If you were a regular round these parts at this time last year then you probably remember my ‘Holiday Beauty Packing’ series that I harped on about during summer season. Well, I thought I’d just touch on it again for any new VDM’ers out there (hello and thanks for having a read!) and as a little refresher for any of you who are heading away anytime soon. It was a five part shindig with pointers for everyone whether you’re heading to a beach, city, festival or campsite. I even made little print-off PDF checklists for you. And though I haven’t got anything new to add video-wise this year I thought I’d drop in some extra advice that’s arisen my own travels this year:

– Take a mini roll of sellotape with you and tape down all flip top lids as at some point during travelling one will explode and completely cover all surrounding products in hair conditioner and ruin the bag you’ve stored it in. I’m speaking from experience here.

– Don’t overpack your hand luggage with cosmetics unless you’re on a long haul flight and really are going to take advantage of that mini in-flight facial routine that you’ve managed squished in. Keep it to the essentials you’d need if your checked luggage was to be delayed at the other end.

Always take a flannel with you. The amount of times I’ve been caught out with this one convinced that the hotel at the other end will have me covered, which usually ends up in me using a sopping wet hand towel to remove my cleanser every AM and PM. Buy the cheapest pack you can so if you have to leave a damp one there the morning of check-out it isn’t too heartbreaking.

– Earplugs will be your best friend. Pack a pair in your hand luggage, a pair in your case and stick another lot in just for good luck. Holidays are about being well rested after all – am I right?

– While it’s easy to get caught up planning your perfect holiday beauty edit, don’t forget the essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste, a hairband or two, cotton wool and buds, tweezers, deodorant etc, etc – you know the drill.

So check out the playlists with all the videos here (PDF’s in the description box). Happy packing and safe travels! 

  • Love&Blog

    those were soo handy posts – I’ve given them a go a lot and they saved me multiple times! Thanks Anna :)

  • http://whatlouiseisloving.blogspot.co.uk/ Louise

    Love the idea of sellotape – genius! x


  • http://cloudesme.blogspot.co.uk/ Cloud Esmé

    I loved this series last year, thanks for the tips:) And I took a mini bioderma away with me, so it’s empty now, but I can’t figure out how to remove the lid to re-fill it! Sounds silly but I’ve tried everything..Any advice?

    Esmé // CloudEsmé


      I ended up using a tiny funnel I got with a perfume atomiser. I just stuck it through the cap and filled it up again.

      • http://cloudesme.blogspot.co.uk/ Cloud Esmé

        Thanks! If I can get my hands on one I’ll try it:)

  • Bella

    I loved your packing series Anna!! I’m leaving for Italy in a couple of days so I’ll give it a squiz!! (But mine’s a beach, city and countryside holiday, by car, so there are no limits to what I can pack….right ;)?

  • Mezzy

    Can you PLEASE please do one on long haul flights. love your blog

  • http://ellabooxo.blogspot.co.uk Ella

    I went and re watched all five of these just a couple of days ago! So useful x

    ellabooxo • beauty & lifestyle

  • http://littlebeautybloge.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Riddle

    Great post! Such helpful tips :)

    Little Beauty Blog

    Elizabeth x

  • http://nueyork.blogspot.com nueyork

    I would love to know what you would take on a long haul flight! I’m so skeptical about whether I’d actually end up applying makeup, but I’d also be nervous putting the products in my luggage.



      I’m pretty sure Anna has a video on that too – though the one I’m thinking of May be quite old now!

    • Mezzy

      Yes, me too! There arent that many long haul flight vids. PLEASE DO ONE :)

  • http://www.thevelvetblack.co.uk/ Alice Young

    Never thought to tape down all lids, what a good idea!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • Biruté Eva Sim

    Great ideas and tips :)


  • Debbie T

    Ooh, I have that Paul & Joe makeup bag ^_^

    Debbie x

  • http://emmabebeauty.blogspot.ie/ Emma Be Beauty

    I always over pack and forget something. Great tips.

    Emma Be Beauty</A

  • http://www.yingcbeauty.com/ ying

    Thank you for the tips :) Especially the sellotape on the lids one because I always find my containers popping open and it is quite annoying at times too! Will remember to bring a flannel next time im travelling away~ I always make the same mistake expecting one to be there like you.

    Hope you have a wonderful day ~


    X x X x X

  • Geena

    You’re so right about the flannel situation, it’s especially awkward when the towels are white- hello orange marks! I never take cosmetics in my hand luggage because it’s always a faff having to take everything out at security.

  • http://sparklingdivadiaries.blogspot.in/ Sparkling Diva Diaries

    Really helpful tips,thanks for sharing.


  • http://emilylikesmakeup.blogspot.co.uk Emily

    The mini Bioderma looks so cute! Really useful tips too.

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • http://artedellamoda.blogspot.co.nz/ Ashley

    Great tips, especially the sellotape one!

    Ashley | http://artedellamoda.blogspot.co.nz/

  • http://makeupmusicbooks.blogspot.com Rachel Polansky

    that’s a great idea about the flannel!


