How to pack your beauty products

how to pack your beauty products

How To Pack Your Beauty Products – This is a popular question and many of you have been emailing and asking me how to pack your products for your summer holidays so I thought it would be good to dedicate a whole post about how to pack your beauty products! 🙂

We’ve seen so many bloggers and celebrities with their suitcases and they all seem to travel light – what’s going on there?

In this post I’m sharing some of my tips and tricks about how to pack your products, limit it down to the essentials and how to organise everything.

How To Pack Your Beauty Products – Take Products You REALLY Need

It’s easier than it sounds….

When I know that I’ll be travelling, I tend to start looking through my beauty products and organising what I need a couple of days before I start packaging.

I find that asking myself questions helps me organise what I really want so here’s something to think about when you’re looking through your things.

Do you really need 4-5 different concealers or will one palette do?

I find that taking away palettes really helps with the amount of things I take away with me, all you really need is an eyeshadow, blush and concealer palette! 3 items and much more space for your other things 🙂

Don’t pack your tinted moisturiser AND your Makeup.

What I do is take my normal foundation and moisturiser then I’ll create my own tinted moisturiser on holiday – this way you can adapt as you tan!

Don’t pack any eye skincare products.

You can use 2 spoons (dipped in cold water) from the hotel – this will soothe, cool and refresh your eye area just like a cooling eye cream!

How To Pack Your Beauty Products – Multi Use Items

It helps when one skincare or make-up product can double up and be used for a number of things….

Tinted Lip Balm

A tinted lip balm can be used to hydrate and soothe lips – especially in the summer, add a touch of colour (without the need for a lipstick) but also doubles up as a lovely cream blush!

 Hydrating Night Cream

Night Creams tend to be a lot richer than your day moisturisers so this means they can be used on your face and neck at night but also on your hands, elbows and legs – especially right after showering!

The summer heat will absorb the rich, hydrating formula much faster than normal and the night cream will ‘lock in’ the extra moisture (water droplets) from your shower making sure your skin is baby smooth!

Water or Cooling Mist

This is normally used to just refresh your skin during the warm days but water or cooling mists tend to provide your skin with extra hydration too but they can also double up as your toner!

Just apply the mist after cleansing your skin in the morning and evening.

Gel Serum

Gel serums are light enough to replace your daily moisturiser but their concentrated formulas mean that they work just as well in the evenings too – apply before your night cream for extra hydration, nourishment and a boost of ingredients!

Not only that but your gel serum can also be used with liquid foundation to give your skin a dewy glow – simply apply onto cleansed skin and immediately apply your foundation.

Black Pencil Eyeliner  

Can be used on the upper lash line for a beautiful (simple) daytime look, on the lower lash line to define your eyes and smudged on the outer corners of your eye for a quick and equally beautiful smokey eye!

One product can be used to create plenty of gorgeous looks this summer!!!!  

TipVaseline is a great multi-use product, it can be used on lips, cuticles, your hands, dry patches, on cheekbones as a highlighter etc….

How To Pack Your Beauty Products – Organisation

I might be becoming a little bit ‘Monica” from Friends but I find that sorting out my beauty products into different bags really helps – everything is much more organised and easier to sort through once you arrive!

Weekend Bags can be used to store your skincare products as they’re bigger, keep your cleanser, toner, moisturiser, foundation and body creams here so you know they’re all in one place… 

Makeup Bags are smaller so your little bits and pieces like mascara, lip glosses and makeup brushes can go in here…

Small Makeup Bags are wonderful to store any little compacts like single eyeshadows, lip balms, nail polishes and even hair bobbles and clips!

Makeup Bags from – Catseye London & Superdrug

pack your makeup for travel pack your skincare for travel


There we have some of my tips on how to pack your beauty products – all you need is a little bit of imagination and to think about products that you can use in different ways.

