Going on a holiday is so much fun but it can also be quite stressful packing. There are so many things that you might think or actually need to take with and there’s always the fear of forgetting some of them.
I make a similar list everytime I have to travel, so for all our convinience, I thought it might be useful to make a coprehensive list of all the cosmetics that you might consider taking with as well as some health and fitness items.
This list is meant to be the “everything” case senario. You likely won’t take all of these items with and neither will I. Have a look at the list and my reasonings for adding these items and take the items with you that actually suit your personal style or the purpose of the trip.
You can use this list as a check list. You will also find a “when to do/buy some of these things” list, at the end of the post, in order to prepare for your travels appropriately and eliminate any last minute stress.
In this post you will find recommendations for both hot and cold weather. However, most items can be used for any travelling. Even SPF is needed in both summer and winter, especially if you are going near snow which can reflect light or on a high altitude.
MUST TAKE ITEMS independant of lifestyle
- SPF sunscreenThis is a non-negotiable. Whether you are going to a hot or cold place a minimum of SPF 15 is a must. If you are going to a hot place (25 Celcius+) or somewhere in high altitude, take a higher SPF factor even if your skin doesn’t burn. It’s not just about buring, it’s about protecting yourself and avoiding depleting your skin from essential molecules, preventing skin cancer and slowing down the ageing process which is accelerated by sun damage.
- SPF lip balm for lips
This is also a non-negotiable. Our lips are also part of our skin and they go through so much throughout the day. Whether you are going to a hot or cold place your lips will also likely chip from dehydraton/sun damage and/or the cold temperature. A good moisturising lip balm with a minimum SPF 15 is a must. Choose a colourless one so that you can wear it under or over your lipsticks. Check out: SPF Protection for Lips – Mega Battle: Carmex VS Maybelline VS Nivea VS Blistex – In depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses
- After sun moisturising cream
This is also a non-negotiable. After exposure to the sun, even if you were protected by SPF, your skin will likely be affected in some way, even if it is on a molecular level and you cannot see it. You have nothing to loose and you should be moisturising anyways, so take a good after sun cream with some soothing compounds like Aloe Vera and good moisturisers like Shea Butter.
- SPF sunscreen for face if your normal sunscreen doesn’t work well under makeup.
I always take a cosmetic sunscreen for my face which works better under makeup than body sunscreens. I would advice you choose a high SPF 50 factor sunscreen for your face, you don’t want to speed up those ageing brown spots or wrinkles!
Some excellent choices here are: Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant and Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 – In Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis and A nourishing, mattifying day cream with SPF – Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defence Broad Spectrum SPF30 – In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis
- Pain killers
I would advice taking a strip or paracetamol and ibuprofen with you. Changing pressure, weather, food, altitude and generally your environment could easily give you a headache or two. It is also quite common to get ill while on holiday or travelling in general, not just due to the above mentioned changes, but also perhaps because you are relaxing and letting go or stressing about it. You don’t want to be running around trying to find pain killers (especially in a foreign country) when you are actually in pain, so just have a couple in your bag. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are good for different types of pains and ibuprofen can also offer some anti-flammatory action. Take them both and choose your weapon when needed, don’t live in pain!
- Other medication
Obviously if you are on any medication do not forget to take it with. This would include your birth control if you are on the pill.
- Anti-diarrhea, travel sickness and acid reflux tablets
These are not a must unless you suffer from the above when travelling. Changes in your diet can easily upset your bowl, so if you are prone to that take some tablets with you. If you get travel sickness don’t forget to take some tablets with and take them prior to travelling, they don’t work instantly!
I would also personally suggest you take some acid reflux tablets. As your diet will suddenly change and you will probably be drinking more than normal, it won’t be unheard of to get some unwanted acid reflux, especially the older you are. It doesn’t hurt to take one and they can make a hell of a difference.
- Mosquito and/or bug sparys/creams
This is only a must take if you are going camping or going to a place with intense mosquito/bugs at the time of visiting. If you are sensitive and prone to getting red swollen mosquito bites, then take some anti-mosquito spray/cream (and any other soothing products) or even those wall plug tablets.