  • http://www.pamsstuffandthings.blogspot.com Pam Biggin

    Yep great tip about the flannel, I am always caught out with that one :(

    Pam @ pamsstuffandthings.blogspot.com

  • Olivia

    i am leaving for 2 months in SE aisa in like 2 hours and this has reminded me to pack ear buds THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

  • http://mividabonitaa.blogspot.nl/ Savannah Giersthove

    Over packing… That’s my middle name hahaha x


  • MajaEstelle

    The sellotape tip is a great one! Totally did not think of that but it makes so much sense.
    X Maja

  • http://www.owl-girl.com/ Candy

    This is a great post! I loved spotting all of the items that I actually own in that fantastic photo at the top. I recently did a post about holiday packing too! Here it is!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

  • http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/ Grace

    Whoa is must have taken quite some time to arrange all the products in that lovely order..looks great though!


  • http://www.inallofhersplendor.com johnna

    I love the PDF checklist and will use it in the future! I recently went to Bali and here are a few things I would suggest adding to the list – Click the link http://www.inallofhersplendor.com/2014/04/02/whats-a-girl-to-pack-for-bali/

  • http://fashiontreehouse.blogspot.co.uk/ Carla Louise

    This is the best post, I needed this as I’m going away soon! x

    FASHION TREEHOUSE | UK Fashion Blogger

  • Emily Knott

    Earplugs. Must get myself some of those before V fest!


  • http://www.laurelloves.com/ Laurel Loves

    Loving the pdf checklist, so useful!


  • http://www.candyiciousxo.blogspot.com Ann Baghdasaryan

    Mini Bioderma’s are the cutest!


  • Manouk

    I’m going to NY in a few months and I’m looking forward to my in-fight (makeup) routine haha, am I weird? Probably.

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait

  • Lauren B

    So true about the exploding bottles… and it’s always something thick like conditioner or body cream. At least my bag and all the rest of my products smell nice… D:

  • emily couture

    Great and helpful tips :)



  • http://godsaveourdressing.blogspot.fr Victoria Macgregor

    I’ve already been on holidays this year but these advices are always coming handy :)

    Love from France !

  • http://www.marydoesbeauty.com marydoesbeauty

    Yes! I love your packing series!! :) Keep it up girl!


  • staygold

    I love seeing the travel size Rahua hair products! Lovely, and nontoxic <3

  • http://www.blushandfairydust.blogspot.com/ Cassie

    I think the tweezers and mini scissors are so important! I always find that I need them when I don’t have them.


  • MaquillageMagic

    Great selection of products, makes me want to go holiday make up shopping,

    Laura xxx


  • http://ladyporter.blogspot.com ladyporter

    I hate it when my products explode, so good tip on taping them!


  • Hollie Miles

    Love this post! Organisation is my favourite. Good tip on the tape – I lost an entire bottle of micellar water on my recent trip to Paris!

  • Emma and Emily

    Love these packing guides so much! Decanting anything into smaller containers makes a massive difference to my weight and space load. I think a nail file is one of the most important things to bring! A scraggly nail is the bane of my life.


  • http://www.youtube.com/users/whatlyddid LydiaGrace

    So you blog, vlog, and film as well as editing everything, reviewing products, attending meeting and you even create PDFs to accompany your videos?! Wow, Anna! You deserve tonnes more recognition, but I know that all of your hard work will really pay off, and in the meantime I’m very grateful that you do so much.

  • Elise

    Wow, these are great…thanks so much :)

  • http://www.sparklesandshoes.com/ Kelly

    I never go anywhere without my blazer!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • http://theashleydavisproject.com/ Ashley

    Great reminder! I’m going away soon, this is so helpful.

  • Daniella





  • http://www.thefigsheart.com/ Lauren Burkitt

    Hehe love your perfectly organized Virgo photo. How many pieces of sticky tack did it take to get that shot? Awesome tips Anna, great post :)

  • http://sophiebysophia.blogspot.com Sophia Charles

    Great tips, Anna! I love your make up bag!

    Sophia | sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

  • Eva Pállová

    Helpful tips :)

  • Elif Karamehmetoglu

    It was such a great series. I have used it to pack for my latest holiday 😀


  • Chantal

    Great tips Anna, I thought I was the only one who takes spare flannels with me on holiday haha x


  • http://www.amandasescape.blogspot.co.uk Amanda

    Great tips. Can never be too certain that the hotel will have the small essentials you need x

  • Ellie

    I suck at packing and this was so helpful! Great tips!!


  • http://eaudebloglette.blogspot.co.uk/ Emily Hewitt

    Sellotape – such a great idea (thank you!!) I’ll definitely be keeping this in mind. xx


  • Hannah Burrows

    I constantly have my headphones in when I’m in an airport or flying – music relaxes me, as I get super anxious flying :( xxx

    Blog This With Hannah

  • http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk Lauren S

    The sellotape is a fab idea, so simple! I think I need some cheap flannels too because it’s annoying not having one the other end :(
    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • musingsbycoco

    My must have mascara for traveling is Younique’s 3D Fiber Lash Mascara. Have you tried it? Shipping to UK will begin on October 1. They have a wonderful makeup and skin care line. I would love if you’d do a review of a few key products. Find me at: http://www.facebook.com/tiffanythomasadkins or instagram @vitaditiffa

  • http://gyudynotesofbeauty.blogspot.it/ Gyudy

    I’ve become quite good at packing since I always travel with carry on only (I’m a city tour girl at heart so I need only the essentials) and the thing I agree more with is… Don’t forget the essentials! 😉