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Helpful tips for minimalist packing

Traveling conditions can often wreak havoc on our beauty routines, but fear not, jet-setters! With these easy packing tips, the only thing you'll have to worry about is making it to your flight on time!

So, where do you start? The key to not having to wind up purchasing cosmetic items while on vacation is learning how to pack them.

Step 1: It's all about the bag

Ideally, your makeup bag or container should be tiny enough to fit into your purse or handbag yet capable of holding enough essential products to keep you looking your best throughout the day and into the evening.

Step 2: Simplify your makeup

Do you really need to bring all your makeup brushes, an eye shadow kit and your favorite face mask? There are some things you wear everyday — like mascara, tinted moisturizer and bronzer — and others you can live without. Give your skin a break from your everyday routine and only pack the necessities — it will thank you.

Step 3: Try going au naturel

Have waves or curls? Embrace your natural hairstyle rather than packing hair care tools. Also, if you're not willing to embrace your hair's natural state, just bring a brush and use what your hotel has to offer. Most hotels at least have a blow-dryer for guests.

Step 4: Travel-size your personal hygiene items

Opt to use what the hotel offers to help save on space in your carry-on. Otherwise, purchase travel-size products or use refillable bottles for your shampoo, conditioner, skin care products and moisturizers.

Step 5: Leave the sharp objects at home

Whether you're going to be gone for just a couple of days or for a week, making sure you're well groomed throughout your trip is important. TSA rules prohibit sharp objects, so ditch any tweezers, scissors, razors or nail files. To stay well groomed, properly prepare yourself before you leave or opt to pick up necessary grooming items once you reach your destination.

Step 6: Know that size matters

Don't forget TSA's "3-1-1" rule. Keep all liquid makeup products, lip gloss, foundation, skin care products and moisturizers under 3.4 ounces and sealed in one quart-sized plastic bag. Keep everything labeled and remember — only one bag per passenger.


Between the dry, stale air and bad lights, traveling can be harsh on your skin and leave you in need of a shower. To help stay looking and feeling fresh, follow these helpful tips:

  • Opt for water and avoid drinks such as alcohol and caffeinated sodas, as they tend to dry out your skin.
  • Don't touch your face — it will help minimize breakouts.
  • Carry lip balm to help keep lips moisturized.
  • Before hopping on the plane, use a makeup-setting spray to keep makeup fresh all day long.
  • Stay smelling good with a roll-on fragrance.
  • Don't forget a hair tie!

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Comments on "How to pack a cosmetics carry-on bag"

Ben January 17, 2014 | 4:35 PM

The part about tweezers and razors is incorrect; you are allowed to carry on all the items listed. The list of restricted items from the TSA is below:

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