#HowToPack Your Hair & Beauty Items

A few months back, I asked my newsletter subscribers what their biggest packing problem was.

The response? Hundreds of e-mails outlining the pains of packing hair dryers, workout clothing and sneakers, sticking with the 3 pairs of shoes rule, and fitting beauty products in that teeny tiny bag.

I wish I had a magic wand to make everything magically fit in your carry-on suitcase.

Instead, I have the next best thing – the Hudson+Bleecker Voyager, which can help you pack all of your hair products and toiletries efficiently. And without sacrificing too many of your favorite products.

That said – there will be some sacrifices. You may need to swap some of your non-essential liquids to a solid/towelette version, or leave one hair tool at home.

But with this bag, you can absolutely pack your favorite hair dryer (plus another hair tool), a hairbrush (essential), and maximize that quart-sized allotment for your liquid products.

And by using the Voyager, you can fit all of your beauty & hair items in either your personal item (a bigger one, like the Lo & Sons OG or this Everlane backpack) if you need extra room in your suitcase.

The Voyager can fit full-sized hair tools and protects them from everything else in your suitcase. I always pack my hairbrush, but will usually bring along either this hot brush or a flat iron for any trip. I’ll also include a baggie of hair ties and bobby pins for topknots and ponytails, which is all I need for my hair. Pack your hair tools and items by largest/bulkiest first, and use the remaining spaces to fit your smaller and more flexible products.

A word to the wise – make sure any hair tool you pack for international travel is dual voltage. Even with a converter, hair dryers or other tools have a tendency to break when using them in a country with different voltage.

Another thing I love about the Voyager is how well-designed the quart-sized plastic pouches are. Compared to a sad plastic baggie or similar pouches, you can get a ton of products in here given that it has a larger surface area (with a thinner width). I pack my largest and bulkiest containers in first, and fill in the empty spaces with smaller, flexible tubes. I pack this bag in my personal item to save space in my suitcase, or in case the regular line is shorter than the TSA PreCheck line.

I pack the non-liquid items the same way I pack the liquid ones. This pouch, however, gets packed inside my suitcase. When it comes to toiletry swaps, I’ll pack sheet masks and towelettes for my face and use hotel-provided conditioner as my shave gel. Deodorants are considered a solid, and therefore exempt from the liquids rule, and contact lens solutions is (sometimes) exempt as it’s technically a medical product.

Whatever you can pack in the Voyager, you should. That’s it.

You can do it. I promise.

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What items give you the biggest packing pain? COMMENT below and let me know!

P.S – the skin routine I do after every flight, and a look at my must-pack toiletries.

P.P.S – this post is not sponsored by Hudson+Bleecker, but they did gift me this Voyager. All opinions are my own!

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I’m Hitha. I’m an entrepreneur, author, and activist. I also have an insatiable case of wanderlust that started when I was 5 months old, and hasn’t let up since.

I hope it doesn’t. After all, I still have Antarctica to visit.

I created Hitha On The Go to offer smart solutions so you can live your best life. I want to help you pack faster, work smarter, and live better - while looking and feeling your best.

In addition to this website, I’m the author of How To Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip. I also co-founded Bridge2Act, a platform that enables charitable giving with ease, and I invest and advise women-led startups.

I live in New York City with my husband and son - when I’m not embarking on another adventure or working to make the world a better place.