Rumors keep circulating on travel discussion boards that the limitations on carry-on liquids will be lifted at some point, but so far no dice. But with some planning and travel-size containers it’s certainly do-able with a minimum of effort. I put the bag above together in less than 15 minutes, and it includes 2 week’s worth of day and night moisturizers, two different travel-size atomizers of fragrance, toothpaste, lip balm, sunscreen, and even a spritzer of Febreeze to help keep clothing fresh. (And of course, we’ll be in the land of Monoprix and wonderful pharmacies so will be able to restock in case anything runs out…)
If you’re starting from scratch, I really like the carry-on kit from bedbathandbeyond.com. It includes not only product containers and labels, but a sturdy, clear, quart sized zippered case. I purchased the perfume atomizers from Nordstrom for $5 each, and fill with my own fragrances. I stock up on travel-sized toothpastes when my favorites are available in the “travel” section of CVS or Target. And if you purchase department store skincare, ask for sample sizes of your favorite products.
Also, be aware that any prescription creams (e.g. Retin-A) do not count against your liquids limitation and should be bagged separately with other medications, including the prescription tag from the pharmacy. (I also include some OTC eye moisture drops in that bag.)
When it comes to maquillage, I’m mostly a minimalist, but I simplify even further for travel. I bring only products that won’t count against my liquid allotment.
Diorskin powder for foundation, Chanel powder blush, Bobbi Brown foundation stick used as concealer, brow and eye liner pencils, Bobbi Brown eye shadow, YSL mascara. Lipstick stays in my purse. I have yet to have any TSA officials question lipstick or mascara, but even if they do there’s still room in my liquids bag for both.
Everything in one small cosmetics bag, c’est tout.
I don’t bother to pack shampoo, conditioner or a blow dryer as the hotels always provide these. I use Neutrogena makeup remover wipes (if I can’t find the travel-size packs, just stuff a dozen or so into a ziploc baggie).
A few readers have asked about travel capsule wardrobes for men. I’d love to say that I’ve converted le monsieur to the concept of packing light, but he prefers to have more options and not have to re-wear items multiple times. Here’s the packing list I put together for him. (Actually, he just pulls the items from the closet and I pack them; this seems to save both our sanities.)
Unlike my list, his does not include what he’ll wear on the plane.
6 button front shirts (short and long sleeve, his choice how many of each)
2 pair jeans or other casual pants
1 pair slacks (or cords)
2 pullover sweaters
2 short sleeve tees or polos
1 long sleeve tee
Underwear/socks/belts/1 pair shoes (dressier than pair he’ll wear on plane)
He’ll fight me on this, I can promise. 🙂 I’ll probably let him talk me into an additional shirt and pair of pants.
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