You shouldn’t pack a ton of toiletries for just a weekend. If they can’t fit in a bag like this one, chances are you packed too much! Here’s what to bring and what to leave home. And remember how to pack according to the TSA guidelines for liquids if you’re traveling by plane: containers must be 3 ounces or less and fit a quart-size plastic bag.
- Medicated face wipes. They’re good at clearing your skin and taking off your makeup, and they take so much less space than your face wash probably would (and you won’t have to turn it over to the TSA!). Tip: Sometimes buying the refill packages, as long as they’re resealable, is easier than a whole tub–especially to pack.
- A toothbrush and a mini tube of toothpaste, depending on where you’re staying. If you’re going to a pal’s house for the weekend, chances are she’s not going to be mad if you borrow her fluoride, but if you’re going to a remote cabin somewhere, it’s good to take your own!
- Samples of any prescription topical acne medication you may have. You don’t want to risk bringing and losing an entire tube of your doctor-ordered creams and lotions, but you still want to keep your pores clear. Make a trip to your derm before you leave for your trip and see if she’s got any samples you can bring on your travels.
- Deodorant! No brainer. If you want to bring perfume too, we recommend getting a sample so you don’t risk all of your favorite scent spilling in your bag.
- Moisturizer, especially if you’re traveling by plane, since it can dry out your skin.
- Makeup, but no need to go too crazy. If your moisturizer is a tinted one, it saves you the foundation step. If not, we recommend a stick foundation that can double as a spot concealer (and that you won’t have to put in the TSA bin!), a powder compact so you’re not shiny in your Facebook pics, mascara, and your fave lip gloss. If you’re an eyeshadow fiend, try to find a versatile palette that comes in a small compact you can fit in your bag.
- Travel sized hair spray. You’ll want to stick with your natural texture to save time (who wants to waste time with a flat or curling iron when you have sights to see?), but spray can give you a quick burst of shine and polish without a ton of effort.
Note: You can probably skip shampoo and conditioner since most hotels and houses have them already, unless you use a medicated shampoo (like for dandruff, dry scalp, psoriasis, etc.), you’ll definitely want to take a small travel-size bottle along.