I have just come back from a 60 day trip and realised that post-pandemic and lockdowns I am much more comfortable with how I look.
On my recent trip there were items I took and didn't use, but have used on previous trips.
- I took makeup, but only used one lipstick. Didn't bother with foundation, mascara or eyeshadow - so also didn't need the makeup remover I took. I got out of the habit of wearing makeup when we all stayed home for two years.
- I took hair products (curl control and hydration), but didn't use them. I think I got used to having frizzy hair during lockdown and just can't be bothered anymore. Now I just put it in a ponytail when it's misbehaving.
- I took earrings (six pairs), but only wore two and only for "special occasions". I lost a few earrings trying to wear them with face masks so also just stopped wearing them. One pair will be enough for my next trip.
Next trip, I will leave these "beauty" items at home.
Has anyone else found their travel "must haves" have changed since the pandemic?
EDIT: We take N95 masks, test kits and clip on finger pulse-oxygen monitor. I got COVID when we were in Sweden in 2022 and the pulse-oxygen monitor was really helpful to know it wasn't too serious.