31 July 2015

What I'm packing for two weeks in Belgium - Toiletries etc.

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I started making a packing list as soon as I booked my flights. I thought it would help me relax, knowing that everything is planned out. But of course I still obsessed about it and read loads of packing tips and kept adding and subtracting things. I've only flown internationally twice, so I'm not an expert at all, but I love seeing what other people pack and want to share my own list with you.

I wanted to keep my luggage as light as possible, but I did allow myself a few luxury items. I'm taking along a cleansing balm because at home I just want to quickly wash my face and get into bed. Vacation is the perfect time to take a few extra minutes at night for a more indulgent skincare routine. I'm taking waterless face cleanser to use in the mornings. It will also be perfect to take off my make-up on the plane before sleeping.

Another luxury item is a single use sachet face mask. It will be a nice treat and takes up hardly any space. I'm not sure if the hair dryer is necessary. There won't be one where I'll be staying, but I'm going to cut my hair before going and considered air drying it. In the end I decided I'd rather take it than possibly me miserable with wet hair in the cold.

I'm not sure how much of each product I need for two weeks, but I decided not to worry about it and replace whatever I need to over there.


Skincare:
Cleansing balm + muslin cloth
Waterless face cleanser + cotton pads
Toner
Thick moisturiser (To use on the plane and for dry patches)
Regular face moisturiser
Sachet face mask

Hair:
Solid shampoo (I've been wanting to try these from Lush)
Solid conditioner
Travel Tangle Teezer (Edit: I swopped this for a small brush because I don't need more with my new short haircut.)
Bobby pins
Travel size hair dryer (Edit: No space for the hair dryer so my hair will have to air dry.)
Microfibre hair towel/turban (I got one of these for the first time this year and I love it)

Toiletries:
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Soap
Sunscreen
Razor
Glasses + case + wipe
Sunglasses + case
Eye drops
Bio-oil (Instead of body lotion. Oil goes a lot further)
Hand cream (To keep in my handbag. I apply hand lotion several times a day)
Deodorant (I got a solid stick deodorant for the trip)
Ear buds
Lavender oil (To help me sleep and deter mosquitoes if necessary)
Mint oil (To mix with lotion for a refreshing foot lotion after a day of walking. Also good for nausea)
Exfoliating towel
Tweezers
Nail clippers
Nail file
Oil blotting sheets
Travel towel (I hate the texture of the ones that fold up really small, so I got one of the microfibre towels that are larger but feel nicer. I don't love the microfibre texture, but it's so much nicer than the other smooth ones.) (Edit: No space so I'm going to use the hostel towel.)

Make-up
CC cream
Eye BB cream
Concealer
Eyebrow powder
Eyebrow brush
Cream blush
Blush brush
Eye liner
3 Lipsticks (Nude, red, pink)
Lip balm

When I get back I'll write a post about the things I didn't need or should've taken.



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