Road Trip: What do you take?

Lets say you are taking a road trip from one area of the country (oh...say...Alabama) to just about the other side (Montana). You want to pack lite and you don't really want to bring half a million products in all of their odd shaped, big containers. Besides, all of them will not fit in your bag because of your clothes. So which products do you take and how do you pack them?
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
Depends on how long I'll be gone, etc.

But if I'll need to "wash" my hair while away, I take a travel sized shampoo (if I needed) and a detangler, or my co-wash. Then of course my hair towel, LI, my GFPC gel and a hard hold gel (either HESMU or BRHG). I'll usually bring an oil, too. And my diffuser. And my duckbill clips. Oh, and a curling iron and hairspray, just in case. Lots of hair bands, bobby pins, and other such things to put my hair up if all goes wrong. Lol!

Sounds like a lot, but it's really not that bad!! Haha
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
I forgot to add, the trip will last 10 days. :]

Jas76,
Do you bring travel size bottles, your regular bottles, or do you feel up travel sized bottles?

Keep in mind the climate is very different in both states.
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
When I travel, I just bring my LI and a hard hold gel. I use the LI for my co-wash. Might bring some more stuff if I was traveling for a special occasion but for a road trip I wouldn't stress it.. just too much of a hassle to carry around a lot of stuff for a short trip! Travel size bottles work well. Also, if you're going to stay at a hotel that has a hair dryer, you could bring a sock diffuser--way easier to carry than the bulky bowl diffuser.
CG since 12/01/2010!
2c/3a thin BSL hair
Wish my hair was longer and fuller but it breaks off like crazy!
I'll generally bring a cowash, styler and holding gel and put them in some small bottles. I usually have some of those 3oz tubes that Walmart sells in the minis/travel section lying around to use.
Southern Colorado Curly
Mix of 2s med-low porosity, med-fine texture, lots of hair
When I travel, I just bring my LI and a hard hold gel. I use the LI for my co-wash. Might bring some more stuff if I was traveling for a special occasion but for a road trip I wouldn't stress it.. just too much of a hassle to carry around a lot of stuff for a short trip! Travel size bottles work well. Also, if you're going to stay at a hotel that has a hair dryer, you could bring a sock diffuser--way easier to carry than the bulky bowl diffuser.
Originally Posted by Maganda
What's a sock diffuser? And there's no hotels. :]
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
A packing tip - put all your hair stuff (and anything else that has the potential to spill) in plastic zipper bags. Can't tell you how many times this has kept me from having gunk all over my clothes.
Travel bottles are great - if you gauge how much product(s) you use each day, you can probably pack the right amounts in those smaller bottles and save a of of space. Always overestimate.
BTW, you're going from humid South to less humid North (unless it's July - but even then there's a difference). Be prepared for the humidity reduction. More hold will make you happier in lower humidity.
http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com/
A packing tip - put all your hair stuff (and anything else that has the potential to spill) in plastic zipper bags. Can't tell you how many times this has kept me from having gunk all over my clothes.
Travel bottles are great - if you gauge how much product(s) you use each day, you can probably pack the right amounts in those smaller bottles and save a of of space. Always overestimate.
BTW, you're going from humid South to less humid North (unless it's July - but even then there's a difference). Be prepared for the humidity reduction. More hold will make you happier in lower humidity.
Originally Posted by IAgirl

