How To Pack A Carry-On Travel Beauty Bag For Summer

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After a couple of years of travel restrictions, we’re more than ready to travel again. In fact, the rush to hit the friendly skies has been so overwhelming that long delays and lost luggage have become par for the course. To avoid being stranded at your destination (or worse—the airport) without your essentials, a well-packed carry-on is a must, whether you decide to check a bag or not. As well as a spare pair of undies and an extra outfit, keeping a curated roster of beauty products on hand is a smart idea to avoid wasting money on sub-par products when you can’t find your go-tos at your destination.

It’s easy to get caught up in the pre-flight excitement and forget daily staples—or panic and round up a bunch of random items (are you really going to do a foot mask while on vacay?). Our beauty packing skills could use a refresher, so we went straight to the pros for advice on how to pack light, fit your liquids in that tiny airport-issued 1-L bag and breeze through security.

1. Know what you can (and can’t) pack in a carry-on

According to the rules of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, any liquids, aerosols and gels (think creams, hairspray, lip glosses and toothpaste) in your carry-on have to be 100 mL (3.4 oz) or less. All of your liquid items have to fit together inside of a clear, one-litre resealable bag that you can quickly access when you’re going through security.

Make sure you know exactly what is considered a liquid before you go as some may surprise you. Mascara is considered a liquid, as is anything deemed ‘spreadable.’ (Consult this handy searchable list for the full run-down of what is allowed in checked baggage and carry-ons.)

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