I have slowly but surely become a packing pro. In as such that I don’t take a separate bag for shoes anymore. Ha! Honestly, I still overpack all the time and one of the things I have realized that usually weighs the most are my toiletries. As most of my destinations tend to be hot and humid, because that’s my favorite weather there is, I have started to pay more attention to what I actually use and all the things I only think I need – hello, Clinique primer!
For Sri Lanka, I made a really conscious effort to keep my luggage small and heat approved and in the process tried a few new products. In case you are heading somewhere steamy too, I wanted to share with you – the good, the bad and the what a waste of space.
After reading this review from Alex in Wanderland it confirmed my plan to try solid shampoo and conditioner again as my preferred brand at home only comes in huge bottles. I had previously tried Lush but as I was too stingy to fork out on their little storage tins it basically melted in the ziplock bag I kept it. While I blamed it on that I realized on my second try that it really was the shampoo that didn’t hold up brilliantly in the humidity. I like Jason and the Argan Oil as a shampoo but it has already turned into the soggy mess and unfortunately the tin does not seal very well.
*Update*: On my current trip to Indonesia I got a Godiva bar, which is apparently a bit harder in its consistency and thus doesn’t melt as easily. I love the lemony scent and so far it is holding steady!
The conditioner, on the other hand, I really like and that means something because my hair is so thick and unruly. I tried the Jungle bar which smells amazing and makes my hair really soft. I will add though that if you have a lot of hair it goes fast and at 9 euros a piece makes it a rather expensive option.
As per usual I got some Fresh Farmacy for my face and really like it. I just advise not to drop it into your outdoor shower flowerbed and you will love it too!
You know how much I love my face spritz, right? Especially in hot weather when any kind of lotion is just too much and too sticky. This time, I got an all time favorite with me: Dr. Hauschka tonic. Love the herbal smell that is not too overpowering and quite calming. In addition, I was super excited to try the Bioderma Hydrabio, a mist with SPF 30. It really seemed the answer to all my humid weather prayers. I tried it during our hike up Sigiriya and it seemed to be the answer to everything keeping me fresh and non-sticky and providing perfect sun protection. Honestly to have that and not get sunscreen melt and run into my eyes was worth even the steep price of 15 euros for a 50ml container.
Another new favorite of mine are sheet masks. I am currently using a coconut one I got from China which is the perfect skin pick-me-up after a long flight or if your skin is feeling a bit meh from humidity, seawater, and too many local beers. I like that they come individually packed – so perfect for a trip!
In case your eyes need special attention I recommend the eyes-cube stick from the Body Shop, one of my favorite to combat puffy eyes in lieu of real ice cubes.
I bet you that if you are going somewhere hot and humid you will need mozzie spray. Something I usually buy once I arrive and obviously didn’t this time around. Luckily I stayed in places that provided some but next time I am going to bring my own. I like lemongrass sprays best though I will say that I normally need something stronger – these beasts love me!
With that said, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I am here scratching my leg while I write this and keep on reapplying tiger balm which works quite well for the itch.
And now, at least you girls, are gonna ask me about makeup that doesn’t melt, right? Honestly, I don’t have the answer. I usually end up wearing just mascara and a bit of red on the lips. If the temperatures are manageable I like Vichy’s BB cream which also has SPF 30 but as soon as I start to sweat it ends up either on my scarf or just runs down my face freely. Neither is pretty. The one thing I am trying now and loving so far is the SPF powder from Lush which just takes away the shine and protects my skin. And even better – it comes without color so there is no need to match skin tones or to be afraid it will leave stains.
And of course, a fan is always a good idea. I like it old school – thank you, Amangalla!
Do you have any great tips for skin, hair and staying cool when you are somewhere hot and humid? I would love to find some new products to perfect this list!
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