Well, not exactly specific products, but things I REALLY didn’t need to bring:
Bottles of Shampoo/Conditioner: Arrgh, are these the heaviest things to carry or what? Forget it, go to your local beauty supply and get those little plastic envelope samples of shampoo, conditioner, gel, whatever. And turn your vacation or trip into a mini-spa. A great way to try out new things as you cruise.
Shoes: or too many for that case. They weight a lot, take too much space, and no one looks at your feet anyway. Pack tennis shoes for comfort, black shoes for evening and one extra pair. That’s it.
Call ahead: Okay, our shoot had us staying in ultra-chic hotels, where you expect everything and anything. But call ahead anyway. Check if there’s a coffee maker in your room, or a kitchenette. Had I known, I would have packed envelopes of instant coffee (International Delights and I are on a first name basis) and packages of Quaker Oats Oatmeal in assorted flavors. That’s all it takes to make me happy. A $24.00 for breakfast room service (that’s one meal, one person..) does NOT make me happy.
Too much makeup: You’d think with my massive bag (actually 2, one for hair, the other for makeup, and we’re talking HUGH-bags on wheels sort of thing..) that I wouldn’t need to pack hair/makeup stuff for myself. Well, I do. My photo shoot makeup/hair and my own personal makeup/hair are two separate things. But the last thing I have time for is to go through ALL my stuff and sort out what I personally want to bring on a trip. Here’s a great fun tip I have. I have a basket on my makeup vanity that I keep just recently bought makeup (you know, when you’re still in the ‘fun’ stage of trying new stuff out) and my all-time favorite, can’t live without items. When I pack, I just go through this basket, and pack 3 things of each. Lipstick, foundation, eye shadow, blush…etc.
That way, I have the cool stuff with me, and enough to play with and keep it interesting. ‘Specially if you’re like me, and you use lipstick for blush, eye shadow as lipstick (with gloss thrown over), mascara as eyeliner etc…….then you really have ALOT of things to play with.