To say I pack everything but the kitchen sink is an understatement. I’m trying to be better about that: checking the forecast obsessively, planning outfits, jewelry, and basic clothing to the Tee (pun intended!), and ensuring I do not bring anything I don’t or won’t need. But I have yet to do the same when it comes to toiletries and makeup. To be sure, toiletries consist of essentials; bathing and hygiene supplies are non-negotiable and I always stock up on the travel sizes to maximize space. But those little shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, deodorants, lotions, etc can add up quickly.
Then there’s the issue of makeup: I try to bring as little as possible – ONE eyeshadow palette, ONE foundation, ONE blush, etc. I also try to use products that can work double duty – a shimmery bronzer can double as an eyeshadow, for instance, or lip stain that can double for blush. Unless I’m going on a vacation to a location that encourages frequent dressing up, I don’t wear much makeup while traveling anyway. But I always seem to convince myself I’ll need this or that and bring it along, and I used to find myself with multiple toiletry and makeup bags.
When I went to Walmart before my trip to stock up on travel-sized necessities, I came across a cute foldable train case in a funky zebra print. It was about $15 and had four big pockets that was enough to hold all of my supplies together!
It definitely seems a little excessive but I can bring all my favorites (yes, yes. I like to be able to contour on family vacays. Sue me.) and roll it up into a nice pouch that fits easily into my suitcase without taking up a ton of room.
What are your favorite toiletry cases? And does anyone have tips for downsizing the amount of makeup you bring on vacation?! 😩