I am spending quite a bit of time thinking and planning what I am going to put in my travel backpack. There isn't going to be a lot of room so I am taking a tip from Ottsworld and planning to leave my vanity behind.
I have to admit, the idea of leaving my makeup behind makes me uncomfortable. Not because I want to wear makeup everyday but because it's a security blanket. It provides the ability to fit in if I need to and to escape the feeling that I am not participating in the unwritten rules of being a woman.
Don't believe me that there is a beauty standard in this country? Check this out:
Video link here. More information about Girl Culture by Lauren Greenfield here. Please note that parts of this site are NSFW.
But on the flip side, I'll be saving money. I found an article in Newsweek that estimated the lifetime cost of "cosmetic maintenance". Even if I normally spend a half to a third of this amount, that's still quite a bit quite a bit of money.