A girl’s got to look good on vacation, what with all of the upscale dinner dates, nights out on the town and infinite photo ops. Meanwhile, packing light is also key. What’s a pretty, jet-setting lady to do? Put these five invaluable, yet totally overhead-stowable tricks to the test and you’ll never go back to wall-mounted hotel blow-dryers again!
Les Tai Tai Model Mirror First thing’s first, you need to see what you’re up against. Whether it’s an in flight touch up, a poolside sunscreen application, or an emergency eyebrow tweeze, you shouldn’t have to depend on the blade of a butter knife to check your reflection. These adorable folding mirrors come in dozens of colorful patterns and designs and fit easily into a purse or pocket. The kicker? There are eight LED lights that illuminate when you open it!
BaByliss Tourmaline Travel Hair Dryer This hair dryer can stand up to most of its full-sized competitors. With 1000 watts of dual voltage power it gets the job done fast and frizzy free. It’s also feather light and has a folding handle for the ultimate packability.
CHI Pro Mini Flat Iron This wee gem packs the punch of your standard (highly touted) CHI straightener (with 1 ¼ inch ceramic plates) but takes up half the space in your luggage! It heats up hot and quick so you can spend more time enjoying your trip and less time fussing over your newly sleek, shining locks.
Japonesque Go Curl Pocket Curler A tool most girls will leave at home, eyelash curlers can do wonders to improve your finished look. Just a couple gentle squeezes and suddenly you’re doe-eyed with graceful, sweeping lashes. This travel curler takes up virtually no space in your cosmetics bag, (unlike awkward metal versions), and is quick and easy to use on the go.
Real Techniques Travel Essentials Brush Set I can’t rave enough about the Real Techniques line of brushes (created by everyone’s favorite beauty guru, Samantha Chapman of Pixiwoo). They are soft, cruelty free and stylish to boot! This set covers all your bases with three brushes, foundation, domed shadow, and a multi-tasker for blush, bronzer and powder. The case they come in is the best part though, as it unfolds into an ingenious brush stand for your hotel vanity!
Diane Von Furstenberg Travel AdaptorSomewhat of a splurge, but this adaptor is so cute in its colorful case you won’t be able to resist. It’s also extremely useful though, as many countries do not share North America’s love of 110V electrical plugs. This versatile plug will have your new toys powered safely and stylishly!
Noella Schink is a travel and beauty writer from Portland, Maine. She delights in sharing the tips and tricks she’s learned on her adventures, between road trips in car rentals in Europe and backpacking around New Zealand.