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Travel Prep Pointers

Posted April 8th, 2014

When I go on vacation, my main goal is to relax. But for someone who's not terribly good at unwinding, it's always a bit of a struggle. So in order to alleviate some of the stress that comes with traveling, I make sure to be super organized beforehand. As part of my collaboration with Dove, here's a glimpse at how I prepared for my recent trip to Mexico. 

I create an organized packing list. I categorize everything - from clothing and shoes to technology and beauty. It helps me not only keep track of how much I'm packing, but reminds me of those little things I always manage to forget.

When we travel to a tropical place, like Zihuatanejo, I try to keep my beauty products to a minimum, only bringing along some essentials. For skin, I stick mainly to sunscreen, face oil, some cover-up in two shades to account for a bit of tanning, waterproof mascara, lip balm, and a cheek stain that can also be used on my lips. I also bring along sample sizes of two of my perfumes (Carnal Flower and Petit Cherie), some tan towels to add a bit of color since I do try to avoid the sun, eye drops and hand sanitizer. As for my hair, since I don't even attempt to do fancy blow-outs while I'm away, I make sure my hair is well moisturized with a deep conditioner (usually the hotel stuff makes my hair look and feel like straw) and hair oil (like Dove's Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum.) And for those days when I can't be bothered to wash my hair, a dry shampoo goes a long way to keeping my hair looking fresh. Lastly, I pack along plenty of bobby pins and hair ties so I can throw my hair up in messy buns or pretty braids.

One of the things I used to forget was a bag for carrying things around once I actually arrived. So now when I'm going on a tropical vacation, I have my beach tote double as my carry-on bag (I just make sure to bring along lots of pouches to corral things inside) so that when I arrive, it's what I use most days to transport my towel/book/glasses/sunscreen to and from the pool. 

I get a lot of emails from readers asking about good shoes for vacation. I like to break it down into simple terms - think about what you're going to do while on vacation and pack around that. For me, it's a pair of cute running shoes, one pair of modest heels with a wooden platform, some colorful flats for walking to town, punchy flats for nighttime or lounging and flip flops for beach and pool trips.

While I certainly bring other pieces while on vacation, dresses are easy to pack and can be dressed up or down. I stick to dresses that can transition from the beach with a floppy hat and flip flops to dinner when paired with heels and a statement necklace.

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