The Best Skincare Packing Checklist For Your Next Trip/Vacation

Spring has sprung & if you’re lucky, you might be jet-setting off on a vacation soon! In my case, I’m headed to California for some work so I need to make sure I don’t forget a thing.

Before anything, I start packing my skincare because it’s the most easily forgettable for me! Whether you’re flying or driving, going to a warm climate or cold, you have to be prepared for how your skin is going to react when you get yourself in a new environment. You could have beautiful & clear skin at home, but it may go a little crazy after traveling. Make sure you’re ready!

I put together a packing checklist that I use when traveling and I thought I’d share just in case you need to get more organized! When flying or driving for hours on end, its important to hydrate and protect your skin! I’ll start with the products I need in my carry-on or car bag and move on to the list of things I bring for daily use on a trip!

Travel Essentials

Alright, so you’re boarding a 5 hour flight or preparing for a 10 hour car ride, what do you need? First off, it’s important to know that it is important to take care of your skin during that time. Being in a confined space with other people and low air quality can attack that skin that you’ve worked so hard to get.

Airplane cabin air truly sucks all the moisture out of your skin. Make sure to pack your favorite moisturizing mask or creme. The most iconic mask for traveling is of course the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. It’s definitely pricey at $50, but it you travel a lot, it’s a great investment! Once you board your flight, slap this baby on and prevent your skin from drying out so you look glowy on that vacation! Speaking of hydration, I don’t go anywhere without my Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. A true essential for any flight.

Usually when I’m traveling, I get started very early in the morning. With early mornings, comes those not-so-cute eye bags. I always, always, always pack eye masks/gels when traveling to make sure I look fresh upon arrival. You don’t want anyone to know how tired you are, trust me. I love these Activated Charcoal Eye Gels from Blaq! Don’t be afraid to look a little different on a plane, skin is important!

While the first two products are the main things I always pack, I often forget the smaller items. Two more things you need for your next flight or long car ride are sanitizing wipes & a facial spray. Once you get in your seat, be that person and wipe down your seat and tray & whatever else you will be touching during your travels. Touching a dirty seatbelt and then touching your face is skincare suicide – don’t do it! I also always throw in a travel size facial spray to refresh and hydrate throughout the hours. Must have!

VACAY/Trip Essentials

Alright, you’ve made it to your destination and you’re ready to spend a short or long duration there. When packing, I could bring an entire checked bag of all the products I feel like I would need. But in reality, a few good essentials will get you through. Here are the products I always need on my trips, no matter where I’m going:

When I’m traveling to a hot or cold climate, I always find the need to hydrate. Sunburn or below zero temperatures can desperately dry out your skin. My favorite go-to creme is my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I know I’ve talked about it so much, but it’s my most universal product for any climate I find myself in.

Peach and Lily

There’s nothing better than a little “me-time” in your hotel room or Airbnb after a long day. That’s why I always pack sheet masks to indulge a little on a trip. I work in film which means I usually work 16 hour days of chaos. Having a hydrating or plumping sheet mask to throw on and relax at night gives my skin back some life after a crazy day. When packing for your next trip, throw in some masks for a little treat every once in a while.

This one is obvious, but make sure to pack your essential cleanser, moisturizing & exfoliator. Whatever your faves are, don’t switch it up. Keep your skincare routine as regular as possible so your skin doesn’t freak out! When you’re going through your routine the night or morning before travel, throw the products in your bag after use! It makes it way easier to not forget something that your skin is used to!

Last, but certainly not least: sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! If you’re not technically heading to the beach, sunscreen is something that I always forget about. In cold or hot climates, the sun can always damage your skin. Bouncing off the snow or beating down from the sky, those UV rays are after you. Find a sunscreen that works for you and layers well with your other skincare and makeup. I love the Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen. It has 40 SPF and works well with my skin type!

There you have it, my travel essentials for all my trips and vacations! The next time you’re heading out on a flight or a road trip, take some of my suggestions into consideration. When I’m packing for my upcoming work trip, I’ll be referencing my list because I still always forget! Happy travels!

How I Moved to LA Alone At 22

People thought I was crazy!

Yup, you read that right: I dropped everything, bit the bullet, and moved to Los Angeles all alone at 22 years old. A one way plane ticket and 2 suitcases was all I needed to start this amazing adventure.

To give some context to this crazy decision, I am a recent college graduate who works in the film industry. Before moving, I had a good amount of production experience in Indiana, but knew I needed to be in California to take it to the next level. So, that’s exactly what I did.

I worked all summer long at a Juice Bar to earn as much rent money as possible; I knew what I was getting myself into. That would be my biggest tidbit of advice – don’t go until you’re financially ready! Living in a place with an extremely high cost of living is NO fun if you run out of money after one rent payment.

ANYWHO – I pooled my graduation and summer job money, bought a plane ticket and booked an Airbnb and traveled 1,800 miles (with emotional support from my mom!). This is what I would suggest, if you’re moving somewhere completely new, try an Airbnb for a month or so. Los Angeles is so huge, that I didn’t exactly know where the best location would be for me was, yet. Having a temporary situation like that is a great safety net if you want to try out a new area.

Once my mom left after the weekend, I was all alone. I’ve always been a more independent person, so I wasn’t too worried but let me tell you – the loneliness hit HARD. You take your friends, family, and even your dog, for granted sometimes when you realize you can’t just meet up with them whenever you want. I reconnected with an old friend, met people through Facebook groups and work and I quickly had people to keep me company!

Living in Los Angeles, with the amazing weather and endless opportunities, is great, of course; but it definitely wasn’t easy. I wasn’t the special case where my parents paid for my rent, so I had to hustle hard. Working in the film industry is dicey because you’re mostly working freelance. I sometimes wouldn’t know if I was working on Tuesday until Monday night. I’m usually a planner, so I had to adopt a go with the flow attitude pretty fast.

If you want to move somewhere new to pursue a career or soothe that wanderlust, DO IT! As long as you prepare financially, socially, and have a hardworking attitude, you will figure it out! Like I suggested before, if you’re doing it all alone, start by renting an Airbnb or renting someone’s room until you find your best situation. Don’t let your age or anyone else’s opinion stop you, I sure didn’t.

We only live once people, take risks! Good luck out there, you got this.