin as much as possible, especially if flying. I’ll usually opt for a hylauronic acid unless I’ve been having break outs, a couple of favs which are also v travel (and purse) friendly are the Glossier Super Bounce and The Ordinary Hylauronic Acid.
This is where I will potentially get a bit ‘extra’ as I will take a morning and evening moisturiser, again with the stress that skin can be put under when travelling I just prefer to. For day it needs to contain SPF, like the Boots Botanics Hydration Burst Day Lotion and for evening I’ll go for something really nourishing like the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask which I also take on the place with me – if only they did this in travel size!
This is a must, on the plane as well as for my trip, I never don’t do eye cream, ever since I was 14, I love the stuff! Generally I use Clinique All About Eyes or the Origins Eye Doctor but to keep the costs down for travel I love the Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream. Super travel friendly as it’s a roll on and really does work at making my eye area feel hydrated and nourished.
This is mostly for the plane but I also use this as my toning step, few come in handy travel sizes but I recently discovered the Ren Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist and I love this for an in flight refresh and at 60ml it’s the perfect size when out and about too!
It can be confusing, well I find it confusing, when I’m packing my carry on skincare and actual suitcase skincare so I try to combine the two. All of this except my cleanser and the day moisturiser comes with me on the plane as my in flight essentials as well as the obvious, wipes, deodorant, lip balm, a little bit of makeup and toothbrush. Again depending on the length of the flight I have been known to disregard this completely!