So, here are my Jolie Rules for Traveling Light:
1) Leave the hairdryer at home: Anywhere you go is pretty much guaranteed to have a hairdryer, whether it’s a friend’s house or a hotel, so unless you’re traveling to the jungle or a Motel 6, no need to lug the giant T3 Featherweight. I look at travel as an opportunity to explore “creative” hairstyles: pigtails! Buns! Air-drying! Braids!
2) But bring styling tools: When you’re traveling, hair powder and hats should be your best friend–but if you’re really dying to do something fancy to your hair, bring a curling iron or a flatiron. They’re smaller and lighter than hairdryers, and as long as you have styling product, you’ll be able to make something work. Don’t forget to bring a brush!
3) Fill mini bottles with your favorite products: The drugstore sells a variety of empty mini plastic bottles which you can fill with all your essentials, like cleanser, eye makeup remover, sunscreen, conditioner and body lotion, all of which will fit into a Ziploc baggie. No need to choose between your favorites–bring them all!
4) Buy products at your destination: If you’re going abroad, it’s fun to shop locally at your destination. You might discover an amazing face cream or conditioner that’s not available in the States. Yes, this might mean that you need to check on the way home, but isn’t a glamorous French perfume worth it?
5) Stockpile samples before your trip: I keep a bag crammed with all the samples that I hoard like a crazy lazy throughout the year. It’s chock full of face serums, conditioners, exfoliators, cleansers, perfume, you name it. You’d be surprised by the number of excellent brands (like Fresh, Kiehls, Estee Lauder, Tom Ford, etc) which give out samples of their products at their freestanding stores and department store beauty counters. Just ask! And then, when you travel, you’ll have a stash of samples you can choose from. Most samples will last you two days, so pack accordingly.
Obviously, there are always exceptions to the rule–and likely so many tips I’m forgetting–so I’d love to hear from you if you have any travel beauty questions or tips of your own!
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