It’s inevitable I get asked a recurring question days leading up to a trip, whether from family or a friend: Did you pack yet? The answer is usually a resounding “no.” Packing almost always ends up being low on my priority list before I leave for vacation or travel for work. I have packing down to such a science it’s okay if that’s the case. This is partially because there’s one tip that’s proven to continuously save me time. It involves storage consistency, a magical reusable organic eye makeup remover cloth, duplicates, and a quick turn of the wrist to throw it all in a suitcase. This tip enables me pack completely in about 10 minutes, total, no matter the trip.
You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t need to reinvent the wheel.” I take my queue from this old adage. If you ask anyone the one thing they always consistently pack for trips I bet most people would answer something along the lines of: underwear, a toothbrush and other assorted toiletries. Somewhere along the line I realized how much simpler packing would be if I only had duplicates of all my toiletries and makeup that I always keep packed. Simple….but genius, right?
What Do I Keep Packed?
There are three things that are always ready to go in my home:
- Toiletries bag
- Small makeup bag
What’s Inside the Bags?
My passport is always in a passport holder. The holder keeps it safe and clean in the drawer I keep it in. It also has a place for me to put business cards and my lounge Priority Pass. This means I don’t have to search for all this things for each trip. They’re already ready to travel.
Unlike a passport, which you can’t have two of, the key to the success of my toiletries and makeup bags is everything is a duplicate item. To clarify, this means that each item in this bag stays there all the time. I don’t unpack my razor from my toiletry bag when I get home, for instance, and place it in my shower. I already have a razor in my home shower. This is a dedicated travel razor. The same rule applies for everything else on the list.
What’s in the bag:
- Collapsable hairbrush (it save so much space! It’s easy to find at Target or a dollar store)
- Travel size deodorant
- Hair bands
- Travel toothbrush
- Endure Beauty organic reusable makeup remover cloth
- Travel size perfume
- Dental floss
- Contact case (I used to have this in there because I wore contacts but I had Lasik surgery and don’t need it anymore!)
My favorite item in this bag was a recent discovery that has made it even more efficient to pack with this time saving method. It is an organic reusable makeup cloth I found at Endure Beauty. It’s heaven to not have to repack cotton rounds and makeup remover wipes for trips. (I used to pack both.) Now I simply keep this cloth in my bag. It’s super soft and great for sensitive skin (if you want to get technical it’s made from Bamboo Ponte, which is proven to have antimicrobial properties).
I also love that it’s eco-friendly. I’m not throwing out cotton each time I take off my makeup! I’ve found the best way to use it is to get it wet with a little warm water under the bathroom faucet. Then you can either use it with a little soap to wash your face or (what I do) is put makeup remover liquid on it to get my eyeliner and mascara off entirely. Then you simply hand wash it with soap and warm water and hang it to dry. (You can also throw it in the wash with your clothes in a mesh bag shipped with it but since I usually don’t have a washer and dryer when I’m traveling I’ve found hand washing it works best for my needs.)
In terms of the medicine, I always have a little of everything packed and ready to go. I am a believer in modern medicine including anything that could help an ailment while traveling. I bought the empty plastic pill container at the dollar store. The reason I like this one is because it’s sturdy and very much needs manpower to twist it open. There are much flimsier ones made to sit on your counter, not to travel with, that will open on their own in your suitcase or backpack. You don’t want one of those! Get one that won’t open on its own. Here’s what I pack in my pill case: Advil, Motrin, Zyrtec (for allergies), Pepto Bismol, Imodium, and Excedrin.
I’m usually low key when it comes to makeup on a day to day basis but I’m especially low key on vacation. Funny enough, I have a lot of makeup I’ve accumulated over the years. I keep the following in a small silver mesh bag. The rest of my makeup – the stuff I play with if I want to get creative with other eyeshadows, eyeliners, lip gloss, etc. – is in a much bigger bag in a bathroom drawer. This smaller bag contains my staple makeup and sits in a bathroom drawer I open daily. It contains:
- Eye shadow (2 colors – one for highlights and one for shadows)
- Eyeliner (I use cream liners)
- Eyeliner brush
- Tissue, folded, to clean my brushes (replaced after each use)
When I need to grab my makeup when I am compiling luggage contents for a trip it’s already packed! That’s because it stays packed. I toss it into my suitcase and I’m done.
How Much Time Does This Really Save?
A lot! Imagine if you had to pack…then unpack…then repack your toiletries, passport contents, and makeup every time you traveled. It saves me about 30 minutes of time, thought and energy each time.
If someone offered you an hour and a half of extra time, would you take it? I would! That’s three trips a year. (And it doesn’t matter what type of trip it is – whether a simple overnight, weekend getaway, or international vacation.) Or, if you travel every two to three weeks throughout the year like I do, I save almost eight hours with this time-saving tip.
The KEY to Success
You need to be diligent in restocking things you’ve run out of when you return from a trip. For instance, if I run out of toothpaste I’m sure to replace it when I get home. Or if I need to do a solid thorough wash-run of my Endure Beauty organic reusable makeup remover cloth I do that as soon as I get back and place it back in my toiletries bag immediately. That way I’m not scrambling to find my favorite travel toothpaste in the chaos of a long pre-trip to do list.
Keeping things always stocked, ready-to-go and in the same place you always put them will help you succeed and give you time for other things in your life. Then you can pack the night before your trip or the morning of like I do! And when someone asks you, “Have you packed yet?” the question won’t stress you out! Voila!
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