Whether you’ve travelled several hundred miles, or halfway around the globe, the one thing all travellers dread is missed connections, and/or waiting at the luggage carousel only to find that their bag didn’t make it to their destination with them.
Unfortunately, we’re long past the days when airlines provided toiletry bags with toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, deodorant, etc. to affected clients, so what’s a girl to do?
This is where today’s post can be a lifesaver! Find a cosmetic bag and fill it with an emergency stash of the items you need to get through a few days. Then, pop it in your usual carry on, and forget about it, leaving it in your carry-on until the day you need it.
Before I share the list, here’s where you go from “it’s awesome that I thought ahead”, to “I’m the bomb diggity” (just don’t say the bomb part out loud in an airport, lol!). One of the biggest issues with packing for a trip is both weight of the packed bag and space. So, we’re going to try to make this emergency bag as light as possible. This requires a bit of pre-planning.
We’re going to try to find samples or mini versions for all the products we want to put in this bag, remembering that unless we have highly sensitive skin or hair, we will probably be just fine using substitutes for our regular products for a few days.
So, how do I do this? Over the months pre-trip I start to think about any products I need to replenish in my bag, and then try to do my cosmetic shopping at places that offer cosmetic samples or bonuses and allow me to select the items I need. Bringing an assortment of sample sizes, for instance: moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, makeup remover wipes, hair gel, foundation, face wash, facial scrubs, mascara, etc. will take up hardly any room, and be compliant with carry on fluid limits.
If it’s that time of month, I throw in a second emergency bag with sanitary items.
Finally, I also recommend in the strongest possible terms that you bring any pharmaceuticals you need in your carry-on as opposed to your checked luggage. The medication(s) should be in labeled containers and if they are prescription, be sure that they are in the containers from a pharmacy with your name visible on the bottle, thereby proving you have a prescription for the drug.
Thank you I will definitely redo my travel pouch.
Glad to help Rita 🙂
Great tips! Thank you so much. I would now add a travel size hand sanitizer. I also throw a washcloth or two (inexpensive ones) in my carry-on. It has been so useful to use dry, dampened or wet, especially in warm weather and I’m stuck somewhere for a while. I use it on my face, neck and arms as a refresh. I really enjoy your posts.🌸
Those are good suggestions, Kathleen!
Helps that its in a VERY CUTE little bag!
Thanks Kristina! It is one of my favourites that I’ve ever made…. love the madonna and child and Italian linen <3
I want that cute bag!
Thanks Julie! It seems to be popular, which warms my heart as it’s my own design. I’ll have to see what I can do about making more. xo
Thanks C, I always have a small “just in case” bag with essentials in it. It’s worth it for sure. Great suggestions!
You’re welcome Nadia. Sounds like you’re already a pro at this, but hopefully one or two of my ideas were a help.
Great tips! Love to see someone else’s list. Can’t stress the medication tip in your carry on— ALWAYS!! I have a friend in Italy for 2 weeks… still no bag on day 9 & no medication either.
Oh man, what a frustration for your friend, LeAnne. Total nightmare. Hopefully she was able to find a local doc. so that she could get the prescriptions that she needs while she waits for her bag.
I would also add a simple set of fresh underwear.
In Baden Baden without a bag for 2 days was stressfilled.