I loved to travel before I had kids, and as a mom, I still love to travel. I’m the kind of person who gets excited about booking my next vacation a few days after returning from my last, if I could, I would always be on the road.
As someone who has taken many family vacations, I have finally got to grips with the organization and precision that is needed to execute a successful family trip. However, there is one area of vacation planning that took me a lot longer to get my head around, and that’s my beauty products.
It might sound strange, but until a couple of years ago, I always use to struggle knowing what to pack, in terms of makeup and beauty bits. However, I am proud to say that I have now cracked it, so I thought I would share my knowledge with you, in case anyone else is the same boat.
Here’s my guide to all the makeup and beauty essentials you need to pack for your next vacation:
Okay, so let’s start with beauty products. I use to really struggle knowing what to pack for my trip away and couldn’t get my head around how much of each product would be enough.
Shampoo and condition are, of course, a must. Depending on how long you are going away for and how often you wash your hair, a full-size bottle of each should be perfect.
While you could take your normal shampoo along, it might be more beneficial for you hair to take shampoo and conditioner formulated for holiday hair. Seawater, sand, sun, etc., all take their toll on your hair.
Shower gel is another essential. Ideally, you want to choose a shower gel that is mild and gentle and won’t irritate your skin should you fall fail to sunburn or heat rash. I always find that natural products are best for this.
To keep your skin soft and well hydrated, moisturiser is also crucial. For your body, why not invest in a bottle of Nivea’s in-shower moisturizer? It makes moisturizing much easier and avoids the issue of getting moisturizer everywhere.
If you moisturize your face every morning, as well as every evening, it might be worth investing in a moisturizer with SPF protection. That way you can moisturize and then go out in the sun without worrying.
To ensure that your skin stays healthy while you are away, facial scrub is another essential product. Ideally, you want to choose an exfoliator that is chemical-free and extra moisturizing, instead of an exfoliator that dries out your skin.
The first thing to know about choosing makeup products for vacation is that is you intend on wearing them during the day; it is crucial that you pack products with an SPF factor.
Don’t pack foundation, in the warm weather foundation is a nightmare. Instead, opt for a BB cream or tinted moisturizer – BB cream is probably your best bet as it’s like foundation, concealer and primer all rolled into one.
The heat from the sun means that makeup won’t stay in place for very long. To help keep your makeup in place for longer; a translucent powder is essential. Ideally, you want a powder that is translucent but has a slight tint to it, like this Ben Nye banana powder.
Make sure that any eye makeup you pack, including eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara are all waterproof. Otherwise, the warm weather could leave you resembling a panda – not exactly, the look you want.