We are off on our honeymoon today!
I finished packing up my last few things this morning and now we are off. As I finished up my packing, I made a checklist of all the packing essentials I need for this trip and the travel essentials that I need for every trip. When making a checklist of what to pack, you first start off with your basic needs such as your toothbrush, lip balm, a comb, etc., and then you build off of that list thinking of the climate that you’ll be in.
For our honeymoon, we will be spending six days in Punta Cana – a hot, humid, and sometimes rainy climate. So I had to consider how I was going to maintain my hair in the humidity, the right kid of makeup that I wanted to pack that would not run or look like it is melting in the heat. I also had to pack essentials such as sunscreen and bug spray due to the fact that there are mosquitoes and we will be zip lining where there will be tons of bugs.
Also, I had to consider what travel essentials I needed based off of the outfits that I packed (you can see some of the outfits that I packed for this vacation in this previous post from Monday). It is essential to pack items in your travel bag based off your outfits as well. As a fashionista, it is important to me that my accessories and makeup match the outfits that I am wearing, because they don’t then there was no point of packing them at all.
There are tons of things to consider when packing, so to give you a better understanding of my travel essentials, and tips on packing in general, I’m going to take you through what I packed for this trip and why.
The first two travel essentials that I put in my bag were my Vaseline products and my Dove Invisible Dry Spray Antiperspirant.
Over time, your outfits my change with the trends, but the one thing that never changes is the skin that you are in. So it is very important that you take care of it. I have been a big fan of Vaseline products for as long as I can remember. My husband and I actually share a love for the Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Intensive Care lotion. When I jump out of the shower, this is the first product that I put on. It keeps my skin from drying and because of the cocoa butter it helps with any scars or stretch marks. This is important for me to bring on this trip because we will be swimming in pools with chlorine that dries out the skin and taking dips on the salty ocean which, again, dries the skin. Even after our multiple daily showers, I want to make sure that I am maintaining the moisture in my skin. Plus, how would my honeymoon Instagram shots looks if my skin looked dry and cracked instead of glowing and amazing?
Another Vaseline product that I bring is the lip balm. The little tin fits perfectly into any clutch or a pocket, so I can take it anywhere. I hate the feeling of my lips drying out. And no matter where you are going for a trip, this is an absolute travel essential. There are always times on trips where you are without a drink to wet your lips and the air naturally dries us out – making the Vaseline Lip Balm and absolute travel and everyday essential.
The Dove Invisible Dry Spray Antiperspirant is something that I absolutely cannot be without on any trip. In the heat, I want to stay smelling fresh and not stinky from sweating in the heat. I also don’t want to be on the beach or at any location where my arms are exposed and I lift up my arms and all anyone can see are white marks. The Dove dry spray goes on invisible and you can actually change in and out of clothes without white marks being left on any of your clothes. This is extra important for anyone who loves wearing black (an essential product for wearing that little black dress). With no marks and the long lasting protection, I smell fresh and look clean with this absolute travel essential.
For this trip, I packed my set of Sephora makeup brushes and my beauty blender to go with the collection of products that I packed.
Since I’ll be in sunny and humid weather, I packed cosmetics that will protect my skin, stay set, and make me look naturally glowing.
These products include my Laura Mercier primer, Cover FX setting powder, Naked 3 palette, Kate Somerville setting spray, and a few other pieces that are absolutely essential for keeping makeup from melting and also giving me a natural look.
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Now, we all know that in humidity our hair is the one thing that gets effected the most. We can feel the humidity and we may feel slightly hot and uncomfortable, but it is our hair that shows it. Even in colder temperatures, our hair dries out and looks either stringy or like hay. For my hair travel essentials, I pack products that keep my hair perfect no matter the temperature.
My hair will get wet from the pool and the ocean, so there will be a number of times where I’ll be washing my hair. The Ouidad Advanced Climate Control shampoo and conditioner are absolute travel essentials for your hair as it is the perfect combination for making hair healthy no matter the temperature. It works to maintain the moisture that is needed and defrizzes to give you that look that you want.
After a wash, I found out that throwing on a hair towel versus a regular body towel is so much better for your hair. The Aquis Hair Turban is a great pick. Hair towels are designed to pull out the excess water without drying out your hair and pulling out the strand of hair that regular cotton towels typically do. And hair turbans are designed to fit to your head. That means no more wrapping that big heavy towel around your head for it fall off after a few minutes and then you have to wrap it up again. The hair turban stays secure and keeps that excess water from dripping down the back of your neck.
Biosilk Silk Therapy is also another travel essential as it great for adding a little moisture, protecting from heat, keeping down the frizz, and giving you a look of having silky smooth hair.
These travel essentials are in my bag and I am fully confident they will keep me looking glamorous for this trip and all future trips. Of course, there will be items that I will adjust based on the climate that I’ll be traveling to, but to be honest, I don’t see myself going any place that is not warm. I don’t do well in the cold.
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