Tips & Tricks, Travel

Traveling With Nail Polish: What to Bring? Picking Polish!

June 2, 2012

This is my second post in a mini series on Traveling with Nail Polish. Be sure to check out the first installment about packing polish for air travel, which included a video showing how I pack polish. :)

For any nail polish junkie like myself, it’s super hard to condense down what I love into a small bag for travel. As you saw in the video showing how I pack, sometimes I don’t condense it too much. LOL! In that particular case, I was going on a girls trip and I knew I would be painting other people’s nails. So I wanted to give them a variety of colors to choose from.

But when I travel just on my own where I know there won’t be an opportunity to paint other people’s nails (which I love to do!), I usually go about it this way…

Choosing Polish

  1. After choosing the clothing I will wear on the trip, I try to pick complimentary nail polish colors. When I’m at home, I generally don’t mind wearing mismatched polish and clothing, but when I’m away I want to look more put together, you know? So first I look at what I’ll be wearing. If there’s just a couple shades that would look nice with my clothing, I’ll pack those shades.
  2. After I pick out the matching shades (usually just two polishes), I’ll throw in a third that’s fun and funky. :) Sometimes I just want to wear a polish that’s fun and I don’t worry about matching my clothing. I usually pick polishes that just feel good and I know that when I’m away from home I’ll at least want the option to pick something daring.
  3. Then into my bag I throw in a basecoat (Orly Rubberized Bonder), topcoat (Seche Vite), small bottle of remover (2 oz. Zoya Remove+), cotton pads, and a nail file.

In total, that’s 5 bottles of polish. For some, that’s just too many. But for me, it’s the smallest amount I can pack without feeling completely deprived. :) In short…

The Packing List

Bottle 1: Complimentary polish color
Bottle 2: Complimentary polish color
Bottle 3: Fun color
Bottle 4: Basecoat
Bottle 5: Topcoat
Small nail polish remover
Cotton pads
Nail File

Or Keep it Simple

To keep it simple, you could also just take nail strips and a topcoat. That would be super easy to pack. :)

When you pack for a trip, what do you take?

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  • Estivalia June 2, 2012 at 8:12 am

    cool! I have yet to pack np for a real trip. Most of the trips I’ve taken have been a week or less, so my regular manis can survive it, or I just get Shellac and call it a day :p

  • H June 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

    What do you use to make your nails dry if anything? My issue every time I paint my nails is that I mess them up within a few hours of putting the polish on and it is still not fully dried.

    • kristina June 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      I would recommend two things…

      First, use a fast dry topcoat. I love Seche Vite for that very reason. It’s dry to the touch within ten minutes, and after about 30-40 minutes of just generally being careful, you can’t even dent it. You’re good to go.

      Second, you might try painting your nails when you will be sitting completely still for a while. I love to do that while I watch a movie or when I catch up on my guilty pleasure reality shows. :)

  • Carolyn P. June 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I was wondering what you do for toes? Do you do wild and crazy on them?

    • kristina June 3, 2012 at 9:15 am

      I loath doing my own toes, so I generally go to a nail place once a month and get a pedicure. Mostly just one color, whatever I feel like at the moment. Right now I have Rescue Beauty Lounge IKB 2012 on my toes. I had the polish bottle in my purse when I went in for the pedicure. :)