Last week, someone asked me, "Are you doing any traveling this summer?"

As usual, I answered the question without putting any thought into it. "Nope! I think it's going to be a pretty chill summer for me! For once."

Until I realized that that's not the case at all. Last year I bounced around the country all summer, and it was great...until I realized that it was almost too much traveling. I know some of you will say "Oh, you can never travel too much!"

Yes you can.

I think my problem was that I planned poorly (shocker). I scarcely had time to unpack my bag and do my laundry before it was time to pack again. I was also always home for just a few days between trips, so it really didn't make sense to go to the grocery store and stock my fridge with food that would eventually spoil when I was gone again in a few day's time.

By the end of the summer, I just wanted to get the last trip over with. Not only did I plan poorly, I packed poorly. This is, in part, was because, you know how it is, you're trying to get so many things done so you can leave town for a few days without worrying about anything, so you save packing for the last minute. It also doesn't help that I always pack blackout drunk.

So this summer, before all the traveling begins, I wanted to nail down what beauty products I'll be taking with me. I'm putting all of my travel-friendly products in a beauty bag so I can just toss it in my bag and have one less thing to worry about when the time comes for me to throw sh– in a weekender the night before my trip when I'm hammered.

My friend Brian got me this adorable little lavender bag because he knows that there's nothing I love more than an impractically small bag in a cute color, so that will be my beauty bag this summer.

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I tried to take it with me on a weekend trip two weeks ago, but I was, again, packing last minute, and all of my products wouldn't fit.

But I wasn't even taking that much with me, I didn't even pack foundation! This is little baby is eight inches wide and there's no reason I shouldn't be able to fit all my products in there.

So here's what I'll be taking.

For skincare:

For primer and foundation:

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If your favorite primer is under 3 ounces or whatever the TSA guidelines are, then you're already golden. I'd be confident in traveling with the two or three primers I use regularly, but some of them are in glass bottles and that just won't fly (travel pun? Sorry Jane.)

Lately I've been using Maybelline Master Prime Blur & Redness Control, $9.99, because I love how it feels on my skin and I appreciate the small bit of color correction it gives me. Plus, it's in a plastic tube, so extra points for durability. My other favorite, the Hangover Primer from Too Faced, $32, would probably be a great option, but I feel like the cap always comes off when I take it with me and I don't want to risk the hazards of an exposed pump.

For lips, I hate to say it, but I think I'm just gonna stick with a tinted lip balm, most of the time, anyway. I'm not really intending to serve it up too hard on any of these trips, and sometimes, moisturized lips give you a natural flush that's all you need. I'll probably take one or two of my favorite liquid lipsticks just in case, but Glossier's Cherry Balm Dotcom is a lightly tinted and scented version of my ride or die lip balm, so that will be on me at all times.

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What do you travel with? Where are you going this summer? Let's chat in the comments.

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