I've never been outside of the South, so I have no clue how my hair will react. What exactly do you mean by "more hold"? Like I will need a stronger gel?
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
This is what I usually do
Bring the whole LL gels. It's its father south a stronger hold. Also bring the whole bottle for my conditioner. I actually dump old travel size bottles and put my organic shampoo in that. I also put this spray for my hair in a cleaned out travel sized hairspray
Pretty much I only full size my gel and conditioner - the rest is travel size.
When I travel, I just bring my LI and a hard hold gel. I use the LI for my co-wash. Might bring some more stuff if I was traveling for a special occasion but for a road trip I wouldn't stress it.. just too much of a hassle to carry around a lot of stuff for a short trip! Travel size bottles work well. Also, if you're going to stay at a hotel that has a hair dryer, you could bring a sock diffuser--way easier to carry than the bulky bowl diffuser.
Originally Posted by Maganda
What's a sock diffuser? And there's no hotels. :]
Originally Posted by beeduh
Color Design Systems Hot Sock Ultralight Diffuser - NaturallyCurly.com
CG since 12/01/2010!
2c/3a thin BSL hair
Wish my hair was longer and fuller but it breaks off like crazy!
I've never been outside of the South, so I have no clue how my hair will react. What exactly do you mean by "more hold"? Like I will need a stronger gel?
Originally Posted by beeduh
Yes, stronger hold gel. If you are traveling before late May/June, the air will probably be pretty dry (and probably windy at times) as you go North and you won't have the volume and curl boost from humidity (I'm almost halfway between you and Montana and the dewpoint here was 10F today). You may want to be sure to use a leave-in and use a stronger-hold gel to keep your hair in place. Wavy curls tend to wilt in very low humidity. Humectants can sometimes backfire on you and give you more frizz when the air is dry or make your hair feel day - YMMV.
Husband always reminds me when I'm packing - there are always Walgreens or Wal-Marts or Targets or Shopkos and well-stocked grocery stores in medium-sized towns if you need something.

If your hair is long enough, bring ponytail holders and a headband or hairpins or barrettes in case you get too much wind or just want your hair out of your face. If you're camping - some nights are just too cold for a shower and some mornings are just too rainy or windy to bother fixing your hair.
http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com/
-travel bottle of shampoo
-travel bottle of cheapie condish
-a container of my moisturizer mixture
-travel spray bottle of avj/water mixture
-bobby pins, hair ties, a couple of stretchy headbands
-detangling comb
-small bottle of jojoba oil
20 y/o lifelong natural {4a-O ; spongy ; coarse ; dense ; ~MBL stretched (2 inches from WL)}

products {'poo: TJTTT shampoo | RO: TJTTT Condish | LI/style: TJTTT Condish, SM Manuka Conditioner, homemade cocoa butter cream | DC: condish + ayurvedic powder(s), SM Manuka Mask | PT: condish + NPF | oils: castor oil, grapeseed oil | other treatments: probiotics, tea rinses, AVG rinse/spritz, oil rinse | sealing method: LOCO}

long-term: HL stretched, BSL unstretched

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I've never been outside of the South, so I have no clue how my hair will react. What exactly do you mean by "more hold"? Like I will need a stronger gel?
Originally Posted by beeduh
Yes, stronger hold gel. If you are traveling before late May/June, the air will probably be pretty dry (and probably windy at times) as you go North and you won't have the volume and curl boost from humidity (I'm almost halfway between you and Montana and the dewpoint here was 10F today). You may want to be sure to use a leave-in and use a stronger-hold gel to keep your hair in place. Wavy curls tend to wilt in very low humidity. Humectants can sometimes backfire on you and give you more frizz when the air is dry or make your hair feel day - YMMV.
Husband always reminds me when I'm packing - there are always Walgreens or Wal-Marts or Targets or Shopkos and well-stocked grocery stores in medium-sized towns if you need something.

If your hair is long enough, bring ponytail holders and a headband or hairpins or barrettes in case you get too much wind or just want your hair out of your face. If you're camping - some nights are just too cold for a shower and some mornings are just too rainy or windy to bother fixing your hair.
Originally Posted by IAgirl

Thanks for the advice. Sadly my hair is not that long. I don't like wearing my hair up much either. I think it makes me look funny.

Also, it's not a camping trip. We will be visiting the hubby's family.
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
I forgot to add, the trip will last 10 days. :]

Jas76,
Do you bring travel size bottles, your regular bottles, or do you feel up travel sized bottles?

Keep in mind the climate is very different in both states.
Originally Posted by beeduh
Headbands are my best friends on trips!! Would probably work well for you, if you don't want to or can't put it up!

