Travel Beauty Bags and traveling light

We visit family often and when traveling before we had Ellie, we seemed to have a lot for just Cameron, the dogs, and I. We would have our clothes, things needed for showering and getting ready each day and the dog’s food, treats, bed, pen, harnesses, and leashes.

This seemed to take up a lot of the room in the car, once Ellie arrived the next time we were planning to travel we knew we would also have Ellie’s car seat. We also had to have room for Ellie’s diaper bag, clothes, pack and play, and a few favorite toys too of course.

Our suitcase had always been full before with everything for Cameron and I but I knew I could condense my makeup and shower items, to make room for Ellie’s clothes. Rather than packing another smaller suitcase which would mean we would have more to lug in and out of the car.

Condensing hair care

Firstly I condensed my hair products, I knew I needed shampoo, conditioner. I’d usually just take my regular size hairspray, dry shampoo, and styling products as there was room for these. I knew the first move to condense these would be using travel size products. This alone made a huge difference clearing up space in our luggage.

Hair Products

1. Shampoo
2. Conditioner
3. Redken – Hair Spray
4. Kevin Murphy –
Anti Gravity lotion
5. Redken – 
Diamond Oil glow dry
6. Mizani 25 –
miracle milk
7. Hair Ties & Clips

Condensing skin and body care

Secondly, I condensed a makeup bag with shower and skincare items again using travel size products when I could. The Ulta or Sephora favorite boxes are great for getting these without having to buy each individual product separately, which helps save’s money. I personally like the Ulta boxes for skincare and bath travel sizes as they’re reasonably priced and often on great sales.

Wash Bag

1. It cosmetics Cleanser
2. It cosmetics eye cream
3. It cosmetics lotion
4.Mario Badescu toner
5. Lano multi-balm
6. Soap & Glory shower gel
7. Hempz moisturizer 
8. Body Shop body butter
9. Razor
10. Wax strips
11. Cotton rounds
12. Hair Clips

My last thing to condense and also the hardest was my makeup. I love makeup and find it can be hard to pick favorites or to leave favorites behind in favor of sample sizes to save room.

Once I had condensed my make bag this then became my five-minute mum makeup bag. I will be discussing this in my next blog post, my five-minute makeup, and tips and tricks to make your routine faster. For anyone trying to optimize their time or for someone in a hurry, like me as a SAHM.

What are your must-haves when traveling? Do you have any tips or product suggestions for traveling lighter or packing more efficiently?

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