If the thought of squeezing all your favourite beauty essentials into a suitcase brings you out in a hot sweat, you’re not alone. The packing process can prove somewhat of challenge, what with the 100ml liquid limit, the potential for spillages and narrowing down your entire beauty cabinet into a capsule edit. Fortunately, we’re here to help with our fool-proof guide to the art of packing.
Where to Start
Start by laying all your most-beloved beauty products out in one place, that way you can survey everything and start to work out what is essential. A good way of working out what you’ll need is running through your daily routine in your head, starting with your cleanser and going all the way through to your night cream. During this process, think about steps you can afford to skip. For example, if you pack an exfoliating cleanser, you can leave out a resurfacing toner. If you don’t mind compromising for a couple of days, it’s worth considering what products you can borrow from the hotel bathroom, such as shampoo and bodywash. This is not a time to try something new, so be sure to only pack things that you already use every day.
How To Save Space
Once you’ve shortlisted your products, it’s time to start thinking about how much space you’ve got and how you can safely transport everything without spillages or explosions. Our Space NK Travel Bag, now available in eight colourways, is a great way to transport all your essentials. The fully, wipeable, transparent panels make it easy to see what’s inside, so you can quickly find what you’re looking for and the zip-up fastening gives you easy access. When it comes to product, there are two choices: either decant your full-size favourites or shop our extensive edit of travel-size minis, including Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, and Darphin Hydraskin Light.
A clever way to get around the 100ml liquid limitation is to pack single-serve sachets. NuFace Prep-N-Glow Cleansing & Exfoliating Cloths are a good alternative to your regular liquid cleanser, and Patchology On The Fly Kit is a compact way to rehydrate and perk up parched, post-flight skin. If you’re flying long-haul, keep one in your hand-luggage and pop on an hour before landing. Switching out your liquids for solid formulas will also help you sail through customs and give you more time to browse Duty Free. We love Drunk Elephant’s selection of skin-friendly cleansing bars, especially the Baby Bar Travel Duo which comes with its own zip-up travel case. Malin + Goetz’s solid Eucalyptus Deodorant in travel-size can also be stowed in your suitcase, no need to take up precious room in your Space NK Travel Bag. There are also some solid alternatives to fragrance too, such as Diptyque’s L’ombre Dans L’eau Solid Perfume which you can keep in your handbag.
When it comes to streamlining your products, it’s worth investing in some multi-tasking heroes that can double-up and be used for more than one purpose. RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream can be used to remove makeup, hydrate skin, lips and even split ends. Plus its tropical scent makes it the perfect holiday companion. Makeup palettes are a great way to take away several options as they offer a medley of carefully curated shades in a purse-friendly compact. Plus, don’t forget powders can double-up to fill out eyebrows, cheer up cheeks and adorn lips. Nars’ new Summer Lights Face Palette is a gorgeous combination of smouldering, golden shades that add instant warmth and a sunkissed, holiday glow. When it comes to your base, a travel-size concealer should never be underestimated. Perfect for using on holiday when you don’t necessarily need a full-face of foundation but just a light touch-up here and there. We love By Terry’s Terrybly Densiliss Concealer for a long-lasting, radiant finish.