Business Management

Have Tools, Will Travel

For nail techs who are constantly on the go, their box of tools may be the only constant in their lives. Traveling techs share their toolkit must-haves that help them thrive while on the road.

Jenna Hipp

Home base: Los Angeles

Some travel required: The Celestine Agency celebrity tech

Won’t leave home without:

✓ Dermalogica Hydro-Active mineral salts, stress relief treatment oil, and other products (to incorporate into manicures and pedicures)

✓95° and Sunny customized crystal glass manicure files with my name on them

✓95° and Sunny breast cancer awareness products

✓ Carolyn New York entire polish line (DBP-free!) and Essie Polishes


Rachel Mouritsen

Home base: Vancouver, Wash.

Some travel required: top-ranked competitor

Won’t leave home without:

✓Heating pad (to keep my nail model warm)

✓Can of air (to remove dust from the table area and off the model)

✓Shop towels (really thick and great absorption!)

✓INM Winners Red nail polish (red polish is required to compete)

✓Add-ons depending on the competition — for example, if it is a design competition, I’ll pack my colored powders.


Lynn Lammers

Home base: Redlands, Calif.

Some travel required: top-ranked competitor

Won’t leave home without:

✓Bright green name tag (for the suitcase itself, to identify it at the airport baggage claim)

✓The red nail polish required to compete

✓ Coffee cup warmer (to use under a metal bowl to warm water for washing nails)

✓ Greens+ Natural Energy Bars (you don’t get much time to eat during a competition)

✓Blanket (for whomever I may be working on)

✓Travel clock with a thermometer

✓Orbit gum

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