Travel Tips: Packing Cosmetics and Toiletries for Plane Travel

by Paris B on · 12 comments

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The thing with plane travel is that you do not have the luxury of space and weight unlike a roadtrip where you can bring the kitchen sink if you can fit it into your car. What with these 2 inhibitions coupled with the safety flight requirements of allowing only liquids, creams and gels of 100ml and below on board, packing cosmetics or toiletries for a trip can be quite daunting.

I’m taking such a trip and some readers had previously asked what or how they should pack cosmetics or toiletries for plane trips especially for carry on luggage. So I took a quick snap to show how how I packed my toiletries  most recently.

I travel with samples. A lot of them :) Stuff I pick up from various brands or counters make good travel partners especially if they are the sachet type. Use them up and throw them away! This way you don’t have to wrestle with half used travel size bottles of products when you’re coming back 😉 In the alternative, decant into smaller bottles. I prefer to use proper sample bottles because at least the airport handlers can identify whats in your bottle e.g. body lotion and not think its something that might be used to make a bomb 😛

Cosmetics that are checked in


I check in the products I will not be using on the plane. This way, my carry on bag or handbag isn’t too heavy. Here are the products I brought along most recently. Brands may change from time to time but the basic type of product hardly changes.

All travel sized toiletries are packed into a Make Up For Ever travel makeup bag (purchased at some random sale a few years ago)

Cosmetics in my carry on luggage


I’m on a slightly long flight so I’m packing some stuff I can use on the flight itself to combat the dry cabin air. I only pack this extra pouch when I fly long haul.

All products are below 100ml and are packed into a Jim Thompson pouch – gift from a friend.

Travel Makeup Pouch – Carry on luggage


I’m carrying on my makeup pouch this time to make a quick touch up before I land. At the very least, I’d probably put on some powder so I don’t look like Death warmed over and get deported at immigration LOL…

In a Stephanie Johnson animal print pouch I have these which are never the same for any 2 trips … except the pouch :)

  • Stage Burlesque Ball Eyeshadow palette in Gossip – the colours are lovely and intense and I’m going to make it work for both day and night
  • Clarins Instant Light Booster kit containing sample sizes of the Perfecting Touch concealer, Complexion Perfector, Instant Smooth and Lip Perfector and also a mini mascara – I got this from duty free at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok :)
  • Ecotools Retractable kabuki brush will do double duty for face and blush
  • MAC Porcelain Pink mineralize skin finish – doing double duty too for blush and highlighter
  • Shu Uemura eyelash curler
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder – new purchase so its my first time trying it out :)
  • Paul & Joe 2 way powder foundation – not pictured
  • Stage Trio Travel brush set – not pictured
  • Dior Serum de Rouge lipstick in Raspberry Serum – not pictured

And that’s my travel cosmetics for a trip lasting just slightly under 1 week. Looks like a lot but it really isn’t. They can easily all fit into the black Make Up For Ever bag but I split it up to make it easier to reach for things and to make it less bulky too.

So I’m leaving on a jet plane…

Ah! So that’s the cosmetics all packed and ready to go! I’m now sleep deprived, agonizing over clothes and basically getting into that last minute frenzy that preceeds every holiday I take – “Did I lock the doors?” “Did I turn off the plug points?” “Oh my goodness! What about the gas?!” “Where are the tickets?!” “Did I forget my passport and money?”

Ah yep! Nothing more relaxing than a holiday eh? :) How do you pack your toiletries?

Stay beautiful,

Paris B

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Indira November 12, 2009 at 10:20 am

While I love cosmetics, I don’t wear much when I travel. I’m just not in the mood for makeup. I don’t even care about touching up. I always carry small cross-body bag when I travel, I put sheer lipstick and lipbalm in it.

I put my makeup in carry on backpack. Just 2 way cake foundation; eyeshadow palette by Mirabella (Indonesian brand. They’re relatively cheap and long lasting and has 12 colors of eyeshadow); eyeliner pencil by Maybelline; eyebrow pencil by Revlon; 2 color blush from La Tulipe (another local brand); blush and eyeshadow brush. No concealer, no mascara, no loose powder.

and for toilettries…I don’t pack them in my carry on luggage :)


Michelle November 12, 2009 at 10:35 am

Wow you sure have got everything down to a T! Aside from the quintessential lip balm, moisturiser, etc… the other thing that’s a must-have for me on flights is a bottle of Evian face mist. I find that spritzing it regularly, especially on long-haul really helps prevent skin dehydration which is the root of many skin evils.

Love the Stephanie Johnson animal print pouch. Where you get that from?

Have a safe trip and a fabulous time!


Jean November 12, 2009 at 11:19 am

i never take a plane before.. I’m so glad you wrote this post!!
because during this time air asia promotion, I got myself a return tickets to Macau for my next year birthday!


Julie November 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I thought eyelash curlers are not allowed on the plane?


Jessica November 13, 2009 at 1:30 pm

What I know is that they’ll confiscate metal curlers but not the plastic ones though….


bebee November 17, 2009 at 5:04 pm

i bring my eyelash curler even to australia


Nikki November 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I miss traveling!!! I want to travel with you! wherever you go! hahaha :) I love the way you pack your stuffs, I pack almost the same as you, but lesser on the cosmetics side, I just back, sunblock, pressed powder, lip balm and lipstick :)


November 12, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Great tips!! I like how you packed exactly 10 “liquid” stuff in your carry on!! 😀

Same like Nikki, i pack alot less makeup stuff! Just powder, eyeliner and cheek stain! 😀

Have a wonderful trip Paris!! Take care and have lots of fun! :)


Jamilla Camel November 12, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I hardly carry makeup in my hand luggage, but maybe I should start! I’m more of a cream/lip gloss girl on the plane!


maryinwonder November 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm

I don’t travel by plain…and probably won’t for a long time, but I’ve been wondering how and what I should pack in, just in case.
thank you so much for the tips!


Shay November 12, 2009 at 11:04 pm

I think I only have lip balm to carry onboard. All the rest of my beauty stuff and toiletries are in my lugguage for work. I do bring a ton (easily 2 kg or so) for my work trips 2 wks to a mth.

If I’m on holiday, I don’t bring makeup, except if I’m going to Japan. Its considered courtesy to wear makeup. :)


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