We all know the hell that travelling with toiletries can be. Airplane restrictions, liquid spill, products forgotten, things you run out while traveling,… I decided to share with you the products I take with me and how I avoid any problem.
To start with, let’s talk about shampoo bars:
This is by far my favourite Lush product. The most travel-friendly product I have ever found. So simple, so light, so practical.
My favourite one is Godiva Shampoo Bar. Since I have really dry hair, even more when traveling, this combination of shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair smoother than ever. Jasmin scented and full of oils and nut butter.
I also like Jason and the Argan oil, it is also really moistraizing, but it has not conditioner on it. But the smell of roses and Argan oil is delightful. It makes your hair stronger and shinier! A must!
TIP: Get a shampoo bar tin to save it while travel, but keep in mind to dry the shampoo bar before save it since it will stick to the end of the tin. My advice would be to keep the paper they wrap the shampoo with and put it at the end of the tin. Since it is made with an algae that avoids sticking to it, it will let you shampoo free.
Remember, there is a huge variety of shampoo bars. Ask for advice in the store, so they can show you the best for you type of hair. There is, for greasy hair, dry hair, sensitive scalp, for growing strong,…
I also carry solid conditioner since I don’t want to spend ages detangling my hair on the road. I use the Sugar Daddy-O solid conditioner since I feel it is the most moisturizing and it kills the brassiness of my hair. It takes some time to get used to it, I haven’t yet, but it is the best option for traveling.
There is a powder dry shampoo available at Lush, it’s called No drought. At first I didn’t like it because I felt it on my hair, but if you apply it before going to bed, once you wake up your hair will look flawless.
Even though, I prefer a tiny dry shampoo spray,
since I feel it is more practical on the road.
That said, I do not like dry shampoos in general. I will wash my hair every other day, if it is an
option. If not, bring the dry shampoo with you, you do not ever know when is the next shower you will find!
SHOWER GEL AND SOAP
I am never sure whether to bring solid soap with me or the tiny 100ml bottle of shower gel while I travel. I think for my next trip I will take a solid soap, so I can pack without worrying about spills. Plus, I can also wash any clothes I need if I don’t have laundry access. My favorite soaps are Respect Your Elders, the one I am taking with me, and Sultana of Soap. There is also a Groumet Soap called Ro’s Argan that matches the shampoo bar scent.
If you prefer liquid gels, there are many scents I like. If you like fresh minty scents, you have to try Dirty Springwash, if you like sweet, try The Comforter, if you like citric scents try Plum Rain or Happy Hippie.
An alternative is Shower Jellies, like a soap but in a slime form, that can be used for the body and the hair, it is a nice option for when traveling but be careful, it will slip out of your hands hahah.
FACE CLEANSERS + SAMPLE POTS
I love angels on bare skin. But I find that the pot cleansers are sold is too big for travel. So what I do is put the cleansers inside the little free sample pots they give you when you buy something, even online. These take a lot less space.
I usually fill them with things that otherwise will waste a ton of space like body lotion (my favourite is the lavander scented Sleepy cream), tonic (good for closing the pores while traveling to hot destinations (heading to the Sahara desert in 2 weeks!),..
There are multiple options, two solid, and two powder deodorants at Lush. My favourite is called Aromaco and it is a solid one, they cut the amount you want. The other one, smells also really good, lemony, is called T’EO, and it comes in an individual unit. I haven’t tried the power deodorants. There is also feet deodorant.
If you do not feel convinced with the format, you can always buy travel sized natural deodorants online, there are some travel stick deodorants that really caught my eye.
You can also make yourself one, if you prefer! If you want me to do a tutorial, let me know in the comments!
It is also available in solid. Made out of sesame. SPF 30. Apply it while in the shower and rinse it off.
Even though it is a nice option for hotel stayers. If you are backpacking out off the beaten path and don’t have a shower
24/7 I suggest you to get a regular, waterproof and high SPF sunscreen. Mine is SPF 50, for kids :’) and specially designed for sports, since I am going to trek the Sahara desert in two weeks.
Lush has this solid perfumes in a tiny tin that are hands down the best! It’s perfect for travel, since it won’t break, they are tiny and last a lot. And some scents are perfect for hiding unwanted smells.
My go to while traveling is Karma,
This perfume made out of spices, oranges and patchouli. Perfect to rise your mood while traveling! But there are tons of different perfumes, Dirty, fresher and minty; Sun, orange scented; Lust, jasmine and wood,…
You can also make yourself one if you prefer! If you want me to do a tutorial, let me know in the comments!
Toothy tabs are a must when traveling! Put one in your mouth, chew it and brush. You don’t even need water!
My faves are limelight, lemony one, and Boom!, charcoal one that tastes like licorice.
The same way, there are mouthwashes. Chew it, sip some water and you are done. My fave is Pan galactic
And how do I save all of these products? Easy, I am going to tell you how I travel with two tiny boxes.
Inside my toilet bag there is:
First my shampoo bar I save it in a round tin, like I showed above. The remaining solids, I cut them and take a tiny piece, enough to last my trip and save it in a square box. I mean, the soap, the conditioner (I break it and take a piece with me), the Aromaco deodorant, some people also break the shampoo bar, but I do not recommend you unless it is a really quick trip and you can’t pack anything else.
Then I take a solid perfume.
I fill tiny sample pots with other products that the packaging is too big for travel like: body lotion, the toothy tabs, the mouthwash, dry shampoo, facial cleanser…
And finally the sunscreen. So this is everything together: