I’ve traveled a bit but still wonder how to pack natural hair products for travel. The first time I pack a suitcase for a trip I end up with so many items that I would be good for a month. Often bringing all your full-sized product along isn’t possible or takes up valuable space in your bag. Travel sized amounts can work, even though as a heavy-handed product junkie the thought of carrying only a travel sized amount is scary. Lately I’ve gotten much better at packing, and even figured out some tricks to pack less of my natural hair products too.
There are many ways to approach packing your products. The first thing to consider is how will you be wearing your hair? If you will be wearing braids or a weave your product needs will be different from someone who will be wearing their hair out naturally. Take a few minutes to gather all you think you would need for the style and then continue with the process.
How long is your vacation? Depending on how long your vacation is you may need more product. If your vacation is a weekend getaway, or only a few days you may be able to bring even less. One time I was only going away for a weekend, and knew I wasn’t going in a pool or in a situation to get my hair dirty, so I washed, slightly over moisturized and sealed my hair to avoid bringing extra items along.
From my experience, here are the best combos you can use to pack your natural hair products, depending on your vacation hair style.
Protective styles. Weaves, braids, twists. You may just need shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo can clean your hair and the conditioner can mix with water and be used as a leave-in/moisturizer. Add a little oil by hand or in the mix if you need to seal.
Quick protective styles. Halo braids, buns, etc. If you’re not going to get it wet or dirty you can skip packing the shampoo. The only risk is if something happens and you need to wash your hair you may be forced to buy a full-sized product or take a chance on that hotel stuff. Outside of that you just need a moisturizer and maybe some oil (for scalp area). Include gel if you want to keep those edges laid.
Popular natural hair styles. Twistouts, braidouts, wash and go, etc. Again, if you don’t plan on getting your hair dirty that’s up to you if you bring shampoo. Bring extra conditioner and let it double as your leave in/moisturizer. To keep hair frizz free and your scalp lubricated you may wish to pack a little oil. If you need a hair styler to you could take the conditioner and mix it with gel for hold.
I’ve found that multipurposing my natural hair products helps me pack lighter. It was hard at first until I figured out what are the main items I need to get through a trip.
How do you travel with your hair products?