Choose your travel companions wisely.
Save space in your luggage by leaving body wash and moisturizers at home. Whatever you find in your hotel room -- or Mom's bathroom -- will probably do the trick. That is, unless you have a fave product that seriously multitasks: "My must-have is Neutrogena Body Oil [$10, drugstores]," says celebrity makeup artist Amy Oresman. "It serves as my daily hydrator, my skin soother after too much sun, my shaving cream stand-in, and my frizz-and-flyaway tamer." As for shampoo, BYO only if you have damaged and/or color-treated hair, says Rita Hazan, a celebrity colorist and salon owner in New York City. "The hotel kind can be drying and color stripping." What you should bring: your own conditioner, a mild liquid facial cleanser, and a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. "I also pack cortisone cream in case of inflammation, Aquaphor for severe dryness or cuts, and acne cream because the stress of traveling can trigger a breakout," says Diane Berson, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.
You know not to lug full-size products along; travel-friendly containers that meet the TSA's 3.4-ounce regulation can ride in your carry-on bag. One thing to keep in mind if you're filling your own bottles: "Leave a bit of room at the top, so the container will be less likely to explode with changing air pressure on the plane," Berson says. Or make it easy on yourself and "collect beauty-counter samples to take on trips," says Melanie Brandman, the founder of TheTravelCurator.com. "These can be used on the road, then thrown out."
Avoid baggage-claim calamity.
Dodge spillage inside your suitcase by putting a piece of tape around the seal of your travel containers, Hazan says. Then place them in two ziplock bags, with the closures on opposite sides. Push the air out before you seal, because changing pressure in the plane can make ziplocks explode. Next, nestle the bagged bottles inside easy-to-wash jeans or T-shirts, suggests Julie Morgenstern, a professional organizer in New York City. "If something does spill, the cotton will absorb it." Finally, lay your bagged liquids flat, says Jenny Cho, a Suave Professionals celebrity stylist. "Otherwise the bottles can crack."
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