“Pack only what you really need,” they say. You know you’ve heard this every time you plan a trip, but how do you narrow down all your clothes and beauty travel essentials into a limited space?
Sometimes, you have to do it, though.
Maybe you don’t want to pay extra for checked baggage. Or there’s only a certain amount of room where you’re going. Whatever the reason, you need to cut down your baggage to only the must-have items.
You may have to sacrifice a pair of shoes or a jacket. But you can’t neglect your beauty supplies, no matter what.
What you pack for clothing is up to you and where you’re going, but make sure you include these seven beauty essentials in your bag somewhere!
Anywhere you’re going, you’ll need a moisturizer. This is especially essential if you’re heading to a dry area.
Your skin is your body’s first defense against germs and bacteria. When it gets dry, cracks and creases happen, letting in those microorganisms that make you sick or break you out.
Face and skin lotion are a must.
Keep them in your carry-on bag and apply them frequently to your hands and face.
Unless you’re in a private jet, traveling is never completely smooth.
It’s harder to eat healthily and follow your normal beauty routine, which means you’re probably going to end up with breakouts.
Jet lag and messed-up sleep schedules mean the area under your eyes will have just as much baggage as you brought in your suitcases. Concealers are a must to hide those dark circles and any little bumps that pop up.
3. Cleansing Wipes
Keeping your hands clean when you’re traveling isn’t easy. We all know the importance of it, especially in today’s post-pandemic society.
Bring wipes to use if you need a napkin or to get rid of germs. Hand sanitizer is good, too, but it doesn’t clean up sticky messes.
Add makeup-removing wipes to your bag, too. That way, if you’re too tired to do a full nightly beauty routine, you can still get rid of the day’s dirt and makeup before bed.
4. Travel Toiletry Bottles
Bringing your entire shampoo and conditioner bottles is not a good idea. Even if they fit in your suitcase, they’re likely to leak or not pass through TSA.
But buying travel toiletries adds up. They’re usually expensive and only last for a few uses.
If you are on the road often, invest a few dollars into a travel kit. Then you can put a little of all your full-size goodies in the smaller bottles.
If you’re planning on being outside at all, you should have a moisturizer or a foundation with an SPF. Using sunblock reduces your risk of cancer and prevents fine lines and wrinkles.
Bring a lip balm with SPF, too. You can find out some interesting facts about SPF protection here.
Your lip tissues can be just as damaged from harmful UV rays.
Doctors recommend that most people use an SPF of at least 30. If you want to reduce premature aging signs, put sunblock on any exposed skin before you leave the house (or hotel room).
6. Your Vitamins and Supplements
Beauty starts on the inside, and your body needs many vitamins and minerals to run optimally.
Some of these nutrients you can get from your food if you eat a pretty healthy diet. Others are best to get, or can only come, from a pill to absorb in your body.
The Best Beauty Nutrients
To ensure you’re getting all the nutrition your body needs to fight the signs of aging, you should add certain vitamins and supplements to your diet.
Remember that not all manufacturers’ products are reputable. Look into each brand before you buy, or you could be putting fillers into your body instead of nutrients.
These are some of the essential vitamins and supplements you should have on hand daily, even when you travel:
- Biotin: Biotin is good for your hair and skin. It strengthens the proteins and amino acids that make up these body parts.
- Collagen: Our bodies naturally produce collagen while we’re young. But once we’re out of puberty, this production slows down. Collagen is what keeps your skin youthful-looking.
It’s an essential protein for your muscles, bones, digestive system, and other parts of the body. Collagen is definitely a nutrient that you can’t skip!
- Fish Oil: Another good nutrient for hair and nails is fish oil. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are healthy for your heart, increase cognitive ability, and are anti-aging supplements.
- Vitamin A: If you’re prone to acne breakouts, you may have a Vitamin A deficiency. Taking this vitamin reduces pimples and works to prevent the signs of aging.
- Vitamin B: The B vitamins come in multiple varieties that work for different things. Having B12, for instance, gives you energy and promotes restful sleep. Other B vitamins can lower your risk of certain types of cancer.
- Vitamin C: One of the best antioxidants you can get, this vitamin fights free radicals and refreshes your skin. It causes your skin cells to rejuvenate, making your face brighter. It also stimulates collagen production.
7. A Mini-Straightener
Most hotels and Airbnbs offer blow dryers. Check with the concierge where you’re staying and make sure you’ll have one.
They don’t usually stock straighteners, though. A mini straightener is a worthy investment. It doubles as a curling iron if you twist it right, too!
Don’t forget your heat protectant. These appliances can get pretty hot, and your hair starts getting damaged at 370℉ and up.
When you’re going to be gone for a while, you want to make sure you have all your beauty essentials. These seven products aren’t hard to travel with, and you’ll miss them by day two!
Adam Marshall is a freelance writer who specializes in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Varsity House Gainesville to help them with their online marketing.