Beauty Packing for a City Trip

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For my upcoming trip to Edinburgh I will be flying with hand luggage only, such a nightmare for beauty packing with the restrictions on liquids. I will show you how to make the best of it with these packing tips for a short city trip.

The best tip is of course to save up luxury samples for your trip. These are smaller, meaning you can stuff more of them in the tiny plastic bag they allow you to bring on board the aircraft. A key piece of advice I learned the hard way: make sure your skin doesn’t react to any of the products you bring. Nobody wants to have to cake on the foundation, because that great new moisturisers gives you a rash. I only bring samples I have tried before or will try them before I fly.

short city trip packing tips flight luggage beauty


My main problem is always skincare: I am addicted to a rather extensive routine at home. Pairing it down to bare essentials is always difficult, but I think I have managed. I have selected a single cleanser, eye cream, moisturiser, a face oil that will act as a serum and night cream in one, and a toner (might have to leave that if the bag doesn’t close). I have gotten pre-moistened eye makeup remover pads for ease.

A mini shampoo, conditioner, and tooth paste as well as two perfume testers complete the lot. Soap is not liquid, so it isn’t restricted in any way. Another great tip is to bring as many solid items as possible.

short city trip packing tips flight luggage beauty


Pairing back my make-up is somehow easier. I’ll be bringing one primer with SPF and one foundation. Depending on how full the bag is, I might decant these into the tiny plastic jars shown. A powder and blush complete the base. Add an old eye shadow palette and mascara for the eyes and a colored balm for my lips and we are done.

I’ll bring my RT sponge, a blush and powder brush as well as two eye shadow brushes. The brush guards help keep them in shape while in transit. These come for free with Zoeva brushes and I always keep them for these situations.

Another great tip is to take items you will finish or can throw away. My RT sponge and the Catrice Eyeshadow palette are both old and need to go. That and the finished samples means less things to take back home and more space for new purchases.

Any useful tips in here for you? Or have a great tip of your own? Do let me know!



short city trip packing tips flight luggage beauty

Voor mijn reisje naar Edinburgh reis ik met enkel handbagage, echt een nachtmerrie voor beauty liefhebbers sinds de beperkingen op vloeistoffen. Ik laat je zien hoe het beste kunt pakken voor een kort tripje met deze tips.

Het allerbeste is natuurlijk om testers te sparen en die mee te nemen. Ze zijn kleiner en passen dus makkelijker in dat kleine plastic tasje dat je mee mag nemen in het vliegtuig. Een belangrijke tip is wel om te zorgen dat je testers meeneemt waar je huid niet slecht op reageert. Niemand wil met een laag foundation rondlopen op vakantiefoto’s omdat je uitslag krijgt van die nieuwe dagcreme. Ik neem dus alleen testers mee van producten die ik al eerder gebruikt heb of van tevoren heb getest.

short city trip packing tips flight luggage beauty

Mijn grootste probleem is altijd de huidverzorging: Ik heb een nogal uitgebreide routine thuis. Die terugbrengen naar de basis is altijd lastig, maar ik denk dat het gelukt is. Ik heb gekozen voor een reiniger, oog creme, dag creme, een gezichtsolie die als nachtcreme en serum dienstdoet, en een toner (maar die laat ik thuis als hij niet meer past). Ik heb ook van die handige oogmakeup reiniger schijfjes gehaald.

Een mini shampoo, conditioner, tandpasta en twee parfum testers maken de set compleet. Zeep is handiger dan douchegel, omdat het niet vloeibaar is. Probeer altijd zoveel mogelijk niet vloeibare zaken uit te zoeken.

short city trip packing tips flight luggage beauty

Mijn make-up terugbrengen tot de basis is een stuk makkelijker. Ik neem een primer met SPF mee en een foundation. Als het tasje erg vol is, giet ik die misschien over in de handige kleine plastic die je in de foto ziet. Een poeder en blush maken de basis af. Voeg een oude oogschaduw palette en mascara voor de ogen en een gekleurde lippenbalsem voor de lippen toe en het is klaar.

Ik neem mijn RT spons, een blush en poeder kwast en twee oog schaduw kwasten mee. De beschermhoesjes houden ze goed in vorm tijdens het reizen. Die hoesjes krijg je gratis bij Zoeva kwasten en ik bewaar ze altijd voor dit soort situaties.

Een laatste goed tip is om dingen mee te nemen die ter plekke opraken of weggegooid kunnen worden. Mijn RT sponsjes en Catrice oogschaduw palettes zijn alle twee oud en kunnen weg. Dat en de opgemaakte testers betekend minder dingen om mee terug te nemen en dus meer ruimte voor nieuwe aankopen.

Zitten hier goede tips bij? Of heb je zelf een geweldige tip? Laat het me weten.


14 thoughts on “Beauty Packing for a City Trip

  1. Talking About Beauty January 14, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    glad you had a great trip πŸ™‚ always a challenge packing and selecting those few products that make it overseas right lol. I try stick to necessities for skin care and palettes for make up πŸ™‚

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    • Anne January 15, 2016 / 11:36 am

      Such a challenge. You don’t want to bring everything but I also don’t want to come home with horrible skin. #bbloggerproblems

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  2. stashmatters January 6, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Carry-on only is a nightmare for packing skincare! I feel your pain. My whole routine gets reduced down to the basics: cleansing, toning and moisturizing – no serums, no exfoliating… ugh maybe this is why I always break out when I travel! It’s so true though – do NOT try new products on a trip, I always hoard travel size skincare of what I typically use.
    Yes that’s also a great tip about bringing stuff that’s nearly finished to be thrown away – I did that with a concealer once.
    I hope you’re enjoying your trip! πŸ˜€

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    • Anne January 18, 2016 / 9:02 am

      It was such a nightmare! I kept going back and forth over what cleanser to bring…and you are right, no exfoliating is such a pain.

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  3. Amelia Vesper January 6, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    You are an inspiration! It is completely impossible for me to avoid checking a bag. I tried once and ended up mailing a box of beauty products in advance to my friend’s house where I’d be staying (mailing that box was somehow cheaper than paying the checked bag fee…) But I have a trip coming up next month and I’m going to try very hard to streamline my stash.

    Have a fabulous trip!
    xo Mil

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    • Anne January 18, 2016 / 9:05 am

      It was really really tough! I managed in the end, but it was so difficult to pick what to bring. No exfoliants either 😦
      I prefer checking a bag anyway, but they charged an obscene amount of money for it because I had gotten a cheap ticket. Good luck with your next packing attempt, it is always tricky. xo Anne

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      • Amelia Vesper January 18, 2016 / 10:08 am

        They do charge a ridiculous amount – it seems horribly unfair. Shouldn’t we be rewarded for not jamming the cabin of the airplane with all of our bags??

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        • Anne January 19, 2016 / 8:55 am

          Exactly! Total irony as well, because having revoked their free hold luggage. the airline was now looking for volunteers to check in their carry on because the cabin was too crowded! Surprise there.


  4. Karen Rees January 6, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    Looks like you have all the essentials well & truly covered πŸ˜€ Such a stash of mini goodies… anyone would think you’d done this before hehe Love those brush guards! How handy are they?! Brill little devices! XX

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    • Anne January 18, 2016 / 9:05 am

      hihi thanks Karen! Took a little effort, but it did end up being very streamlined and a decent enough routine. xo Anne

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      • Karen Rees January 18, 2016 / 11:28 pm

        Glad to hear it huni!! Great to be well prepared, hope you had a ball πŸ˜€ XXXXXX

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  5. Fashionandbeautyobsessed January 6, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Enjoy your trip to Edinburgh xxx

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