Downsize your beauty bits or pay for checked luggage: What’s your travelling style?

By Lynnie | June 22 2011 | 24 Comments


It’s like a distant, dreamy memory, but there was a time when purchasing an airline ticket would buy you more than just a random seat on a plane. Back in the heady days of pre-assigned seating and a complimentary luggage allowance, it would never even have occurred to me to bring the bare minimum of essentials on holidays.

I didn’t quite bring everything and the kitchen sink, but nor did I like to waste too many grams of the luggage target allowance. I was definitely guilty of cramming in too many pairs of shoes and “justincase” outfits that would never be worn.

And then there were the beauty bits.

I used to pack make-up bags full to overflowing with products I never quite got around to using at home, reasoning that since I’d be on my holliers I’d have lots of time to try that new face mask/body scrub/tan and experiment with my hair and make-up.

Now, though, I pack like a space-saving Tetris champion. I’m all about the carry-on bag and travelling light and squeezing all my liquids into that little plastic Ziploc sandwich bag. I bag travel-friendly sample sachets of Eve Lom when I’m buying my full-size cleanser, bring lip and cheek tints in place of two separate products, and decant things like foundation and moisturiser into small screw-top jars from Boots or Muji.

Have Ryanair et al similarly encouraged you to scale back the beauty bits you bring away with you? Or do you feel that the extra €20 each way is a small enough price to pay for the comfort of being able to sling everything in a bag and forget about it? To the comments!

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24 Replies to "Downsize your beauty bits or pay for checked luggage: What’s your travelling style?"

  • Twinkletoes says:

    I am just like you Lynnie – samples and trial sizes all the way so I don’t have to check in a bag! I only manage that for weekends/3 day breaks though, if it’s a week or more I check a bag in.

    This weekend we are going to London for 3 days and I am already gathering my sachets and samples in readiness!

  • Lava Girl says:

    I normally bring way too much but I am getting better. Though last time I was on a flight to the US and I had my makeup, moisturiser, deoderant etc. for the plane in my little plastic bag a security guard said I had too much in it! I was terrified she was going to take it off me, even though the bulk of my stuff was in the hold luggage, a colleague then told her it was fine and she let me through. I just had the basics in there so after that anywhere I fly to I would always check in my luggage for fear of being left makeup-less, the horror!!!

  • Kirstie says:

    I always, always check a bag. Scarlet for me.

  • Aphrosie says:

    I am most definitely a carry on bag girl. I take it as a challenge to fit my liquids into the wee bag and usually I win! I have samples and travel sizes of most things I use so it isn’t that hard thank god.

  • Adeline says:

    I made a pact with myself of never giving Ryanair (and now Easyjet) extra money if I can avoid it. Especially since most of the time I use those airlines, it’s to visit my parents or good friends, where all I need is some anti-hangover stuff rather than beauty things (ah the beauty of spending my day in pjs).

    I used to pack never-used-before products thinking it’d be the opportunity to try them – never did, so now they stay at home. I esp like those tiny round sample boxes from Body Shop, that’s how I pack my Dermalogica Microfoliant. Then 2 eyeliners max, mascara, 2-3 glosses/lipstick then skincare.

    Hmmm that doesn’t sound like I downsize much, does it..

  • Jeannie says:

    Carryon for me, at least if it’s just for a couple of days in the UK or whatever. I keep all the sample tubes and pots, and also hotel bottles if they look sturdy enough, then decant all my potions and lotions and write on the pots with permanent marker to avoid mixing them up. I also inevitably end up having to buy a few of those teeth-grindingly overpriced travel sized toiletries from Tesco.
    I hate it though; so much stuff in your hands as you go through security! Jacket over one arm, boarding card and passport, trying to get boots and belt off, then laptop, aaargh!
    My makeup is mineral powder though, so at least there’s no need to try to cram that into the sandwich bag too.

