One of the things about travelling is that it forces us to put on hold certain aspects of our lives, which some people love to do. In fact, for some it's the whole point of travelling, to get away from the world that they're used to and try something new! However, for some, it can be too difficult to leave everything behind, which is why there are a growing number of travellers who are coming up with the best ways to take their makeup with them across the world!
It's best to be prepared, so what we've done is pull together some of the best advice for those who just can't let go of their makeup from the site PracticalWanderlust, so people know exactly what they're doing when it comes to travelling with the precious stuff. There's nobody out there that knows everything we've included on this list, that we can almost guarantee!
So, we think it's about time that people took a look at the best way to take their makeup with them as they travel the world, ensuring that travel doesn't get in the way of looking the best that's physically possible! Well then, it's time we got started!
25 Bronzer Works As Eyeshadow
Yes, we know that none of you have ever thought about doing this one either, but we think it's best to take the advice of Practical Wanderlust when we're struggling to make every piece of makeup count! "Use products for things other than what they were designed for specifically! In a pinch." We know, it sounds odd, but by getting creative, people can ensure that they're never seen in public while travelling without a great face of makeup.
24 Keep Temperature In Mind
When people travel, they often go to places with extreme weather that they don't have in their own country, which really changes the sort of things people can take with them! "Don’t bring anything that could be destroyed by heat or altitude changes. If something is likely to explode during a flight, leave it at home. If rapidly cooling and heating up might affect the product or its packaging, leave it at home." It's important that people don't end up with destroyed makeup due to a change in heat.
23 Multitasking Is Important!
At home, we like to know that everything is doing the job it was made for, but we have to be a lot more accommodating when travelling. "Sometimes makeup for travel has to do a little more than usual. Whether it’s a tinted moisturizer or BB cream to act as moisturizer/sunscreen/foundation, or something a little bit less conventional, go ahead and get creative with your makeup for travel!" Always check if something can be used in a way it wasn't originally meant for!
22 Olive Oil Is Fantastic For Skin
If people want to go for an even more healthy moisturizer, they can go even more natural!
"Olive oil is a great moisturizer for all skin types, it’s fantastic for your skin and hands, excellent for dry or flyaway hair, and a healthy cooking ingredient. A small bottle of olive oil in my bag does the work of several products for me!"
Not only is this fantastic for your skin, but it should be pretty easy to purchase in most parts of the world!
21 Use SPF 50 People!
This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, and even if you're not bothered about beauty, it's always smart to use the highest SPF possible!
"Always wear at least SPF 50 sunscreen on your exposed skin, including your hands and feet."
We know that some of you will be looking to get as much of a tan as possible, but we're telling you now that it's just not worth the health problems that can come with it. It prematurely ages your skin too!
20 Bring Shampoo And Conditioner That Works
It can be tempting to leave this at home to save space, but PracticalWanderlust suggests that you don't!
"Don’t count on the hotel’s free bottles, or finding suitable hair products wherever you’re travelling. You won’t. Once you find a shampoo and conditioner combo that works, bring as much of it with you as you can!"
Place them in bags, so if they burst, they don't go all over everything else!
19 Bring A Boar Bristle Brush
When looking for something small and easy, you may want to go cheap, but we would suggest otherwise.
"A plastic brush can be bad for your hair – it tends to rip out tangles and can break fragile hair. An all natural boar bristle brush helps distribute product and natural oils throughout your hair."
We have to be careful when it comes to our hair, so ensure that you're only looking after it with the best money can buy.
18 Consider Bringing Small Straighteners
We understand that this seems like a needless accessory, but many women out there know that these are crucial to a good look. PracticalWanderlust advises packing "a teeny, tiny hair straightener. I know, it’s silly to bring a hair straightener on a backpacking trip. But like, the alternative is having bangs that curl out and up like I’m a sk8r boi from the mid 2000’s." Now people can be sure that their hair will always be as straight as they want it to be, no matter where they are!
17 Bring Coconut Oil!
Around the world, this sort of thing is used in cooking, but few people in the West know that it is also a fantastic beauty product!
"A little tub of coconut oil goes a long way. While it’s not great for facial skin, coconut oil is perfect for hair, hands and feet, and dry lips."
We suggest that people make sure they always have this on them while they're travelling, as it smells incredible and works wonders on the body!
16 Always Think Of Nail Care
One of the main things that we rarely think of when travelling is the problems that can arise with our nails!
"I’m a nervous picker, and these two tools save me so much pain and anguish! I have a small glass nail file that doesn’t wear down, and some cheap cuticle clippers from the drug store."
Hey, if you find somewhere while you're travelling, treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure too!
15 Never Forget Your Tweezers
Of all the beauty products and tools out there, we think that the tweezers are often the most overlooked.
"Yeah, tweezers. Boring, you say? Well, in addition to preventing your travel girl eyebrows from turning into scary travel girl caterpillars, tweezers are a super useful tool to have along for any traveller."
When they're not removing unsightly hairs, they can be used to pull out splinters and other foreign bodies!
14 An Eyebrow Pencil Can Work As Eyeliner
Okay, so none of you will have ever tried this, but give it a go right now and you will see exactly why it's being suggested to you right here!
PracticalWanderlust put it best with the advice, "get creative with your multi-tasking backpacking beauty essentials."
