Hand Luggage Only? Carry on these Summer Beauty Essentials

July 20, 2016
Hand luggage only? Carry on these skincare and beauty essentials for travelling light in summer.

THIS BEAUTY ADDICT'S MUST HAVES FOR TRAVELLING LIGHT IN SUMMER

For someone with so much baggage (both of the emotional and under eye variety) I am surprisingly apt at travelling light. Maybe it's a generation-specific skill - like mentally-cropping scenes into a square frame or cooking desserts in the microwave - or perhaps living in London ie. the springboard to European city breaks coupled with my KonMari obsession has surely but surely moulded me into that smug set of traveller who can squeeze a Macbook Air, a DSLR with two lenses, and five days of fashion plus beauty products into a carry on bag (who says millennials don't know anything?). By the time you read this I'll already be in Croatia, sunning myself on the one sandy beach in Split wearing a choice of the 3 bikinis and three shoes I packed, covered head to toe in 2 different kinds of sunscreen I've brought, and because I'm 'Generation Snapchat' also probably sporting a full face of makeup. And I managed to pack all of this plus a scented candle, two cameras, and Bose speakers in an EasyJet-approved cabin bag. How? Read on...

Hand luggage only? Carry on these skincare and beauty essentials for travelling light in summer.

The two clear pouches you see above are the entirety of my makeup, skincare, and medication. 
Spot a tube of Mopiko, South East Asia's much-beloved mosquito bite ointment.

Hand luggage only? Carry on these skincare and beauty essentials for travelling light in summer.
Hand luggage only? Carry on these skincare and beauty essentials for travelling light in summer.
THE SOLID CHOICE 
Sunscreen is non-negotiable for summer holidays and trips to any tropical destination. If it's a short trip I'm taking and I can't be bothered with check-in luggage or buying sunscreen at my destination (the worst is only needing to use some of a new bottle and throwing away the rest - so incredibly wasteful and not terrific for the environment) I pack solid sunscreen. It works just like roll-on deodorant, and even better than avoiding messy spills in my beach bag the solid stick surpases hand luggage restrictions. My go-to is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Face SPF50 and Soltan Active Ultra Resistance Suncare Protection Stick SPF50. The Elizabeth Arden stick is a little dear but the Soltan stick is a bargain at £3.50. Both combined gets you more than a week's worth of body and face sun protection for under £20, which is less than what you would spend to check in your luggage should you take liquid sunscreen. For this reason, it goes without saying that roll-on deodorant is preferable to aerosols. Throw in a travel candle - my scent du jour is Capri Blue Pomegranate Citrus - plus some solid chewable toothpaste tablets too, and you've got your health essentials. Solid.
THE CLEAR CHOICE
Perspex clutches and Kartell Ghost furniture - love. The flimsy sandwich bags you get right before the security queue at the airport - not so much. Those plastic baggies are proof that clear doesn't always equal chic. Thin, prone to ripping, and unyielding (to add insult to injury, if you forget to bring your own some airports will charge you for them. That must be the least satisfying 'toy in a ball' you can buy from a vending machine) - those sandwich bags are the bane of my every traveller's existence, whether or not you're flying budget or Business Class. 
What a lot of people don't realise is that you can use any clear pouch as long as it doesn't exceed 20cm in length. I use this clear cosmetic case from Muji for my liquid and gel items: beauty samples; travel-sized skin, body, and hair care; and makeup items like liquid lipstick and concealer. Measuring in at 18.5cm and made from sterner stuff than the paper-thin nonsense that airports hand out, this cosmetic case will fit far more items without tearing and still fit hand luggage requirements. Plus, it's not a bloody eyesore. Japanese minimalism: the clear choice.

What are your beauty, skincare, and makeup travel essentials? 
Are you Team 'Check In' or Team 'Keep Calm And Carry On'?



Hand luggage only? Carry on these skincare and beauty essentials for travelling light in summer.


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