Tips for Traveling in Style
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Story by Melissa Gulden
Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, the art of “getting there” can wreak havoc on our skin and hair. This can be especially tricky because, due to space and TSA restrictions, you can’t take along every one of your favorite beauty products. So whether you’re planning a big summer vacation or a quick weekend getaway, keep these tips in mind the next time you hit the road (or air). They will help your skin and hair stay in better shape, and make you feel better, as well. And in these times when flying is anything but relaxing, we can use all the help we can get.
First and foremost—zippered plastic bags are your best friend.
TSA asks that you pack all your liquids together in one, quart-sized bag, but even if you are not traveling by plane, zippered plastic bags are a lifesaver for organization—they are clear and take up essentially no extra space. Pack hair accessories, such as bobby pins and hair ties, plus all those random items—cotton swabs, cotton balls—right into the bags. This will make getting ready much easier. Zippered plastic bags are also perfect for spill-prone liquids. The air pressure during plane rides can make liquids do crazy things (like mysteriously spill out of their sealed containers), so put a piece of clear tape around the seal and put the product in its own bag. That way it won’t damage anything else if it does end up spilling.
Hydrate more than you’d think.
Water is an in-flight essential. Plane air is very dry. Every passenger on the plane breathes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. In order to bring in more oxygen, fresh air is pumped into the cabin. However, the air at such high altitudes has very little moisture, making the cabin air dry. That is what makes your skin feel dehydrated. Try to drink a liter of water for every six hours of flying, and carry on the Evian spray ($7). Face misting during a flight can be your saving grace. For added skin hydration, slather on your favorite moisturizer, then seal in the moisture by applying a hydrating serum midflight. And don’t forget a good lip balm—lips dry out, too!
Go tiny & pack products that multitask.
The last thing you’re going to want on a trip is an overflow of products crowding your space. Instead, pack multi-purpose products to keep it simple, such as a tinted stain for both cheeks and lips (Try Benefit Cha Cha Tint, $30), or a sunscreen that doubles as an oil-absorbing face powder (Mineral Fusion Brush-On Sun Defense, SPF 30). Spill your drink? No problem—use your makeup wipes! Try Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Wipes in Pink Grapefruit ($7.99). They smell good and the pink grapefruit extract helps keep pesky pimples away. Another great tip is to use all the free samples you get from Sephora or your beauty subscription box, or all those mini sizes from past gifts-with-purchase. You can finish most small items while vacationing, so toss the empty packaging before heading home. That means less to pack and fewer items to bring home. Another win!
There are containers you can buy if you want to bring your favorites along, especially when visiting foreign countries where you aren’t sure what products are available or how accessible they are. Flight attendants recommend GoGearTM Travel Tubes (Amazon). They’re made of silicone and will not leak!
For the best dent-free do, put your hair into a high, loose bun. A topknot is cute and gives hair tons of volume at the roots, plus, it’ll look bouncy when you take it out after landing. Ponytails and planes don’t mix—you can’t put your head back. To feel extra luxurious, put on a hair mask before piling hair on top. After you arrive, rinse it out in a quick shower, which is good for relieving travel stress, too.
Recently, people have come into the spotlight for various in-flight behaviors, whether for wearing leggings on flights or applying face masks or foot creams. There is a fine line between being comfortable and engaging in what should be private, at-home rituals. Be courteous to your fellow passengers with your travel repertoire. Look, we’re all in this together. In this day and age of stressful travel, people are on edge and the less we do to bother others, the better travel karma will come our way. Keep strong smells and bothersome behaviors to the privacy of your own home. Kick back (but not too far back), put on an eye mask and some earbuds, and enjoy the journey, knowing you’ll get there in style.