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Prepping for any trip can be stressful. From packing to making all of the arrangements, there are plenty of things that need to be done before you can fully enjoy your trip. One thing that cannot be overlooked? Your nails! From making the appointment to packing the right essentials to keep your nails looking fresh, read on to discover the top nail necessities that should definitely should be on your to-do list before you go.

Schedule your manicure as close to your departure date as possible

Even if you get the most durable gel polish, chips can happen. To ensure nails look flawless throughout the duration of your vacation, visit the salon the day before you leave.

Opt for gel polish

When you’re going away, the last thing you want to worry about is touching up chipped polish. Skip traditional lacquer and opt for a gel manicure or pedicure instead. This way, your color will most likely remain shiny and chip-free until you come home.

Skip the cuticle oil

If you’re traveling by plane, then you know the struggle of getting through TSA with a ton of liquids in your carry-on. Ditch the oil and instead keep a dual-action hand and cuticle cream in your purse or bag. This way, you can keep your nails and hands hydrated at all times and save the precious liquid allowance for other beauty essentials.

Try: Clinique Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream

Stash a travel-size polish bottle in your luggage

Nothing ruins your vacation-ready look faster than the sight of chipped polish. To avoid unsightly chips when you’re on the go, bring a travel-size bottle of polish in the same color as your manicure. Though the formulas will be different (one gel and one traditional lacquer), no one will notice and your nails will look fresh and chip-free.

Keep a nail clipper and file handy

You never know when you’ll break a nail or get a dreaded hangnail. Keep a nail clipper and file in your carry-on in case you run into any mani mishaps while you’re away.


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