If you’re anything like me then you avoid checking in any luggage for short-haul trips. I hate nothing more than waiting around for your luggage to be unceremoniously chucked onto a conveyor belt where an entire plane load of people squeeze together on tiptoes waiting for their suitcases. That’s before you even touch on the anxiety of whether your luggage has mistakenly found its way to Brussels rather than Barcelona and you’ll be without fresh underwear for two nights.
There is one huge downfall to travelling hand luggage though: the 100ml liquid limit. You have to be incredibly strict and organised because on top of the 100ml limit, those clear plastic bags are tiny. By the time you’ve packed the essentials, such as toothpaste, deodorant, face serum and SPF, there’s not much left.
Embrace new textures
There are several Garden of Wisdom for VH (GoW) serums I won’t part with, even for a couple of nights, this summer – Neurophroline Serum and Granactive Retinoid 5% Serum in particular. However, for the formulas that you’re less attached to it is worth considering swapping liquids for powders and solids where possible.
For example, your cleanser. If you use a foam or milk, it’s worth considering using GoW’s Pore Cleaning Powder or We Are Wild’s Solid Clean stick cleanser as neither are included in your liquid limit. The former also doubles up as a pore-refining mask if you leave it on for 10 minutes.
If you are someone who enjoys making the most of your extra time on holiday with a face mask, it’s also worth exploring Miss de Gaspe’s range of dry sheet masks because again, they don’t contain any liquid. Plus, after a day at the beach or by the pool the Defy & Drench formula helps to rehydrate and nourish skin, and you can use it five times so you only need to pack one.
Maximise your minis
If you’re travelling with hand luggage then mini’s are a life-saver. Be savvy though and opt for multitasking formulas where possible. For the ultimate minimalist, Power Balm’s vegan-friendly, oil-rich formula cleanses, nourishes and soothes skin, and some might even argue it’s all you need to pack for a weekend away.
A good quality oil, such as Argan Oil or Prickly Pear Seed Oil as these can be used on your face, hair and any dry patches, such as elbows and knees. I’d also recommend mixing equal measures of Ful.Vic.Health Fulvic Acid Mist and GoW Hyaluronic Acid Serum into a 100ml spray (you can get one from Muji) to take away with you. Not only will it hydrate and nourish your skin from head-to-toe, it also doubles up as a good after-sun and tan extender.
The only place you shouldn’t look for multitasking is with your shampoo. You want it to clean your hair and rinse away sea water, sand and chlorine, rather than add shine or volumise. Invest in Color Wow’s Mini Security Shampoo and the accompanying Conditioner and you won’t be disappointed, regardless of your hair type.
Consider buying some of your essentials at the airport. While I won’t compromise on serums and will only use Coola’s Face SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen – Cucumber from the chest up, if I’m going for more than two nights I’ll pick up 150ml SPF for my body and aftersun at the airport once I’ve gone through security. Likewise, contact lens solution and deodorant is always picked up in the departures area.
For more travel essentials and minis, check out the VH Travel & Sun section.