Creating a sanctuary at home is something that evolves over time, but simply by deciding to travel one should not have to forgo a similar sanctuary that provides tranquility, comfort and a reminder of home knowing no matter where the train/plane/car stops, the passenger (you) will always look fabulous, present their best self and be in a genuinely pleasant mood.
Recently, I shared a list of ideas on how to transform a hotel stay into a luxurious occasion, and today I’d like to share a list of items to pack in your travel carry-on – the toiletries list that will ensure a fresh face, a calm spirit and the ability to be ready for any occasion or situation.
1. A Fabulous Tote (like the small tote above)
First things first, a must-have is a travel tote that exudes style. While Louis Vuitton makes fabulous totes at exorbitant prices, why not seek out a vintage make-up train case? They are sturdy, unique and classic! Or choose something even more creative – a hat box? Simply place an organizer inside that holds all of your traveling essentials securely and voila!
3. Facial cleansing pads Saves time and the mess, but more importantly, it does the job of taking care of your skin. (Click here to view of a review of the best ones to pick up at your local drugstore.)
4. Make-up necessities (tinted moisturizer, mascara, blush, concealer, lip color) Anything else is up to the woman – after all, we all have our own tricks of the trade.
5. Lip balm (rosebud salve, Vaseline or your choice)
6. Toothbrush, toothpaste & floss
8. Body Lotion
9. Facial moisturizer/eye lotion
10. Ponytail holders/bobby pins/soft headband
15. Fingernail file/clippers
16. Hair brush
17. Hair products in travel sizes (hairspray, thickening spray, mouse, prep, etc)
19. Face wash (if you prefer rather than facial wipes)
20. Small carrier for jewelry
21. cotton balls/Q-tips
22. Bubble bath
23. Shower cap
25. Baby powder
Optional Based on One’s Needs:
*Blow-dryer (The best investment in my daily routine, was to invest in this blow-dryer – hair is smoother, less frizzy, and time is saved)
*Contact solution & holder
*Feminine toiletries & necessities
*Pain medicine (ibuprofen, Advil or Tylenol)
After just over a decade of traveling, I have finally fine-tuned my tote into something that I can just grab and go, feeling confident that I will be able to look and feel my best. Trying to choose the right clothes is tough enough as it is, so it is a relief to know that my tote is stocked and ready to go as much as it possibly can be.
And if you’ll be staying in a hotel, create your own little tranquil sanctuary. Click here to learn more.
After returning home from a trip, try to make a list of the items that are low and restock them well before your next adventure. This will save you time and stress as you plan your itinerary for your next get-away.
And while this is a list that has worked for me, I am always looking for more ideas, suggestions and additions. Please do share what you’ve found to be the best packing list for traveling when it comes to your tote.
Bon voyage! And stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for a list of what to pack for your next flight and most importantly, the clothing packing list – a fail-safe list that will take you from Friday as you head out of town, until Sunday evening when you arrive home.