As you're reading this, I'm actually on vacation visiting some friends in Minneapolis (don't worry, travel diary will definitely be coming) and like every time I travel, I found myself struggling to not overpack. I overpack everything-- clothes, shoes, accessories.. I just find it so hard to leave things behind. Of course, I try to pre-plan outfits and whatnot, but I never know if I'll actually want to wear what I take, so I take extra. It's a problem, I know.

This time around I was strict with myself, I gave myself a limit of how many different outfits and accessories I could take. It was hard, but I managed. When it came time to packing makeup, I really tried to limit myself. I feel like makeup is sooo easy to overpack because most products are small but they really do add unnecessary bulk/weight to your luggage. Most times, I don't even touch half the products I take. So my strategy when packing was taking the bare minimum only.


To start off, I kept my makeup bag small. I have a couple other, larger makeup cases and I knew if I took one of those, I'd throw unnecessary items in it just because they fit. This carryall bag set is from Ban.do -->buy here<-- and I'm obsessed with it. It's the perfect size and super cute! 

I never skimp on my base products (primer, foundation, concealer) so those were a given. Next came where I tend to overpack. I have a million and one different eyeshadow palettes, blushes, and bronzers, and most times I try to take them all. I set myself a limit of one of each-- so I took a basic neutral palette and a blush & bronzer that I could wear everyday. Unless you have a special event on your trip where special products are required, it should be easy to cut down to one of each product. The hardest product to limit for me was liquid lipstick, BUT I was able to cut it down to three and I'm pretty proud of myself ;)


The last of my bag was for skin care products. This was super hard, I'm not gonna lie. I'm really intense with my skincare regime and I didn't want to skip it just because I was away from home. Luckily, most products are small and again I limited myself to one cleanser and mask. Tip: Try picking up samples from your skincare counters if you can, they're free! I won't talk too much about my regime just yet, because I want to make a blog post all about it.

Believe it or not, everything I showed above fit into my little makeup bags and took up very little space in my suitcase. I think I did really well at not overpacking this time around! What are your tips & tricks to keep from overpacking? Let me know!

Until next time,
Stay Wild xx