Packing For A Holiday? Top Tips To Make The Most Of Your Space.

I may have perfected the art of packing minimal clothes for a long weekend away (I’ve learned the hard way I don’t need four pairs of shoes for three days,) but the same couldn’t always be said when it comes to my beauty products. Having become accustomed to using about thirty different lotions and potions every morning, editing them down into a tiny case is somewhat of a challenge. However, after a major learning curve over the last year and a lot of hand-luggage-only trips away, I’ve finally perfected packing for holiday without having to scrimp on essentials. Here are some of my top tips for packing and making most of your space.

Decant & Re-Bottle
The majority of products we buy are packaged in bottles intended to provide one to three months worth of use. Unless you’re planning an almighty trip, then you don’t need the whole bottle. If you simply can’t be without your favourite body lotion, hair serum or body scrub for more than 24hrs, decant a little into smaller containers and label them appropriately – you can pick up transparent bottles for less than a pound from Boots and Superdrug. 

Stock-Up On Samples
Magazine freebies, sample sizes, trial gifts and introductory sachets – all super handy when it comes to packing a case. I collect all my minis from beauty boxes, gifts and magazines for when I need to save space; they often contain the perfect quantity for mini breaks and you can throw them away before you leave – ensuring more space for duty free on the way back!

Multi-Tasking Products
You really don’t need to take five products when one will do the job. Whenever I’m going away I pack products that have multiple uses, including lip and cheek stains, makeup sticks and balms that double up as dry skin treatments. Products such as Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream and Nivea’s In-Shower Moisturiser can be used in so many different ways, so it’s worth packing minimally and learning to experiment.

Plan Your Looks
It may sound obvious, but if you plan what you’re going to be wearing throughout your holiday then you’ll have a good idea of the makeup looks you’re going to be needing too. Run through your makeup routine in your head and pack as you go, only picking products you know you’re going to need – you’ll be surprised at how many items you leave behind.

Buy At The Airport
If you’re only taking hand luggage, then your allowance of liquids and creams is somewhat limited. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told off or had items confiscated when I get to the security desk! We often forget there are huge stores at the other side of the gates and that anything bought doesn’t count towards an allowance, leaving us totally open to stock up on essentials. Shampoos, conditioners and sun creams are relatively inexpensive and easy to pick up in Boots, so save those purchases until after the gates.

If there are still products you can’t bear to be without, why not split your products with your travel companions and use some of their unwanted space or allowance? It may be cheeky, but at least you’ll feel happy and confident when you get to the other side… Do you have any other top tips for saving space when it comes to packing for holiday?



  1. Chloe Borderick
    August 4, 2014 / 5:45 pm

    A lot of Boots last airports now allow you to order online and pick up after security – great as it adds security of things running out!

  2. Anonymous
    August 4, 2014 / 7:01 pm

    Hand luggage only holidays are becoming more and more of a thing for me, given the extortionate costs of hold luggage on so many airlines. It's not even the liquids thing that's the bane of my life, but the randomly applied restrictions on things like tweezers, safety razors and nail scissors. Official UK/EU travel guidance says you can travel with these things in your hand luggage, but each airline and airport seems to interpret this guidance in very different ways. I wasn't so bothered about losing my disposable razor, but the sight of a £15 pair of tweezers going in the bin – and the prospect of 5 days without them – made me actually cry with frustration! Different airports seem to have differing rules – and often different security people will choose to interpret the restrictions in varying ways. My advice, definitely check out the websites of your carrier and the airports you're flying from and to. There's obviously a decent chance that you'll sail through security with your favourite Tweezermans in your makeup bag, but there's always the chance that an overzealous security person views them as a deadly weapon!As for liquids, I've got really tired of those flimsy plastic bags you have to shove basically your entire toiletry kit into (almost everything facial care is a liquid, it seems), and have got a sturdy, resealable bag. I got a 'Flight 001 Clear Carry On Bag' – worth having one like this, if you travel a lot.

  3. Etta
    August 4, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    Oh God, I totally agree with you about over packing beauty products. My handbag alone is an example! Multi tasking products are fantastic!EttaX

  4. Anonymous
    August 4, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    Amazing and useful tips

  5. Lizaboo
    August 4, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    So many good ideas why had I never thought of these. From an avid overpacker with one very frustrated bf, thank you xx :o)

  6. Amy Cole
    August 4, 2014 / 10:16 pm

    I am going away in a few weeks and this is really hand! Thanks for sharing some great tips! x

  7. alicekatex
    August 4, 2014 / 11:15 pm

    I thought I'd only be allowed hand luggage when I went to Amsterdam and panicked because of all my beauty products! Thankfully I booked some baggage on with it haha!Great tips :)alicekatex ♥

  8. Christine // Shamelessly Polished
    August 5, 2014 / 2:15 am

    This post is just in time for my week long trip end of this month! I tend to pack samples and multi tasking products. And if I happen to run out, I go drugstore shopping at my holiday destination. Best time for a beauty blogger to try out new products =)

  9. Anonymous
    August 5, 2014 / 12:57 pm

    I often buy larger toiletry items at the local supermarket when we get there – shower gel, shampoo, after sun etc that can be shared. Saves the weight of carrying them at all!

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