What’s in Your Carry-On?

These are the summer travel essentials Birchbox staffers use to get from point A (crowded, sometimes grimy Manhattan) to point B (vacation dreamland) with their skin, style, and sanity intact.

Paulina, Lead Operations Associate

Destination

Tel Aviv, Israel

Carry-On Essentials

  • Birchbox Paulina Paulina is heading to this seaside city for a destination wedding: her own! In preparation, the bride-to-be is packing Laline Girls Roll-on Perfume Oil with Essential Oils. At just .26 oz., the niche Israeli perfume meets TSA guidelines, and the powdery blend stays sweet-smelling from takeoff to touchdown. With the arid desert climate in mind, she’s leaving most of her makeup bag at home—with a few exceptions of course, “I could never give up my Lipstick Queen Sinner Matte Lipstick in Nude. It’s a sexy neutral with a touch of deep crimson.”

En-Route Must-Have

A pro at long-haul flights, Paulina stays connected with her iPad Mini. The night before she leaves, she downloads articles and books she’s been meaning to read, not to mention an episode or two of Scandal.

Emily, Operations Manager

Destination

Nashville, Tennessee

Carry-On Essentials

  • Emily Birchbox Our fair-skinned Operations Manager is heading on a road trip to Nashville. While she’s (understandably) psyched, she says, “I'm a little worried about my pale skin in the Southern sun.” She’s planning on being extra SPF vigilant with the help of Supergoop’s [sheer CC Cream](product: 4589) and antiaging eye cream. She’s also sticking to space-saving products like Chantecaille’s two-in-one blush brush.

En-Route Must-Have

What’s the point of getting your kicks on Route 66 if you can’t brag about your too-cool journey to all your followers? To make the city slickers jealous, Emily says, “I'll be checking in at every hip restaurant and twangy bar on Foursquare.”

Sandra, Email Marketing Specialist

Destination

Washington, DC

Carry-On Essentials

  • Sandra Birchbox Sandra is a low-maintenance traveler but there’s one thing she won’t abide by: chipped nails. In case her mani suffers in transit, she’s prepared with Deborah Lippmann’s single-use Stripper To-Go nail polish remover wipes. Two other indispensables for this Lone Star State native: Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, to keep her hair fresh in balmy DC, and Smith's Minted Rosebud Salve “This is my favorite lip balm, and I use it for dry cuticles as well.”

En-Route Must-Have

You can’t always count on having wifi or cell service when you’re on the road. Thankfully, TripAdvisor’s free City Guides work offline too. “They’re perfect for when you have no data coverage, like when you’re trying to plan activities for your trip during your flight.

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