This can be a must, depending on the country you are visiting and your history of shots/diseases/conditions. Ask your medical doctor for more information.
- Allergy medication
Again, this is only a must if you are prone to allergies. Don’t risk suffering on your well earned holiday or other travels, take some medication with.
These are not cosmetics or health and fitness related but they are must haves and I couldn’t resist.
- Cash of your country and the one visiting
You never know when you will need it and you don’t want to be always looking out for a free cash point, especially if you are visiting a new place.
- Mobile phone
Make sure you have enough credit and your phone works in the place you are visiting. You never know when you might need it.
- Passport/ID card
Goes without saying, you will need one of these even if you are not travelling across a border. You might be IDed at a bar etc and in some countries it is illegal to not have an ID on you.
- House keys and access documents for your stay
Straigh forward really, have everything you need to secure and get back home but also to be able to find and access your overnight stay.
- Travel documents
This applies to any documents needed like for example, boarding passes, train or bus tickets etc.
Depending on where you are travelling and for how long, you might need a VISA. Don’t forget to take any relevant documentation with you or your trip could be delayed.
- Other documents
This could apply to anything such as the booking of an event, tickets, a travel guide, car rental details etc.
- A phone charger and plug converter/adaptor
Find out what type of electric wall plugs are standard for the country you are visiting and take the appropriate plug converted. You can buy this from the airport if you forget but don’t forget your phone charger!
- Clothes, underwear, socks, shoes and accessories for your stay.
OPTIONAL ITEMS dependant on lifestyle
- Day face moisturiser
Even if you are not oily you might want to consider a mattifying day cream if you are going on a hot destination to absorb any sweat or oils. I highly recommend: Best day creams for oily skin – Estée Lauder Daywear Matte vs Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser. In Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses and even better combine it with SPF A nourishing, mattifying day cream with SPF – Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defence Broad Spectrum SPF30 – In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis. Whichever day cream you choose, make sure that it has a good amount of conditioners, anti-oxidants (epsecially if you are going on a sunny destination) and that it works well under makeup if you will be wearing some.
TIP: If you prefer to travel light, you can use some day moisturisers for night too, there is no day or night reason for creams other than those that contain SPF which you don’t need if you are going to bed. Whether you are going on a hot or cold destination, you can choose a moisturiser with a minimum SPF 15 or alternatively, you can use an SPF cream on top.
- Night face moisturiser
Same story as above, make sure it contains some good moisturising ingredients and anti-oxidants.
- Night serum
I highly recommend using serums to deliver a few extra good ingredients into the skin, especially at night when your skin is repairing and especially when you are travelling as your skin can get dry. Choose something with vitamins C, E and hyaluronic acid and other good ingredients. I highly recommendEstée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Serum – In Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis.I also recommend the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules – In Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis
- Eye cream
If you suffer from puffy or tired eyes, thin under eye skin or generally, want to slow down ageing as much as possible, make sure to take a good eye cream with you too. This is not a must though, a good face cream and serum will have you covered.
- Moisturising face and eye mask
Holidays are all about relaxing so take this time to love yourself and take care of yourself. However, even if you are not travelling for a holiday it might be a good idea to do something to unwind. After a long day travelling, relax in your bathrobe with a face mask. Besides, your skin will need some extra moisturisation and love no matter whether your destination was hot or cold. Avoid brightening masks when on hot holidays as they can contain compounds that might accelerate sun damage. You can also take eye masks if you have troubled under eye skin.
- Face mist
If you suffer from dry skin or you are going on a very cold or very hot holiday, you might benefit from taking a nicely refreshing and moisturising face mist. It also wakes you up!
- Face/makeup cleaning products
Even if you don’t wear makeup you will need something to clean your face with everyday. I recommend taking two options: a wet wash product for the shower and a cream/gel to be used with a tissue or cotton wool. Make sure to take something that can also deal with waterproof makeup, if you are using any.
TIP: If you want to travel light, take makeup wipes instead: Nivea Makeup Cleansing Wipes – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses
- Face toner
After cleansing it is beneficial to use a face toner to balance the skin’s pH and even to get some left over dirt or makeup off.
