Secret to Packing Light: Products

Over the holiday season, Paolo and I found ourselves sprinting for a closing gate at Charles de Gaulle. Somewhere between cursing my bathroom stop and handing over my ticket, I thanked myself for packing light.

After decades of travel, narrowing down what to leave at home, is finally easy thanks to these multi-use products and tips.

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Travel Tip Tuesday

Typical “how to pack light” lists deal with types of bags to use and restricting clothing. Helpful, yes. Still, those lists don’t tackle the heaviest items in your bag. Products.

Travel liquid restrictions force people to travel light naturally but what about packing light for a two-week trip? Checking a bag leads to temptation. The temptation to take every product we use in our beauty routine. Makeup remover, face wash, toner, rosehip oil, lotion, spf, foundation… and that’s just for our faces.

So how is one to narrow it down and decide what to do without?

Multi-Use Products for Packing Light

Pack light by switching over to multi-use products wherever possible. Here are my tried and true personal favorites. Items that I know work and that I always pack personally.

Multi-Use Products for Packing Light
Multi-Use Products for Packing Light

Fresh Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar

Let’s start with the odd-looking like rock in the picture. It’s a chunk of Fresh Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar.

Fresh Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar
Fresh Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar

I invested in one of these years and years ago and still have half the bar left. Breaking off a small chunk for my travel kit, was a last-minute idea and so far it’s been genius!

  • Detoxifying mask
  • Spot treatment for breakouts
  • Skin irritation soother (hello mosquito bites)

Johnson’s Travel Size Baby Powder

Johnson's Baby Powder
Johnson’s Baby Powder

A classic that never fails, Johnson’s baby powder is truly one of the ultimate multi-use products. My favorite trick comes from dripping oil on a silk top while in Italy.

  • Sprinkle and dab on clothing to absorb oil stains
  • Face powder (go easy or go Casper)
  • Root touch up to extend blowouts
  • Refresh hotel sheets in summer
  • Add to summer shoes to prevent odor and blisters
  • Pit friendly, baby powder can fend off chafing and odor
  • Sprinkle a line of defense against ants around foods, blankets, beds

L’Occitane Organic Shea Butter

L'Occitane Organic Shea Butter
L’Occitane Organic Shea Butter

I keep a small pot of L’Occitane Shea Butter in my purse at all times because it passes TSA without complaint. When it comes to traveling, it’s one of the best annoyance fixers for harsh climates.

  • Soften lips
  • Cuticle calmer
  • Dry elbow easer
  • Fly away hair tamer
  • Chapped cheeks calmer

Plus, there is a feel good factor with L’Occitane organic shea butter because it’s sustainable and fair trade. Oh and speaking of feel good.

NARS The Multiple, Orgasm

NARS The Multiple Orgasm
NARS The Multiple Orgasm

What makes you blush? Yes, I borrowed that line from NARS, it’s just too good not to use. As is this product. NARS the Multiple replaces multiple other makeup items and as a solid, doesn’t count against precious TSA limits. With 10 shades including (get ready for it) G-SPot, this multi-use product is sure to become a favorite both on and off the road.

  • Blush
  • Lip tint
  • Eyeshadow
  • Body shimmer

Christian Dior Nail Glow

Christian Dior Nail Glow
Christian Dior Nail Glow

The official name is a mouthful, Christian Dior, Dior Nail Glow French Manicure Effect Whitening Nail Care. Wowsers right. Thing is, the results of one quick coat are pretty wowsers too. This polish eliminates the need to take basecoat, polish and a topcoat. I get a polished look without having to worry about chips.

Caudalie Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Caudalie Tinted Moisturizer with SPF is not a cheap product but when trying to pack light for a two-week trip, having one product that acts as a foundation, moisturizer, and sunscreen, is well worth it. While there are not a lot of shade options, it’s a tinted moisturizer and mellows to match after absorbing.

Humangear GoToob Travel Bottles

Humangear GoToob Travel Bottles
Humangear GoToob Travel Bottles

There are a lot of TSA approved refillable travel bottles. Humangear GoToob are my favorite personally. Mine have lasted for years without dripping or making a mess. They come apart easily to refill and wash. Plus, label rings keep conditioner from being confused with lotion.

Easy to squeeze with wide openings they beat the pants off cheap drugstore bottles at getting every last drop of product back out.

Since I’m giving recommendations, I might as well also suggest filling them with…

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

My Mother first recommended CeraVe Moisturizer to me. Then a year later, my Dermatologist recommended it too. Now, I understood what all the fuss is about. It’s fantastic.

It’s also what I call a multi-use product because it’s the only lotion I can get my darling stubborn, lotion hating husband to use. Although reluctantly and only if I get it on him quickly.

Bonus, it’s inexpensive enough, using it as both a face and a body lotion is guilt free.

Fresh Soy Face Cleaner

Fresh Soy Face Cleaner
Fresh Soy Face Cleaner

I’ve looked for years to find a face cleaner that comes close to my love for Fresh Soy Face Cleaner. So far, I’ve come up empty. On the road, I’m perfectly fine using hotel soap, just not on my face. #SensitiveSkin While it’s technically not a multi-use product, Packing Fresh Soy Face Cleaner keeps me from having to pack rosehip oil, toner and makeup remover. It never strips my skin yet somehow, always gets mascara off easily.

Tricks to Effortless Light Packing

When it comes to packing light, multi-use products are hard to beat. Focusing on multi-use products like the Umbrian Clay Mask or Baby Power that avoid travel liquid restrictions is a double win.

One last secret to curb the temptation to pack everything, keep a small kit of multi-use travel products packed and ready to go at all times. That way packing itself is as easy as running through Charles de Gaulle airport to catch that connection.

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As travelers in constant motion, we’ve learned to pack light, be prepared and on occasion MacGyver through things.

Travel Tip Tuesday is our way of sharing tricks we learned along the way, as quick tips.

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