Doing this will make sure that people are never caught out without the right set of tools to get them looking as good as possible!
13 Apple Cider Vinegar Is Great
Apart from a few home remedies that argue it's best when applied to hair, we never hear anybody talking about this beauty tool, and it's a real problem!
If people can get past the smell, they can use it to heal a sunburn, remove buildup from the hair, and use it as a facial toner in a pinch!
"Oh, and it’s super good for you. Yep, apple cider vinegar is a powerhouse! I always keep some in a tiny spray bottle for beauty purposes when I travel."
12 Avoid Powder Makeup, Or Bring A Palette
It should come as no surprise that, if possible, travellers should avoid taking any powder makeup with them on their travels.
"It’s very likely to break. I speak from experience. In my first week of backpacking, my bronzer AND my eyeshadow broke all over my bag. My cream blush, however, is perfectly fine!"
If people really can't live without, they can take a palette with them which should hopefully keep their powders all neat and tidy.
11 Repackage If You Have To
We know that this sort of thing is a bit of a pain, but if you're looking to take everything with you, you're going to have to put in some work!
"Don’t be afraid to repackage your favorite beauty products. I use lightweight, small travel containers for most of my travel products. Don’t be afraid to repot an eyeshadow."
Make sure that you keep an eye on exactly what makeup is ending up where though!
10 Always Bring A Personal Mirror
While we can pretty much be certain at home that there will be at least one mirror in every home, this isn't true when travelling!
"Do not assume you’ll always have a mirror when you travel. Looking at you, hostel bathrooms. Bring a compact mirror of your own one just in case."
This one item can end up saving you a lot of trouble if you get caught out somewhere without a mirror!
9 Use A Shampoo Bar instead
"A shampoo bar is a great alternative to a big bottle of shampoo, and even more moisturizing. Plus, a shampoo bar in a tin should last for months, and will never bust open and spill all over your suitcase." Yes, if you're struggling to find the space, then a shampoo bar is a perfect alternative! They can be found in numerous places now, with many people often going for the products offered by Lush as they have the best reviews.
8 The Water Abroad May Not Be Good For Your Hair
Depending on where you are in the world, you will either be dealing with soft water or hard water, with hard water containing more minerals.
"That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can have a negative effect on your hair called buildup – just the same as what causes staining on your tub or tiled bathroom floor."
We don't want the same sort of stuff in our hair that builds up on the tiled floors at home!
7 Look For A Moisturizer With Natural Ingredients
It may sound like a cliché, but this is more important than ever when jetting off to places where you'll be stuck and not able to quickly purchase something new.
"Look for a moisturizer with easily absorbed natural ingredients. I prefer moisturizers that use easily absorbed natural oils, such as olive oil, aloe vera, jojoba oil, almond oil, or shea butter."
PracticalWanderlust has it right here. Make sure you're taking something with natural ingredients with you and there should be no trouble!
6 Use Salve On Your Hands And Feet
While moisturizer is great for your face, and can even double up for the rest of your body, PracticalWanderlust suggests a salve for the other areas of your body.
"Use it on hands, fingers, feet, and even elbows. You can also rub it on the ends of your hair to prevent split ends. It’s fantastic!"
While it may take up a little more room, it's definitely worth having it for those smaller areas on the body!
5 Always Keep Baby Wipes Close To Hand
"Repeat after me: you don’t need face wash. Face wash is like detergent for your face, stripping it totally dry and leaving it dehydrated and starving for moisture. Bad! But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t cleanse your face every night."
It's important that people start to take this in, both while at home and while abroad.
We can promise you now that you will see a positive effect once you move over to baby wipes!
4 Try Out Some Arrowroot Powder
We know that pretty much nobody out there has heard of this stuff, but use travelling as an excuse to get this stuff into your makeup bag both home and away!
"Turns out that arrowroot powder, which is made from starchy tapioca, is a fantastic beauty product for soaking up oil and soothing skin!"
Keep it natural with some arrowroot powder and you'll never struggle with greasy hair or skin again!
3 Seriously, Bring Olive Oil!
We know we've already mentioned it, but it deserves another quick mention, as it seems as if there's nothing it can't do!
"For your face, it removes makeup and moisturizers. For dry hands and feet, just rub on some olive oil. Frizzy, dry hair? Apply a tiny bit of olive oil. Chapped lips? Olive oil + a little sugar or salt = the only exfoliating and moisturizing scrub you will ever need."
Easy to get and infinitely useful, people need to get this stuff for their next trip!
2 Make Sure The Deodorant Is All Natural
"Turns out that the chemicals used in most deodorant and antiperspirant react with your skin and the fabric of your shirt to create that unpleasant smell. When I started using an all-natural deodorant, my shirts stopped smelling! Now they just smell like delicious honey and shea butter deodorant." Whether you believe PracticalWanderlust on this one or not, we argue that it's worth switching your deodorant just in case!
1 Lipstick Makes A Great Blusher!
It should come as no surprise that lipstick can work brilliantly as a blusher. Rather than using it to make your lips red, use the shade to add a little tint to your cheeks! This is perfect for those difficult days when travelling has washed out your look and you need a little extra color just to get you through the day! Make sure you watch out for water though, or you'll end up with red streaks across your face.