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Travel Size Beauty Tips & Essentials

What to pack on your next adventure!

· travel,beauty,cosmetics,skin care,hair care

For many college students, working professionals, and travel bloggers alike – springtime means spring break and making preparations for summer vacation. After enduring a long winter of cold, dreary days stuck indoors, what better time to flip through some travel magazines and start planning your exodus to an exotic hot spot for some much-needed R & R? While you’re envisioning your dream travel destination, use our simple tips for what to pack, so you won’t have to think twice about what travel size beauty products to bring along on your next adventure.

5 Travel Size Beauty Basics

First, unless you’re driving to your vacation destination, you’ll want to be sure all your travel size beauty essentials fit into one 1-quart clear, plastic Ziploc bag in your carry-on bag. Liquids, gels, and lotions should be contained in bottles that are 3.4 oz (100 ml) or less by volume. We’ve selected travel size beauty products for your trip that will meet travel requirements. Check out our suggestions below!

Skin Care

When you’re on-the-go, it’s easy to forget to take care of your skin. If you’re planning a tropical summer vacation, you’ll love sunbathing on the beach and riding the waves, but before you soak up the sunshine, be sure to protect your delicate face and body first! Naked Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30 by Naked Bee offers SPF 30 broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection in a fragrance-free, mineral formula. The 3 oz tube is perfect for air travel and fits easily into your luggage or purse.

Moisturizer is also important when you’re exposing your skin to new environments – including the dry, harsh air of an airplane. Stay on top of your beauty regimen by packing skin care essentials in your travel bag. Andalou Naturals offers a Get Started Skin Care Essentials Kit, safe for even sensitive skin, made with Alpine Rose Stem Cells to support your skin's protective moisture barrier.

The travel set contains five gentle products from the brand’s 1000 Roses Complex line, including a Pearl Exfoliator, Floral Toner, Rosewater Mask, Beautiful Day Cream and Heavenly Night Cream. The best part? Andalou Naturals uses non-GMO, certified organic, cruelty free, gluten free, and vegan ingredients, so you’re using only the best products on your skin.

And don’t forget to bring a facial atomizer mist spray to refresh dull, tired skin after a long plane ride or road trip! Olay Mist Ultimate Hydration Essence Face Spray, available in a 3.3 oz spray from Bed Bath & Beyond and similar stores, revitalizes and hydrates dry, tight skin for a glowing, youthful complexion.

Hair Care

Your hair care routine is probably the last thing on your mind when you’re traveling, but nourishing those silky strands couldn’t be easier with Alaffia’s handcrafted Cleansing Coconut Shampoo in a convenient 2 oz travel sized tube. The gentle, cleansing hair product contains reishi, shea, and henna to hydrate and balance healthy-looking hair while fortifying each fiber. Follow up with Alaffia’s Coconut Reishi Conditioner to help defend your hair from the elements.


The great thing about cosmetics is that most beauty essentials, such as foundation, lipstick, eyeshadow, mascara, and eyeliner are all already within the size limitations for air travel, so you don’t have to buy duplicates for your vacation. It may be a good idea, however, to bring along travel size Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, available at Target and other retailers, to cleanse your face after a long day away. For luxury or specialty cosmetics and related beauty products, search your local Sephora or ULTA Beauty store.


When it comes to fragrances, be sure to choose a travel size rollerball version of your favorite perfume. Not sure where to start? Try Sephora Favorites’ Perfume Travel Sampler, which features seven samples of the top women’s fragrances, such as Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau de Toilette and Clean Reserve Acqua Neroli Eau de Parfum.

Products to Promote Optimal Health

Long distance travel can compromise your immune system and your mood. Help ease anxiety with the help of calming essential oils like Earth SolutionsAromatherapy Travel Ease Scent Inhaler, and ward off germs with Acure OrganicsSeriously Soothing Micellar Water Cleansing Towelettes (for face and body) and fragrance free Hand Sanz Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer from All Terrain.

In addition, it’s important to protect your health by taking a multivitamin and vitamin C supplement, such as Emergen-C (available in gummies, drink mix powders, and energy shots), which may help reduce your risk of catching a cold when in a busy airport or hotel.

As for other personal care essentials, you can acquire additional travel-sized toiletries, such as deodorant, toothbrush and paste, travel hair spray, and more at grocery stores or pharmacies like Walgreens or CVS.

What travel size beauty products make your cut? Share your vacation packing tips with us below!


Photo by KaLisa Veer on Unsplash

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