  • LaineyO says:

    I’m queen of depotting and decanting into smaller containers, decided long ago that my professional kit was getting way to large to manage so storage containers (empty pallets, small squeezy bottles etc.. are life saver for me)
    That said I still can’t downsize the number of different products that come with me when I travel and I always end up buying when I’m away so I usually purchase a luggage allowance now as well. Can’t win

  • Aileen says:

    Definitely prefer to bring a carry on bag but always feel very nervous when flying with Ryanair especially when I see old ladies and men struggling to squash/ lift their bags containing the few bits they need for their break into the measuring gadget!Always feel very sad for them cause mostly the bags have so little in them.

    That aside for 3/4 days love the freedom of walking off a plane with my bag on my back, all the cleansers, shampoos neatly packed and stashed into small Muji containers and samples of everything I can find! Miss my shoes tho…

  • Lisa says:

    Used to be carry on bag only, especially when I went on a lot of business trips within Europe: a zillion weenchy products crammed into a small plastic bag. As Jeannie says above, such a pain having to dismantle yourself at security, though: laptop out of bag, toiletries out of bag, coat off, etc. etc. etc. but at least it was quick at the other end.

    (And my carry-on bag was actual carry-on size: I always get irked by people getting on planes with VAST SUITCASES who then nearly brain you trying to get them into the overhead luggage compartments/hog all the space that should fit bags for about three people. Somebody once asked me did I mind taking my reasonably sized bag *out* so they could fit their huge holdall in. Er, no….)

    Now however I’m usually travelling with a small child and have to check in luggage anyway so … hmm, don’t mind if I do, duty free perfume!

  • Stellar Las says:

    I check a bag, so much less hassle.

  • LuLuBabe says:

    I always check a bag. No way in hell I can downsize my lotions and potions enough to fit in one of those ridiculously small bags, and everything I bring with me gets used, so it’s not like I’m carting loads around that I don’t need.

  • Sooz says:

    I have gotten fairly good at travelling light. Like others I used to carry far too much that never got used. I can now do a short breaks with carry on only no problem & I also managed a 13 day trip to Italy with only carry on. (I was very proud of that!)

    ALthough I did have access to a washing machine which helped! ;-)

  • Emz says:

    If I’m going for more than a weekend, I’d always check a bag but otherwise, like the other ladies I decant as much as I can into travel containers & hope for the best!

  • Aisling says:

    I always check a bag! I don’t wear/use half of what I bring with me but you don’t know what you’re going to feel like wearing – you NEED the choice! That’s what I tell myself anyway!

  • DeeDeeG says:

    Ah the days of 20kg luggage allowance and a huge hand luggage bag..
    I’ve become the queen of travelling light as the boyfriend lives in London and I travel over every couple of weeks. Trilogy travel sized skincare is my saviour for the clear plastic bag, and I always have a travel sized batiste and hairspray on hand to bung in too.

  • LuLuBabe says:

    Remember vanity cases? A little mini suitcase for all your cosmetics and toiletries that you could bring on the plane with you? (You’d never check it in as they might spill.) I had one of those that went EVERYWHERE with me pre- Sept 11 2001.

  • Kitty In The City says:

    I always check in a bag, but I am usually travelling with the boyfriend and going for at least 3 nights, so it takes the stress out of travel. I can’t tell you how fab Turkish Airlines are – bag included in price, drinks on board, newspaper… It was like 1994 again. (In a good way).

  • Lydia says:

    I once made the mistake of not checking a bag and reasoning that I’d just buy all my beauty bits in the airport Boots. However, you are then forced to cram this all into your hand luggage bag, straining the zip and handles, not to mention your shoulder! Decanting and checking is a hassle but definitely worth the extra effort.

  • LuLuBabe says:

    SAS and Lufthansa the same – no charge for bags, unlike all the other scabby airlines flying the Euro routes nowadays.

  • Lynnie says:

    LuLuBabe – was it a tapestry one?!

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