Toiletry Bag Packing Tips for a Carry-On


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This year one of my top to-do’s is to travel more often. But as all of you with small kids at home know it can be a little complicated sometimes. If you have not picked up on my number one travel hack yet, it is to travel just long enough to not exhaust our sitters aka grandparents. And when traveling with the kids, we still keep it short enough to prevent us from writing off traveling until they are in college.

48-72 hours is just enough time to get away, relax, explore, and then get back to life. While the process to prepare for short trips sounds daunting whether you have kids or not, it does not have to be. Less is more. Plus I try to keep my cosmetic bag stocked and ready to go just in case hubs wants to surprise me with a weekend trip to Tahiti.

Since I want you all to travel along with me in 2018 I am going to share my travel hacks for your toiletry bag to keep you from getting frisked at security and that will make both planned or last-minute trips a breeze.

Top Product You Can NOT Leave at Home

If you only have room for one item, deodorant wins every time. When traveling long-distance or in the tight quarters of an airplane, you’re going to want to keep yourself feeling fresh. Having deodorant handy is a must. The one I choose is Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant because it also cares for your skin. I actually keep one in my purse cosmetic bag as well as my carry on. Dove Advanced Care  provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection, plus added skin care benefits for softer, smoother underarms. So winter will be no match!

Hair Care

Leave the shampoo and conditioner at home. Wash, blow-dry and style your hair before you go. I actually start out with straightened hair and then by day two or three I curl it for volume. This allows me to only travel with a curling iron. Once you start feeling a little flat or greasy grab your translucent powder to get you through until you get home. I also wrap my brush with hair ties just in case it ends up being a top knot kid of day.


Use makeup that has multi purposes. An eyeshadow palette can be used as a highlighter, tinted moisturizer with sunscreen can literally do it all, eyebrow pencil doubles as a daytime liner, translucent powder can be used to plump eyelashes as well as a dry shampoo, lipstick doubles as a cream blush if you choose the right shade. Don’t forget a petroleum jelly. It is great for cuticles, elbows, lips, feet, and hands and makes a great makeup remover for eyes and a brow gel as well.

Stick to the Basics

Traveling is not the time to experiment with a new product and risking skin irritations or rashes. If you have limited suitcase space to work with, stick to the essentials: a cleanser; pm cream; deodorant; and the makeup you use on a regular basis. Don’t forget these need to be travel sized.  I fill straws up with these essentials or store them in contact cases for ease. If you forget your magical fountain of youth cream, everything will be fine until you return. Don’t fret.

A couple other tips to stay fresh, comfortable, and confident, on the road or in the air shared by Dove Dermatologist Dr. Alicia Barba:

  • Bring weather-dependent necessities. In addition to the basics, if you’re traveling where it’s hot, humid
    and sunny you’re going to want to bring blotting papers, a stronger SPF and a lightweight moisturizer. If
    you’re heading somewhere cold, pack lip balm, a richer moisturizer and a hydrating face mask to help
    combat the dry air.
  • Indulge (but also hydrate)! Holiday travels are a prime opportunity for indulgence, and oftentimes
    you’re celebrating with more buzzy drinks. Make sure to stay hydrated. Hydration is important to help
    decrease inflammation and keep your skin feeling and looking its best.
  • Freshen up after a flight. The first thing I do when I finally get to where I am staying is wash my face and
    finish with a cold wash cloth or ice. The cold compress helps reduce any inflammation and refresh
    dehydrated skin.

Don’t let packing stress you out. It can be and should be super simple and quick. Let’s be honest you are traveling so you can experience new things and that doesn’t include hours in the hotel bathroom. So where are you headed off to first?

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