My minimalist packing tips from the neck up

As a lot of women today I am borderline obsessed with skincare – I have so many creams, tonics and concoctions I am practically a chemist. Hence when it comes to travel I have a pretty substantial stash to pick from and it was a problem for me a few years ago (one of my biggest personal mistakes is going to Greece with just one very light moisturiser – the salty water destroyed my dry skin and it was beyond repair for months after). However, thanks to a lot of travel and product testing I like to think I ace my travel skincare needs and I know exactly what I need depending on the destination.
Since I was packing for Budapest I decided to make a few quick photos of what I’m taking with me and why and hopefully give someone a helpful idea.

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Those are the final picks for my skincare bag – the absolute smallest and lightest so I can afford the glass jar of my Nuxe lip balm. I have lighter ones but since the temperatures are going to be around -8C I am taking the best with no regrets.
I will walk you through everything else in the photos and how I justify taking it.

  • A lot of Elizabeth Arden – they hit the hydration bingo for me. A day cream + a night cream + the Eight Hour cream which I use as a multi-purpose balm or layer on top of night cream when my skin is extra dry. I also use it instead of an eye cream when travelling and it does a pretty decent job as a lip balm. Usually I even skip the separate lip balm and just use this all over.
  •  La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – the best thing for targeted treatment of blemishes, I never travel without it in case of emergency. Extra points for how small and easy to pack the tube is.
  • The sponge I use instead of a face cloth for my cleanser in the morning- easy peasy, small and light and goes in the bin at the end of the trip. Here may be the time to add that my cleansers aren’t shown here as I pack them separately with my face brush and micellar water.
  • I am very happy with my little cotton pad box which I found in a tupperware set. I suggest finding something similar as it’s perfect for travelling and most of all very hygienic.
  • The Clarins Daily Energizer I use as a primer on top of my moisturiser. If it were warmer I would skip it but alas, -5C is not to be underestimated.
  • The small tube on the top is a travel size L’occitane shower gel with some wet wipes for glasses.
  • Body butter, obviously. This I also use instead of a hand cream.
  • Caudalie grape water or any thermal water, I never travel without one. I use it all the time – to refresh my skin during a long day of walking around cities with polluted air, to quickly wipe my face with a cotton round before landing, on the beach for refreshing and after the beach to remove leftover salt from my skin asap, to help with cakey makeup, it’s just the best.

Another tip of mine is to use an eyeglasses case for carrying jewellery and small delicate things such as hair pins and bobbles. There are plenty of gorgeous ones and even if you’re not a glasses wearer you can find a purpose for them. I always use this Klimt one I got as a gift for my earrings and hair pins and the size stops me from overpacking all of my jewellery. Plus I’m not worried they’ll smash in the suitcase if it were dropped or squished.

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This is it for this trip, cleaners aside. There’s nothing interesting to note there so I am skipping them this time. If anyone is interested in my cleanser obsession and current rotation of 8 I will gladly write a post about them at another time.

I really hope you found this helpful and I wish you all happy packing!

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