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Published June 2nd 2013
With the upcoming Queen's Birthday holiday; I know there are a few of us planning for a short getaway over that long weekend. After all, Melbourne Cup is in November and it will be another six months before there is another public holiday. So, I say, grab this chance to enjoy yourself on a well-deserved break without spending a single day of your annual leave entitlement.
Personally, I'll be going for 3 days, 2 nights tropical island getaway and I plan to travel light. So, I have strategically planned my packing list so that it can all fit into a cabin luggage. Here are a few ingenious tips to bring out the savvy traveller in you.
Pick the Essential Products and Downsize Them
How often do we wait at the baggage claim area and wish that we were one of those savvy travellers that whizz past us swiftly out of the departure gate?
Well, it is fine to wait patiently for over-sized luggage if we are on a long vacation, but seriously, do we want to waste our precious time tapping our feet at the claim area if we only have a 3 days and 2 nights vacation?
Due to airline regulations, liquid products in hand-carry luggage cannot exceed 100ml and it must all fit into a zip-lock bag. It takes a lot of cleverness to select the essential beauty products and downsize them. But once you got it, you will appreciate the time saved and convenience of just walking straight out of the departure gate with a cabin luggage.
After much struggle, here is my list of top essential products:
I buy most of my products in value-size cause it is more economical and they last a long time.
However, I do find it handy to also buy a travel-size version of the product and keep it around for vacations or a weekend stay at my friends' place.
Alternatively, you can purchase small empty plastic bottles and containers (you can probably buy it at Daiso for about $2.80 each) and fill them up with your value-size products.
For the more environmental and thrifty ones, you can recycle those travel-size bottles of other products that you received as free samples or gifts. I like to also use old contact lens containers. Just clean them and fill them with the beauty products of your choice.
Old contact lens containers - an idea for travel-size beauty products
Use 2-in-1 products
I have tons of beauty products and it clutters my bathroom. There are facial cleansers, make-up remover, facial toner, moisturizer, hair masque, hair oil etc. etc. Imagine the space that each of these bottles takes up.
I believe that each of these products serves its specialized purpose, and they should not be combined into 2-in-1 products cause then, their efficiencies are not maximized. However, there are not many bottles we can squeeze into a zip-lock bag despite our best efforts, so purchasing travel-size 2-in-1s products seems like a wiser choice.
One of the likely combinations is combining a makeup remover and a facial cleanser. A good one that I had tried is Philosophy's Purity Made Simple 3-in 1 that removes eyes and face make-up, cleanses and tone. It is suitable for all skin types and it does a thorough job in removing make-up. Even better, it comes in travel-sized 90ml (David Jones, $15). With this, we have effectively cut down 3 bottles of products into 1 nifty bottle.
Philosophy's Purity Made Simple 3-in 1
The other combinations you can also look out for, are 2-in-1s moisturizer and sunblock or combined shampoo and conditioner.
Start Using Free Samples
I like to bring along facial masque and hair treatment oil when I am on vacations cause the plane ride can be rather dehydrating for the skin. Also, when vacationing in a tropical country, one must be prepared for unruly hair that reacts adversely to humidity.
I am sure we have all collected quite a number of free beauty samples over the years, but may not have used them all. They come in convenient packs that can be easily slotted into your travel kits for 'emergency' use such as for instant facial hydration or taming of disobedient hair.
Just be certain that these samples were collected recently and not more than 2 years ago. I know there are people out there who hoard free beauty samples. Guilty as charged.