L ast week we shared tips on how to survive a long-haul flight in comfort. This week, let’s talk about packing right. I’ve experienced frustrating mishaps during my travels, and along the way, I’ve learnt how to put together a fail-proof toiletry combination that helps make my holiday even more stress-free. Here’s what to include in your check-in toiletry bag:
1) Nail Clipper
Nothing is more frustrating than a broken nail when you’re on holiday, especially when it snags on everything you come in contact with. Would you buy a brand new nail clipper just to trim the nail, when the money could be used to buy a new top instead? I wouldn’t!
Because travelling doesn’t mean you have to turn into a hairy Yeti. Don’t forget to pluck and shave, because I reckon showing bodily hair in a foreign country isn’t considered polite.
If you’re not a razor type of girl, Veet carries a wide range of hair-removal creams (RM17.90). Choose one with hydrating ingredients like Shea Butter to keep your skin soft.
4) Dental Floss
Dental hygiene, along with lack of unwanted bodily hair, is stressed upon in all countries. It is only polite to greet (and be greeted) with minty-fresh breath first thing in the morning.
5) Disposable Shower Cap
If you’re putting up at a friend’s place, always go prepared with little luxuries like these, for times when shampooing is too much of an effort. Just put your hair up in a bun the next day!
I’ve been saved countless times by a trusty pair of scissors, for snipping hard-to-open skincare sachets, cutting open a bag of chips, and removing price tags off my new clothes.
7) Hairclips/Elastic Bands
To keep hair away from your face when cleansing/applying makeup. I forgot about them once, and it was so annoying to have my hair get in the way.
We love these sturdy scrunchies from Schoolies (RM13 for 2, from SHINS), which don’t fall apart easily like those 3-for-RM10 ones.
8) Eye Drops
Another lifesaver, if you’re going to sleep or waking up at ungodly hours. Choose one with a cooling effect, which constricts blood vessels to reduce redness and swelling instantly.
They’re not available in Malaysia, but Rohto makes these icy-cool eye drops that give you a jolt if you’re feeling drowsy. Look out for them at pharmacies when you’re travelling.
9) Cotton Buds/Cotton Pads
These help with everything. Blend makeup with a cotton bud, or use it to reach that uncontrollable itch in your ear. Cotton pads are great for buffing away excess foundation or blusher, and can also be used to remove makeup.
10) Necessary Beauty Products
This warrants an entirely new post on its own, we’ll be talking about this in our article on Friday