- Shower gel
There might be small cute bottles of this at your holiday accomodation but you never know. If you are unsure, take a small travel size shower gel bottle with you.
- Shampoo and Conditioner
You might also find these at your holiday accomodation but it might be worth taking some of your choice with you for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you don’t want to risk trying a new hair product while travelling, and end up with some crazy hair do, and also you might want to take a shampoo and conditioner to suit your hair needs. For example if you hair is dyed or dry, long, short, curly or even products to moisturise and repair your hair if you go on a hot holiday.
- Dry shampoo
This is almost a must have if you are going on a hot destination because you will sweat more and your hair will likely become more oily and humid quicker. A dry shampoo can help you control the situation and even prolong the time needed between washing your hair.
- Moisturising hair mask
This can be beneficial for both cold and warm holidays as your hair car dry and be more prone to breakage. Besides, it’s never a bad idea to do a moisturising hair mask, especially after you hair has been exposed to the sun, sea water and chlorine from a swimming pool. Also, your hair might not be used to the type of water of the place you are visiting (some places have harder or softer water which can change the hair texture) so some hair love might be helpful. You can find a lot of one-off hair mask satchels so you don’t need to take a full jar with you. A good option is the: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack Hair Mask for Dry, Damaged or Color Treated Hair which is ethically sourced and free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oi, gluten and dyes.
- Hair sprays, mists or styling products
Everyone likes to do their hair differently, so take the products that work for your hair styles. If you are using hair straghtners or blow dry your hair make sure to take a product with heat protection.
If you are going on a hot holiday and visiting the sea and/or a swimming pool you might want to consider carefully what type of hair products to take with you, as your hair will likely be more voluminous, especially if there is a lot of humidity.
Even if you don’t sweat much or your sweat doesn’t smell, you might want to consider taking with a deoderant, especially if you are going on a hot holiday. I recommend the: Elsa’s Natural Deodorant Stick in Scent Ocean – A Chemist’s Verdict: In Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis which even comes in small travel size tin options.
- Hand cream
Our hands go through a lot and are also one of the first places where you can visually see ageing. Treat your hands well and moisturise often, no matter whether your holiday is hot or cold. I recommend the: The Chemistry Brand – Pro-Repair, Anti-Ageing Skincare for Hands. Does it Work?
- Foot cream
You might not normally use this type of product but you might want to consider it while travelling. You will likely walk a lot and your foot skin can crack from both hot and cold temperatures. Give your feet some needed love.
- Body cream
Moisturising our body skin is as imporant as moisturising our face. Skin is one of our biggest organs after all and we really should take good care of it. Whether you are going on a hot or cold holiday, your body will definetely benefit from some moisturisation. If you have dry body skin or are going on a cold holiday it might be better to take a body butter whereas a body lotion or something lighter might be a better option for a hot destination. Check out: Affordable skincare – Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Cream vs Body Lotion – In-Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses and Mio Future Proof Active Body Butter – In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis
- Body and face exfoliation products
Getting rid of dead cells is very important for keeping a nice smooth skin texture but there is also merit in exfoliating often if you are planning on tanning and want your hard earned tan to be smooth and last longer. For quick and easy options check out: Best Exfoliating Products – The Nip + Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Day and Night Pads In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analyses – Do you really need both?
- Lip scrub
This is actually a useful product for both summer and winter destinations. Your lips can chip at both these situations and if you like to keep your lipsticks flawless then a lip scrub is your friend!
- Self tanning products
If you are going on a cold holiday and want to keep your tan up you might want to take some self-taning products (and tools) with. If you are going on a warm holiday but want to avoid natural tanning then self tanning products might be an option too.
- Blackhead strip(s)
This is something that is beneficial to do once a week no matter whether you are on a holiday or not, but it is even more important if you are on a hot holiday and/or you are planning on wearing little to no of makeup. Get those blackheads out, you don’t want them showing!
