Some of you may be wondering about my beauty routine when I travel… It was both of our first times traveling to Europe and we didn’t know what to expect so before we left (well, before we go on any trip) we made our usual visit to CVS to complete our packing check list using my CVS’ Beauty Club membership! With thousands of stores nationwide, there’s always bound to be a CVS nearby making it convenient (and affordable!) to shop for beauty especially when travel prepping! With travel still on my mind, I thought it would be perfect to share some of my favorite travel beauty tips that might be out of the ordinary from the usual packing lists.
I always want to shop wherever I travel to and sure enough, will bring too much back with me. Because of this, I’ve learned over the years that I’m going to need to reserve valuable luggage real estate for souvenirs and general shopping. Contrary to the “travel size” product lists most people usually turns to, sometimes a large portion of the toiletries and products I travel with are actually full size. I know what you’re thinking – wait An, that totally contradicts itself! Well, since I also almost always check one or two large suitcases (there’s really no use for me to try and fit all my travel necessities in a carry on, I’ve made the attempt and failed miserably too many times – it just ain’t happening!) I like to pack the full sized products I use daily that are almost empty like shaving cream and sometimes shampoo and conditioner or body lotion and pack them in my checked bags. Then, while I’m away, I can use up the rest of the bottles and just toss them out resulting in ample empty space to fill with whatever I buy! Sure, I might not use every last bit, sometimes wasting a teeny amount if I toss them but isn’t it the same thing with travel sized products and wouldn’t you end up buying more product anyway? It’s all about balance!
My routine for packing is always to do a brief inventory overview of everything I use on a day to day basis. I’ll go through and see which items I use that are almost out; this includes shower, hygiene and beauty! Then whatever else I typically use that isn’t nearly empty, I’ll supplement on my trip with travel sized bottles I picked up from CVS for example on this past trip, my shaving cream was feeling super light and I had a third of my Aveeno body lotion left and since we were planning to be in Europe for more than two weeks while it’s dry and freezing cold out there, I knew I’d end up using most if not the rest of the bottles so in my checked luggage it went! I still ended up buying travel sized body wash, facial cleanser and Aveeno’s hand creme from CVS since my usual full sized bottles of those were full.
Another great item to pack that you may not think about is extra Ziplock bags. I bring a bunch with me on my trips in a variety of sizes. They come in super handy when you repack on your return trip! I always end up needing a bag for soiled laundry, shoes, souvenirs, liquids or makeup and they’re not always easy to find from your hotel. Don’t act like it doesn’t happen to you 😉 how many of us have scrambled for a bag, resorting to that one single plastic dry cleaning pouch that’s always reliably hanging in your hotel closet? I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’d wished I packed an extra plastic bag or two!
Since I used my CVS Beauty Club membership before leaving, I had a pretty awesome amount of $5 ExtraBucks® Rewards to redeem when I got back (you get one for every $50 cumulatively spent on qualifying beauty products, remember?) – We must have been in such a rush because halfway through our trip, I found $7 in ExtraBucks in my toiletries bag! I’m glad I realized what they were before they’d get lost forever in my luggage abyss lol! Definitely a pleasant surprise 😉 The savings helped immensely with replenishing my toiletries and beauty products at home… 😉 especially after all the splurging I did in Paris! By the way, if you’re new to the CVS Beauty Club, you can enjoy 10% off beauty shopping pass at enrollment which definitely helps when buying for a trip!
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Photos by Chris Dyer.
Do you already use any of these tips in your travel/packing routine? What are your travel beauty must haves?
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