Time is ticking and I can feel myself getting more and more excited for this holiday - only 5 days now! With my skin now exfoliated and in the first stages of tanning, it's time to give my body a rest and start getting organised. Choosing which toiletries to bring on holiday is one of the hardest parts of packing not only because there is the very real risk of a burst shampoo bottle or toothpaste, but also because it's so difficult to pack the right products without filling half the suitcase!
I have to admit, although I love body lotions, scrubs, hairspray etc and love talking about them a lot, I don't have as many toiletries as I would like or as many of you probably think I have. Well maybe that's a bit of a lie. I do have a substantial amount, probably slightly above average, but out of all of these products, I generally only use about a quarter of them, if that. Everyone has their beauty favourites, their daily regime and for the most of us, this involves far less products than the media would like you to think. Yet somehow, even though I recognise this, when it comes to packing for a holiday, I still attempt to pack the whole lot in plus another load I've just gone and spend £50 on from Boots. And why? Who knows, but it seems to be hardwired into almost every girl about to vacate abroad for the week (or even just a couple of hours away for the weekend).
Well, in light of this realisation, I've decided to properly organise myself this year when packing toiletries. I've attempted to list every item I would need throughout a regular day and any other products I may also need for any other particular events. Trying to keep the list small is no mean feat, but I did get there eventually. Here are my final beauty essentials:
Comb (for backcombing)
Herbal Essences Raspberry Extract Shampoo
Herbal Essences Raspberry Extract Conditioner
Kirby Grips (lots)
Umberto Gianni Backcomb in a Bottle Volume Spray (travel size)
Bobbi Brown Facial Moisturiser
Molten Brown Body lotion/moisturiser
Dove Nourishing Body Wash
Simple Facial Exfoliator
Simple Face Wipes
Piz Buin Activespray Suncream
(I haven't listed makeup purely because this requires another post in itself and doesn't technically come under 'toiletries')
Inevitably, I will have forgotten something/s of the list (if you notice anything missing then please let me know!!) but I think I've covered the essentials. Important tips for when selecting toiletries for a holiday are these:
- Stick to products you are familiar with - Your skin is already trying to adapt to new conditions so don't stress it out by experimenting with new products as well. You don't want to risk ending up with a bad reaction during the days you want to be looking your best!
- Buy travel size products where possible - Lots of brands now sell travel sized versions of their most popular products and although they are a little pricey at times, it saves you a lot of space in your case.
- Decant products into smaller bottles - For those products that don't come in travel sized versions, buy some decanter bottles and transfer them into those. Again it'll save room in your case and also make it lighter (hello extra clothes), just remember to label everything correctly!
- Only bring essential toiletries on the plane - I always find it's best to only keep the makeup you used that morning in your hand luggage. It'll be there if you need to reapply and makeup is a little too fragile to pack in your suitcase anyway. Try and find a clear plastic bag to keep it all in and have it ready packed before you get to the airport to save time at security.
- Bring a rollerball perfume - There is really no point wasting space and weight, not to mention the risk of it breaking, by packing a perfume bottle in your case. Don't even bother putting it in your hand luggage, just invest in a rollerball or solid perfume as these travel sized versions are far more convenient and do exactly the same job, if not better!