- Spot defence
If you suffer from acne, hormones but also in general it might be useful to take a small tube of a spot minimising product as your skin can easily get irriated on a holiday especially due to enviromental and dietary changes. Take a spot minimising product, especially if you are planning on wearing little to no makeup!
- Shaving gel
If you are planning on taking a razor don’t forget to take a shaving gel too!
Nothing like a good foundation to set you up for good makeup. If you are going on a hot holiday and you are planning on tanning you might want to consider taking your normal + one or two shade darker with you too. I would also advice you take a matte foundation, even if you are not oily and you like dewy foundations best, as the hot weather will likely make you sweat or “melt your makeup” which will probably result in a dewy effect anyways. So, start with matte, not dewy. For oily skin or in general very hot enviroments I recommend Estée Lauder Double Wear Liquid vs Powder – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses
Taking the right foundation with can be tricky. If you will be on holiday for long and you are planning to tan, consider alson taking a foundation that is 1-2 shades darker. If you have perfect skin you might want to downgrade and take a lighter coverage foundation for hot weather but if you are oily and textured you might want to stick with your full coverage one and even apply two layers of it to absorb excess oils and sweat. You know your face best, choose the one for you. Consider taking a powder for touch ups too!
If you are going on a winter holiday then take what you like best. If you want to save space while on a winter holiday, you can take a foundation that already contains SPF 15.
However, no matter where you are going, remember to take SPF15+! See the above MUST TAKE list.
- Powder Foundation
If you prefer to re-touch (or even do your makeup) with a powder foundation instead of a setting powder or pore minimising powder, then consider taking a travel friendly one that ideally also has a mirror.
- BB Cream
If you are not a foundation wearer or you are going to the beach and would like to wear something a little lighter, a BB cream can be an excellent choice. A lot of BB creams contain SPF too but most of them are not high enough if you are going to the beach!
A primer is a must have for perfect, all day wearing makeup which you will likely need while on a holiday. You want to look good but also probably won’t be stopping much or have a lot of time to fix or redo your makeup.
While picking your primer consider that there are two types of primers (a) the nourishing and skin perfecting ones and (b) the functional ones. If you are going on a hot holiday I would suggest you take one of each. One primer that will nourish your skin and create the perfect base for your makeup and one that will absorb any sweating or oil production due to the hot weather. I highly recommend the products mentioned here: Not all primers are equal. Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer VS This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer.
If you are going on a cold holiday, a nourhing primer alone will do.
TIP: If you want to travel light, the This Works In Transit Camera Mask, Moisturiser & Primer works as both a moisturiser and primer so you don’t need to take another product with.
- Pore minimiser powder
If you are oily or have visible pores I suggest you take a pore minimising powder not a pore cream/gel primer. This is because while you are active during your holiday and sweating, especially in a hot holiday, a powder can also help control your sweating/oils. I recommend the: Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder and the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder.
You can take a loose powder and work it into the skin if you wish, however, dealing with a loose powder while travelling can be an absolute mess.
TIP: If you want to travel light you can use the same powder to also mattify your sweat or oil production throughout the day and even for setting your foundation around the nose to avoid getting glass markings.
- Setting powder
Whether you like to bake your makeup or not, a setting powder can be very useful especially if you are going to a hot destiation. You can use it to mattify your sweat/oil production and even to set your nose foundation to avoid getting eye glass markings.
TIP: If you want to travel light combine this with the pore minimser powder above.
Whether you like to wear makeup or not a concealer can be incredibly useful. If you party late or don’t sleep well in your new surroundings, a concealer can also help mask the tired eyes. If you are prone to discoloration under your eyes take your normal concealer and a colour correcting concealer to neutralise any discoloration. The most useful colour corrector would be a peachy concealer for blue/purple discoloration that usually comes with tiredness.
If you are going on a hot holiday and you are planning to tan a lot, you might also want to take your normal concealer colour plus 1-2 shades darker.
- Green skin colour corrector
If you are prone to skin redness naturally or from exposure to the sun (get high SPF) it might be beneficial to take a green coloured skin corrector to neutrilise the redness.
