Traveling moms-to-be need to be organised when they go away from home. Here's how.
If you are going on holiday with your partner and children, you will want your beauty routine to be quick, yet effective. Clicks and Woolworths have some wonderful plastic zipper bags containing small bottles, a toothbrush holder and other little tubs in which your favourite moisturisers or anti-stretchmark creams can be held.
In fact almost all your beauty products can be decanted into small bags which will make your luggage lighter (preventing sore backs and necks) and will mean your toiletries will take up less space when you get to the other side.Products that double-up
Multi-tasking products are a good idea for travel. They mean you buy less, spend less and take less with you on a trip.
On a summer vacation, high-quality sun protection is a worthwhile investment (for you, your partner and any young children you might have). But look for products that moisturise, hydrate, exfoliate your skin and offer the level of sun protection you require. A foundation that works for your skin type, with an added sun protection factor, is another good doubling-up of products.
Mascaras should add length to lashes, curl them delectably and be waterproof. A good contour cream will reduce fine lines around the eyes and lips, while at the same time adding attractive colour to your face. You can choose one fragranced with mood- and skin-boosting ingredients. Some even have vitamin E for its anti-aging properties.
A seasoned traveller always keeps important items in a specific location in their luggage. Make a place for everything by separating out your cosmetic bag, lingerie bag and the waterproof sack perfect for yoga clothing or wet swimwear.
It is advisable to put cosmetics, perfumes and breakable bottles into waterproof bags too – even plastic bags will do – and remind your partner to do the same, as shaving cream has a habit of leaking while in the aeroplane's hold.
A well thought-out jewellery container will keep items apart that may get tangled, and will prevent items from scratching each other (such as your watch and even the screen of your cellphone).
An empty margarine container (with a sealable lid) works well for holding a little washing powder. You are then able to handwash items you wish to re-wear.
Make-up wipes are a better option than a big bottle of make-up remover, and also refresh face and neck in hot climates. Wet wipes do a similar job.
You may prefer a nail-polish remover in which you can dip your nails, rather than one that requires cottonwool to do the same job!
Mini travel packs for hair care are also a good investment. Choose one that includes shampoo, a conditioner, a hair mask and a relaxing balm to de-frizz hair that becomes wild or fly-away in foreign weather conditions.
Products that add a shimmer are popular this season, both for day and night. These were previously used only on the face, but are now being applied to the body (especially the back if you wear an open-backed top) and even the hair.
Bronzers can also double-up – choose one suitable for face and body. You might be lucky enough to find one that moisturises, too, while it adds its sparkle!
If your holiday is going to be action-packed, remember to pack a couple of bottles of mineral water, along with a rehydration supplement still to be diluted. These can be stored in the bar fridge of your hotel – perfect to replenish lost electrolytes after an energetic swim or walk.
Being organised will make your trip all the more enjoyable!