Grooming regimes need to be convenient and minimal when you’re traveling – no one wants to spend hours in the bathroom when adventure awaits. Here’s everything you need to know to look good on your next jaunt!
Invest in multitasking products
For your face, get a good BB cream that can act as a foundation, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Then top up your makeup with a multi-purpose stick or stain for lips and cheeks. To save time in the shower, get a 3-in-1 shampoo with conditioner and body wash combined.
Stick to your staples
Skip the fancy makeup palettes that have a plethora of eye shadows and lipsticks you’d never wear in everyday life, and instead rely on your established go-to favourites. Never buy anything totally new before a trip because you need to do a few trial runs first to make sure it’s worth bringing.
It may sound un-bohemian to hit the salon before you go on a big backpacking trip, but eyelash extensions or keratin treatments can save you time and effort. Keratin-treated hair dries in a fraction of the time, and you don’t have to use nearly as many styling products. Also, for beachy or hot climates, consider natural-esque eyelash extensions so you can forgo mascara (and the constant worry that it’s weeping down your cheekbones).
Here are some individual items that will keep you looking fab:
Cleansing wipes: For times when you know you’re not going to want to wash your eyeliner off after a long night out, leave a package of face-cleansing wipes out on your bed. They’re also good for your feet if you’ve been wearing sandals all day and you don’t have time to take a shower before bed.
Anti-chafing stick: This stuff is great for the inside of your thighs, feet or wherever your backpack or backpack rubs against your skin. It’ll keep you more comfortable for hours at a time as you’re sight-seeing.
Dry shampoo: This is a life-saver for keeping your locks looking fresh, while also lifting your roots between showers.
Teeny tiny tools: If you must have a hair dryer or flat or curling irons, invest in miniaturized versions. Whichever brand you buy, look out for a dual voltage switch, and be sure to pack an adapter.
-Put cotton rounds in compacts to prevent powders from cracking, and pieces of cellophane over the tops of unscrewed bottles (before re-screwing) to prevent spillage.
-Pack hair and cosmetic products into one waterproof bag you can take into the bathroom with you.
-Make sure to choose lighter packaging. Glass pots of face cream can get heavy quickly. Consider lighter alternatives or transfer them to plastic containers beforehand.
-Stock up on samples before your trip. Most beauty counters will be happy to help you out if you ask.
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