10 Things to Pack When Traveling With Natural Hair

10 Things to Pack When Traveling With Natural Hair

Vacation Time! I know I am not the only one who loves to run away on mini weekend vacations or jump on the first cheap flight out of town. You know you’re one of them – admit it!

I tend to get super excited as I start packing – then I look at my hair. Oh gosh! MY HAIR!! And I only have a carry on bag…How am I going to carry all the products and tools that I need to have FLY hair over the weekend? Definitely can’t wear a hat on vacation. That’s a big No No! Well, don’t worry. I got you covered.

Below are 10 things you need to pack in your bag when traveling if you have natural hair. Let’s go:

1. Satin scarf and satin bonnet
I know you might love your satin or silk pillowcase that your hubby knows he can’t put his head on. Lol! But in reality, you can’t carry it with you. Can you imaging what the hotel room service lady would think? Lol!

Pack a satin bonnet to put on at night before bed. You have to protect your hair. The cotton pillowcases will certainly suck the moisture out of your hair.

Also pack a satin scarf so that you can smooth your edges down to make your hair style look even better. For example, after you are done styling your hair and you want your edges to be flat and sleek; you simply tie a scarf around the perimeter of your head. Keep it on for about 10 minutes or so and voila! FAB hair.


2. Empty spray bottle.
Well I was going to say a water spray bottle but then I remember the annoying rules of the TSA at the airport (they don’t allow liquids or creamy cosmetics on planes) and the thought of my spray bottle going in the trash bin is unthinkable. So yea, please empty your spray bottle and put it in your bag. Or, simply buy a new one. They only cost a $1 anyway.

3. Oils
Well you must be giving me the side eye right now because I just mentioned the TSA rules. But they can’t stop you from having a fab hair weekend can they? No! So, I suggest heading to your nearest pharmacy or beauty supply store and get some travel size bottles/containers. Add your favorite oil or oil mix to one of these bottles and add to a Ziploc clear plastic bag (yes, you need a plastic clear bag).

3. Hair moisturizer
Walking around with thirsty, dry and brittle hair is not a good look. So we have to add this to the list. If your favorite hair moisturizer is not already in a tiny 2oz container then go ahead and fill up one of your travel size containers with your moisturizer and use on your hair as needed.

4. Gel/edge control
Those fly away edges need something to sleek them down – unless you plan to wear a fro every day. But to be honest, isn’t our hair super unpredictable? Your planned style might not come out right one day and you may have to do a high puff. I swear high puffs save the day each and every time.

My favorite edge controls are Cream Of Nature Edge control and Curls Control Paste because they sleek my edges down perfectly without a hard crunchy hold. If you are a gel person, then pack some of your favorite gel product.

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About Shelly Ann Cameron


Hi, I am Shelly Ann Cameron, freelance writer for BlackHairInformation.com. Jamaican born but call NYC home since 2005. When I'm not at my full time job as a Marketing Analyst, I am blogging about natural hair and lifestyle on my blog www.glamnaturallife.com. I created my blog to document my natural hair journey and share whatever I learned along the way. I am a promoter of healthy hair whether it's relaxed or natural. While I am no natural hair Nazi, since going natural in 2011, many of my articles are natural hair driven.

About Shelly Ann Cameron


Hi, I am Shelly Ann Cameron, freelance writer for BlackHairInformation.com. Jamaican born but call NYC home since 2005. When I'm not at my full time job as a Marketing Analyst, I am blogging about natural hair and lifestyle on my blog www.glamnaturallife.com. I created my blog to document my natural hair journey and share whatever I learned along the way. I am a promoter of healthy hair whether it's relaxed or natural. While I am no natural hair Nazi, since going natural in 2011, many of my articles are natural hair driven.

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veronica grant-hawkes
veronica grant-hawkes

I thoroughly enjoyed the article on the 10 things to pack when traveling with natural hair.. I only wanted to enlighten our readers on a few things simply because I work for TSA. The liquid requirements rule is for carry on bags only, you can take any size liquid, cream, or gels and check your bag with your airline your traveling with. So please don’t limit yourself or your hair with not taking items you need because the fear of TSA throwing them in the trash.. Now for those that to travel light, your carry on policy is your items can be 3.4 oz. Or smaller, the travel size bottles that are sold in store like Walmart and Target have been selling these for years. So if your water spray bottle is 3.4 oz. No will take it from you…

I’m a natural girl myself so I understand when you need to take certain things with you to maintain your gorgeous look… Just wanted to help out…

Dabney
Dabney

All great tips! My favorite thing to do is shop at a new store and find beauty products I have never used before. This is away to try different things and not worry about getting my products confiscated at the TSA! If I am in a country that doesn’t carry natural hair products, I will just get small bottles of conditioner, olive oil and a styling cream! Or I will just braid up my hair to last the whole trip.

Caleb

These are definitely essential to have when you are traveling. Do not leave home without them.

She Deserae

Sulfate free shampoo, moisturizing conditioner, leave in conditioner, Nairobi hairdress cream, strong large tooth comb, afro pick, head bands and satin pillowcase. Or get braids before we leave.

Linda Cushman

Omg! Now what are you going to put your clothes and shoes in?!

Angel Park

Grease and rubber bands.

Kelly Ostrom Alexander

Cam

Linda PennyRed Gales

Traylaunda Smith

Robin McDani
Robin McDani

ughhh sounds like what we should be packing is simply a wig