Tips & Tricks, Travel, Video

Traveling with Nail Polish: Packing Polish for Air Travel

May 29, 2012

Hi all! This is the first blog post in a short series I’m doing on traveling with nail polish. In this first post, I’m covering how I pack nail polish for air travel. I usually use this method when I’ll by flying on an airplane, and it works well for travel by ground as well.

Things to note:

  1. Some polishes travel better than others. In particular, I’ve noticed that my CND polishes don’t travel well. They tend to leak no matter how tightly I close the bottles. For that reason, I usually take Orly Rubberized Bonder insead of my usual CND Stickey Base Coat.
  2. For nail polish remover, I use a small travel size bottle (the 2 oz. bottles of Zoya Remove+ are great for this). I “double bag” the remover and then put it either inside the padded toiletry bag with the polishes (if it fits), or just inside my suitcase. As long as the top of the bottle is tightly closed, I don’t have any problem with leaking.

Oh, and CLICK HERE for the info on the cosmetic bag (links to the tutorial).

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  • TaraJo May 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I am having trouble with my seche vite top coat bubbling. I was wondering if you had any tips on preventing that, or know if I’m doing something wrong that makes it do that! I love your nails and blogs :) thank you!!!

    • kristina May 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      It might be the polish your using. Seche Vite bubbles on me when I use it over any of the “3-Free” polishes (like Zoya).

  • Kim May 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Have you tried Butter London and Deborah Lippmann nail polish? Whhat are your thoughts?

    • kristina May 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Yes. Love both! :)

  • Estivalia May 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    thank for this video! the other day we had a “girl’s night” where I painted my friends’ nails and I had NO IDEA of how to safely transport my polishes. Now I know! :p

  • Marisa June 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    WOW! Who was your camera person?!? That was so shaky!!! Ha ha ha! Sorry! Guess I don’t know how to hold still or something.

    • kristina June 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      LOL! You did great! Thanks again for filming for me. :)

  • Sarah June 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Waouh…this seems a lot of trouble and a lot of space taken for few bottles ? Honnestly I travelled a lot by plane with my whole stash of nail polishes and just packed them very skeezy-tight in a big make up bag. Though my luggage was sometime travelling in not so cautious condition (happy planes) I never had any accident of bottle break. But I did have the bubbles like Tara Jo with one cheap mettalic nail polish after the bottle spent some time high in the air plane truck (trunk ? I don’t know the name in english)…Has that ever happened to you with your polishes ? Great blog. Take care ! (Pardon my English)

  • Ari June 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Do you know if gel polish like Sensationail leaks/explodes on airplanes?

  • Lauryn September 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Sarah, I may be experiencing the same thing — I bought a bottle of Revlon polish while I was out of town, packed it in my bag, and although it doesn’t leak, it bubbles noticeably on every nail since I got back. Very weird. I don’t know much about the chemistry of these polishes — can high altitude change it in a lasting way? Seems silly, but I suppose it’s possible? Anyone know more?