If you are travelling to a hot place now is the time to go nuts on that bronzer! Go all out and create those lovely tanned looks that you’ve been dreaming off all year round. To travel lightly, take a matte bronzer that will also work as a contour and that you could also use on your body if you wish, to accentuate the collarbones, abs or whatever you fancy.
If you are going on a colder destination, a contour alone will do.
TIP: For lighter packing you can take palettes that contain bronzer/blush/highlighter all in one, an excellent example is the: Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette that also contains a mirror.
This is completely optional and up to personal taste and what type of looks you are planning on creating. If you are going on a hot holiday you might be red already and not need to blush at all and generally you might want to focus more on bronzed looks than blushed. Similarly, cold enviroments might also make your skin red.
No matter what you choose to do, taking a small blush with can be very useful as it can instantly make you look younger and more awake.
A highlighter is not everyone’s must but it is a good way of adding light and bone structure into the face. If you are going on a hot holiday and planning to tan or sport some bronzed looks, you might want to also consider a more golden coloured highlighter. Additionally, if you are oily or tend to sweat in hot enviroments, you might want to avoid very blinding highlighters and opt for the more natural ones, as they can make you look even more sweaty/oily than you actually are. For my favourite natural highlighters check out: Too Faced Summer Collection 2017 – Natural Love Eye Shadow Palette and Love Light Highlighters – Reviews and Swatches !
TIP: If you want to travel light you can take an eye shadow palette with colours that you could also use as highlighters or a highlighter that you can also use as an eye shadow.
- Setting Spray
As I mentioned in the foundation section, I recommend taking a mattifying setting spray that will also prolong your makeup wear and not a dewy one, as you will likely end up dewy from either the hot weather, the air humidity or the process of wearing makeup all day. Check out: Showdown: Urban Decay All Nighter vs MAC Prep and Prime Fix+. Are They Both Setting Sprays and Which One is Best? In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses
- Eye liner and/or eye pencils
If you like to wear eye liner take a couple of options with. If you are going on a hot holiday and you like playing with colours, now is the time to take those colourful liners with you!
No matter where you are going, I recommend taking atleast a standard black and maybe even a white eye pencil for the water line. You might want to consider taking a waterproof option too if you are planning on wearing liner at the beach/pool.
Take at least a tranditional black mascara to accentuate your eyes. If you are feeling adenturous and going on a hot holiday, you can also play with coloured mascaras. A waterproof option might also come in handy.
- Eye brow products
Everyone does their eye brows differently, some more bold than others. Take whatever products you need to create your favourite look: eye brow pencils, gels, liners, powders etc. A good product to have nevetherless is an eye brow tamer to keep your eye brow hairs together in shape and also to help remove the foundation from them. For this I recomment the: Pixi by Petra Eye Brow Tamer Gel.
If you are going on a hot destination you might want to consider waterproof products and style your eye brows a little less heavily to avoid any sweating/eye brow smudging situations!
Before you choose your lipsticks make sure to take a lip balm with you with some SPF, see MUST TAKE products above.
In terms of which colour lipsticks to take, that’s completely up to you, your planned outfits and your style. Generally, I’d recommend taking at least one pink and one brown tonned nude and a nice deep red. If you are going on a summer hot holiday you might want to take advantage and wear those intense pinks and purples that you wouldn’t easily be able to other times of the year and/or some metallic colours.
- Lip liners
This is not a must, especially if you can easily shape your lips with the lip stick bullet or brush, but if you are planning to go out or on more formal occasions you might want to create a more crisp lip. I recommend taking a nude and a red lip liner and whatever else matches the lipsticks you are taking with.
- Anti-feathering lip cream
If you are wearing reds or intense colours you might want to take some anti-feathing lip cream to stop them from “leaking” outside the lip. A lip liner would also help with that too.
- Lip gloss
If you are a lip gloss fan take 1-2 options with you. Ideally a natural one that you can wear on top of any lipstick and a soft, every day pink or any other colours of your choice.
- Lip plumper
If you like to make you lips appear slightly bigger you might want to consider taking a lip plumber product with you. Alternatively, you can simply overdraw your lips with lipstick and/or lip liner to achieve the same effect.
