Tips For Overnight Packing

I deem packing for an overnight trip right up there with picking what sides to order with your pizza (it’s always garlic bread and wedges in the end), trying to find a matching pair of socks and concealing my under eye circles. It’s tricky. When packing for just one night, the aim of the game is packing as little as possible, and sometimes taking a full face just for a day seems excessive. But for someone like me, who is totally addicted to makeup, leaving behind a handful of steps just isn’t an option. Of course, it depends on where you’re going, but you know, a girl’s gotta have options. So here are my top tips for keeping your luggage as light as possible. 

  • Put together your makeup & skincare bags as you get ready the morning you leave. This will ensure you don’t forget anything, if you pack as you go along.
  • Pack miniatures wherever possible, especially those single use sachets you think you’ll never use, perfect for chucking out after using them! I have a giant box where I put every sample and mini product I can lay my hands on, and reserve them solely for travel!
  • Go brush free where you can. A foundation that blends in nicely with your fingers, cream cheek and eye products, that sort of thing. Brushes can really bulk up your bag, so avoid them where possible!
  • Pick your foundation based on what’s compact and travel friendly. For example, I’d pass over something like the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation, a large heavy glass bottle, for something like the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua or Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, a small compact plastic number. 
  • Sacrifice what you can. Do you really need blush, contour, bronzer and highlight? Do you need a twelve shadow eye palette? I tend to opt for just a shimmery blush and cream shadow instead, and go more simple. 
  • Invest in a mini hairbrush. I love the compact Tangle Teezer! It’ll save you a ton of room, and comes in handy for windy days too. 
  • Check what’s in your handbag. If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably have a powder, a concealer and about thirty lip products in there too. Don’t pack what you’re already carrying in a different bag!
  • Pack multipurpose products. Cream blushes you can use on your lips, an eyeshadow you can use as contour and to fill in your brows. That kinda thing. 
  • Think twice before you pack. I once found myself packing my hairdryer, straighteners, shampoo and conditioner, styling cream and heat spray for an overnight stay, before realising I’d done my hair that morning. I took it all out, and chucked in a bottle of dry shampoo. Just think about it. 
  • When all else fails, deploy a five product face, like this one!

What are your tips for overnight travel?