I take travel sized shampoo, travel sized LI, full sized gels, typically. Depending on what my hair needs, I might bring a travel bottle (that I fill) with my heavier RO, or the full-sized co-wash. (and i've used my co-wash as a LI before, to save space.). As long as one of those condish's is a decent detangler, I'm happy.

Sock diffuser for travel - DUH! That's BRILL!!! Why have I never tried that???
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
This is totally non-road trip, but could you put an actual sock over your diffuser to help reduce frizz and heat damage?
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
I am SO glad i have my regimen pretty simplified for reasons like this!

If i were going on a 10 day road trip...i'd simply pack my V05 conditioner and my Noodle Head curl cream (the smaller size). I would also get one of those travel sized bottles you can buy from the store and fill a small one up with my shampoo (for my weekly wash)....and maybe also a small bottle of oil to seal in moisture.

I can use V05 as both a leave in and co-wash AND detangler....when i'm at home i have other conditioners i can use for those reasons

I can get my wash n go's to last for more than 3 days...even though 3 days is my limit...after day 3 i start wearing my hair in a curly puff or bun.

Also i would bring my good headbands and my wide tooth comb.
2yrs 7 months post relaxer/2 years and 11 months natural

Cleanse: SM Moisture Retention or Suave Naturals shampoos
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals, L'Oreal EverCreme or EverCurl
RO/Detangler: Tresseme Naturals, GVPCB
Leave-In: SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie, TN, GVPCB
Styler: EcoStyler, GF Pure Clean gel, KCCC

Just discovering my hair likes protein!

I don't always wear my hair wavy when I'm on a trip for this very reason! I am an overpacker by nature so I try to limit my beauty/hair stuff. I would pack a full size cleanser (low poo), a smaller bottle of a rinse out, one curl enhancer and one gel. I don't diffuse and I would probably only wear my hair wavy every few days.

Definitely bring some hair accessories like headbands since it will probably be very windy!
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Repair Me, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC, UFD Curly Magic
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

This is totally non-road trip, but could you put an actual sock over your diffuser to help reduce frizz and heat damage?
Originally Posted by beeduh
If you are taking a plane (if not, just store this tidbit), tape all your bottles shut. The pressure change tends to make stuff want to squirt out. I'd be careful with socks, some of the elastic or synthetic materials could melt if too near the heat element of a blow dryer on anything but "low."
http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com/
I totally recommend putting your products in a plastic bag, especially since you're going to be going to widely different altitudes. Bottles could explode and get your clothes all gucky. I have had this happen to me soooo many times when going from Utah to California or Washington.

I also highly recommend taking a richer conditioner because Montana is bitterly cold and dry (according to my friend who lives there), it's going to be a little better now that it's getting to be spring, but even this time of the year it's going to be cold and dry. And it is a very arid environment overall. So I really don't recommend taking anything that has high humectant properties. And yes, I recommend something that has a higher hold property.

And I also do second whoever said that there are always stores up there where you can buy whatever you may have missed, or may have figured out you needed. I know there are portions of Montana that are super-remote and it actually is a little difficult to get to markets that might have the selection of what you need (trust me, I used to live in one here...but I was only 45 minutes away from the city, so it wasn't so bad), but hopefully you won't be in one of those places!

Planning on taking a bit of something for a DT might be helpful if your hair tends to be dry might not be out of the realms of possibility. It really is going to be dry compared to Alabama (as well as a rich lotion, too).

Sorry, I'm probably adding to and not removing from the list. I can take myself on roadtrips for about the same amount of time and do it with travel-size stuff. The only thing I might bring of full-size (simply because I have so much hair) is conditioner and maybe gel.

Makeup, however, is my problem. I like to mix it up so much I have panic attacks when I whittle down my makeup to take on road trips to go see family or with friends to go to Vegas and clubbing or whatever...I probably need counseling.
2B...ish
http://public.fotki.com/SunshineGrrl/ pw: drama
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.

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