- Eye shadow primer
If you are planning on wearing eye shadows I highly recommend you take an eye shadow primer with you. This will help your eye look last all day, be creaseless and even control any oil production/sweat on your lids. I highly recommend the: Urban Decay Eye Shadow Original Primer.
- Eye shadow pallette(s)
Depending on how light you want to travel, you might want to take one or more eye shadow palettes. As a result, pick wisely and ideally pick one that is a stand alone paletter which will offer you both day and night looks. If you are going on a hot summer holiday now is the time to use those toasted brown or intense colours whereas if you are going somewhere cold, you might want to refer to brown/pink natural or colder colours. Overall, this really depends on your style and even the outfits you have planned. For a palette with multiple colours check out: To Run or Not to Run? Urban Decay Born to Run Palette – In-depth Review, Swatches and Ingredient Analysis
If you would like to take a perfume with you choose wisely. Take a perfume that works for both day and night or one for day and one for night. If you are going on a hot holiday, avoid heavy perfumes. Floral type of scents are an excellent choice for summer holidays. For winter holidays anything goes.
- Blotting paper
I recommend taking some blotting paper especially if you are not taking a mattifying/setting powder and even if you are not an oily skin type. If you are going on a hot holiday, and even if you are going on a winter holiday but end up wearing the same makeup all day, there will be a time where your sweat or oil or even enviromental humidity will get to your makeup. Blotting can save your makeup and it doesn’t weigh much.
TIP: Take blotting paper packages with a mirror to avoid carrying one. You can also use the blotting paper for note taking if you don’t have spare paper with you!
- Bruhes and sponges
No matter how you choose to do your makeup, you will likely need some eye (at least a blending brush), lip, face brushes (foundation, concealer, contour/bronzer, blush, highlighter, eye brows) and/or sponges. For some good sponge options check out: Real Techniques Makeup Sponges – Are the different colours and shapes just gimmicks? and Battle of the makeup sponges – Beauty Blender vs Real Techniques vs B.
- Brush/sponge cleanser
You don’t need to take your deep cleansing brush/sponge soap with but it is paramount to take a quick clean spray to get rid of any leftover pigmenation but also to sanitise your tools. Look for a spray that contains alcohol to not only sanitise but also instantly dry your tools.
- Brush and/or sponge cases
There is nothing more annoying than your makeup bag getting all dirty with foundation or other makeup, even if you clean your brushes and sponges every time. You can avoid this by taking an extra makeup bag for them, a plastic bag or even a special case. If you are using a sponge, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge can be bought with a nice, travel convinient plastic case.
- Two makeup cases
I recommend you take at least two makeup cases with you. A big one with your stash of cosmetics and a smaller one with the day essentials for your handbag.
- A compact mirror
You will likely have a big mirror available to use where you are staying but it is very handy to have a small compact mirror in your handbag too.
TIP: If you want to travel lightweight, choose a palette or product that you can carry with you and has a mirror already. The best option for this would be a compact setting powder that you will need to carry with you anyway to mattify any sweating/oil production or powder foundation for re-touching.
- Hair bubbles/pony tails, pins and other hair tools
You should at least take 2 hair bubbles for pony tails, especially if you are going to a hot destination It is also useful to take some hair pins to keep the random strands in check but also any other hair tools you might need.
- A hair brush
Look out for small travel size ones that fold for efficient packing.
- A hair cap
If you do not wish to wash your hair every day, make sure to take a hair cap with and a dry shampoo spray (see above). Some hotels might offer a cap but you might not know this in advance and they really don’t weigh much. You can buy a cheap, disposable one that you can throw away.
- A hair drier and/or hair straightners or curlers
You will likely find a hair drier at your travelling accomodation but you never know. If you really can’t afford to not have one you might consider taking a travel sized one with and also any other hair tools you might use, such as straightners and curlers or even rollers etc.
- Gel cushions for heels
If you are planning on taking heels with you on a holiday, I highly recommend taking some gel cushions to keep your comfortable and pain free for longer.
