The Glamourai Guide: To Quick Getaways

12th July, 2012

In my life, it’s hard to plan too far ahead. One minute it’s business as usual in New York, and the next thing I know I’m being called away on an unexpected location shoot or a surprise press trip. Added to that, summertime is always rife with quick getaways, and last-minute, barely-planned trips to the beach. Because of all this, I like to keep my travel toiletries constantly stocked and ready to roll.

|ABOVE| In an oversized clutch, I store: my Schick Intuition razor (great for travel, because you don’t need shave cream), blister pads and bandaids, Advil PM (it’s hard for me to sleep in strange beds), nail polish remover wipes, a mini lint roller, saline, my contacts case and Tiffany eyeglasses (you saw me wear them HERE), mini static guard (we all have fashion emergencies) and hairspray, my passport and an assortment of international power adapters. This bag also holds: bobby pins, mini scissors, a few bags of my favorite tea, safety pins, spare buttons and a sewing kit, plus tweezers, toothpaste + brush, deodorant, lotion, face wash and sunscreen.

Right before leaving town, I simply throw in my curling iron and hairbrush, plus a few daily makeup products, and I’m good to go!I keep a smaller, second bag as well, which I jokingly refer to as my ‘amenities kit’. This collection gets included in every beach bag or airplane carry-on ever ~ it makes an over-crowded flight feel more first class than cramped.

|ABOVE| Amenities include: Well-Kept gadget wipes (also great on glasses and sunnies!), chewing gum, rose oil, a folding fan (you wouldn’t believe how often this comes in handy! I always keep one in my purse as well), earplugs, my super-luxe Reece Hudson snakeskin sleep mask, more bobby pins and blister pads, and a pack of blotting papers. It also holds: concealer, lip balm, Visine, lotion, emollient eye cream, hand sanitizer, Caudalíe facial mist (go buy this NOW, if you’re not obsessed already!), Big Flirt lipgloss, another toothbrush + paste, in addition to wisp brushes (hey, I like to keep my teeth clean, and there’s not always a sink when I need it!), plus yummy Julep cuticle oil.

What’s the one thing you just can’t leave home without?

  • Heba

    love that post. but I wonder why you carry tea bags with you?!

    • Anonymous

      Because I stay in hotels so often for work, and I like to make a pot of it in my room while getting ready in the morning! It’s just a part of my daily routine and it’s cheaper than ordering from room service.


  • Kiara King

    I agree, fabulous (and ever so practical) post! I am especially fond of your ‘amenities’ kit to take in carry-on luggage. There is nothing worse than arriving at your destination feeling stale.

    Kiara King xo

  • Rhoda

    love this post! thank you, i will definitely keep this quick guide in mind next time I leave for a trip!

  • Is that a Pucci folding fan? I couldn’t leave home without a multi purpose oil. I love Josie Maran’s Argan oil stick, it’s so multi-purpose and amazing on cuticles and a nail file. Great call on the Caudalie. All necessities

  • a good book

  • ttea Von Munnich

    Having a travel pack like that, ready to go, is a great idea. I love being organized, and I also love al of my little purse essentials. The one thing I can’t leave home without is my rosebud salve. I use it primarily for a lip balm, but the possibilities are endless: cuticle moisturizer, dry skin, burns and irritations, even diaper rash (or so it claims). I highly recommend it as a product.

  • I a great idea!!!! Its good to always be ready!!

  • whitney

    I love that cuticle oil. it’s the best!

  • Anonymous

    That sleep mask is pretty awesome!!!

  • Alison

    I can never leave without my Flora by Gucci mini perfume! It’s perfect to dab on right before I get off the plane!

  • Anonymous

    Great pics!! I’m soon taking a 10h flight to the US and I definitely needed some tips what to pack into my carry on as to not look completely disshelved when I step off the plane. 🙂 Your sleep mask is very cute and I’m sure it comes in handy.
    xo Andrea

  • This is such a fabulous post!! I think anyone could use this 😉
    I also always try to prepare my travel bags and have them ready to go on a whim…and I love your option of the nail polish wipes…that is brilliant.
    I am so adding those to my bag!

  • Oh, you’ve made me realise that I have not even started thinking about what I am taking in my carry all! I’m moving to Los Angeles for a year from London and I can only take one suitcase with me, so I’ve been trying to create space by, for months collecting miniatures of all of my everyday products from hand cream to shampoo.

    The one item I can’t leave the house without? L’Occitane’s Shea Butter hand cream. I have already purchased a new handbag sized tube for when I get there, and collected a couple of trial sachets to use on the plane!

  • M

    I love this kind of stuff. It always gives me great ideas. I actually bought a folding fan last summer and you’ve reminded me to pull that sucker out and pack it everywhere I go. There have been a million opportunities missed this summer already! What’s the one thing I can’t vacation without? It’s a tie between DHC olive oil swabs and Burt’s Bees facial wipes (the only ones that don’t sting my eyes). Oh, and Lulu organic hair powder.

  • Alice

    I love this post! I definitely agree with basically all these products! You’re glasses are gorgeous by the way!

  • Fun post – so much fun to travel all the time 🙂 xo K

  • Katie K.

    Great post! I’m always interested to see how other people pack for a trip. I am obsessed with consolidating my toiletries so that I can always carry-on; I have all packing down to an art now, I think. I can’t live without my facial oils- even if I don’t have a bar of soap to wash with, I’ll have my travel bottle of olive oil/mineral oil combo and use that to wipe down my face (believe it or not, oil cleansing works wonders, and my skin is so soft afterward!) My other trick is to put necessary liquids in contact lens cases, and label them; their flat nature makes it easy to maintain more space in a toiletry bag and I’ll just throw in a few extra for longer trips. Try it sometime!

    • arathi cherian

      thats a great tip…about oil cleansing!!! cos washing sometimes robs of moisture…gotta try that..even when not travelling..

  • OMG this post is so timely. I am headed up to NYC soon and then LA and Vegas soon after so these tips are just wonderful. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Some things on here I would never have thought of!

  • Well-Kept

    Thank you for the post! Well-Kept is honored to have some real estate in your beloved “amenities kit”!

  • This is a brilliant post!

  • I can’t leave without my chapstick. I feel like a fish out of water without it.

  • great post as I always curious about. Very useful

  • Thalia Renucci

    ahhhh so happy i found your blog! this is an amazing post – so helpful!

  • rjt

    cashmere/cotton blend socks, always.

  • Leslie

    Vitamin E oil, Q-tips, Evian Brumisateur, Vit- A Serum for nighttime, Coconut body lotion with no paraben, Dr. Bonner’s Magic Peppermint soap (best face soap ever!…pure, inexpensive, buy at health food stores).
    Cool post. Always wanted to rifle through others’ goodie bags/stashes for travel. Such a fun curiosity!


    can’t live without my eyemask!

  • Can’t travel without my perfume stick! It’s solid so it doesn’t leak and its a great post-flight pick me up! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I was waiting for this post, ever since the bcbg dinner. It did not disappoint!

  • I am all about carrying my favourite tea bags with me too!

    ♥ ThankFifi

  • HJK

    I also have to-go pouches too! Though if I were to go somewhere, I never leave without sunscreen even if I rarely use it!
    xoxo, HJK

  • chantelle c

    This is a great idea! I’m going to take a few tips for my trip tomorrow.

  • I have become SO ADDICTED to this razor!! Threw all my other ones away. When it comes to being truly on the go, I never leave without my mini-Marvis (I use the licorice) and Caudalie mist!

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