- Place travel size toiletries in a hanging toiletry bag or jewelry/hosiery organizer. Hotels and cruise ships have limited counter space. Hang over door.
- Bring dual voltage, compact folding hair blowdryers, curling irons, flat-irons. Dual voltage appliances are nearly the norm, now, and can easily be found at CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, Target, Walmart, and other everyday stores.
- Most 3.5* and above rated hotels will have hair dryers. However, I would classify these as putting forth, at best, a gentle warm breeze. Go au naturel or bring your own.
- Even with dual voltage appliances, you will still need an adaptor plug for the sockets. Of course, if not bringing dual-voltage appliances, you will need to bring an electrical converter, as well, but be aware even the smallest of these can add as much as 5 lbs to your luggage weight.
- You can REFILL those little travel tubes of toothpaste from your large tube at home before you go.
- Most nicer hotels abroad will provide at least a small bottle of shampoo, but be prepared. Bring a couple with you, at least, or fill travel bottles with your favorite products.
- Pack a cheap dozen washcloths. They don't exist abroad. Use one a day and toss.
- Pack a large micro-fiber towel (can be found in hai rcare section of many drugstores. They measure 18" x 24". Useful for drying your hair, your body, your hand laundry, and you can use the room towel for the pool, spa, or beach.
- Try and get buy with double-purpose products: shampoo/conditioner-in-one; tinted moisturizer instead of packing foundation + moisturizer.
- Small 8x magnifying mirror (Bed, Bath, and Beyond sells a 4" diam)
- Tweezers, nail polish remover pads (not liquid); emory boards, toothpicks
- Manicure scissors, needle and basic thread colors (navy, white, black, red, green)
- safety pins, assorted sizes
- barrettes, bobby pins, stretchy wide headband (good for cold weather, too)
- bungee-cord or travel clothesline; clothespins
- small roll of duct tape (mend clothes, bandages, id luggage, many uses)
And remember, unless you are planning on camping in the wilds of Timbuktu or the summit of Everest, just about anything you need can be purchased where you are!
Now you'll feel fresh and beautiful all the day long!
Always visit http://www.tsa.gov for the latest restrictions on what you are allowed to pack in your luggage.