Business Travel 101 is a weekly series about making that first business trip as easy and successful as possible. Packing, security, comfort, and etiquette are all factors that, with a little planning, can contribute to a smooth and efficient trip. If you think of a topic I should include, email me at RoadWarriorette@gmail.com.
Toiletries can be a tricky part of traveling, especially for women. You need all of the things that make you feel confident, but they have to fit in an itty-bitty space. The 3 oz. rule has made this even more difficult. Carrying-on is the best way to save time while traveling, and you don’t want to have to check your suitcase just because of your toiletries. So how can you get all of your makeup, shower things, hair products, and face stuff into your bag?
The first step is to separate out all of your liquids from your non-liquids. Some are easy: contact solution, toothpaste, shampoo. Some are trickier: mascara, lipstick, and cream-based eye-shadows are all considered liquid. I typically have three bags:
- Makeup bag, which has all of my powder makeup in it
- Non liquids bag, which has my hairbrush, toothbrush, razor, and other similar items in it
- Liquids bag, which contains all of my liquids
This works really well because it allows these small bags to fit wherever there is room. Here is a specific list about what products go in which bag. (For a detailed list of all of the toiletries I take with me, with brands, see this post.)
- Contacts case
- Bobby pins and rubber bands
Liquids–travel sizes (3 oz or less) of all
- Face wash
- Contact solution
- Body wash
- Hydrating mist
- Tinted moisturizer
- Hair smoother
A few additional tips:
- If you are going on a trip for a few days, don’t pack your whole bottle of eye makeup remover. Instead, dip one end of several q-tips into the liquid and then put them in a Ziplock bag.
- Put small amounts of liquids into clean contact lens cases. Try makeup remover, moisturizer, facial cleanser, and hair products. This will save you a ton of room.
- Bring a few extra Ziplock bags. Just in case.