Traveling with an arsenal of beauty and skincare products is not an easy task. I refuse to sacrifice my skincare routine while traveling so making sure I follow the 3-1-1 rules is a top priority. There are some pretty simple things we can all do to make sure we’re not flagged by security because it truly makes our lives (and theirs) a bit easier. Your fellow travelers will thank you when you don’t hold up the line… we all know how painful it is to stand in long lines and the eye rolls when someone is pulling things out and explaining because a bottle exceeds the limit.
- Trial Size products are my go-to when packing a carry-on. These tiny bottles pack easily and can always be thrown away after a few uses so they don’t have to make the trip home. Most brands and retailers will offer trial sizes when you make a purchase. I advise you select carefully and make requests if you’re making an in-store purchase. I use Clarins and receive emails regularly notifying me of “gifts with purchase.” Kiehl’s does the same thing as do many other retailers. In-store, shop regularly with a dedicated sales associate so they know what you use and request the products you need most when traveling when you make a purchase. Keep in mind this is for when you are only using a carry-on, or if you need to have immediate access to products in the event your luggage is delayed or lost.
- When you’re shopping for travel size products, think strategically. I don’t buy liquid soap as it takes up space unnecessarily. I will buy a bar of Dove soap in the travel size and that doesn’t count against me. I also consider where I am staying and whether or not they will provide products in the hotel. This doesn’t work if you’re staying at an Airbnb but luxury hotels have the nicest products and I am not missing anything by skipping something I would buy at home.
- Talk to your doctor. If you see a dermatologist or any other doctor, more than likely they receive trial size products they can give you. I always travel with mini bottles of Cerave from my dermatologist. This also helps if I run out of lotion for my hands because the lotion can be applied all over. I can put it in my purse and go.
- I am almost always wearing Byredo or Carven perfume. Neiman Marcus supplies me with trial sizes anytime I make a Byredo purchase as an incentive to try a new fragrance. It actually works for me because I am naturally drawn to floral scents but the mini versions let me test something new. I also receive other brands I don’t wear regularly and those are perfect for travel. Carven is my staple and buy the Carven Rollerball at Nordstrom. I am not French but I’m a sucker for a French perfume so I have all of the Carven fragrances in the mini bottles for when I’m on the go.
Note: The picture is just a few random products to show the diversity of options you can get from various places. I always follow a strict skincare regimen so my 3-1-1 bag always includes the products outlined in my nighttime skincare routine blog along with what I use for daytime.