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The Beauty Essentials I Can’t Travel Without

I like to travel to see new places and have new and memorable experiences. One of the things I don’t like about traveling is the packing. Especially the packing of my beauty products.

There are some products that I feel are essential to my skincare regimen, especially when I travel. So I tend to stress about how I’m going to pack certain products that don’t come in travel sizes.


I also worry about making sure I bring the beauty products I can’t live without because it’s not always easy to get my hands on them when traveling. Either I won’t have the time, the products will be too expensive or I’m vacationing where those products aren’t available.

In an effort to try and lessen that worry and stress I stick to 12 beauty products that I always take with me when I travel.

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1. Facial cleansing towelettes

It’s so much easier to cleansing wipes than a liquid or cream cleanser for my face. The towelettes also help to make sure I clean my makeup off at the end of the day.

I don’t have a favorite brand of towelettes that I use. I tend to lean towards the Walmart store brand. If I go brand name, I tend to use the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. (http://amzn.to/2ua6u4h)

2. Face moisturizer

I clean my face without moisturizing it afterward. When I’m at home I tend to use a nighttime formulated moisturizer at night and a moisturizer with SPF in the daytime.

When I travel, I tend to take only one moisturizer and that’s the one with SPF. So I end up using the moisturizer during the day and at night.

The moisturizer I’m currently using and took on my last trip was the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion with SPF 15.

It’s light, doesn’t make me look greasy, keeps me moisturized and has SPF 15.


3. Makeup primer

My go-to makeup primer is the Laura Geller Spackle Mattifying Oil Control Under Makeup Primer. It helps to keep my face from getting too shiny during the day and helps keep my makeup in place during the long days I spend outside sightseeing.

4. Foundation

What’s the point of taking makeup primer if I’m not going to wear foundation. Now admittedly I don’t always wear foundation when I travel. It just depends on what I’ll be doing that day.

When I’ve gone on missions trips overseas I’m usually spending a lot of time outside working in the sun so I’m sweating constantly. In those instances wearing foundation doesn’t make any sense.

The foundation I take is the Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation because of the versatility it provides. I can put on a light layer, or add additional layers for more coverage. I can also use it to just cover blemishes.

5. Makeup brush

To apply my mineral foundation I take a short kabuki brush like the EveryDay Minerals Long Handled Kabuki Brush. Because the brush handle is short it's easy to pack in my cosmetic bag.

6. Eyeliner

Even if I’m not wearing eyeshadow or foundation, I’m wearing eyeliner. At a minimum, I feel like I need to wear my eyeliner.

The CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner is perfect for travel. It’s self-sharpening, easy to apply and has a blender on one end so I don’t need to bring any other tool for blending.

7. Mascara

In addition to eyeliner, I have to wear mascara even if I don’t wear foundation or eye shadow.

The eyeliner I tend to revert back to again and again is the CoverGirl Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara. It’s easy to carry, easy to use and I don’t run into clumping issues.

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8. Sunscreen

When I travel, particularly vacation travel, I spend a lot of time outside. So I need to make sure I’m protecting my skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

I prefer using the spray sunscreen instead of the lotion-type like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen or Neutrogena Beach Defense Spray Sunscreen. I think the spray is easier to apply and less messy. The one I’ve been using lately is the sports sunscreen in Walmart store brand.


9. Body lotion

I don’t want to look ashy or be itching all day, so I need to take body lotion with me. To get the most from my body lotion my go-to is usually a formula that has cocoa butter in it. If I’m not using Suave Skin Solutions Smoothing with Cocoa Butter and Shea Body Lotion, I’m using the Walmart store brand.

10 & 11. Shampoo and conditioner

Yes, I know. These are two products not one. But I feel like you can’t have one without the other.

For short trips I don’t carry shampoo and conditioner with me. I only take it if the trip will be five days or longer. When I carry shampoo and conditioner I take sample sizes that I get at Walmart.

On my last trip I took sample sizes of the Suave Almond and Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner.  I was able to wash my hair once and still have plenty of product left if I needed to wash my hair one more time.

12. Leave-in conditioner


Unless I’m doing a quick overnight trip I can’t go anywhere without my leave-in conditioner. I have to keep my hair moisturized otherwise I’m doing damage to it that may take a while for me to undo.

I use a liquid and a cream leave-in conditioner when I’m at home, but I’ve found it's easier to just take a cream leave-in conditioner like the Cantu Argan Oil Leave In Conditioner. It packs better and there’s less of a chance for a spill in my bag.


With these 12 products, there are a few that don’t come in containers that are travel-friendly. For those products, I transfer some of the product to a travel size container.

In particular, I do this for my leave-in conditioner, body lotion, and face moisturizer. I use little containers like the ones in the picture below that I can get at Walmart in a 3-pack for about a dollar.

What beauty products do you take when you travel?


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