We’re heading into the busiest travel season of the year, and with that brings packing anxiety. You know what I mean— waiting till the last minute to gather all your must-haves, trying to figure out what to carry on and check, and then hoping you didn’t forget anything. It’s my least favorite part of going on vacations, but this stress doesn’t have to be a necessary evil!
One thing I’m constantly asked is for tips on how to pack beauty products in a carry on bag. It’s definitely a little tricky with the current regulations, but again this is just a matter of making sure you remember everything you need and follow the 3-1-1 rule, which means:
3 // Liquids brought on board an airplane must be contained in 3.4 oz (or less) bottles/tubes
1 // All liquids must fit in a 1-quart clear zip bag
1 // Only one bag is allowed per passenger.
The biggest debate when it comes to beauty products is what actually counts as a liquid. I say, better safe than sorry. I err on the side of caution, so any types of creams, oils, liquids, or mousses get put in the zip bag.
Here’s what I fit into the bag if it’s going on the trip with me:
- Liquid Foundation
- Cream/Liquid Blush and Highlighters
- Liquid or Cream Eyeliner
- Liquid Lipstick
- Brow Gel
- Face Masks
- Acne Spot Treatments
- Hair Serum
- Makeup Setting Spray
- Makeup Remover
I typically decant my shampoos, conditioners, makeup brush sprays into travel friendly bottles that I picked up from the dollar store. Just be sure to label them so you don’t get them mixed up! I also use an atomizer to bring my favorite perfume with me everywhere I go in a TSA friendly (and leak proof) spray tube. For other products, I tend to favor anything that is in squeeze-tube packaging over bottles, because you can squeeze the empty air out of it to make it even more compact.
The most important thing when packing your carry-on, though, is the actual bag itself. I recently picked up the Caboodles Envy “It” bag at Ulta Beauty, and I’ve already decided that it’ll be coming with me on my next flight, which is in a couple months. While it’s compact and easy to carry, it’s extremely roomy inside for all of your essentials. It’s particularly perfect for beauty lovers, since the bag has structure to it for protecting the contents, and built in loops for tools and brushes.
Aside from my bag of beauty goodies, I can fit my large wallet, my iPad plus its keyboard case, my sleep mask and bother small miscellaneous things that I’ll need under the seat with me (while still giving me some leg room!). For long trips, I’ll still bring a wheeled carry on, but this is perfect for everything I’ll want to grab quickly during the flight.
You can find the Caboodles Envy “It” bag at Ulta Beauty for around $28.