In three weeks, I am lucky enough to be going to India with a group of students from my university. Twelve of us will travel to New Delhi and Mumbai, visiting media outlets and meeting some of their most respected journalists.
I’ve been luckyenough to travel a lot during my life, and have packing down to a fine art (I learnt everything from my mama – “roll, don’t fold!”). When it comes to travelling, packing lightly is the golden rule. Aside from the fact that you’ll have weight restrictions (assuming you’re travelling via plane), you’ll want to have room for your purchases, AND if you’re backpacking, you have to lug that thing around with you a lot. I’ve put together a little list of the toiletries and skincare which I’ll be taking with me to India, as a guide of things that I think are good to pack. Keep in mind these are just my personal preferences, and depending on where you are travelling to, your needs might hugely differ to mine! Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes If there is one item that has been a constant in my life for the past five or so years, it is these wipes. My skin can be sensitive to certain products, and these wipes are the only ones I have found that don’t irritate my skin or turn me bright red. While I don’t use them to take off all of my makeup, they are good for removing the remnants that my makeup remover may have left behind, leaving my face fresh and clean. I think at any one time I have about four packets on the go, in my bathroom, my bedroom, my car and my handbag. I’m taking two packets away with me, one to clean my face and another to have in my daypack to freshen up during the hot Indian days. Simple Hydrating Moisturiser As mentioned above, my silly skin often reacts to products due to their ingredients. I’m generally okay with moisturisers, but have found myself to rate Simple’s quite highly. I find it does have a bit of a funny scent, and while it doesn’t keep my face hydrated for 12 hours like the bottle claims it to do, it is a lovely refreshing formula that doesn’t feel too heavy and is easily absorbed into the skin. It also comes in a travel-sized bottle, which is really handy considering I only use regular moisturiser in the mornings. Coconut Oil While coconut oil has a lot of uses, I generally find myself using it in place of a nighttime moisturiser. While it can leave your skin feeling like an oil slick immediately after application, I find that it sinks into my skin really quickly, and when I wake up my face feels soft and hydrated. I also try and keep my skincare as natural as possible, so having something with no added anything on your face overnight is definitely a big plus for me. I’ll be decanting my jar into a smaller container for while I’m away, as I only use a minimal amount and wish to keep my luggage as light as possible. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Another ‘does it all’ product, Eight Hour Cream has received cult status in the beauty world, and for good reason. While I generally only use the product as a lip treatment, I have found myself reaching for it to treat dry skin or minor abrasions in the past. The only niggle I have with it would be it’s slightly strange smell, so I will definitely be picking up the unscented version when this tube runs out. My lips often suffer from sunburn, and while I do my best to avoid this, I definitely want to have my Eight Hour with me to help if I do. Bushman Insect Repellent Plus Sunscreen I probably don’t need to go into too much detail about this one. I’m travelling to areas which suffer from a high prevalence of dengue fever and malaria, and I am not taking any risks when it comes to that. I will be slathering this bad boy on me day and night, as well as a separate sunscreen to ensure I don’t get burnt. This stuff absolutely stinks and makes you feel like you need a shower desperately, but I’d much rather feel dirty than feel dengue. Dettol Healthy Touch Instant Hand Sanitiser Another no-brainer, when you’re travelling anywhere hand sanitiser is great to have on you at all times. You never know what you’ll encounter or whether you’ll be able to wash your hands or not, so it’s always better to be safe than sick and sorry. Colgate Optic White Toothpaste/Oral-B Satin Floss/Colgate Plax Mouthwash There are no particular reasons why I’ve chosen these particular brands or products, but I am a big believer that oral hygiene is hugely important. You only have one set of teeth, and even when you’re travelling you need to make sure you’re treating them well! You can get travel-sized mouthwashes, and floss takes up next to no room in your luggage, so there really is no excuse to neglect your pearly whites while you’re away. Other items which probably need no explanation include soap, shampoo and conditioner, and a toothbrush! I’ve found that while I do need to change my daily routine slightly while I’m abroad, your skin reacts best if you try and stick as closely to normal as possible. In my case, my skin will be dehydrated from flying and probably shocked at the new climate I’m entering into, so looking after it properly is the best thing to do. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about what I’m packing, let me know in the comments if you think I’m missing anything! x