10 Travel Beauty Essentials

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Looking ahead to spring and summer, I’ve already been on a few weekend getaways, and we have some longer trips planned that call for some serious packing. And it never fails, I almost always forget something vital in my beauty routine and then I suffer. Anytime I’m traveling by airplane I absolutely need gentle cleansing wipes or cleanser. And when I’m going somewhere warm, of course, I need some sunscreen. I almost always forget one of these things and then am stuck using whatever the hotel provides or what I can grab at the drug store. Yikes.

Nothing is better to have on hand than a good packing list! I’ve gathered my ten travel beauty essentials at a time when I’m NOT actually packing.

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10 Travel Beauty Essentials

1. Mini Brush: Packing a full-size brush is such a pain because it rarely fits in my makeup bag, and I’d prefer to not get stray hairs all over my clothes in my suitcase or duffel. I travel with this mini brush, and the rest of the time it stays at work for those times my hair gets a little cray.

2. Hair Tie: An obvious one, but I’ve forgotten to pack these more than I’d like to admit. I always pack a few just in case one of the elastics snaps.

3. Simple® Facial Wipes: These have always been my brand of choice. I can grab it from Walmart, and I know it’s not going to irritate my skin since they have no dyes, artificial perfumes, or harsh irritants. They gently remove eye makeup, and the exfoliating version removes my dry skin flakes. (Gross, I know.) Plus, because of their triple purified water, they provide instant hydration, perfect for my dry skin! And secret time? I don’t just use these when I travel… I use them on lazy nights at home too. Shhh, don’t tell. ;)

P.S. Right now Walmart is offering a free 7-pack of Simple® wipes with the purchase of a Simple® cleanser or moisturizer in stores! Score.

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4. Makeup Palette: If you’re tight on space, the Naked On-the-Run Palette ($54) really packs a punch. It contains eyeshadows, blush, bronzer, and even has tray slots for an eyeliner, mascara, and lipgloss. Plus, the matte eyeshadows double as brow powders so you can skip packing brow products if you want. If you’re on a budget, this NYX Jersey Couture Palette ($20) or the Smashbox Minibox Kit ($29) are both great options.

5. Your Favorite Foundation: Learn from my mistakes, going on vacation is NOT a time to pack a travel size you got in an old Birchbox or Ipsy bag. I packed a couple from old boxes that had SPF for my Bahamas trip, and they were way too dark since it was the middle of winter. I felt kind of dumb, but at least I didn’t burn my face?

6. Sunscreen: If you have the potential to get burned, pack a nice sunscreen. The worst is forgetting to pack one and having to run to the drugstore to get whatever they have on hand. It’s nice to be able to pack one you can count on!

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7. Travel Makeup Brushes: I bought EcoTools Mini Essentials Set, and I keep them in my work bag all the time. If you’re tight on space and can’t pack all of your brushes, a travel set is a great option.

8. Fragrance Samples: I would never risk breaking an entire bottle of perfume, so I always pack a few of the sample vials I get in my Sephora orders. Plus, who doesn’t like trying a new fragrance?

9. Dry Shampoo: This is a staple for me since I don’t wash my hair every day. I get greasy near the scalp, so a little spray or 10 of dry shampoo makes it all better.

10. Deodorant: I feel like this is pretty self-explanatory… no one likes to be stinky! :)

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What are your travel beauty essentials? Anything you’d add or remove from this list?


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36 thoughts on “10 Travel Beauty Essentials

  1. Marla

    I always over-pack when I travel, including my ‘beauty bag’. When it comes down to it, all I need is a hair tie, leave in conditioner, sunscreen, concealer, mascara and lip gloss…and lots of water. OK, I’m going to add natural aloe gel because, if there’s sun, my skin always goes a little red.
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    1. Jenn Post author

      Oh Aloe is a great addition! I got burnt in one spot last vacation and definitely had to make a stop to Target for some to relieve the pain.

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  2. Lauren

    So I don’t have to style my hair a lot during vacation AND not have to bring all of my hair essentials, I also bring dry shampoo. Just started using Oscar Blandi dry shampoo and I am in LOVE. A little goes a long way AND it smells great!
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    1. Jenn Post author

      I also liked Oscar Blandi! Have you tried Batiste before? They seem pretty similar to me in terms of effectiveness, but I found it to be about half the price! ($7-8)

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      1. Lauren

        I have tried it and love it as well. But really like with the powder I can accurately get where it’s most oily. Plus Target has this huge bottle on sale for $15 and I couldn’t resist :)
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        1. Jenn Post author

          That makes sense! The one I used from Oscar Blandi was an aerosol as well. I’ll have to try the powder version… $15 is a great price!

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    1. Jenn Post author

      I used to as well until I started realizing how much extra space and weight it was taking up! Now I try to pare it down to the essentials and it’s so much easier. Mini hand sanitizers are great! I try to keep those in the car. :)

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    1. Jenn Post author

      I’ve heard great things about Jane Iredale, I still have yet to try the brand out! I’ll have to check out the eyeshadow palette.

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Oh that is a good one! After breaking so many nails over the years while driving (of all places!) I finally put a box of disposable files in my car. :P

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Thanks Jamie! I haven’t tried the cleansing water but will definitely have to grab it next time I’m at the drugstore!

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    1. Jenn Post author

      I used the Neutrogena ones religiously in college, before I’d even heard of Simple. I like both, but Simple is usually cheaper at Target ;)

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