Saturday night I returned home from an 8-day trip to Britain. My lifelong friend Candy and I joined up with four other women and our hostess Shelly of Walkabout tours for a whirlwind week in London and the surrounding area. It was such an amazing experience, my first time to visit anywhere in Europe at all. I’ll gladly answer reader questions about my trip later this week, but today I’m sharing the toiletries, cosmetics and other travel essentials I packed for my trip to London.
I know that many of my readers are currently preparing for similar overseas excursions, so I thought it would be helpful to share the cosmetics, toiletries and other small travel essentials that I packed for my 8-day journey. In fact, this seems to be the most requested information ever since I announced my trip. I shared the clothing and accessories I packed for my London trip in this previous blog post last week. And later this week I hope to share the outfits I actually wore during the week.
I did in fact manage to get everything into a carry-on suitcase and a sizeable tote that fit snugly under the seat in front of me on the plane. When I returned home I opted to check the roller bag so that I wouldn’t have to worry about the liquids in my carry-on. Just an FYI, London-Heathrow Airport is extremely stringent about the liquids rules. They consider things like mascara, toothpaste and stick deodorant to be a liquid, so that would have made it much harder for me to get all of my liquid essentials into the required 1-quart size clear bag.
Speaking of the clear bag, I had purchased these three clear TSA approved toiletry bags for my trip, and they worked perfectly. They made the trip just fine, but they’re not expensive, so if they come apart at the seams later I don’t mind replacing them.
Important Note: For the plane ride I put ALL LIQUIDS into ONE of these TSA approved toiletry bags. Then after I got to my destination, I sorted the items and put them into bags mostly by category.
I also need to let you know that I have TSA Pre-Check. So, while I did get all of what I consider to be liquids into one quart size bag, I didn’t have to remove them from my carry-on to have them checked. When I returned, of course, my TSA Pre-Check status didn’t gain me the same privilege, so that’s why I put them in my checked bag instead.
Here are the three one-quart size clear bags I used for my toiletries and supplies. They look a little dirty because these photos were taken a couple of days after my trip. I hadn’t unpacked because I have duplicates of everything I took so that I can leave these packed and ready to go for the next trip.
Here’s what I had packed in each of the three one-quart size clear bags:
Bag 1 – Hair Care and Other Self-Care Supplies
In this first grey trimmed TSA approved toiletry bag I packed mostly hair supplies. I added a few other things I would need in the bathroom with me when I was showering for the day.
The Colleen Rothschild haircare products were a few of the products included in their travel kit that I’d bought earlier in the spring for my Maine trip. I had plenty left over from that trip for this one. And I still have some product in them even now.
Bag 2 – Skincare and Various Other Toiletries
This next bag contains mostly skincare with the addition of a few random items that probably migrated to this bag as I packed to come home. I started out much more organized than this. Ha!
- Aquaphor healing ointment (part of a welcome gift from Shelly)
- Kiehl’s hand salve
- Degree deodorant
- allergy nasal spray (I use this every day)
- City Lips lip oil
- City Lips lip plumper
- body lotion from hotel
- Estee Lauder eye serum – travel size (purchased in NSale)
- Estee Lauder night repair – travel size (purchased in NSale)
- Tory Burch perfume (purchased in NSale)
- Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (from this kit)
- Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (from this kit)
- hair band (not shown)
- Elemis Super Food Facial Oil (from a trial kit no longer available)
You can see that a lot of the travel size items I carried were purchased in kits. Some were from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but I also used several items from this Colleen Rothschild skincare kit, this Elemis skincare kit and this Colleen Rothschild haircare kit. And I’ve used those items for mutiple trips at this point.
Bag 4 – Makeup
That leads us to my actual makeup collection for the trip. I worked really hard to get all travel size items in the products I already use and love. I wanted to be able to use the makeup I’m used to, but I didn’t want to pack large, bulky items. I was so glad when I found the Tarte travel size items; they made a huge difference and I had room left over in my case. I packed everything in the case that came with the Colleen Rothschild hair care travel kit. This case worked nicely because I could unzip it all the way and have easy access to all my items.
Yeah, it looks pretty dirty. Ha! But it’s just makeup product. I’ll wipe everything down before I store it away until the next trip. I’ll list the items in the order I generally use them.
- Tarte ultra creamy shape tape concealer
- Tarte Foundcealer foundation
- Tarte Tartelette Tease eye shadow
- eyeliner pencil
- Tarte Opening Act lash primer
- Lancome Definicils mascara
- Tarte Big Ego mascara
- Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade
- Anastasia Beverly Hills brow gel
- City Lips Lip Plumper
- Cover Girl clean invisible powder
- Estee Lauder blush
- Estee Lauder lip pencil
- Estee Lauder lipstick
Because I had so much space left over in that bag, I was actually able to pack bag number 3 into bag number 4. So that really helped with packing it all into my suitcase. I only carried the one bag with all the liquids in my tote, shown below.
When I traveled, I kept this small black bag (acquired from this kit) in my medium Everywhere Bag. Before putting the tote under the seat in front of me, I took the little black bag out and kept it in my seat with me. I guess you could call it my “seat bag.”
My seat bag contained the following (a few items are not pictured here):
These were items I wanted to have handy during my flight. The compression socks worked great for me; I have circulation problems, but they really kept the swelling down in my legs and feet. I didn’t end up eating much of the snacks, but I’d rather have had them handy than not. And I absolutely used the eye mask when I slept on the trip to London. I’m convinced that the fact that they provided me with a dark environment really helped me to make the time change almost effortlessly.
Because you’re only allowed two carry-on bags of any size, I kept the contents of my Hobo crossbody minimal and put it into my medium Everywhere Bag before boarding the plane. I really loved how my luggage and bags worked for me on this trip. And I especially enjoyed using my Hobo crossbody throughout my trip.
Later this week I will happily answer any reader questions about my trip to London. I want to share, but I don’t want to write such a long post that no one wants to read it. So I’ll limit my blog post to answering the questions I receive. I’ve already had several come in, so let me know if there’s something you’d like for me to share.
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Blessed for My Day
Do you feel disheartened today? Discouraged or depressed? If you are struggling with longterm depression or sadness, I certainly encourage you to seek perspective and wise counsel from your healthcare provider and a wise Christ-follower who can help you get sustaining help. But I think it’s also important for each of us to remember that the occasional “blue day” is quite normal. We all have days when we feel a little sad and down, even if we can’t lay a finger on why.
But we don’t have to sit in our sadness. We can encourage our souls. Take a cue from the David and instruct your soul to bless the Lord. Remind yourself of His blessings and character. Draw near to Him intentionally. This blue day will pass, but you can hasten it’s exit by reminding your soul to bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul,
And do not forget any of His benefits;
Who pardons all your guilt,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with favor and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. ~ Psalm 103:1-5