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.


These are the essential items all traveling techs are sure to bring along.

Application brushes
Extension cord Orangewood sticks
Base coat
Hand sanitizer Polish (a variety of colors)
Buffers and files Implement sanitizer Polish remover/acetone
Cotton Implements (cuticle pusher, Table lamp
Cuticle oil nippers, nail clipper, etc.) Top coat
Cuticle remover Lotion Towels


Kimmie Kyees

Home base: Los Angeles

Some travel required: MobileSPA Los Angeles nail tech and Luxe Management celebrity tech

Won’t leave home without:

✓ A few kitschy drugstore polishes (in addition to 100 or so professional polishes)

✓Organic silk soaps

✓Homemade sugar scrubs (a blend of organic sugar, apricot seed oil, grapeseed oil, and almond oil that I store in a screw-top jar)

✓Scented massage oils (to blend into the sugar scrubs on location)

✓Candy tower (for the clients)

✓Pedi-slippers (only if on set)

✓Magazines (People and Us Weekly are the two most popular)

✓Portable speakers and my iPod

✓My new portable airbrush machine (it seems to be popular on sets)


Spa Chicks on the Go and MaMa Spa, Prenatal Spa On-the-Go (standard toolkit for all techs)

Home base: New York City

Some travel required: sister mobile spas that service Manhattan clients, as well as other select metro areas

Won’t leave home without:

✓The latest magazines

✓ Essie polishes, plus SpaRitual (popular with MaMa Spa’s pregnant clients)

✓Waterproof bag for all the liquids (like nail polish remover and cuticle remover)

✓Towels to wrap anything glass (an essential when traveling via New York City subway)

✓Scented candle

✓ Spa gifts like a free nail polish or box of chocolates (when it’s in the contract)

✓Granola bars (for energy)

✓Aquafina water (for hydration)

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