by Bennii Blast of The Culture Pine

Last week I eagerly made my way back to the UK after what had seemed like forever. The journey took a ridiculous amount of time (start to finish around a crazy 17 hours) but I can’t complain as we saved a bucket load of money on the tickets, and being able to taste my beloved Nando’s again – you haven’t lived until you try this – made it all worth it.

The one thing I didn’t prepare for the last time we made this trip was protecting my hair while I caught up on some much needed sleep. This time, I piled my hair into a pineapple esque updo and folded a satin scarf into a headband and tied it around the edges of my head – what a difference!
Another mistake from last time was trying to take every single product I own with me, which increases the weight of my already heavy suitcase and takes up unnecessary space. Not to mention that one of my brand new conditioners exploded along the way – not nice! Here are a few things I did before hand to prepare for travelling:

Do Any Treatments Before You Go
If like me, your transitioning strands require frequent deep conditioning treatments to avoid matting at the demarcation line, why not do this beforehand if possible? This will help see that your hair is at its best before setting off and you can eliminate a product off the list.

Ask Ahead…
There are a number of products my mum uses for my sister’s hair that I use too. Last time I ended up taking things back with me that were already hanging around the house, so now I check-in prior to travelling to see which products are already there.

Anticipate Your Next Product Splurge
Living in the Netherlands is so darn expensive compared to some of the ridiculously cheap prices in the UK. For this reason, if I have little to know conditioner etc. left, instead of replacing it before I travel, I save myself a few pennies and buy it when I’m there. Why pay 3 euros for my Herbal Essences when I can get it for £1?

Try To Stay On Board!
Transitioning hair benefits from minimal combing and hair touching, frequent moisturising, and dedication. Try to keep this on your mind while you are away, so that all that hard work isn’t jeopardised over a few days of neglect. No – you shouldn’t be a prisoner when caring for your hair, but try not to have too many days where you jump over board!

These are just a few things that have helped me out so far, and I’m sure I’ll pick up a few more as I get further into my transition. Of course, filling up travel sized bottles with your favourite products is always a good idea. Forgetting a staple product when going away from home for a few days I’m sure you will agree, is a very, very serious matter! So, I guess the main point here is to try and plan ahead as best you can to avoid any mishaps.
Do you have any tips you swear by when traveling?