1 April 2016 – I’m bringing this post back again because I’m on vacation, and while I plan on writing about some of my beauty related discoveries here in Tokyo, I haven’t had much time to explore or write yet. However, back when I was packing for this trip, I looked back at this post to make sure I was ready to go for the plane trip. The only things I ended up adding were a concealer and a moisturizer with salicylic acid because my skin was acting up. I hope this list is as useful for you as it’s been for me!
I’m going to be heading back to America at the end of August, so expect some more travel related posts popping up as I prepare myself. I’m desperately trying to cure myself of my overpacking tendencies, so I’m hoping that by documenting my packing process, I can hold myself accountable for being efficient.
First up is my liquids bag – my little one liter or so plastic bag that I can fill with 100 ml bottles because that is apparently necessary for safety. I think a lot of the security hoops we have to jump through nowadays are pretty much useless and just for show, but that’s is a topic for another time. Because I don’t want to take a boat over, I dutifully stash all of my fluids and gels into a little plastic bag for travel. On a positive note, I really adore tiny-sized objects, so this gives me an excuse to buy travel bottles of things.
I used to stuff my ziploc bags with as much as I possibly could, but as I’ve traveled more, I’ve taken note of the things I’ll shove in there and won’t actually use. These things do not make a return. I’ve managed to divide my needs into four categories, which I hope may help some of you make decisions about what you may need on your trips.
Planes are dry and they are dirty, so I always bring hand sanitizer and moisturizer. The hand sanitizer is just the store brand from Lidl, because as long as it has enough alcohol in it, it will kill all the germs. The Verlobter has convinced me that the water in the airplane bathrooms is filthy, so I use this as an alternative to hand washing. I have no idea how true that is, but I know that you aren’t supposed to drink the sink water, so I’m very suspicious of it.
We got this tiny Nivea Creme tin in a travel kit, but the next size up also works quite well. I like it for my hands and face because my skin gets really dry in the plane, especially on long haul flights. It also doesn’t have a very strong scent, so you will not bother your neighbors. I’m not 100% sure if the cream counts as a liquid, but it’s small, so I throw it in the bag to be safe.
Dental care is probably more important for those of us traveling on long haul flights, if you are only on a plane for a few hours, you probably won’t need to freshen up. The toothpaste I may not actually use on the flight, because of my aforementioned fear of the bathroom water, but I like to have it in case we get stranded somewhere. And I can also brush my teeth during the layover in a sink with less sketchy water.
The mouthwash I will use on the plane as a quick refresh before we land. Our long haul flight in August will be about 10 hours long, and I would like to attempt to sleep during it. I have not used these particular products before, I just bought them because they were cheap at Müller. I don’t have any special preferences for my teeth and mouth, though, so I’m sure they’ll work out fine.
If you have perfect eyesight, you can skip this section and I don’t like you. (Kidding, the Verlobter has perfect eyesight, I’m just jealous.) I will wear my glasses during the trip, but I am scared that my luggage will be lost, and, depending on what we are doing after we land, I may want to put my contacts in right after we arrive. I hate encountering sunlight without sunglass, so if we land during the day, I will likely pop them in.
I keep my current pair of contacts in my adorable owl case that I think I got from Walmart. It’s getting a bit old and worn down, so I will probably need to buy a new one soon. I also bring an extra pair. Mine are two week contacts, so I will probably start a new pair right before we leave, and then I’ll have the extra set in case I lose one. It’s important to have replacements with me in the US, because there you need a prescription to buy new ones, unlike Germany where you can pop into a drugstore to pick them up. I keep extra solution in an old Target travel bottle because travel sized solution is comically overpriced.
If you don’t wear makeup or don’t feel the need to put any on while traveling, you can skip this section. This is the category I’ve cut down the most. I think the first time I traveled, I had enough for a full face, with my powder products (eyeshadow, blush, setting powder) in another bag. That is way overkill for me now, especially since I never go anywhere fancy directly from the airport. Now I just stick with a tinted moisturizer/BB cream and mascara so that I don’t arrive looking dead, because my mom always takes pictures for Facebook immediately upon arrival.
The BB cream is the Lidl store brand. I believe it’s under 3€, but it’s really more of a tinted moisturizer than a BB cream. That’s fine for me, because that’s all I want. Because it is so sheer, it blends in well with my super pale skin, but it does brighten it up a bit and add some moisture – perfect for the end of the flight. It says it has SPF 10, but that’s basically nothing for pasty people like me, so I wouldn’t treat it like sunscreen.
The mascara is just what I’ve currently been wearing. It’s the Glam & Doll Volume Mascara Waterproof from Catrice. I just picked it up because I wanted a waterproof mascara for the summer, and it was pretty cheap (under 5€, I believe). It’s okay. It’s not clumpy, which I like, but it can smudge a little on the lower lashes, which isn’t cool because it’s meant to be waterproof. Doesn’t bother me too much, though.
So that’s what I’ll have in my liquids bag! The bag itself is from Essence and I picked it up and Müller. I grabbed it because it is rather thick plastic and felt pretty sturdy. However, I’ve already had to wiggle the zipper bit back on, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. If you can find one will a real zipper, that will probably be the best if you are planning on using it a lot. However, for just a trip or two, regular ziploc baggies work quite well.
Is there anything that you can’t live without in your baggie? Let me know below! Maybe in my attempts to be more efficient, I’ve missed something critical!