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Some items should always be at the top of your travel beauty checklist. Here’s a list of our top ten essential travel beauty products to bring with you on a trip!


Essential Travel Beauty Products

Written By: Sarah Talty


Choosing the right travel beauty products can be challenging, especially when your goal is to travel light. In order to comply with the 3-1-1 liquid rule, we have to think small and pack more carefully, lest our favorite moisturizer be trashed at security. (I hate it when that happens!)

Also, beauty products can take up a lot of space and weight, so we need to pack only the essentials. It can be hard to decide what to bring with you so we’ve devised a list to help you decide.


Here are the top ten essential travel beauty products:


Makeup wipes



Sephora Cleansing & Exfoliating WipesPond’s Towelettes


One of the top travel beauty essentials (and one that’s easily forgotten) are makeup wipes. Panda eyes when you get off the plane are the worst and wearing heavy makeup for long-haul flights can cause breakouts.

After a long day of sightseeing, the last thing you want to do is fall asleep with your makeup on. Wipes are so convenient!


Check out these six handy travel wipes!


Hand Sanitizer



Purell Hand SanitizerNatural Hand Sanitizer


It’s nice to have a small bottle of hand sanitizer so you can quickly disinfect your hands (or other surfaces) on the plane, before grabbing a bite to eat, or after using public transport.

It’s also handy if you’re studying abroad. Everyone tends to gets sick at the start of a semester, when everyone goes back to college.


Learn more about how to stay germ-free on the go!


Mini shampoo/conditioner



Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo I Verb Hydrating Conditioner


You can pick up a small bottle of shampoo and conditioner at convenience stores or pharmacies at your destination but it’s nice to have at least a small amount to refresh yourself when you land, especially if you’ve had a long journey.

Tip: Find out if your accommodation provides any toiletries, like shampoo and conditioner. If so, you don’t need to pack them.


Take a look at my roundup of the best shower items to take on your travels!


Any brands you can’t live without



Sephora Gloss BalmSephora Mud Mask


Everyone has different products or brands they can’t leave home without. For example, if you’re addicted to Sephora face masks but they don’t have Sephora in the country you’re going to, then you better bring along what you need for your trip–or sacrifice for a few weeks until you get home.


Check out my travel-size Sephora must haves!





HoneyBee Probiotic DeodorantDegree Antiperspirant Deodorant


Definitely an essential! Travel-size deodorant takes up less room in your bag and tends to last a long time. You can throw this deodorant into your personal item to freshen up when you arrive at your destination.


Take a look at 18 other solid toiletries to avoid packing liquids!



Fake tan and mitt



St. Tropez Weekend Getaway KitFake Bake Flawless Travel Kit


This essential won’t apply to many travelers. However, if self-tanning is part of your weekly beauty ritual, your trusted tanning lotion and mitt are essential! It can be frustrating to arrive somewhere and realize you forgot to pack this one trusted thing. An essential–at least until you hit the beach!


Read more about how to care for your skin post-travels!


Hair ties



Invisibobble Hair RingEndless Hair Elastics


These might be easy to forget because it always seems like you have plenty–until the exact moment you need one. Always bring a few hair ties. We love breakage-free ribbon ties like these!


Check out these 5 easy travel hairstyles for your next trip!


Stripped-down version of your makeup bag



Itraveller Multifunction PoucheBags Toiletry Kit


I guarantee that you do not use every single item in your makeup bag. About 50% of our products are probably old mascara and eye shadow we never wear!

Do yourself a favor before you travel and clean out your makeup. It’ll make getting ready a lot faster because the products you use all the time will be easier to find. Bring only the essentials!


Check out our top ten toiletry bags for travel!


Travel toothbrush and toothpaste



Violife Slim Sonic ToothbrushAntimicrobial Travel Toothbrush


While you can buy these in just about any destination, it’s something you’ll likely want to access soon after you land. Add this to your packing checklist.


Read these tips on how to create travel size toiletries!





Olay All Day Moisturizer With SunscreenBelif Moisturizing Bomb


So important! A little tub of moisturizer is just what your skin needs after a long flight or when entering a different climate. Your skin will be so thankful you brought a little travel-sized version of your favorite brand.

Tip: Use these travel containers to decant the perfect amount of your favorite products!


Take a look at what other female travelers recommend as their best drugstore moisturizers!


What are your essential travel beauty products? Share and comment below!


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Author’s Bio: From the beautiful island of Ireland, Sarah Talty is a full-time college student and part-time blogger, explorer and Netflix lover. Currently in an endless love affair with travel, you can read about her adventures on her travel and lifestyle blog Killed My Cactus.