How to Prepare for Holiday Travel – What Beauty Products to Pack

Appropriately, the second installment of this two-part travel series is being written on a plane! Catch up with part one here.

So you’ve packed your clothes and accessories and now the question is, what should you include in your toiletries bag? Besides the obvious, we’ve compiled a list of five beauty must-haves that are great to travel with. Hey, the holidays are hectic enough without having to stress out about restocking your beauty bag.

Pureology Hydrate Hydra Whip: Hair Masque

Pureology Hydra Whip


This deep conditioner will nourish your strands and protect it from dry winter conditions — apply to clean, damp hair, leave in for two to five minutes, comb through, and rinse out for healthy, touchable, enviable hair all season long. (Available at Visions for the Art of Hair)

Pureology Colour Fanatic

New Colour Fanatic spray by Pureology

This new product from Pureology is a moisturizing leave-in conditioner that will detangle your locks and help calm frizz. For more about this must-have, please visit our previous post. (Available at Visions for the Art of Hair)

Pureology Purify Shampoo

Purify Shampoo by Pureology

If you’re a frequent swimmer, this is an excellent product to remove chlorine from colour-treated hair. If not, Purify Shampoo will also gently remove styling residue. For excessive buildup or badly damaged greenness from chlorine, shampoo the hair a second time, but do not rinse. Place a cap over the hair and place under dryer for 20 minutes before rinsing out. (Available at Visions for the Art of Hair)

NARS The Multiple

NARS The Multiple makeup stick


Available in an impressive variety of neutral and rosy shades, this one makeup stick is a travel favorite. Use it as an illuminator for the cheeks to add a glow to your face, or even use it as lip or eye colour (even on body!). This one stick alone is TSA friendly (it’s solid, not liquid), small enough to toss in your purse, and replaces so many other makeup so you can travel light. (For FAQs and information, go here.)

BB cream



These products only made a huge splash in the beauty industry here in the United States recently, but it isn’t just hoopla. The right BB (or CC) cream for your skin can triple as moisturizer, sunscreen, and even foundation (they’re usually tinted). Remember, keep it light, both on your face and in your suitcase.

What are your travel must-haves?


How to Prepare for Holiday Travel – What to Wear

Christmas treeWhat with the holidays so (SO!) close, a lot of you may be packing up to return to family, in-laws’ or otherwise, in other towns/states/countries(!) — so it’s time to start preparing for your fall/winter travel!

What with more and more stringent baggage restrictions nowadays, the question of what to wear on planes is pretty important. You don’t want to wear anything too festive or too nice, as you’ll look a bit silly while running last-minute errands at home — and when you’re traveling, there are always last-minute errands — and dressier outfits aren’t always the most comfortable. Certainly don’t put on anything that really needs pressing or dry cleaning, don’t wear jeans (they’re just not comfy enough!) . . . so what do you wear?

This time of year is prime time for layers. See if you can find a movement-friendly pair of pants (not necessarily sporty pants, unless you’re thinking yoga), a long tank top, a cushy cardigan or wrap, and a scarf. Planes are notoriously chilly, so the more (simple) layers you put on, the more personal temperature control you’ll have. Solid colours (especially neutrals) will be easier to mix and match, so if you have plenty of solids in your suitcase, you won’t have to worry about clashing prints. This will allow you to pack lightly!


Do your best not to bring this much with you!

If your trip is only a few days long, consider packing two pairs of jeans: one casual (light to medium wash), one dressier (dark wash). Avoid bulky pieces like chunky sweaters (supercute at home, but a pain to lug around in baggage you’re trying to keep light) and keep to lightweight tops you can layer. Cardigans and vests are your friend! Remember, you’re visiting extended family, not making statements at the country club. Keep it simple, at least on off days where you’re not celebrating. For those festivities, packing a fun new dress is certainly appropriate (if not expected!). Take care to pack nicer pieces of clothing in tissue paper (or plastic dry-cleaner bags) to help prevent wrinkles, as this reduces friction. Remember that the more crammed your suitcase is, the more “stressed” your clothing will get, so keep your luggage to just the essentials, your toiletries and beauty products (more on this in the next installment), and gifts.


travel-friendly solids

Premier Designs holiday jewelry 2013

Holiday sparkle!

As for jewelry, see if you can find some simple, yet versatile, jewelry that will match several outfits. Sometimes bringing “sets,” say, a silver set, a gold set, a black set, will help you accessories simpler, casual outfits. Having sets of colour-coordinated pieces will keep you looking put together, so pack them together in a jewelry-specific bag, taking care not to tangle necklaces.

If you’ve followed our advice and stuck with mostly a neutral colour palette, you can have fun with colour by packing accessories that pop. Luscious fall/winter colours such as burgundy, gold, emerald green, deep violet — experiment with scarves, earrings, shawls, rings . . . have fun! A punch of colour (or prints) with the right accessory on top of a neutral outfit can bring some interest to your travel wardrobe.

Ashika Sachdev by Visions for the Art of Hair