I’m a big fan of packing lightly. Whenever I travel I only bring one bag, a pink wheeled trolley bag to be precise. I don’t see the point in bringing my entire wardrobe and makeup closet with me. A girl needs to be ready for every occasion, but carrying around three or four heavy bags full of stuff that you know you’re never going to use is no fun!
In addition, when you travel only with one bag, you can carry it with you everywhere, even on planes, so you don’t have to worry about items being stolen from it or your luggage getting lost. And with most airline companies starting to charge fees for checked in bags, you can save money if you only bring one suitcase with you.
But just because you’re bringing only one bag doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to look your best. You just need to be more selective of what you pack. I like to bring a couple of comfortable shoes and some classic pieces of clothing that are suitable for most occasions. As for my makeup and beauty items, here’s what I do:
Pack only what you’re gonna use
I’m always tempted to bring with me about 10 lipglosses or 7 blushes for example, but I know I will never be able to use them all. So, I only pack a pink blush and one pink and one nude lipglosses as they go well with any makeup look. Other things I carry are mascara, foundation, concealer, lip balm and black eyeliner. I never bring colored ones unless I’m absolutely sure that I’m going to wear them. I always pack brushes too but I keep them to a minimum. I like to bring my ELF eyeshadow brush as I can use it to apply my entire eye makeup if I need to, a crease brush and a couple of face brushes. Things like foundation or concealer, I just apply with my hands. It works just as well and saves me space in my bag.
Palettes are very versatile and perfect for travelling. Instead of bringing 10 or 15 eyeshadows, I just bring one palette with both neutral and colorful shades so that I can create endless makeup looks with it. Some brands like MAC or MUFE also sell empty palettes that fit most eyeshadows so you can choose which colors to bring with you. Some palettes also contain blushes, lipsticks and glosses but I’m not a big fan of them as usually the powder gets everywhere and makes a huge mess. For a short trip, and as long as you keep them clean, these can be very handy though.
Skincare products can be pretty bulky and take up a lot of space in your suitcase. There is no way that you can finish a whole bottle while on holiday (unless it is a VERY long holiday or the container is almost empty of course) so what I do is buy those small travel size containers and pour my favourite lotions in them. In alternative, you can go to your local beauty store or counter and ask for samples of your favourite skincare products. In addition, many brands are releasing travel size kits with their most famous and popular products so you can consider getting one of those if you’re planning a trip.
If you’re travelling by plane and never check in bags, like me, make sure you are aware of liquid restrictions. You are only allowed to take with you on board liquid or gel products that come in containers that hold 3 ounces or less and they all have to fit into a quart size top plastic bag. Also, opt for powder product whenever possible.
Go shopping when you get to your destination
Another reason why I don’t like to bring too much makeup with me when I travel is that I always end up buying lots of new products once I reach my destination. I like going shopping while on a trip, especially if I go abroad, and having a chance to try new products that aren’t available where I live. I always get overexcited and end up buying too much! If you’re like me, and don’t have too much space left in your bag but don’t wanna buy another one, you can just ship your items home.
Do you have any more tips about travelling with one bag?