What’s in my Travel Bag?

What’s in my Travel Bag?

Hi everyone! I had to do some travelling for work. Want to know what beauty products I brought with me?

The lowdown:

Driving to one of my job’s other offices for a few days. Space and TSA requirements were not an issue, but I did have to look presentable for work.

The bag:

This bag is old, from around eight or nine years ago. It’s also a bit oversized for what I’m taking, but it’s my favorite bag for taking a lot of stuff. The handles make it easy to carry and it has two zippered compartments that are completely clear, making it easy to locate everything. That ease is usually what makes me grab this over two smaller bags.

The basics:

Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste. Yes, I could have gotten travel sizes for the deodorant and toothpaste, but for a quick trip now and again, it’s usually less hassle to just grab whatever I have than go out of my way to buy a travel size.

The skincare:

Urban Decay Cleansing Stick: Cleansing oil without the possibility of spills. Still smaller than a ten-pack of makeup wipes. I need to use this more before reviewing.

Murad Clarifying Cleanser: This was the only travel-sized acne cleanser I had.

Belif Problem Solution Toner and Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Acne Treatment: I poured some of these onto cotton pads and stuck the pads in zip bags. Such a space saver!

Face mask: If you’re travelling, your skin can take a beating. Plus, I used the rest of the essence in the pouch later, so I didn’t have to bring a different bottle of essence. I’ve had a face mask be punctured in the mail before, so be aware of what you pack around it!

Dermalogica Overnight Acne Treatment: Full size because I don’t have a travel size.

Skyn Iceland Eye Cream: Again, full size.

Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Cloud Cream: A mini size that works well both in the morning and at night.

The makeup:

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: Usually I use their primer oil, but this mini is less finicky to travel with than the glass bottle.

Urban Decay Eye Primer: Full size, I’m actually out of all my eye primer minis!

Maybelline Dream BB Fresh: The tube is easy to travel with and the formula works well with fingers (no brushes needed!)

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer: It’s bulky, but I don’t need a brush with it.

Physician’s Formula Translucent Pressed Powder: Again, bulky packaging, but pressed powder is so much easier to travel with than loose.

Benefit Rockateur: This tonally looks like blush and bronzer in one, and it comes with a brush in the package.

Estee Lauder eye quad: This has a pale off-white satin, a matte tan, a matte brown, and a shimmery olive green for a slight pop of color. Do I need more? No.

Maybelline MasterPrecise pen liner: pen liner is a staple.

Estee Lauder mascara: It’s a mini.

L’Oreal brow gel: All I really need for my brows 95% of the time.

Doucce pencil liner and Ofra brow pencil: “Just in case” products. Sometimes I want that slightly darker lower lashline or a brow looks sparse in one area. The pencils are also small.

Wet N Wild Setting Spray: The smallest setting spray bottle I have right now. I don’t really like it and save it for wetting eyeshadow, and the cap is bulky, but still good.

Estee Lauder and Make Up For Ever lipsticks: I was almost finished the EL lippie (finished it the day after I got back) and wanted to be safe. The MUFE one is also a mini.

Brushes from Real Techniques, Crown Brushes, and Japonesque: I use these four brushes most days. The RT setting brush is usually only for applying powder under my eyes, but I can make it work for the rest of my face! As none of these are bulky, large-headed brushes, I felt more confident that they’d travel well.

The tips:

Know your products beforehand. You don’t want to leave for a week and find out that your new moisturizer is breaking you out when you can’t do anything about it. Some of these aren’t my favorites, but at least I know what to expect of them.

Know what you’re planning on wearing/doing. My work makeup is different than my fun makeup, and there are plenty of days where I don’t wear any makeup at all. This also includes how long you’ll be gone – you might be willing to skip using a product for a day or two, but maybe not a full week.

Repack in smaller sizes. My favorite is that toner-on-cotton pads trick – no liquidy products capable of spilling and a complete space-saver compared to bulky bottles! I wish I had a few mini jars from things like loose eyeshadow or skincare samples, which are great for little amounts of product.

Consider multi-use products or simplified routines. Sometimes a product is bulky, but it can replace several products that would have been even bulkier.

Happy travelling! xo,


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2 thoughts on “What’s in my Travel Bag?”

  1. I like how your makeup and skincare are separated. I had to throw all my stuff together into my travel bag because I had forgotten about another makeup bag that looks just like yours.
    I don’t travel very often but I do know what I like and what works for me 🙂

    1. I’ve had to do that in the past, too, when I do have to save space. But this just looks so much nicer and everything is so easy to find!

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