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With the weather heating up and summer around the corner, a lot of people are getting bitten by the travel bug. Whether you’re going to a different state or a different country, your hair has to be ready for anything. Here are five tips that will keep your hair off your worry list while traveling.

Check the weather

This may be self-explanatory, but checking the weather can save your style. If the weather is expected to be humid, opt for twist outs or braid outs. These styles are easy to recreate and if you use products that lack glycerin, they may actually hold up. Don’t waste your time on straight styles if they’re only going to puff up, especially if you paid a professional to straighten your hair. Save your coins for travel expenses.

Pamper your hair before you go

Depending on how long you’ll be gone and if you’re wearing your hair out, your hair could go through weather changes and constant manipulation. Treat your hair with a protein deep conditioner followed by a moisturizing deep conditioner treatment before you set out on your adventure. Also, step up your moisturizing game a few weeks before you leave. Having your hair to be at optimal condition before the trip will assure manipulation and styling your hair will not be too harsh. This added boost to your hair will give it more strength and moisture in order to prepare for the vacation.

Pack accordingly

It could be a pain to travel with your full size products, especially if they are liquid and over the max size for flying. Utilize travel size containers for all of your staple products. Also look into travel size kits created by the brands you like.  Oyin Handmade, Jane Carter, and SheaMoisture have taken the guesswork out and created kits just for travel. If your trip is going to be longer than a week, it would be wise to bring your staple shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, oil of choice, and styler. Packing your staple products in these travel size containers will assure you won’t be stuck without your favorite natural hair products anywhere.

Don’t forget the essentials

Bobby pins, satin scarves, detangling tool, satin lined cap, hair ties, all of these are essential styling tools that can save a failed hair day. Be sure to make room for these important things in your travel bag.

Go-to style in mind

If your travel style fails, you should also have a few backup styles in mind. This is where the bobby pins, hair ties, or satin lined cap could come in handy. These items can help save a style or revamp an old hairstyle without over manipulating. Some simple styles that protect your hair while looking cute are buns, two-strand twists, and updos. Another option is traveling with a protective style such as box braids, Marley twists, or wigs.

With these tips, traveling with natural hair should be the least of your worries. What tips help make traveling with your natural hair easier?