Travel Beauty Essentials to Pack

I have so many beauty products, and I realize I’m in love with most of them when I start packing for travel. I feel like I need all of my beauty products with me at all times and I cannot travel without any of my beauty “essentials”.

I have started to get used to traveling light with makeup and other beauty products, I constantly try to eliminate or decant my products. Because I have realized not all my “essentials” are actually essential when its time to travel.

So let’s get started on what to pack and how to minimize your makeup and beauty products for travel and make them all fit in your TSA approved 3-1-1 liquid bag.

Travel makeup tips and minimalist travel hacks  

It is important to ask yourself what you consider to be an essential beauty product for you. Ask yourself what cannot you travel without.

  • If you can find that same product at your destination and it’s not an expensive product try not to bulk up your carry on bag.
  • You can purchase products such as shampoo, conditioner, and other basic products at your destination.
  • If you are going to attend an event that requires you to bring lots of products you can think of leaving all those items at home and opting in for a hairdresser at your destination. They can wash, shampoo, blow-dry, and style your hair.  And you wouldn’t need to bulk your bag and carry all those items with you.

My Travel Essentials

Here are some products I always find space in my bag when I travel.

1. Makeup bag

I bought my makeup bag from H&M, and I love it. The texture and how much it fits is all perfect. And these are the products I have in my makeup bag when traveling:

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Powder or translucent powder
  • A palette of blush highlighter and bronzer all in one
  • Brow pencil
  • Eyeshadow palette that has a basic brown and  beige colors
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash curler
  • Makeup brushes
  • Setting spray
  • Moisturizer
  • Primer

What I try to do is, find multi-purpose products that are all-in-one so I can save up on space and still get the makeup look I want to achieve.

2. Fragrance

I love Dior J’adore perfume, and mine came with a tiny travel size refillable perfume container. It is extremely easy to refill, and it’s great to take with me when I travel in my carry-on bag.

3. Travel sleep mask

I love bringing sleep masks with me when I travel since they make it easier to fall asleep. However, normal sleep masks push down on my eyelashes and make me feel uncomfortable.

I have purchased hollowed out sleep masks, and they are phenomenal. They don’t push down on my lashes and still keep it dark so I can fall asleep. They are great to have when on a long haul flight to get good sleep.  

4. Hand Sanitizer

I bring two hand sanitizers with me if I have the space in my liquids bag. Gel for my hands and a spray. Airplanes are as dirty as it gets with germs crawling in every single part of the seats. So after I sit down and before people settle in, I spray antibacterial spray onto the back of the seat and the tray area. I don’t know how much it helps in reality, but it does help me feel better.

5. Lip balm and lotion

When traveling the air gets so dry, to avoid chapped lips I carry my lip balm very close to me so I can keep applying whenever I need it. I actually have a small bag that I carry with me when I travel that has my travel essentials, which I will talk about at another post. This small bag makes traveling so much better and bearable.

Lotion is the love of my life, and I am certain there is nothing I use more often than lotion. Even my office desk has 4 big lotion bottles, 1 hand cream tub, 1 body butter, and 1 small travel size hand cream. What can I say I just love having and applying lotion. So when I start packing, a travel size hand cream/lotion is the first thing that goes in.

6. Sunscreen

It is always important to protect your skin from the damages of UV rays. No matter where you are going it is important to bring sunscreen with you.

7. Makeup Remover/ Micellar water

It is nearly impossible to find a good travel size makeup remover or micellar water. If you can find one, get it for your travel bag. If not you can always buy travel containers and put your makeup remover/micellar water in it. If you are out of space in your liquids bag, then it is always a good idea to get makeup removing wipes.

8. Razor

Razor makes shaving easy, as opposed to waxing and other methods nothing can beat razor. They can be more effective, and better but they are never as easy or convenient as a razor.

So when traveling, I always bring a razor with me for the unexpected and unwanted hair that may arise. Hair emergencies as you will. Instead of shaving cream; I use conditioner, body wash or even shampoo depending on how desperate I am. If I can’t find anything, I use lotion shave.

9. Deodorant

Travel or a regular size deodorant whatever my liquids bag can handle it goes in. Yes, it is one of my essentials. You may ask isn’t this a product that I can easily get at my destination? Well, you may not be able to if you are traveling abroad.

In some countries, it may be harder to find than you may think. It is not that they don’t use deodorants, they just might be using a different kind from what you are used to. For example in Turkey, they use spray and gel deodorants which I find very hard to use.

10. Sheet Mask

Okay, Sheet mask is the last one on my list, it may sound silly but hear me out. After that drying experience of air travel, your skin needs some treatment. You can bring oils, face scrubs or other products that will end up taking so much space or you can just throw in a sheet mask.

When you arrive at your destination clean your face and put it on your sheet mask. You will see the difference it makes once you try it. It also helps you relax and unwind from all that chaos that is air travel.  

That’s all I have as my beauty essentials for travel. If you have any questions or anything to add, please write down in the comments.

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