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Summer Beauty Packing List

On the Road: Your Ultimate Summer Travel Beauty Packing List

Travelers tend to fall into one of two categories: the overpackers (prepared for any eventuality), and the minimalists (content to survive without any of the comforts of home). We think there’s room for a middle ground: pack the multitasking essentials that will keep you feeling great without adding any superfluous weight to your suitcase. See our complete packing list below for all the products that will keep you feeling fresh on planes, trains, and automobiles this summer. Then, share your favorite travel hacks with us on Facebook.



The most important beauty product you will bring no matter where you’re going! We recommend bringing two if your luggage allows it. Purchasing on location can often be more expensive and in some cases tricky to find.

Our top picks: COOLA Mineral Sport SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick. This mess-free sunscreen stick provides up to 80 minutes of water-resistant wear. Bonus: it doesn’t count as a liquid in your carry-on! Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology SPF 50. Broad spectrum coverage (for both face and body) that’s oil-free and ideal for everyday wear.

Makeup remover

Long days of exploring also mean lots of opportunities for dirt and grime to build up on your skin. A quick swipe will refresh skin when you're on the go and gives your face cleanser an assist when your skin's ready for a clean slate before bed.

Our top pick: M·A·C Cosmetics Wipes - Travel-Size. Infused with Vitamin E to be soothing and hydrating while wiping away makeup and dirt.


Don’t rely on the hotel's bar soap to be compatible with your skin type. The last thing you want is a breakout or dry, flaky skin to deal with when you’re on vacation.

Our top pick: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser – 2.5 oz.. A classic cleanser that works for all skin types and helps balance your pH (in a convenient travel size).

Face moisturizer

Look for an all-in-one travel moisturizer that will mitigate the need for multiple hydrating face products (e.g. your serum, face oil, eye cream, and moisturizer) in your bag.

Our top picks: For dry skin: Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer. It's specially designed to combat the dry air our skin encounters during air travel. For oily/combination skin: Avène Cleanance Expert. Lightweight and mattifying with ingredients that fight acne and redness.

Eye pads

Skinny enough to pop anywhere in your bag (and not considered a liquid by TSA), hydrating eye pads feel just pampering enough for a long flight or pre-early morning adventures.

Our top pick: Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads. Plump and depuff your undereyes with 100% pure collagen so no one will know you’ve gotten zero sleep (read: travel delays or all-nighters spent exploring your new surroundings!).


All-in-one face mist

Pack one product that can prime, set makeup, and refresh skin mid-day in a single spritz.

Our top pick: M·A·C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+ - Travel Size. Hydrates skin with ingredients like green tea, chamomile, and cucumber while setting makeup so it won’t budge.

BB cream or tinted moisturizer

This ideal base product will help fill any gaps in your travel skincare routine and give you light coverage that doesn’t feel cakey.

Our top pick: Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint SPF 20. We can’t gush enough about this product: it’s got light-diffusing minerals to make your skin glowy (not slick), and it soothes and protects skin with ginseng and gingko biloba leaf extract.

Lip and cheek multitasker

A cream color that you can use for both cheeks and lips is ideal for travel. It's easy to apply and reapply on the go, and can be worn sheer for day but is buildable for a more evening-appropriate look. Lucky for you, the monochrome makeup trend is also really chic right now.

Our top pick: rms beauty™ lip2cheek. These creamy pigments are all natural and made with coconut oil so they feel awesome on your skin and lips.

Tinted brow gel

A groomed brow is the quickest no-makeup makeup trick in the book—it pulls your look together with minimal other makeup.

Our top pick: Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel. A tinted brow gel that fills in sparse areas with mini fibers—it takes 30 seconds to achieve dramatic results.

Eye shadow stick

Shadow sticks are surprisingly versatile—the right shade can work for day and night and even double as a highlighter.

Our top pick: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick. It’s part eye shadow, part liner, and 100% versatile. Plus, no makeup brushes required.


Look for a water-resistant formula that won’t smudge or flake while you’re out and about.

Our top pick: ARROW ENDURE Water Resistant Mascara. Water-resistant, sweat proof, vegan, AND paraben-free all in one.

Setting powder

Set your makeup and cut down on t-zone shine with a mattifying, sweat-resistant formula.

Our top pick: Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45. This translucent formula controls oil and leaves a soft, matte finish. Also, it includes SPF 45 with every swipe so it's perfect for sunscreen reapplication without disturbing your existing makeup.


Dry shampoo powder

Depending on the length of your trip, you may be able to get away with not washing your hair at all. If that’s the case, you’ll still want a dry shampoo for refreshing and restyling. A TSA-friendly powder is just the ticket.

Our top pick: Bumble & bumble. Pret-à-Powder. This invisible powder soaks up oil, adds texture, and gives your roots a little volume boost. For extra restyling, we recommend massaging into roots and using your mini hairdryer to really work the product in.

Mini hairdryer

Depending where you’re traveling, this may not be necessary but sometimes hotel dryers just don't have enough wattage to get the job done right.

Our top pick: amika Mighty Mini Ionic Dryer. This pint-sized dryer is small enough to fit in a carry-on but powerful enough to replace your full-size hairdryer.

Multipurpose oil

A versatile hair and body oil can be used all over as a heat protectant before hairstyling, a split end healer, a lip and cuticle hydrator, as well as a body moisturizer. With limited space for products in your pack, this handy product is a must.

Our top pick: Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil. Multitasking has never looked so good: This lightweight, fast-absorbing option adds a glow from head to toe. Just spritz on this rose-infused oil anywhere that needs TLC. Plus, a little goes a long way, which means you'll enjoy it long after your vacation.

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