- Cotton wool pads/tissues
This is only a must if you prefer a certain type of cleanser with a certain type of cotton wool. You might be able to find some in the accomodation you have arranged or be able to buy some on the go.
TIP: Taking makeup wipes will eliminate this problem.
- Makeup wipes
I highly recommend taking makeup wipes instead of makeup removal products as they are more practical, convinient, you won’t have the risk of spillage and you will throw them away and won’t need to carry them back. Also, after a long day sightseeing you will likely be too tired to spend time taking your makeup off, just take the easy option.
If you are taking waterproof makeup make sure to take wipes that will work for that too. Check out: Nivea Makeup Cleansing Wipes – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses
- Pocket tissues
These are extremely useful to have always in your handbag but especially while on holiday and having an ice-cream!
- Cotton buds
These are not only useful for your ears but also for perfecting your makeup, especially your eyes, eye brows or lip line!
- Female face shaver
If you shave the baby hair on your face don’t forget to take your female face shaver with you. In case you think this is crazy, I’ve been doing this for ages and the hairs not only don’t grow bigger or thicker but my foundation never looked better.
- Razor or another form of body shaver
This is almost a must take, especially if you are going on a hot holiday and you will have a lot of skin exposed.
These are also almost a must have too, not only for tidying up eye brows and facial hair but also for putting on false eye lashes, if you decide to wear any.
- Eye lash curler
If you like to use this tool then don’t forget to take it with!
- False eye lashes
A holiday is your time to relax, treat yourself and be glamourous. Take some fake eyelashes with, you can find some more natural but also big ones with different styles.
- Eye lash glue
If you are taking fake eye lashes, you will need some eye lash glue too!
- Pencil sharpener
This is for your eye liners and lip liner pencils if you are taking any with.
- Nail clippers and a nail file
Even if you don’t have long nails these two tools are almost a must have. A nail file can be a life saver if you chip or break, even a short, nail.
- Nail varnish and nail varnish remover
If you are planning on painting your nails, make sure to take some nice colours of nail varnish, a base and top coat and of course, some nail varnish remover. Look out for varnish remover pads if you want to avoid taking more free flowing liquids with.
- Fake nail glue
If you are wearing fake nails, it’s your holiday be glamourous, then don’t forget to take your nail glue with you and have it in your handbag at all times. When choosing fake nails for a holiday it might be best to go for a soft, natural brown, pink, white or a french manicure to match all your outfits. Alternatively, if you love colours and are going to a warm place, go all out and wear some vibrant colours.
- Skin coloured tights
For perfect looking and evenly toned legs, just wear some nude thin tights under your skirt/shorts! Alternatively, you can use body makeup too but it becomes a much bigger and messy operation.
- A travel size sewing kit with clothes pins
This is not a cosmetic, health or fitness product but it can be very useful if you like your clothes to be neat and tidy at all times. It’s definitely not a must have item though.
If you are not using another form of contraception, you don’t have a long term partner and in the possibility of a summer crash, just take a condom or two with you even if you are the girl! Protect yourself, your life and health is not a joke. Some medical and other organisations provide them for free!
- Hand Sanitiser
You can find plenty of cheap cute little hand gels and they can be a lifesaver when travelling. You are going to touch a lot of new things, be in a lot of public places and when you want to have that ice-cream you likely won’t have a way of washing your hands first. They don’t take much space and they are super useful.
- Tooth paste, tooth brush and mouth wash
Take anything you need for your mouth and teeth health.
- Sun glasses
If you are going to a sunny place, sunglasses are a must. Not only for protecting your eyes but also to stop your from squinting! Some believe that squinting can cause wrinkles!
TIP: If you are wearing foundation under your glasses make sure to set your nose with powder to avoid glass markings!
Whether you are going to a sunny or cold place, taking a hat can be very useful. It can protect your head from the sun/heat but can also shield your face from the rain or wind.
- Period pads and/or tabons
If you are going to have your period while away, or if your period is not regular, make sure to take some sanitary towels with you. You can always buy some while you are there but we all know how uncofortable it can be to wear ones that you are not used to! Plus, looking for sanitary towels in a new place, while grumpy and in pain, can be stressful.
