This post may contain affiliate links; see site footer for more details.
I’m on coffee bucket numero cuatro, and that is still not enough to compensate for today’s pooped-ness. ICYMI, J and I spent the past weekend in the Wild Wild West (lookin’ atchu, Wyoming) for one of my best friend’s weddings. It was a BLAST (as noted on Snapchat: erica_lig), and I’m admittedly a total zombie today. Womp.
This was my first time being a bridesmaid, and I already have another bridesmaid dress in the closet (or almost in the closet!) for a December wedding, so I was taking notes. But, when you’re taking multiple flights to literally go across the country for the big day, it can be hard to figure out what the heck to pack along when you’ve already got a pretty dress and heels in the carry-on. For any other traveling bridesmaids in the audience, I’m sharing some of the things I packed – and some things I wish I would have packed! – to fly cross country for the bride and groom.
An iPad or tablet.
A must for in-flight reading, but also for music + YouTube videos while getting ready at the salon! As a bridesmaid, you might spent a solid 4-5 hours at the salon getting ready together, depending on the number of bridesmaids and how many salon services you’re getting done. As we waited to each get our up-do’s done professionally, we took turns doing nails with the signature wedding nail color, and I went ham on a few girls’ makeup. To keep things fun and light and stress-free, nothing beats a good playlist of getting-ready jams, and/or an easy YouTube tutorial if someone requests a smokier eye than you’re used to on yourself!
Smart jewelry packing.
Especially with limited space (+ limited time where you’re not on duty as a bridesmaid), it’s important to think through the little things ahead of time. I knew Taylor wanted us all wearing gold jewelry, so I didn’t even both packing anything else! I brought three necklaces and three pairs of earrings, all in a little packable jewelry pouch. This was a #majorkey, because it kept things light and lessened any risk of losing or breaking good jewelry in flight!
A good airbrush system.
I’ve had this system for awhile now, and I talked about it here because I ended up using it for my official engagement photoshoot, one day after having first tried it! I lovelovelove my Luminess, because I just think airbrushing is so easy for the amount of coverage you end up getting. Packing this was a lifesaver, because I turned into the unofficial makeup artist for all bridesmaids. The new Mystic line doesn’t just have face makeup shades – it comes with a FotoSet Pro Face Primer, CC+Concealer, Luminess Air Professional Mascara, Luminess Air Lip Gloss, and the Luminess Air Translucent Clear Finishing Powder. Essentially, a whole face in a kit.
Especially because I have such oily skin, having an airbrush system is SO worth it for big days and special occasions, because it truly doesn’t budge. I like to be the life of the party on the dance floor, and I don’t want to end up lookin’ like a sweaty hot mess by the end of the night! When I go start to finish with primer, airbrush foundation, and a translucent set, I have last-all-night coverage that doesn’t melt off.
And for anyone who hasn’t been out West before…it’s hot & windy. Photos took three tries before we landed in a spot that wouldn’t blow the bride’s veil right off her freshly curled hair! When your hair is blowing and eyes are watering, having makeup that stays put was clutch. So if you’re in the market for an airbrush makeup system, you’re all set! (Pun intended).
The finish is as light or as heavy as you want (because it’s all in how long you hold the airbrush over a specific area!), so the controlled coverage is key for big events and everyday wear alike! (P.S. Shop my Chic Happens tee in the widget below!)
Flip flops + Sweats.
Two things I *forgot* to pack, but really wish I hadn’t. I was wearing my favorite new espadrilles when I wasn’t in my wedding heels, which was great…but I wish I had brought some flip flops for kicking around in between locations. And sweats. Lordy, our hotel room was freezing. No blankets were in sight (I mean, when it’s 90+ in the middle of a Wyoming summer…), but the AC was cranked. Coulda shoulda woulda on the comfy clothes front.
Makeup setting spray.
CANNOT DO WITHOUT. I was spritzing the bride after her professional makeup was done, because ain’t nobody got time for a melting married face. I have this one, this one, and this one, but my must-have as a traveling bridesmaid is my mini Urban Decay. Because it’s mini – duh!
Refreshing facial spray.
Even if you’re not in the middle of the dry heat of the West, it can still get a bit sweltering (read: a lot sweltering) when you’re running around for hours in a long gown. Whether it’s for you + your crew of maids or for the bride herself, a little spritz of a water-based facial spray can be the most refreshing thing. This one is an easy, light mist that I like spritzing on my arms or neck, too, and the travel size is the perfect companion for the traveling bridesmaid!
Snacks + Icebreakers Sours.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I LIVE for my snacks. Bridesmaid must-have or bust, snacks are always #essential. This time around, I learned the value of another treat – Icebreakers Sours. I had spontaneously picked a pack up in a Wal-mart checkout line before traveling, and they were lifesavers! When you’re flying from place to place without much time to freshen up, something light and sweet (+ sour) to enjoy is surprisingly fan-freakin-tastic.
What are your must-haves as a traveling bridesmaid?
If you’ve been a bridesmaid before, I’d lovelovelove to hear any tips or tricks of the trade that you might have for nailing it on duty, especially if it involves traveling far! My next wedding to attend (besides my own – eeep!) is also out of state, so I want to reap all the wisdom I can to really get this gig down pat. 😉
This post is in partnership with Luminess. However, all opinions and thoughts expressed are entirely my own. As always, thank you for supporting the brands that support Coming Up Roses!