Travel Essentials

by - 11:54:00

With a little over a week left till I jet off again; preparations are well underway. Rather than giving you a blow by blow account of everything I'm taking, I thought I'd share with you a selection of essentials. Tried and true items that are functional and don't take up too much space. 

Playing cards may not be a priority on most peoples packing lists, but trust me when I say they're a lifesaver. Whether you need to provide your own in-flight entertainment or simply need a way to pass a bit of time; cards will be your best friend. If you're travelling solo, they're a great way to break the ice with new friends. Grab a deck and don't look back.

I don't journal in my everyday life, but when I'm away I do like to jot down a few things. Namely where I've eaten and also any unique experiences or places I've visited. My Rome journal for example, reads like a Gelato shop directory. But through doing that, I'll know where's good and where I've not been too. So next time you travel slip in a notebook and get scribbling. You'll be amazed at how fulfilling it is to have a more complete selection of memories once you return home. I can look back day by day and see exactly what we did and it's priceless. 

Odd bits aside, let's dig into all things beauty. Relatively new to my essentials is a mist. I picked up the Caudalie Beauty Elixir while I was in Paris and I really enjoy using it. My 30ml version is the perfect size for travel and it's great for keeping my skin hydrated while on the go. From mid-flight pick me ups, to soothing skin after a hectic day; this spritz does it all. The Caudalie one is my personal preference but there are so many good ones on the market. Pick your favourite and get it packed. 

As someone who used to travel with full-size bottles of perfume, I now realise the error of my ways. When I'm away, I typically apply perfume once or twice a day, and that simply doesn't warrant bringing anything more than a couple of sample vials. The trick to getting a stash of ones you like is to ask while you pick up that big bottle for your dresser. If you don't ask you don't get as they say. 

I think it goes without saying that lip balm is an essential no matter what you're doing. As weight is a factor when you've got hand baggage only, it's nice to find an item that can take care of your lips and so much more. Take Glossier's Balm Dot Com for example, it works a treat on all manner of dry patches and doubles as a great highlighter too. 

This next item I want to gloss over really quickly. You lot know how much I love it so I won't continue with my shpiel in this post too. I feel ready to face the world when my brows are done. A quick few brushes with Glossier's Boy Brow and all is right with the world again. Blush and eyeshadow may be alluring but nothing can transform your face quite like your brows. Stick your favourite brow gel in and thank me later. No brushes or blending needed! 

Boy Brow aside the only other makeup item I couldn't travel without is a great concealer. Whether you're trying to hide the signs of a late night or need a little help evening things out, it's a must-have. For my needs, I'm partial to a little Glossier Stretch Concealer but there's a concealer out there for everyone. Find yours and get it packed! 

Skincare wise, I've always brought along decanted versions of all my usual products. All except a mask that is. I just thought it was too much faff and that I'd never have the time. Little did I know that it's the one thing my skin really needed. With all the air travel, unfamiliar water, and varying temperatures, it's good to give the skin a bit of a thorough clean and refresh. If you aren't already giving your skin a little TLC, I'd highly recommend picking up a mask before your next adventure.For my two upcoming jaunts, I'm taking the Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask as well as my Hydraluron Sheet Masks (not pictured and potentially discontinued).

To round things up, I honestly don't think it would be an essentials post without a travel-sized dry shampoo. I tried to go away without a can once and that ended with a trip to the pharmacy soon after landing. You will always use it (unless your hair is very dry), so don't risk flying without some. The Klorane one pictured is absolutely fabulous but Batiste works just as well. 

Now to figure out what else is going in my backpack...

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