On every vacay, your whole bag of beauty products is definitely right on top of your travel packing checklist. Bringing them on a roadtrip is fine, but going through an airport? That’s a whole other story.

When it comes to airport luggage security, there are a couple of rules when it comes to packing liquids for a flight. So no, you can’t just jam your powders, serums, and hairspray into one big ol’ makeup bag and be on your merry way. But don’t worry, we’re going to hold your hand on this one. After all, separating liquids from other things in your luggage should be easy-peasy.

The Rules

In UK airports, you are allowed to have one liquids bag in your hand luggage. Now, you can’t just use any bag. It has to be a clear plastic bag and you should be able to seal it shut. There are reusable liquids bag available in online stores, so if you’re a frequent flyer, you should consider buying one.

Another important thing to note is that you can’t bring anything that’s over 100mL, and everything must not exceed a litre. If you’re a fan of big product bottles, it’s time to buy those travel-friendly kits that have small bottles and containers for beauty products. These kits have an assortment of bottles, too – sprayer bottles, squeeze bottles, pump bottles, dropper bottles, and cream jars. Some kits even have product spatulas and small funnels to help you with transferring your liquids.

Which products should go in the plastic bag?

With the assortment of products that we have, sometimes it’s hard to tell. But according to the UK government website, here are the things that are considered liquids:

  • Creams
  • Lotions
  • Oils
  • Perfume
  • Mascara
  • Lip gloss
  • Toothpaste
  • Sprays, including hairspray, spray deodorants, and shaving foam
  • Shower gels and hair gels
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Anything else that has similar consistency

As for balms, pressed creams, sticks, and solid fragrances, there are some inconsistencies in the rules depending on the airport. For example, Manchester Airport classifies lipsticks, lip balms, and stick deodorant as not liquids, and therefore don’t need to be included in the liquids bag. However, East Midlands Airport says that both lipsticks and lip balms must go in the bag, If you’re confused with certain products, try checking the airport’s website for clarification.

Beauty Products You Shouldn’t Forget

With all this fuss about to-pack-or-not-to-pack, you might decide to just ditch it and wing it once you’ve arrived at your destination. It’s okay to not bring your whole vanity kit on vacay, but you must include these three absolute essentials to ensure you’re giving your skin the proper care.

Cleanser

This is the first step to any skin care routine, so skipping the cleanser is not an option especially when you’re on vacation.

Although face wipes could be an easier option, they do tend to aggravate the skin.

You need something that effectively removes makeup, residue, and impurities. Cleansers that also work to repair environmental damage, like the Vitage Revitalising Daily Cleanse, is a major plus since you might be exposed to a harsher environment while you’re exploring a different country or state.

Sunscreen

If you’re going somewhere sunny like the beach, then you should never, ever leave your sunscreen behind. Protecting your skin from harmful UVA and UVB is a must to prevent the aging effects of the sun.

Most sunscreens are in cream form, but since we’re limiting the liquids here, we recommend the Brush on Block, which is – get this – in powder form! It’s an all-natural, mineral powder sunscreen that is housed in an applicator with a built-in brush. You simply take the brush out, shake it a bit, and brush away on your face, neck, and body. Talk about convenience!

Night Repair Cream

After a day out in the sun, indulging your skin in a hydrating repair session is a great way to end the day. Keep in mind that your skin might have absorbed extra stress and extra harsh elements during the day, so you might need a product that’s extra moisturizing, too. Regular night creams may not do the job, so we suggest the Vitage Hydrating Mask for a more intense overnight treatment.

Packing for a flight might be tedious, but following all airport security measures is better than enduring the hassle of having your items confiscated at the airport. If you need more help, there are a lot of travel packing guides online, pick one that suits your lifestyle. Also make it a habit to check airport websites to make sure that you’re not missing out on anything.