You really don’t need 25 different skincare items or 30 different makeup products – think smart and pack what you REALLY need, what you’ll REALLY use and if you can’t limit it – take palettes when it comes to your makeup! 🙂

Organisation is key – sorting out your products into different bags helps keep your things neat and you can easily find what you want when you reach your destination without having to go through every suitcase as soon as you get there… the end of the day what you really want to do is relax, explore and enjoy your holidays right from the beginning!

Let me know what you all think – do you have any other tips that you’d like to add?

Feel free to comment and share your tips with everyone and let me know if you’re going somewhere lovely this year….

Layla xxx



  1. 22nd July 2015 / 2:11 am

    These are such greats tips! I find that I overpack not only when it comes to clothes, but also with make-up. I always grab all my items and say, well just in case! Hahaha. I’ll definitely keep these in mind for my next upcoming trip! Thanks:-).

    • sprinkles
      22nd July 2015 / 7:33 pm

      Hahahahaha – ah, I was like this until I actually took some time and thought about what I really need and what I really will use! 🙂 xxxx

  2. 20th July 2015 / 10:15 am

    Great tips! Packing is always difficult. Thanks for sharing Layla 😀


    • sprinkles
      21st July 2015 / 6:08 pm

      Aww thank you so much! 🙂 xxx

  3. Prudence Yeo
    20th July 2015 / 9:32 am

    Can’t agree more that packing what is really essential will help tremendously for the summer holidays! Thanks for sharing!


    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:48 am

      Aww thank you so much for your lovely comment 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:47 am

      Thanks x

  4. 19th July 2015 / 10:22 pm

    I personally haven’t had to deal with this since I’m not much of a makeup person but packing in general is all about repurposing your items and trying to make more use of the things you bring along.


    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:47 am

      Exactly – it’s all about making use of the items you pack! 🙂 xxx

  5. Gabrielle
    19th July 2015 / 10:01 pm

    These are all great tips with regard to packing, especially as I’m going away in about a week and a half from now – thanks Layla! Your suggestion on re-considering the stash of concealers about to be packed is a good one haha.. I always take duplicates ‘just in case’ when in reality, there’s no reason to! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:45 am

      Hahahahahahahaha – oh my gosh, I used to do this ‘just in case’ when there really is no need – at the end of the day, there are shops everywhere so it’s a great excuse to go shopping if you do forget but just pack what you need! 🙂 Where are you going??? Can’t wait to see your posts and photos! 🙂 xxxx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:42 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:41 am

      Awww thank you so much for your comment – hahahaha I used to be like this taking everything with me!!! All you need is to think about what you really need and use! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:40 am

      thank you very much xxxx

  6. 19th July 2015 / 2:01 pm

    Great tips here, Layla. I keep my beauty products in a small bag. 🙂

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:38 am

      Thank you xxxx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:36 am

      Thank you very much xxx

  7. 19th July 2015 / 9:13 am

    such a cool post! thanks for all the tips! xx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:35 am

      Thank you 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:34 am

      Thank you! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:33 am

      Awww thank you so much hun!!! Where are you going?? Hahaha – I did that a few weeks ago, wasn’t too bad! 🙂 xxx

  8. 18th July 2015 / 6:21 pm

    great tips..very useful..keep in touch doll

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:30 am

      Thank you xxx

  9. 18th July 2015 / 3:47 pm

    Great post, very useful! Maybe not so for me personally, as my packing solution is just bringin my favourite blush, highlighter and a mascara, and embrace foundation & concealer-free skin 😉 Packing beauty products, the easiest way.
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:30 am

      Thank you!! 🙂 xxx

  10. 18th July 2015 / 1:24 pm

    Hi Layla, this is just what I needed! I love the foundation/moisturiser trick how fabulous! I once went on a trip and took all things I never use just to use them, what a disaster that was! You are right, take what you actually use the most and need! I like how you categorised what goes where too! Very helpful, thank you.

