With the holidays fast approaching, you probably have some
travel plans in the works. But instead of stressing out about what to pack and
what to leave home, here are 5 pieces of advice that I’ve perfected thanks to
years of travelling near and far.
1. Zip it.
All of the liquids you bring on the plane must fit in a
one-quart, zip-top bag and no container can be larger than 3.4 ounces. But this
doesn’t mean you have to leave your favorites at home—or make a mess decanting
them into TSA-approved bottles. Check out SkinTypeSolutionsStore.com for travel-friendly products, and you can even shop by
your Baumann Skin Type! (If you haven’t yet, take the quick quiz here.)
I never leave
home without cleanser, moisturizer, night cream, a lip treatment and a
hand/body lotion. Nothing dries your skin out faster than air travel, so choose
a non-foaming cleanser like Cetaphil or Cera-Ve. If you’re oily, you can skip
the moisturizer and stick with a hydrating sunscreen like Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30, otherwise, a moisturizer
with SPF is fine—I use La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV. For nighttime, you need a
product specific to your skin type, such as an acne treatment or anti-inflammatory
cream. Since I have sensitive skin, I use Caudalie Vinosource Cream Mask, which is also available in a
3. Pack for
The climate where you’re going should dictate the
products you bring. If
it is drier than your skin is accustomed to, then you need a heavier
moisturizer; if it’s more humid, you might not need moisturizer at all. Those
travelling to hot, sunny places or ski resorts (where sun reflects off snow)
should be particularly vigilant about sun protection. TIP: Keep in mind
that SPF loses its potency over time, so buy sunscreen once you’re there
instead of digging out that old tube from last summer.
4. Edit your
what doesn’t need to go in that zip-top bag—including cleansing wipes and products
that come in solid form (like bars and sticks). For example, take a lip balm in
stick form, like Hwood Beauty Pom-Rose Lip Tea, and opt for a solid
deodorant and bar soap like Dove. You can even buy shampoo and body lotion in
bar form—try the Godiva Shampoo Bar or Therapy Massage Bar from Lush. Or just skip traveling with body lotion and
use the complimentary one at your hotel.
buy what you can get for free? Pack perfume samples instead of a full-size
bottle (or check our the Travalo atomizer) and ask your dermatologist
if she has sample sizes of your skincare prescriptions. If possible, take
inexpensive products you can abandon in favor of the great finds you discover
on your trip—I’m always coming home with some type of skin care discovery!