Can I Put My Hair Care Items In Your Suitcase?

I'm a bad packer. No news there. But what I realized this morning as I was standing in the shower, already berating myself for the overpacking I know is to come, is that the longer the duration of my trip, the better packer I appear to be. This is because the majority of my packing woes come from personal care items. I'm not a clothes horse and I can get by with one or two pairs of shoes so on long trips I do pretty well. But I fill three tote bags with hair and body care items whether I go on a 3-week trip or an overnight jaunt. Doesn't matter. I need the exact same amount of stuff. 

Here's just a little sample of what it takes to get me through a 24-hour period:

  • straightening shampoo and conditioner
  • leave-in conditioner for non-shampoo days
  • razor
  • shaving creme
  • body wash
  • loofah
  • Leave in curly or straightening formula, depending on hair choice for the day
  • Moroccan oil for hair
  • Olive oil spray to be applied for shine after hair is flat-ironed
  • deodorant
  • face soap
  • face moisturizer
  • under-eye creme (non-negotiable!)
  • foot creme
  • body lotion
  • perfume
  • nail kit
  • headband
  • cotton balls
  • eye makeup remover
  • q-tips
  • lip balm
  • hairdryer
  • round brush
  • comb
  • flat-iron
  • Glide
  • toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash

And I haven't even started in on make-up, ponytail holders, jewelry, clothes, etc. 

I love traveling by car as it means I don't have to fool with the little plastic bottles from hell where I can't tell my conditioner from my face soap. I pack full-size everything and just say the heck with it. It's vacation and I want my stuff around me. Who knows when I might want to use a heavy hand with the Moroccan oil or decide to give myself a manicure? 

When Blair packs for a trip, he takes a small zippered black bag that he keeps pre-packed in the closet with all the personal care items he needs and tosses into a suitcase next to his clothes. 

Whatever. More space in the suitcase for me.