How to: Cut Your Travel Cosmetics in Half

It’s the night before a big trip and your bedroom floor is littered not only with clothes to pack, but with the countless skin, hair, and makeup products you use on a regular basis. There’s no way everything’s going to fit in that suitcase! Before you pay to to check a bag overflowing with beauty goods, try swapping out some of your go-tos with these double duty timesavers. To prove how easy it is to lighten your load, we put our own Social Media Director (and YouTube star) Rachel Silver to the test by cutting down the 58 travel essentials she recently packed for a weeklong excursion down to just 23 items. Here’s what we learned about packing efficiently:

Skincare

Simplified Skincare

While we admire Rachel’s dedication to skincare (she usually carries six different sun care products!), this is a serious exercise in simplification. To pare down, stick to basics like face wash, moisturizer with SPF, and a travel-friendly body wash and lotion duo. We swapped out Rachel’s toner and serum for Dr. Brandt’s XXY Dual Fusion Water, an all-purpose cleanser that removes makeup and tones skin. Instead of carting around numerous SPFs for face and body like Rachel does, we suggest using Supergoop!’s Everyday SPF 30, which can be applied all over, and COOLA’s Liplux in SPF 30. To slim down Rachel’s body product assortment, we recommend Caldrea’s Body Wash and Lotion in Aloe Water Apricot, which will moisturize skin and sooth any sun damage. Last up, she should pack Caudalie’s Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil, which will speed up skin renewal so she wakes up with brighter, hydrated skin on the road.

Makeup

Multitasking Makeup

Instead of entertaining an endless string of what if’s, (“but what if I need that electric blue eyeliner?!”), stick to neutral, double-duty products—while still leaving room for a few colorful surprises. Rachel should hang onto necessities like Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer and Jouer’s Luminizing Moisturizer Tint, and save the highlighters and pore refiners for at-home use. For eyes, swap out an army of liners and shadow compacts for a streamlined trio of mascara, a slim shadow stick, and a double-sided liner. Rachel was ahead of the game with Vasanti’s double-duty Cheek and Lip Pod. We’d also keep one (just one) of her many bright lipsticks for a night out, like LAQA & Co’s Lip Lube. Finally, instead of the three polishes go with a versatile neutral like Ruffian’s Rosaray, a rose gold appropriate for pretty much any activity you have planned.

Hair

Humidity-Conscious Hair Care

As evidenced by Rachel’s array of hair products, packing for curly hair can be a challenge. With frizz factors like humidity, and even hardness or softness of the local water, you never know how your hair might react when traveling. Pack smart with a nourishing hair trio like Davines’ Love Smoothing Kit, which includes a shampoo, conditioner, and hair oil formulated with olive and roucou oils to keep frizz at bay. For styling, look no further than Oscar Blandi Travel Pack—it squeezes dry shampoo, a heat protecting spray, and glossing cream into one tiny package. And since we’d never dream of depriving anyone of the products that works best for her curls, we’d encourage Rachel to continue to tote her Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringe around the globe.

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