Beauty on the Fly

by: admin
March 30, 2010

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that we’re not big on keeping up appearances when we travel. For us, it’s all about practicality and comfort. But even the most relaxed traveler has to think about how they look every now and again. So here are some tips we’ve picked up along the way.

Carol Margolis, a business traveler who travels 48 weeks a year, writes a great blog called Pearls of Travel Wisdom. Instead of packing lots of creams and such, she suggests these alternatives that are easy and inexpensive to create in your hotel room.

  • Facial scrub: Pick up a packet of raw (brown) or white sugar. Rub this into your facial cleanser and voila! a facial scrub is created.
  • Body scrub: Add sugar to the lotion provided by the hotel. Rub this on your body just before showering to create a body scrub that helps remove flaky skin.
  • Skin toner: Ask your hotel’s restaurant for lemon slices and use them as a skin toner.
  • Tired eye and dark circle relief: Soak tea bags in hot water for a minute and then plunge them into ice water. Apply them directly to your eyes for 15 minutes. Keep your eyes closed!

When it comes to clothing, nothing beats layers when you travel. It will get cold at 30,000 feet, and you’ll appreciate being snug in a sweatshirt , then pulling it off to enjoy the tropics in the tank or tee underneath when you land. But the best tip we’ve heard lately about packing clothing for a trip comes from Betty Thesky, author of Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase: Hilarious Stories of Air Travel by the World’s Favorite Flight Attendant.

“To make more room for souvenirs in your suitcase, consider packing clothing that you’re not particularly fond of, and leaving it behind when you return home. If it doesn’t quite fit; if it’s not quite your color; if you just never wear it – then pack it, wear it, and leave it behind, to clear space in your suitcase for purchases.”

Shopping! Souvenirs! Lighter luggage! What a great idea!

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