For many of us, summer journeys are one of the most anticipated aspects of any given calendar year. There’s nothing quite like the rush of a day, week or possibly even a month long getaway to raise our spirits and remind us of our passion for adventure.
While nothing can lift the spirits quite like a summer vacation, there are few let downs that are comparable to lost or damaged goods upon arrival. We’ve all been there. You open the doors to a swank hotel room, peer out the window at a glorious ocean view only to open your suitcase and find that one exploded tube of lipstick has ruined all of the contents inside.
The result? Instant disappointment and the need to scour local convenient stores and pay twice as much to replace your beauty necessities and other toiletries. Don’t fall victim to such an avoidable mishap. These easy to follow techniques will help you maintain a spill proof carry-on now and in the future.
Tip #1: Never Underestimate the Power of Ziplock
The same statement could be made of other vital packing necessities like cotton, gauze, disposable containers and the like. To begin, separate your beauty products into two categories: liquids and solids. Next, you’ll want to set the liquid products (think foundation, shampoo, lotion, nail polish and anything else that could ooze upon rupturing) aside.
Afterwards, be certain you have enough ziplock bags to store the possibly disastrous but totally necessary liquid supplies. When it comes to solids like eye shadow palettes, foundation and compact mirrors, cotton and/or gauze should be slipped inside their cases to prevent breakage.
Tip #2: Keep Your Temperatures Gauged
You might be surprised to find that some of your beauty products, especially the facial masks and scrubs, will fare better if transported at lower temperatures, much like food. If this is the case, consider carrying those products along in a cooler or insulated travel bag.
Tip #3: Pay Attention to Product Ingredients
The reason why some beauty products need to be stored the way you would store your food is because some of them actually contain food products like mint, lemon and/or oranges as main ingredients (this is even true of certain suntan lotions).
Smart packers understand the fact that ingredients should play a key part in the transportation of beauty items all the way down to determining which products to bring along in the first place.
For example, if your favorite eye shadow contains an ingredient known for leaving tough to remove stains, you might want to consider carrying that item separately or not at all.
Tip #4: Master the Art of Layering
Layering is another key packing element for all you travelers out there. Try not to pack breakables at the bottom or even the top of your suitcase. The side and/or middle is the best place for fragile items that run a higher risk of rupture due to the containers they’re stored in.
Tip #5: Purchase Travel-Friendly Plastic Bottles in Lieu of Glass
Small, travel sized plastic components are great for items that come bottled in glass (like perfume, foundation, etc.) Swapping out original packaging for a more travel friendly version is almost always advisable. Bonus – this means you can pack some of your favorite products while leaving the rest of it home, which incidentally eliminates the headache of possibly leaving your favorite perfume at the hotel when you depart from your stay there.
Tip #5: When in Doubt, Grab the Whole Kit and Caboodle
Terrible at packing? Never fear. Cosmetic caboodles are pre-packed accessories that work just as well and are often quite easy to carry wherever you go. Soft, fabric cases divided into compartments are perfect for the transport of brushes, lipstick tubes and other miscellaneous items.
Pro-Tip: Know the Rules and Regulations
If you’re a true fashionista and you simply can’t board a plane, train or automobile without a multitude of beauty essentials, be certain to brush up on the local rules and regulations when it comes to carry-ons. Many airports will only permit items stored in bottles of a certain size to be carried onto a plane. If you pack according to these regulations, you stand a much better chance of getting the most out of your vacation, even if all the rest of your luggage is somehow mixed up in the shuffle.
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