I’ve travelled domestically more this year than since I was a kid but unfortunately none of it has been for holidays >_< The plus side of this is that because we don’t have any large luggage I’m now adept at packing several days worth of stuff into an overnight bag haha!

I posted years ago about traveling in style but I never got around to doing the packing follow up. Well here’s how I packed for the 3 day IMATS trip 😀

You can see the overnight bag we took in the top left and then my handbag and James’ camera equipment bag at the bottom left.


Not including my hangbag, James’ camera bag or the two pink make up bags next to them the rest is made up of:My clothes:

  • 2 pairs of shoes
  • 5 dresses (for 3 days plus a night event and one emergency change)
  • 1 scarf
  • Pajamas, underwear and a singlet
  • Belt
James’ clothes:
  • 1 pair of shoes
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 1 suit jacket and pants
  • 3 shirts (two 2 shirts and 1 button down)
Now on the the interesting parts, make up and toiletries!


I took two small bags with me, one for make up/bathroom stuff and one for accessories and anything else that didn’t fit.

The make up one:


Inside was:

  • Brush
  • Travel straightener
  • Toothbrushes/paste
  • Moisturiser
  • Eyelashes/glue
  • Brown shadow palette
  • 4 Shadows in pink/purple/white shades
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Lipstick/gloss
  • Hair ties
  • Plastic bag to put wet toothbrushes in
  • Mini containers of foundation/primer/hair spray
  • Face masks for de-stressing at night (so important!)
My biggest tip for traveling with make up is to take mini versions of things if you can. For things like foundation I use old contact lens cases 😀
On to the jewellery:


I didn’t want to take much jewellery for the trip because I always end up losing small items like this when I travel so I take versatile things which can be worn with anything…

  • 1 hair bow
  • 1 headband
  • 1 peal chocker which can also be worn in the hair or as a bracelet
  • 2 pairs of earrings
  • 2 bracelets
  • 1 brooch
  • 1 ribbon thingy which can be worn in the hair or as jewellery
To save space I only packed things which could be squished up with no problems, below you can see the headband squished into a bracelet.


I learned the hard way many years ago to pack anything that can’t be replaced into carry on luggage when one of my suitcases was lost so this is what comes in my bag…



  • iPad
  • Tamagotchi (Hat)
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Headphones
  • Microphone
  • Money
  • Pens
  • Tissues
  • Make up bag for doing my look on the plane
  • Sunglasses
  • Business cards
  • Mini brush roll/toiletries
  • Scarf (which can be used as a heap of different things in an emergency
Inside my make up bag and mini brush roll…



There are:

  • Mints
  • Nail glue
  • Perfume oil
  • Handkerchief/face washer
  • Jewellery I’m planning on wearing that day
  • Comb
  • Cuticle stick
  • Lip glosses/sticks
  • Mirror
In the brush roll:
  • Mini travel brushes (duh…)
  • Eyeliner
  • Tissues and cotton buds
  • bobby pins
Now that I’m traveling a reasonable amount for work the one thing I actually wanted to splurge a bit on was a good bathroom travel set. I spent quite a while looking for a cute one which held a good amount and in the end I didn’t have to splurge because I was contacted to review a local business called “Groomy“. To be honest I almost said no because it didn’t sound relevant for me to blog about… then I saw that they had an entire range which was pink with carousel print *_* So freaking cute!
The large set I received came with one gigantic bathroom bag which I would use when going on longer trips, 3 smaller bags (which I used at IMATS), the mini brush roll and a good old fashioned tissue holder. It’s been so long since I’ve seen tissue holders anywhere and I love this idea!
I really want to make a bunch of them so I have one to match every outfit/handbag now haha! You can see below a better shot of the cute fabric it’s all made of too.

The large bag is very large. It wouldn’t fit in my overnight bag but I could definitely see myself taking this overseas for an extended trip where we actually have a suitcase. All of the other bags fit comfortably inside it for storage in the mean time which is a plus. There are pockets on both sides of the main compartment as well as 4 elastic bottle pockets on the lid and an elastic strap for other things.



The main bathroom bag I took to IMATS was the second biggest one. It’s basically a smaller version of the above one with more pockets. 3 on the right and 3 with another elastic strap on the left. There is a huge amount of space in the center too even with all the pockets filled so I was really surprised that I could fit all my make up and have my brush/toothbrush/straightener in the middle! I also really liked all of the pockets and things as it made it much easier to get things out without spilling everything else everywhere.


The two smaller bags were useful for accessories and random things. They are very square so they hold a lot while also stacking easily in the bags. Everything (other than the tissue holder) was covered in clear plastic so spills etc were easily wiped away with no problems, it wasn’t the kind of super shiny plastic though so they didn’t look at all cheap. It looks a bit shiny in the photos but that was from the flash being so close.



The absolute best out of the bunch though was the mini brush roll/ beauty tool roll. Best idea ever! It fit my mini travel brushes easily but it was also the *perfect* size for cotton buds, bobby pins, eyeliner and cuticle sticks. I loved this one so much that I now keep it in my handbag regularly too.


So verdict, the set is probably in the more expensive price range but if you travel a lot I think good luggage is something worth splurging on and they are very good quality materials and very well sewn while still being adorable. With that in mind and knowing I’m probably going to be traveling a bit more often now, I’m currently saving up for the other items in the set. It’s a change (here in Aus at least) to see such cute girly prints too so if that’s up your alley definitely check out the Groomy website because they ship worldwide and have a lot of other cute items.

Do any of you have any awesome travel tips? I would love to hear them, especially if it involves being able to sleep on the plane because I suck at that!!