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:29 am

      Awww thank you so much for your lovely comment – I hope it helps, I just share what I feel helps me and then hopefully someone else will find it useful too! 🙂

      For some reason I can’t comment on your blog….tried to but can’t! 🙁 xxxx

  11. 18th July 2015 / 12:56 pm

    These are all great tips to ensure you’re not bombarded with products! I tend to plan which products I use for my key/favourite looks 🙂


    • sprinkles
      21st July 2015 / 9:33 am

      Exactly hahaha! It’s a good little way to keep things organised and make sure you’ll take away what you’re going to use! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      21st July 2015 / 9:32 am

      Thank you so much – glad you like it 🙂 xxx

  12. 18th July 2015 / 11:20 am

    Το καταλληλο post για αυτη την περίοδο! Μου εδωσες αρκετες ιδεες 😉
    Φετος ελπίζω να φυγω με τα μισα πριόντα για διακοπές και να ειμαι υπερκαλυμένη!

    Καλό Σαββατοκύριακο L. 🙂

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:26 am

      Nai einai – hahaha! Elpisw na boithai!!! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:25 am

      Awww thank you so much! 🙂 xxx

  13. 18th July 2015 / 9:55 am

    Great tips and ideas! I always try to pack as many multi use items as I can. They are perfect for trips!

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:23 am

      Thank you so much xxxx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:21 am

      Thank you very much xxx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:21 am

      Thanks x

  14. 18th July 2015 / 4:53 am

    Wow, this is super helping. When it comes to travel. I tend to a over load either makeups or clothes. I alway said to myself just incase bring more is better than missed it at home:). My husband has been joke about my over load packing of all time:). Wish you a lovely weekend. Lot of love.


    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:20 am

      Aww thank you so much for your lovely comment – hahaha, we are terrible when it comes to packing but if we can take multi-use items and palettes, it might help!! Hahaha xxxx

  15. 17th July 2015 / 10:54 pm

    Nice, thanks for this tips. ^^
    Have a nice weekend…

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:18 am

      Thank you x

  16. 17th July 2015 / 10:45 pm

    Great packing tips! I’m going on holiday to Greece next month and I’m trying to figure out how to get away with just bringing a carry-on bag. I’m definitely going to take some of your advice!



    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:18 am

      Oooh where about in Greece will you be going??? 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:16 am

      Thanks x

  17. 17th July 2015 / 10:11 pm

    OMG, I am a completely nightmare when it comes to packing my beauty products for travelling! I want to bring them all and have no idea what to take. The past year has been better because I have more palettes but it’s still a nightmare!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:15 am

      Hahahahahaha – that made me laugh!!! Packing can be a nightmare I agree but I find palettes really do help for makeup haha! 🙂 xxxx

  18. 17th July 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Great tips! I think I’m great at packing beauty, not so much clothing haha! All I’m taking with me on my holiday is BB cream, translucent powder, waterproof mascara, an ELF brow kit, few lippies and the Golden Sugar palette from Makeup Rev. Easy! 😀 x

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:13 am

      Awww thank you so much for you lovely comment Ellie – very easy indeed, it’s all about packing the essentials and keeping things minimal like you say! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:08 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment – hahaha yes, any excuse to go shopping 🙂 xxx

    • 20th July 2015 / 6:49 pm

      Haha! I might come back to your post in August, Layla! Since we’re on vacay then… The hubby is always getting mad because I’ve got so much with me!! Hahaha! The men!! 😉

      xoxo Ira

      • sprinkles
        21st July 2015 / 9:52 am

        hahahahaha – thank you!! Where are you going? Anywhere nice?? Hahaha men, always like that! 🙂 xxx

  19. 17th July 2015 / 6:23 pm

    Das sieht alles super schön aus! Da wird man ja glatt neidisch 🙂
    Mir gefallen deine Artikel & Fotos im Allgemeinen super gut.♥

  20. 17th July 2015 / 4:27 pm

    Great packing tips… although I’d have to pack my eye care. Can’t leave home without it!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    • sprinkles
      20th July 2015 / 10:07 am

      Thank you very much Becca! 🙂 xxx

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