How To Travel Light When You Are A Cosmetics-Obsessed Hoarder

June 10, 2015

First of all… why are we still having to play this game of squeezing our liquids in tiny bottles and jamming them in litter sized ziplock bags?

Come on. Why did this ever have to be a thing? And even after this recent bust on the TSA, why should we continue to carry on with this farce?!

Anyway, before getting too worked up about this, let’s just try to look at the positive side of things.

I think there is one upshot to this restriction on the way that we travel. It forces us to travel light.

Before leaving for a 2-week trip to Japan, I made a conscious decision to bring only what I could carry on the plane with me.

My daily beauty regimen can get quite heavy when you add it up by weight.

There was a time when I got used to traveling with everything. More than half of the weight of my oversized bags was made up of personal care products. Which was of course ridiculous.

So the challenge of making this…

Traveling with all these liquids? I think not!

…look like this…

TSA friendly liquid containers

…was a nod to my minimalist sensibilities.

And BAM. We managed to get to Japan without checking in any bags! Hellz yeah!

I’m not saying I’m a pro at this. But here are some of my own tips when it comes to traveling light with liquid personal care products.

Travel ready

1) Do The Research – Read up on travel regulations because they could vary depending on where you’re traveling. As of now if you are traveling to and from the U.S., the TSA limits each traveler to 100ml (3.4 oz) containers which must be placed inside a 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, ziploc bag. But that could change. And let’s hope it does.

2) Gather Your Small Containers – I purchased little salad dressing containers at Target, then later found a cheaper and more diverse array of options at Daiso and Ichi Ban Kan in Japantown.

3) Divide And Conquer – If you are traveling with another person, divvy out the goods between you and your travel partner because you can share the shampoo and toothpaste and other such toiletries vs having to carry everything yourself.

4) Appropriate Container Types – Some products break down when exposed to sunlight. This is true for sunscreens, which have to be kept in opaque containers. Other products that I can think of which must be kept inside a dark container are Argan oil and Vitamin C. So just keep that in mind.

5) Don’t Leave Your Goods – This is what happened to me. I forgot my Juice Beauty moisturizer with SPF. And then had to buy a generic SPF when I got to Japan. Fail.

6) Pack Enough – Make sure you pack enough so you don’t run out. Trickier done than said.

7) When All Else Fails – Check in your bags. Because remember. You can do that!

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4 thoughts on “How To Travel Light When You Are A Cosmetics-Obsessed Hoarder

  1. Pauline

    Awesome tips, Kareen! I sometimes bring sample products or the sachet ones when I pack for a trip so I can just dispose them after use. #lazygirlguide hehe..

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    1. Kareen

      Hey Pauline, yup! Samples are also a good idea! But the thing with samples is that you have to have enough of them, which I usually never do hehe 🙂

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  2. Alex

    I applaud you! I’m so lazy because I go to the beach a lot, and other times, I do capoeira, trapeze etc..so I don’t like bringing a lot of stuff and I’m always on the move. I’ve just narrowed them down already to shampoo+body wash, toothpaste, coconut oil then moisturizer+spf haha. Anything else I’ve forgotten, I just buy along the way. And I LOVE samples that brands send me–the mini sized products always end up in my travel kit. How is that Juice beauty oil-free moisturizer btw?

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    1. Kareen

      I’m inspired by your active lifestyle! Seriously. What moisturizer + spf do you use? I really like the Juice Beauty moisturizer, but to be honest, I use it more as my sunscreen than moisturizer as it’s not that hydrating for my skin. And also it goes on too white for my face! But I do trust the ingredients in that they are keeping my skin protected and they encourage the healing of blemishes. Ok, a review is overdue I know.

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