Packing for a weekend away has been one of my biggest fails in the past. You know how it is, you get your packing game face on and tell yourself you're only going away for a weekend, so you won't need that much. But a skin care routine and makeup bag later you have a bag just for these alone and nowhere to hold the million other things on your packing list.
Last week I kissed my packing fails of the past goodbye and took a real good look at what I needed in my routine and figured out where and how I could downsize:
Mini/sample products: Take a look at your sample selection - is there anything that can work as a substitute for a product in your routine? The Estée Lauder ANR eye cream isn't my first choice but is much smaller than my current eye cream choice. It's also a good excuse to test out a new product! Having minis of products you already own (I'm looking at you ANR serum) is perfect too if you're the kind of girl who doesn't want to break her routine too much.
Compact products: Hydraluron aand the La Roche Posay Anthelois AC are both extremely handy when you don't have much space. Their packaging is quite sleek and they fitted perfectly into the flat, clear case pictured above.
Multi use products: have a moisturiser that works both evening and morning? Pack it. Pack it now! Even if you don't decant the products, one is most certainly more travel friendly than two. This goes for cleansers and toners too. Also assess whether you really need something. Yes face masks are lovely, but will always be there waiting once you arrive home.
Empty products: So you've got a sample hanging around that breaks you out? Or just some empty lip balm or eye cream pots - empty them! It will save you running out to buy the following:
Travel bottles/tubs: If all else fails, run out and get yourself some travel pots. I got mine from boots for £3 (two tubes, two posts and a scooping device which is super helpful when decanting moisturiser!)
Et voila! My skincare filled the clear case above perfectly. Now if I could just learn to downsize my travel wardrobe that would be perfect... Tips anyone?