Over the summer, my co-worker/friend Anna and I spent five days in Boston attending a conference. Boarding our flight from San Francisco early Monday morning, I was impressed by how lightly she had packed for the conference. That is… until we got to the hotel room, unpacked, and I realized how much makeup and toiletries she had brought. A full bag for each, in fact.
“I could totally reduce that,” I thought. And so, last week, I did.
Anna and I grabbed a couple of beers, a camera, and figured out how she could pack toiletries and makeup better. Read on to see how we made over her toiletry and makeup bags, and learn a few tips for packing your toiletry bag better, and making it lighter.
Anna’s Travel Style
When it comes to packing, I find that toiletries are the most personal aspect of the packing list. Although some people may get away with just a toothbrush and a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s, others wouldn’t dare to leave home without toner, face cream, and a whole onslaught of products.
Anna falls somewhere in the middle. She describes herself as being “a total mom” in her packing since she wants to be prepared for every situation (around the office, she’s our go-to person for a post-coffee-spill Tide stick), but she also tries to only bring the basics in terms of toiletries and makeup.
Furthermore, she keeps a ready to go toiletry bag in her house at all times. “I always bring the same toiletries when I travel. I keep the bag packed and just throw it in my bag. The makeup I’ll change up per trip,” Anna said. “I always try to keep it organized and make a note of things that I run out of on my phone, so I can pick up a new one next time I’m at the store.” Click to continue…