What’s In My Travel Bag: Manicure Edition

Press Sample buttonHey and good morning all! Continuing my series of “What’s In My Travel Bag”, I thought you might be interested in what I carry with me for my nails during a trip. I’m assuming you (like me) are starting your trip already having done your manicure.

What's In My Manicure Travel Bag | Be Happy And Buy Polish

For short trips I have just a few requirements: 1) whatever I bring has to fit in a small makeup bag 2) whatever I bring has to truly be a need. So let’s get started, shall we?

manicure kit | Be Happy And Buy Polish

First things first: fingernail clippers, toenail clippers, and my glass file. These are truly needs – no one wants to have an accident and rip off their nail and have no way to clip off the rest of the damage and smooth it out. I have a nifty little travel mani set for these items, so they don’t roll around.

nail polish remover pads | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Next up is a few of these nail polish remover pads – in either form is okay. They travel well and this eliminates the need to bring a bottle of nail polish remover and cotton pads/balls. This is *just* in case your travel mani starts to chip badly or you just get sick of it (more likely for me).

OPI Nail Envy, Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That | Be Happy And Buy Polish

If I’m even thinking about changing my mani while traveling, I definitely need to have base coat and top coat. My current preferred base coat is OPI Nail Envy, and my current preferred top coat is Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That – mainly because it is quick dry and helps my manis last forever.

Pacifica Hand Cream Island Vanilla, Nail Butter, Finger Lickin Lacquer Grass cuticle oil | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Because travel dries my hands and nails out fairly easily, having a good hand cream and an easy to travel cuticle oil is a must. I really have liked a Pacifica hand cream I picked up at Ulta awhile back. It’s lightly scented, soaks in quickly, and leaves my hands feeling great. I have a variety of cuticle oils that I love, but for travel-ease, I’m taking this cuticle oil by Finger Lickin’ Lacquer (press sample). It’s small, it’s seals tightly, and it works. Win! I also am bringing my nail butter (press sample) because it works great for my poor, abused feet.

LynBDesigns Absolutely Absolem, ALIQUID Lacquer Bellona | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Lastly – what if you do want to change your mani while on the road, how do you choose only 1 or 2 nail polishes out of your stash?! This, for me, is the hardest part. I think about why I’m traveling – is it for an event? Is it for fun? If it’s for an event, is it formal or casual? If I’m traveling for fun or for a casual event, then I’ll most likely pack 2 complimentary brighter colors, or a textured polish. If it’s for a formal event, I’ll most likely pack 1 or 2 softer colors. I don’t ever pack 3 or more polishes unless I will be gone an extended period of time.

This time, I’ve decided to go with LynBDesigns Absolutely Absolem and ALIQUID Lacquer Bellona. Both are gorgeous in sunlight, both are gorgeous in natural or low light.

What’s in your travel bag for your nails? Do you have different necessities than I do?


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25 thoughts on “What’s In My Travel Bag: Manicure Edition

  1. I always forget to pack nail things when I travel. I love that you only mentioned essentials so now I can take only the necessary things when I travel. You nailed the hardest part right on the head; the actual nail polishes you take. I love this mini series it was so helpful! I’m also going to have to check out that top coat anything that has that fun title has to be good right?!

  2. These are some great tips! When I travel for a short period, I usually stick with just a file and some clippers, but for longer trips I bring about the same things as you do.

  3. amazing! I seldom bring nail products, except for a nail file and occasionally polish remover pads, when I travel especially if I’m traveling by air since the restrictions are so onerous already. I remember once a long time ago, I was flying to SF on a huge and empty 747 and I took out my nail polish and started to polish my nails. The flight attendant came running over and told me it wasn’t allowed. Was I ever embarrassed, what was I thinking!

  4. Your travel bag is super cute! I don’t typically bring polish, actually. Since I have kids, I don’t even do my nails for roads trips and vacations.

  5. If I’m driving and have time to change polish I bring my whole kit and caboodle of mani stuff. If I’m flying just clippers and polish remover wipes. No way I’m dragging more than that in my precious quart baggie!

  6. This is such a great post! I always end up taking just the one polish for touch-ups, forget everything else, and have to go buy a nail file every time (I have nail files from a dozen countries LOL). Love the idea of polish pads – you had me at vanilla.

  7. First of all, CUTE BAG! Second, you’re so brave to choose only two polishes. That would be definitely too hard for me… If I can limit it to six, it’s a win 😉

  8. I keep it pretty basic for nails, but totally agree that clippers & files are a must have, even if the only times you need them are the times you forget them 😀

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