I may have perfected the art of packing minimal clothes for a long weekend away (I've learned the hard way I don't need four pairs of shoes for three days,) but the same couldn't always be said when it comes to my beauty products. Having become accustomed to using about thirty different lotions and potions every morning, editing them down into a tiny case is somewhat of a challenge. However, after many hand-luggage-only trips away, I've finally perfected packing for a holiday or mini break without having to scrimp on essentials. If your next trip is dependent upon getting all you need into a cabin-sized bag, or you simply want to save time or money by not checking in any luggage, you may welcome some of my tips for making the most of the space you do have.The majority of products we buy are packaged in bottles or tubs intended to provide multiple months of use, so (unless you're planning an almighty trip) you don't need the whole bottle. If you simply can't be without your favourite body lotion, hair serum or body scrub for more than 24hrs, decant a little into smaller containers and label them appropriately - you can pick up transparent bottles for less than a pound and re-use them every time you travel. Don't forget to seal each of the lids with a layer of sellotape to prevent any spillage or leakage you may regret later; those cheap bottles aren't designed to last.
DECANT INTO SMALLER CONTAINERS
DECANT INTO SMALLER CONTAINERS
SAMPLE SIZES ONLY
Magazine freebies, sample sizes, trial gifts and introductory sachets are all super handy when it comes to packing a case. I collect all my minis from beauty boxes, gifts and magazines for when I need to save space, storing them in a big glass container in my bathroom which also makes quite the statement piece. These smaller sizes are designed to provide up to seven days used, so often contain the perfect quantity for mini breaks; even more beneficial is that you can throw them away before you leave, ensuring more space for duty free on the way back.
These aren't just a trend or a fad, multi-tasking beauty products have been a staple of women's handbags for generations. Why take five different products with you when one will do the job? From lip stains that double up as blushers, cleansing balms that can also work as overnight treatments, hand creams that soothe away dry skin all over the body, and moisturisers that also work as a primer, play around and discover what you could actually leave behind. Learn to experiment, save space and still look fabulous.
PLAN YOUR LOOKS
It may sound obvious, but if you plan what you're going to be wearing throughout your holiday then you'll have a good idea of the makeup looks you're going to be needing too. Run through your makeup routine in your head and pack as you go, only picking products you know you're going to need - you'll be surprised at how many items you leave behind. Decide before you fly whether you really need five different lipsticks or two different eyeshadow products; together they could weigh more than that additional pair of heels.
Whether you're embarking on a romantic getaway, a girls weekend or a business trip, it's always worth sharing essentials if you're sleeping in the same room. Decide between you who's packing the toothpaste and shower gel, but equally delegate someone to take a hairdryer so you don't all waste half your weight allowance on replicating electrical goods. Even better, why not split your products with your travel companions and use some of their unwanted space or allowance?
If you're only taking hand luggage, then your allowance of liquids and creams is somewhat limited. I can't tell you how many times I've been told off or had items confiscated when I get to the security desk! We often forget there are huge stores at the other side of the gates and that anything bought doesn't count towards an allowance, leaving us totally open to stock up on essentials. Shampoos, conditioners and sun creams are relatively inexpensive and easy to pick up in Boots, so save those purchases until after the gates.
Do you have any other top tips for saving space when it comes to packing for holiday?
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