Once upon a time, when Pan Am was in its heyday and flying was a glamorous affair, the vanity case was the size of a big toolbox. You could pretty much fit anything inside: A small hairdryer, hairspray, a tub of cold cream--it was all fair game. Of course, things are different now. You can’t just throw your everyday tube of body lotion into your carry-on anymore. Here's what to bring, so you can breeze through security--and look and feel your best, no matter where you land.
1. Utilize flight-friendly storage containers. Liquids, gels, mousses, and creams must be 3.4 ounces (100 mL) or less. You can buy travel-size products, but we think they’re expensive for what you get. With “fun-size” reusable containers, you can fill them with your favorite skin-care and makeup items. Buy them empty, or save those little jars of free samples you get from the makeup counter, after you’re done using what's inside.
2. Throw those containers into a resealable 1 quart (about 1 liter) plastic bag. You know, the kind you put your leftover food in. These prevent any leakage from ruining everything else in your carry-on. Since it’s clear, the security gate officers won’t ask you to open it up.
3. Walk through your morning and night routines. Jot down every item you use to create a checklist of essentials. Pack portions of your own body lotion, shampoo, and conditioner, if you’re choosy or if you might be sensitive to certain ingredients in hotel freebies.
4. Consider multitaskers. A product that does two or three things at a time means you need to pack that much less. We’re thinking makeup sticks that work on cheeks and lips, for instance, or lotions (like Calendula Hydrate!) that are as soothing on the face as it is on the body.
5. Opt for solids. This allows you to sidestep the 3.4-ounce rule, and may take less space, too. So consider facial sheet masks instead of the clay or gel variety; as well as sunblock sticks and solid perfumes.