Whether I’m leaving for a weekend getaway or traveling abroad for 2+ weeks, there’s certain things I just have to bring with…and they almost always have to be travel-sized (after all, I have to leave room for shoes…and lots of them).
It’s really only been this way since the whole 3 ounce rule thing (although I barely remember a time when you could bring FOUR ounces on a plane) but at the end of the day, it really is just easier. I realized a few years back that I had racked up so many samples from Sephora and Blue Mercury that it was a waste not to use these as my travel beauty essentials. So what exactly do I use for beauty to-go? Depends on what samples I have on-hand but if I’m running low, here’s some of my go-tos.
Most of my everyday beauty products come in a smaller size or I can find something comparable for travel, but the one thing I can never find (or at least not a good one) is makeup remover. So I’ve been using wipes instead (plus it saves me an extra bottle — no need for a cleanser). I mentioned a few months ago that I’ve been going back to basics when it comes to my face, and nothing is easier than Cetaphil. So I’ve been using the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths (clearly, I’m not the only one) for travel or post work-out (which is pretty new for me…thanks to Flywheel). They get the job done (without drying out your face) and a pack of 25 is less than $8. It doesn’t get much better than that!
In the Fall, the lovely folks at Net-a-Porter sent a Glossybox my way, as part of their new collaboration at the time. I’m the perfect person for this (and the ideal customer for free samples) because I usually end up loving the products and buying the full size anyway. But because we’re staying with the “to-go” theme, there’s two mini items from this box that I’m most definitely going to need a re-order on soon — Avène’s Thermal Spring Water spray and Klorane’s Dry Shampoo. I’ve used water sprays in the past but the Avène version is not only great for travel but I also use it to cool off when I get home from a long walk with my dogs or over makeup when I’m feeling extra dry in the winter. And for the dry shampoo, it’s probably my number one travel essential (because washing my hair on vacation is just so daunting) and Klorane is known for having one of the best dry shampoos out there — so why not use the fun-sized version?
And speaking of hair…my essentials don’t stop there (I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it…or did I?) If I’m going somewhere warm (especially humid) I make sure I have my Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Creme no matter what. Thankfully it comes in a few sizes (plus a pea-size amount is all you need…so even the smallest bottle lasts forever) so you won’t have any problem traveling with this baby. The name of it infers it’s meant to make your hair shiny (which is great and all) but my issue is flyways and Mr. Fekkai takes great care of those. My last hair essential is kind of cheating when it comes to the theme of this post (because it doesn’t come in travel size just yet, but it’s well worth the extra bulk in your suitcase — I promise) but I can’t talk about hair without mentioning Bumble and Bumble Cityswept Finish. I’ve already raved about it on CCF (as well as the Fekkai Glossing Creme) but you know what? I’m going to do it again. BECAUSE THEY’RE THAT AWESOME (and I need them when I travel, hence today’s post).
And to top it off, my newest travel essential is the Illesteva backpack (which, by the way, is also a bagpack). It’s pretty large compared to most “fashion backpacks” but it’s not the Jansport you carried in middle school (or at least I did) so I use it as my carry-on when traveling by plane or if I’m staying somewhere for one night, I can usually fit everything in this baby. But if that doesn’t cut it for you and you’re looking for more backpack options, hopefully this will help.
And if you’re in the market for even more beauty products in to-go form….
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