What I pack when I travel

My day job, aka my only job, involves a lot of travel. Any fule kno that means lot of hanging around in airport security queues, trying to convince some thunder-faced man in uniform that the expensive collagen potion in the suspiciously large bottle is actually medicinal. (It’s called “Beauty Molecule”, for goodness sake!)

There are some products I take with me pretty much every time I travel. They are reliable, convenient and don’t take up too much space in that magic plastic bag, even if you are a capsule wardrobe, strictly hand luggage only gal.

Here they are:

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The first in this line up is relatively new to me and, frankly, a little bit pricy. Not that I’m usually opposed to frittering away my cash on fripperies, but there is something particularly frippery-ish about a mist product – a lot of aerosol and quite a bit more water. Quibbles, quibbles, quibbles. This baby is great on a long haul flight or if your destination is anywhere hot. It can help set your makeup and works as a handy top up when you get to that point in the day when everything starts to look a little peaky.  It moisturises, cools and adds a subtle radiance. It also smells great and the packaging, like all Chanel products, makes me feel instantly more richer and more elegant. But it is forty of the Queen’s pounds. For some magic water. And that makes me rather poorer. Gulp.


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Hydra Beauty Essence Mist, £40, BUY ME HERE

P20 is a product I’ve been using since my kids were small. My inner hippy used to be deeply sceptical of a product that claimed to bond to your skin and smelled so chemical. But applying sunblock to wriggly, wet toddlers is not one of my super powers. Despite my qualms, I found this one application, waterproof, day long treatment, the very thing to keep my babes rosy not red. Over the years I have adopted it myself, and despite occasional splurges into high end sun lotions, I have to say that when I use P20, I never, ever burn but turn as slowly, evenly brown as a sausage under a low grill.

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Reimann P 20 Sun Block, £16.99, BUY ME HERE

I like to travel with a dry shampoo. If I’m on a work trip, I’ll often treat myself to a blow dry before I set off and my one aim is to keep that blow dry going for as long as possible.  But the world conspires. What with static from airline pillows; sweaty work outs; sudden downpours; it’s just not possible without a little help. Apparently, US news anchors keep their ‘do’s’ by wrapping their hair in a towel whilst they take a bath. All very well of you don’t want your fringe to look like Cameron Diaz’s in “There’s Something About Mary”. Dry shampoo gives me a couple of extra days of hair styling and this Klorane powder variety is the easiest for travelling.

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Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, £8, BUY ME HERE

Perspirex is another gem for travellers. When I was travelling frequently to muggy Singapore, to step out onto the street was to be instantly veiled in sweat. En route, I discovered this magical formula. Apply it to your armpits in the evening and prepare not to have to worry about dark, underarm stains for 3-5 days. I don’t use it all the time but on trips where I want to stay relatively crisp-looking, it’s a godsend.

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Perspirex Roll On Anti-Perspirant, £8.49, BUY ME HERE

Next is an old favourite. I use Mac Face and Body Foundation when I’m travelling in Summer to cover up mosquito bites, bike bruises, dog scratches and all the other signs of my glamorous life, especially on my legs. In Winter, well any time, it also happens to double as one of my all-time favourite foundations. It gives a high level of cover without looking or feeling cakey.


MAC Face & Body Foundation, £23.50, BUY ME HERE

A lighter face favourite especially for Summer is the deliciously scented Origins Ginzing Tinted Moisturiser. It gives a wash of flattering, dewy colour that perks up even the greyest, most jet-lagged complexion.

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Origins Energy Boosting Facial Moisturiser, £30, BUY ME HERE

Finally, apart from essentials like a few plasters, Nurofen, anti-mozzie spray and the like, I’ve started to pack a small travel aerosol of hairspray since I recently discovered it gets permanent ink out of light fabrics and I can pretty much guarantee that if it would be a disaster to get pen on something I’m wearing, then I will. I also stick in a pack of facial wipes (usually Simple) and if I can remember, an anti-static spray so my skirt doesn’t end up round my (sweat-free) armpits. I use Static Guard whenever I can remember. Better than showing my pants. (Well, in most circumstances anyway.)

I’d love to find out your own travel survival necessities. Let me know.

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