What’s in My Carry-On: Make-Up Edition

Since I went on vacation a couple weeks ago, I decided I wanted to do a series of posts on “what’s in my carry on”. I try to travel as light as possible, and if I can get away with just a carry-on and a personal item I consider it a success. I’m going to break up these posts in sections: makeup, clothes, and entertainment. I’m hoping it will help me streamline the packing process (I am a habitual last-minute packer, with no signs of rehabilitation in the future.

Make Up Bag:

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick (Stark Naked in the daytime, Mrs. Mia Wallace at Night): I love Urban Decay, and I think both of these shades cover the variety of day and night time events I have signed myself up for.

Lip balm: I prefer EOS balms, but Burt’s Bees is a great alternative.

ABH Stick Foundations (Natural, Warm Natural): I’m taking these primarily because of the humid weather. Not only that, stick foundations are much easier (in my opinion) to travel with.

ELF liquid eyeliner: ELF is a long-time favorite of mine. They’re cruelty-free and so affordable it’s almost criminal.

ELF eyebrow kit: See above.

Urban Decay Smoky palette: I went through all my eyeshadow palettes, and decided since I use this one the least in my normal life, I would make good use of it on vacation.

Tarte blush in Sensual: Long-time favorite.

Deodorant: I keep a travel-sized one with me at most times, because I live in Las Vegas and I get hot. So of course, I do the same when I travel.

Travel sized face wash/moisturizer: I love travel-sized products, and I try to stock up before each trip. I don’t have a particularly favorite brand, but I end up buying Neutrogena more often than not.

Makeup remover towelettes: Any brand will do, but I prefer Burt’s Bees.

Tarte Mascara in Gifted: This is the only mascara I own, so it goes everywhere with me.

VS rollerball perfume: It’s small, compact and smells terrific.

Eyelash Curler

Make up brushes: I don’t have a particular brand that I like; I’m not even sure where I got the current ones I have. But they must go with me every trip.


Harley Quinn Hairbrush: Just because. 


Road Trip Tips: Advice on Traveling with Pets

The only downside to traveling is the fact that I have to leave my dogs behind. I’ve got three little ones, and every time I leave their little faces behind it breaks my heart. Of course, if I had all the money I would take them with me wherever I went whether by, plane, train or automobile. Until that time comes, they have to stay home unless I am driving. Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks to making traveling more fun for all of us:

Take them out on a lot of short rides ahead of time. I take my dogs to the park on almost a daily basis, so they are used to getting in and out of the car without problems. Sometimes, I’ll take them on short errands with me, like going to In N Out or to visit family (but they’re never left in the car alone). Now they insist on coming with me each I grab my keys.  When you make traveling by car fun for them, you have already won half the battle.

Bring the food they are used to. It’s not a good idea to abruptly change a dog’s food under normal circumstances, and it is especially not a good idea to do while you’re on vacation. A change in food can upset a dog’s digestive system, and the stress of new surroundings can compound that.

Take frequent breaks. I try to stop at least once an hour or every two hours to let my dogs out. We stop long enough to take a short walk, have a potty break, and drink water. It does significantly slow down your travel time, but it is good for both you and your pet. Sometimes I catch myself just wanting to rush through the drive and get to my destination, but when you force yourself to slow down and take breaks, you end up enjoying the journey itself a lot more.

Don’t leave them in the heat. This is absolutely essential. In the desert the temperatures can reach well above 100 degrees in the summertime, making the insides of a car reach 10 to 50 degrees hotter on any given day or time. This is an easy rule to follow; the only time it can get a little tricky is if you are on the road and alone. You can’t bring your pet into every gas station you pass by, especially if you need to use the restroom. The times that I find myself needing a bathroom break on the road, I leave out cold water and keep the air conditioning on. I also time myself; I’m never gone for more than five minutes.

Bring plenty of water. This is pretty self-explanatory. I usually bring a gallon for the dogs and some of the 24 oz. Aquafina bottles for me depending on how long we will be traveling. If we’re on the road for longer, I bring more for all of us.  This is an important tip to keep in mind all year, but it is even more important in the warmer months.

Secure them in the vehicle. They make seat belts and crates for dogs that are specially designed for car rides, but I’ve always used their regular crates on trips. Keeping your pets kenneled during a trip not only ensures their safety but yours. Whether you get a ticket for having your pet in your lap, or your furry friend distracts you while driving and causes an accident, having a loose pet in the car can cause a number of headaches.

Go on a walk before you leave. Taking them on a walk before you embark on a road trip will help burn off excess energy, and allow them to use the bathroom. Even if it’s just a quick trip outside, it will be enough to get their brains working and prepare them for the long drive ahead.

Bring something from home. Whether it’s toys, blankets or pillows, items from home will give them the sense of comfort they are missing out on the road. It will also help them to stay calm if they need to be in the hotel room by themselves for a little while.

Originally posted on my other blog, Sparks of Wanderlust