The BagsOne thing that helps me when we travel, whether it be to our parents' just over an hour away or a vacation in Mexico, is to have a toiletry bag that's almost entirely packed and ready to go at all times. This bag from Thirty One (which I believe is no longer available...sorry!) has enough pockets and organization that I can do just that. (More on that here.)
My cosmetics are also organized in such a way daily that when I travel it's not a big deal to quickly grab and go! A Mary Kay Roll-up Bag works great for maximizing bathroom storage when you're home (can hang up on the back of the door or wherever you have a spot to hang it), and the cosmetic pouches can come off when you travel so that you only have to take what you need!
|My Roll-Up bag|
|Detachable cosmetic pouches|
You can see mine could use a good cleaning. Keepin' it real, folks. Keepin' it real.
I simplified my cosmetics one step further. Typically I take the top two pouches from my Roll-Up bag (my daily skin care and my make-up), but I also have a large compact and my brush set to pack as well (the eye shadows, blush, eye liners and mascara are in the compact, and the pouch holds foundation, concealer, powder and "extras"). I have been loving my Cream Eye Shadows so much that I decided to try taking Cream Shadow and Blush, thus eliminating the need for a blush brush and eye shadow brushes, and my large compact and brush bag. I removed what I didn't need from the pouch, tossed in my cream cosmetics (3 shadows and 1 blush), eye liner and foundation and powder brushes only. It saved a little space, and the creams are so fast and easy to apply (and stay on all day) so they were perfect for vacation!
|Mary Kay Cream Shadows & Blush in Sheer Bliss, Beach Blonde, Metallic Taupe and Pale Blush|
The Itinerary and DirectionsI thought I was so ahead of the game and sooooo uber organized when I entered our planned destinations into my Google calendar (and thus into my Don.na app). That way, Donna would alert me to when we needed to leave to arrive at the next stop on time, and she'd even give me directions. Well, it worked and it didn't. To make it simple, here are bullets of my take-aways:
- When choosing locations to eat (or visit, shop, etc.), be sure to visit the location's home page for locations and hours...NOT Google maps. You just might find that it's not there (or not open on Sunday). Ahem. Both might have happened to me. Maybe not.
- Before leaving, enter all of your destinations (and addresses, if necessary) into your gps navigation app of choice. Donna will give directions, but they only scroll across the top of the screen and we kept losing them and having to hit buttons on the screen to get back. It's great having them in the Donna app so she can tell you when to leave and how long it will take to get there, but when you're driving, use a navigation app. (I used Google maps and CoPilot GPS.)
- Look at all your locations on a map before leaving so you have a general idea how far everything is away from each other. I didn't remember how long it took to get to my aunt's from where we were staying, and we would have been late if we hadn't changed our plans or if I hadn't checked before we left. Turned out what I thought was a half hour drive was over an hour!
Despite a few hiccups, though, we had a great time. Sometimes part of the journey and making memories are the challenges along the way!