As I was packing for my next trip, I started thinking about some items that have come in handy the most while traveling. The things that have made these adventures just a little simpler and cleaner and make going through security checkpoints a breeze. I think the most important part of making your trips and vacations a little more relaxing is being as organized a traveler as possible… my dad always taught us to “CONSOLIDATE!”. Be resourceful, learn to purchase useful and smart products that will help you get out of the door a little quicker and won’t stress you out. The simpler the better.
These are some of my favorite solutions for easy and comfortable traveling.
These bottles and jars can be found at The Container Store, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are absolutely leak proof. Before I found these precious BPA free containers, I used to hate, hate, hate when I’d get arrive at my final destination only to find a liquid had exploded in my cosmetic bag or luggage. Not only was it a waste of product but it made an absolute mess.
When it comes to these Nalgene bottles and jars, I made sure to buy them in sizes under 3 ounces which takes away some of the hassle when flying. I just squeeze my hair products, lotions, face creams, and other liquid beauty products into the containers, put them in a ziplock bag, and I’m good to go through security. And for the price, you can’t help but stock up on them!
Baggallini Curling Iron and Flat Iron Cover $14.99 at the Container Store
One of my other favorite travel necessities is my flat iron bag. Ladies (or gentlemen who like their hair to be fancy, too?), how many times have you forgotten to pack your flat iron or curling iron because you were waiting for it to cool down before you put it in your luggage? Never? Oh, well it used to happen to me quite a bit until I bought this bag which allows you to pack your styling tools while they’re still hot. No more waiting and forgetting… or in my case, forgetting and “having” to buy a new one on vacation. The things we do to look lovely, huh? :/
Sample sized perfume
While the 3 ounce rules at the airport are in place to keep us all safe, they have been known to cause quite a headache when you realize you just can’t bring certain things with you on vacation. I’ve found, instead of huffing and complaining, just try to find alternative solutions to make your vacation run as smooth as possible with the same “comforts” from your everyday life. I love the perfume that I wear at home but it’s way over 3 ounces and it’s in a glass bottle, so I really wouldn’t want to risk it breaking in transit. It smells delightful but I wouldn’t want to soil my vacay clothes with it
My solution? Sample sized perfume. My current sample is Lola by Marc Jacobs. These are great because not only can you test drive a new scent that you’ve been curious about, but they pass the 3 ounce rule at the airport, they’re easy to toss in your purse or luggage, and you can still smell sweet and lovely on vacation. And if you use it sparingly it lasts quite some time!
So the next time you’re browsing around a department store and get handed a perfume sample, instead of being all “Ugggggh, this beauty saleslady is sooo annoying for giving me FREE perfume, what could possibly be wrong with her“… put a smile on your face, say “thank you”, and take it
Fresh Wave, All Natural Neutralizing Spray 2.oz, $2.99 at the Container Store
I’m going to sound like a crazy. And it won’t be the first (or last) time. The stale air in some hotels kind of makes me feel gross. I live for fresh air and the smell of spaces that feel like the windows have been opened for hours and the light breeze has trickled in. And let’s be honest, some hotels can smell like the windows have been closed since 1927… zero ventilati[Con. So I purchased this spray a while ago at The Container Store (of course) and it really does neutralize the air and just give it a cleaner smell. Best part, it's all natural, non toxic, biodegradable, and the smaller size is under 3 ounces which means the lovely people of TSA can't take it from you
Question for you: What are some of your favorite tips and solutions for hassle free travel? Any products you just can't live without when hitting the road?