I’m heading off in a week and I love this pre-travel period. The countdown is on, the whole holiday stretches out before you full of excitement and fun, and everything has that “I’m going away in a week” feeling. Soon enough it will be all over and I’ll be in the depths of post-holiday blues, scrubbing the toilet and scaling a mountain of washing. But for now, I’m full of lists and bags and trying not to forget my toothpaste, like I did last time.
We went away over Easter and when you pack for a whole family instead of just yourself, it can be overwhelming with all the bits and bobs that everyone needs. I like to get my rebel on and buck the trend of packing everything including the kitchen sink just to go somewhere for a bit. I pack light and I’m proud of it, yo. But that does mean a bit of forethought, and yeah, a list. But it mostly means a core collection of basics that I always take, and then add on from there. My core beauty basics are pretty much standard across all travel, and if there’s going to be a night out, I will add some eyeliner and try not to forget my GHD. But I like to think I’ve honed my usual haul down to a few pretty strong contenders who can do double-duty on occasion when needed.
If I’m taking a kid or kids, or going as a family, I take a butt cream. I usually have one in my handbag as part of a mini first aid kit (with Children’s Nurofen, a couple of Band-Aids, some antiseptic cream and Stingose because ants love me) but I put extra in the family amenities bag just in case. We’ve been using the Little Innocents Organic Baby Intensive Soothing Cream for minor butt burn. You can also use it for eczema and insect bites, which is super-handy. My little guys (especially the younger) have spots of eczema from time to time, especially when the weather is colder.
I’ll also take the Eco Store Baby Moisturiser which soothes chapped cheeks, and works as a regular body moisturiser, hand cream, and night moisturiser for me. Saves me carrying around separate bottles of stuff, although I use separate bottles of stuff at home. It’s such a good all-rounder, and I love how it smells very gently of lavender and geranium. It’s a really rich cream too, which means a little goes a long way.
For my head, I will take a day moisturiser with SPF (I’ve been using Cosima Replenishing Day Cream for years and am now their ambassador, which is exciting!), and if I remember, a cleanser to take my makeup off at the end of the day (I use the soap-free Cosima Nourishing Foaming Cleanser). When travelling with the kids, I’ve been known to use baby wipes, though. I can’t go anywhere without lip balm, and usually take at least three. This little pot of lavender-scented Mettā lip balm is handmade in Melbourne, and full of lovely bits and bobs that are kind to the environment as well as being kind to your skin. They even dontate 50% of their profits to not-for-profit organisations who are working to eradicate poverty. Pretty cool, huh?! I take a foundation or BB Cream, a blush or bronzer of some type, and mascara. It’s a simple face, but it gets me by. I will be taking a concealer on my upcoming trip, but I need to buy it as I’ve run out. Any recommendations? Anyway, for foundation I have been using Bare Blossom Mineral Foundation Powder with the accompanying Vegan Kabuki Brush. I’ve got both the Body Shop Mineral Bronzer and a Mineral Blush that I use with a Bronzer Brush, but I usually only take one or the other. Mascara is Napoleon NP Set Pasarella Mascara.
And if I’m feeling fancy, a little travel-size fragrance.
I also don’t mind a pretty bag to put it all in, and have been coping with a small one I bought from a toystore in Harajuku, Japan. But then the lovely Sarah from Hunting For Ladybugs on Etsy came across this hilarious vintage fabric and told me she could make me a very cheeky family-size travel case from it. I’ve bought a bunch of stuff from her and the quality is exceptional, so I bought this one on the spot! Get a load of this:
Do you have a core bunch of stuff you take too? Let me peek inside your bag!