- Female freshness spray
If you are going on a hot holiday and you will or have your period, you might want ot consider taking a freshness spray as blood can smell especially when it’s hot. I recommend the: FemFresh Deoderant Spray.
- Female wash pH balanced
I could argue that this is actually a must, especially if you are going to a warm holiday. It is very easy to get a vaginal infection after being at the beach or a swimming pool. Personally, I found this product to be an absolute life saver, to even help clear out some infections: FemFresh Daily Ultimate Wash.
I would advice you to take the opportunity of going on a fitness holiday, not only mentally but also physically. It is not only good but actually required for your body to take a week off exercising and dieting, so please enjoy your holiday. Don’t go to the gym for a week and eat whatever you fancy, but obviously don’t over do it.
- Muscle relaxant cream/oil
If you decide to do intense sports you might want to take a muscle relaxant cream or oil to help your muscles recover faster. You don’t want to be held back during your holiday because of muscle pain and cramping. Some excellent choices here are: LA Workout Recovery Gel or a Magnesium oil.
Holiday or other travel preparation
6-3 months before
- If you are going on a summer holiday start working on your summer body. Summer bodies are made in winter so start as soon as possible!
1 month before
- Start looking out for currency exchange deals and exchange your money when the best deal comes up.
- Start letting your nails grow if you want them long during your holiday.
- Start looking out for offers on cosmetics and buy the items you need when the best offer comes up. It’s worth checking different retailers, online and normal shops, weekly as they will have different offers. This way you can save money and also get some travel size freebies!
- Start colleting 1/3 full cosmetics. If you have cosmetic items already that you want to take with you on your holiday, stash them somewhere when there is about 1/3 of them left. This way you can save some weight on your way there but also you won’t need to bring those items back, as they will either get used up or there will be small amounts left, not worth saving.
- Depending on your level of fitness, diet and body situation, sometime between a month to a week prior to a holiday, it might be a good time to reduce your carbohydrate intake while keeping your protein high and strength training your muscles. This way you can shed a little bit of body fat to accentuate your summer body. This might also be a good idea to almost “pre-counter” the amount of calories and “bad” food you are going to eat during the holiday while not completely derailing your fitness goals. For more info send me a message or ask your personal trainer.
- If you don’t already, start moisturising your entire body once to twice a week. Moisturised skin looks smoother and infact, dry skin can enhane the appearance of cellulite, something that you probably don’t want if you are going on a summer holiday and you are wearing short clothes (check out Do cellulite treatments work?). However, there are good reasons for moisturising your body even if you are going on a cold holiday, as your skin can dry out and flake more under colder conditions.
1 week before
- Start packing your bags slowly, bit by bit every day, so you don’t need to panic last minute or realise you still need to buy some stuff!
- Tell your bank the dates you are travelling (you can do it through online banking) and where so that they won’t block your cards when they are used abroad.
2-1 days before
- Shave/epilate/wax the appropriate body parts. You know best how irritated your skin gets after this procedure, so choose whether you want to do this a day or two before your holiday or perhaps even longer before.
- Efxoliate your body and face. This is especially important if you are going on a hot holiday and you are planning to tan. Start with a fresh, smooth surface!
- Do a nose/face strip. This is especially important if you are planning on wearing little to no makeup. Other than the cosmetic look, it is generally beneficial to unclog your pores from any residues and perhaps even avoid some spot formation.
- Do a moisturising face mask. As if you should need a reason to do this! Give your face some pre-moisturisation before putting it through cold or warm weather.
- Do a moisturising hair mask. Same as above.
- Do your nails. Go to your holiday while looking glamourous or natural, whatever your choice is, you might not want to spend time doing this during your holiday, even if it’s just a simple clean polish.
- Finalise packing your bags!
- Print out all nessecary documentation and check-in.
I hope this list was useful to you. If I forgot anything please let me know and I will add it ASAP!
Have a lovely holiday and stress free travels!
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