It has been two years since I traveled internationally and even though I was looking forward to a new adventure, packing was a stressful task. I wrote two travel blog post about getting ready to travel and keeping myself entertained on a long flight – and now that I’m home and had time to reflect on my trip, I’d like to share a few helpful travel tips.
1. Silhouette Sphere II from Samsonite:
From the minute my luggage touched the floor at the San Diego Airport, I knew that I made a good investment. This piece of luggage rolled around everywhere with ease. I was especially grateful for the smooth 4 wheels as we had to retrieve our luggage in Newark and re-check the luggage for our flight to San Diego, I was really tired, we had a ridiculous LONG wait through immigration, and I was quite happy that after retrieving my luggage, it was so easy to roll to its next destination.
Samsonite Luggage | Macy’s & Dillard’s
2. Packing Cubes:
I also purchased three packing cubes. The two large ones held my tops and it did make packing easy; however, once I started wearing things, the cubes became rather useless. I really liked the smaller oblong cube as it contained my underwear and socks which made these items easy to find in my luggage.
Eagle Creek Packing Cube | Container Store
3. Quick Dry Underwear:
I also purchased three pairs of quick dry bikini briefs by ExOfficio. This were by far one of the best purchases. I only brought three pairs of underwear with me. In the evening, I washed out a pair with shampoo, blotted with a hand towel and hung in the closet. By morning, the briefs were totally dry. While I did have a few items laundered at the hotel in Monaco, the bed & breakfast hotels that we stayed at in Provence didn’t have laundry service, so these wash-and- go undies saved the day.
ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Bikini Briefs ( SIZE: Medium, so an 8-10 ) | Amazon
4. Small Travel Hair Dryer:
The Conair Dual Voltage 1200 Watt Folding Hair Dry was also good to have on hand. This is one powerful little dryer. It dried my hair as good as a large blow dryer. Luckily, every place we stayed in France had a hair dryer. However, if the bathroom was occupied by my spouse, I at least had the option to dry my hair while he was in the shower. I will say that while I had my head flipped over, I had the dryer too close to my roots, and my longer strands got caught in the fan of the dryer ~ so I learned that it’s best to keep the dryer a longer distance from my head.
Travel Smart Conair Hair Dryer | Amazon
5. Conair Infinity Pro 3/4 flat iron:
The one thing that I need to do in my life for great hair is to flat iron my bangs. I have – the worst – cowlick on the right side of my head. I couldn’t see bringing my long & bulky flat iron so I invested in a smaller one. It works great and is easy to purchase at most Target stores.
Travel Flat Iron Conair | Target
6. Hair Towel:
Yes, indeed, I packed a turbie style hair towel. Ever try to wrap your hair with a hotel towel? They are quite large and I feel like Chiquita Banana trying to balance this huge towel on my head that always falls off. I have a ton of small wrap hair towels at home so I packed one. You can find these at Target, 2-Pack cool Hair Wrap or Amazon, Turbie Twist. I’ve even seen hair towels at drugstores like CVS.
7. Simple makeup:
Simple Makeup while on the plane
While traveling, I wore the simplest makeup. I’m far too vain to go with no makeup so I brought with me a small makeup bag with the following items:
The Maybelline BB cream is a sheer to light coverage foundation with 2% salicylic acid. I don’t normally need a blemish fighting foundation, but since I was wearing the foundation over 10+ hrs, I thought this foundation would help to keep my skin clear.
The duo eye wand by Wet-n-Wild (Java-Champagne) has a shadow end and a liner end. The liner goes on super smooth and wears well. The shadow stick isn’t as creamy as I’d like, but I just needed a sheer wash of color over my lids so it was perfect for my needs.
The Nivea Care & Color lippy in sheer berry was the perfect lip balm. It was easy to apply without a mirror and perfectly moisturizing on the dry plane. Also, the sheer pink color enhanced my natural lip color.
The blush is a sample from Clinique that I’ve had for a while. It never fails me and don’t let that little brush applicator fool you – it works GREAT.
Also, I did not wear any mascara. Oh, I know – it’s the one item that most women would never go without, but I really wanted to be able to wipe my face with a cleansing cloth after a long, over-night flight and re-apply my makeup. I’ve never found a cleansing cloth that removed mascara without intense scrubbing, so .. went without.
8. Ponds Travel Towelettes:
Ponds Travel Size Towelettes
These are my favorite cleansing towels and I was so happy to find a travel pack at Target. As mentioned above, these easily removed my simply makeup products from the long over-night flight and then I just re-applied a fresh face.
So that is how I managed to survive 20+ hour travel days. While I had a great time, I’d say that international travel is not for me. I definitely like shorter flights.
Link up with: Nicole (High Latitude Style), Dawn (Fashion Should be Fun)