As you may know, I have been doing a lot of traveling over the past month for residency interviews, with quite a bit more to come. It is a really exciting time! With air travel, comes some irritating realities– like packing all of your liquids, creams, pastes, and aerosols in a quart-sized bag. I’ve figured a few things out along the way, and figured I would share my tips and tricks, and bemoan my general packing headaches with you all in a new blog series. While these posts will be tailored towards carry-on only travel for residency interviews, I think most of this is relevant to all travel. Curious about what substitutions I make in order to conserve room in my quart-sized bag? Read on!
If you are anything like me, you might have a fairly extensive skincare routine…or at least might do more than splash your face with water and put on moisturizer. If you use a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen…you are already running out of precious property in that quart-sized bag. Toothpaste? That’s a necessity that takes up space. Wear contact lenses? Can’t skip out on solution. And we haven’t even thought about a facial serum, eye cream…or even addressed the makeup bag!
I understand that I may be a bit high-maintenance in this regard, but when traveling for interviews, I like to feel (and look) good. I also avoid checking luggage because any risk of a lost suit just isn’t acceptable when it comes to my future career. Maybe you can see the dilemma.
I’ve made a few substitutions when packing that allow me to conserve space for the non-negotiables (ie. toothpaste) without compromising on the things that I feel are important.
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This palette includes your shade of the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick (a foundation formula that I know that I like already), a coordinating concealer and corrector, an illuminating bronzing powder (or for my shade, it is more of a blush), and a sheer pressed powder that is adjusted to the appropriate color based on the foundation shade selected. For me, this replaces the liquid foundation and concealer that would go in the quart sized bag, and also reduces the number of things I have to pack in my makeup bag. I genuinely enjoy the formula of the cream products and would recommend them to those with normal to dry skin– the lasting power may not be great on those with oilier skin types. I use a dual-sided foundation and concealer brush to apply the cream products and that pretty much takes care of my main base product needs!
This product was provided by Farmacy for review purposes.
I am a long time fan of this cleansing balm, having been through several tubs before the opportunity to work on this review with Farmacy came up. Once I realized that it counts as a solid for TSA purposes, I knew it would be coming with me on my interviews. This is the ultimate remover of makeup, sunscreen, and everyday grime. You apply onto dry skin, massage it in, and then rinse away. I also love that it comes with a little plastic spatula so you don’t need to dig your fingers into the product. What makes this cleansing balm better than others on the market (in my opinion), is that it emulsifies immediately and completely, so it leaves no hint of a greasy residue. It just leaves your skin feeling clean and soft! I often don’t feel the need to follow this with a second cleanse, but when I do (and don’t have my go-to water-based cleansers), the item below is a great substitute. My only complaint is that the packaging is a bit bulky for travel— so Farmacy, I would love to see some travel-sized Green Cleans come out!
If you’re interested in trying anything from Farmacy, you can use the (non-comissioned) code Green85 on their website for 20% off.
This product is a new discovery for me. I picked it up in one of those Sephora value sets that allows you to try various miniature sized things (I’m a total sucker for those), and it was an instant hit. It is a powder that when mixed with water turns quite creamy. It also has small cranberry seeds mixed throughout for a very gently physical exfoliation. As a sensitive-skinned person, I often can’t tolerate much physical exfoliation without upsetting my face. However, the cranberry seeds are round and non-abrasive, unlike other natural scrubs on the market (I’m side-eyeing you, St. Ives Apricot Scrub). I wouldn’t depend on this cleanser purely for makeup removal (I prefer Green Clean for that), but it works really well as a second cleanse.
This is another new find, and a fabulous one at that! It is a purely powder dry shampoo– no aerosol can required, so it can skip the TSA bag. Beyond being non-aerosol, the powder is very fine and silky and rubs in completely invisibly on my dry hair. It is also highly effective! I’ve found myself reaching for it over my Living Proof dry shampoo and that is really something. The only downside is that application is a bit more fussy than an aerosol– so you have to apply the powder directly to your hands and then to your hair or with a clean makeup brush and then onto your roots. Totally worth it for the extra space and how good the product is though..plus its a fantastic price point!
I hope that you all found this post helpful! Let me know if you all would like to see some more packing-related content. I’ve considered sharing about how I fold my suits and clothing with minimal wrinkling, sharing my travel makeup bag contents for interviews, the contents of my quart-sized bag, and a review of my carry on! I also want to know if you have any non-liquid/aerosol products that you like to pack to save space in the TSA bag when you travel!