15 Travel Skincare & Beauty Essentials I Can’t Live Without Right Now

I don’t know what it is about your late 20’s that makes you all the sudden realize, oh, crap, I REALLY need to start caring about my skin more, but that reality hit me hard this year. Your skin has a lot to deal with when you’re traveling a ton (from getting seriously dehydrated from recycled air on long flights, to fighting free radicals in new environments and polluted air). Not to mention spending so much time in the sun!! Traveling as much as I do, it’s important to always be taking care of my skin and using clean beauty ingredients that help keep my whole body healthy, and looking fresh and fabulous in every new destination.

These are my favorite skincare & beauty products in the world right now, and what’s always in my carry-on for trips. So whether you’re looking for jetsetter beauty essentials, honeymoon beauty essentials, or skincare tips for travel, this holy grail beauty list is for you.

15 Travel Skincare & Beauty Essentials To Pack for Your Next Trip

C-firma Vitamin C everyday serum 

As you guys know I’m obsessed with Drunk Elephant. And I’m not the only one – Shiseido bought drunk elephant skincare line for $845 million last week. This line is AMAZING, and if you haven’t tried it – you need to! This vitamin C serum is what I use every morning.

What does C-firma do for your skin? Vitamin C is meant to brighten skin tone and even discoloration, reduce premature aging, and can even get rid of scarring. Not only that, it’s an antioxidant – meaning it protects the skin from environmental factors that harm your skin every day – like pollution, ultraviolet light, and other free radicals. I use it in the morning rather than in the evening, and I put it on immediately after washing my face, before any other products. A good general rule of thumb is to apply your skincare from lightest, to most dense, so vitamin C is always first. 


Drunk Elephant - C-Firma™ Vitamin C Day Serum 1 oz/ 30 mL Clean at Sephora

Seriously Fab’s Zinc It Over Sunscreen Spray

You’ll never need regular face sunscreen again if you spray this topical fine & sheer sunscreen mist over your makeup. The best part? It’s all natural, made with Non-Nano Zinc Oxide and with zero yucky chemicals. And both the full-size and mini bottles are TSA-approved for your carry-on for travel. Designed for use over your makeup but this beauty can also be used on your bare skin! 

Seriously FAB's Zinc It Over Sunscreen Spray UNSCENTED SPF MIST

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The Best In-flight Eye Mask

These eye masks are worth every penny for travelers! They make you look awake and refreshed, no matter if you’re landing off a red-eye or a 24-hour flight to the Maldives. The benefits also last long after you land, and make you look SO fresh. These babies are GOLD.

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask


Glossier’s Balm dot com

I’m always applying my favorite lip balm (Glossier’s Balm dotcom) throughout any flight or vacation to keep my lips from getting dry. It’s also a do-everything salve which means it’s nourishing for lips, elbows, cuticles, anything!

Living Proof Humidity Shield Hairspray

I love packing the travel size of Living Proof’s life-saving humidity shield for any tropical trip – like Bali. This stuff seriously WORKS, feels weightless, and my hair desperately needs anytime I’m in tropical weather.

Living Proof No Frizz Instant De-Frizzer

The Best in-flight Sheet Face Mask

I’m a huuuuge fan of in-flight masking. As soon as we take off on a long flight, I’ll wash my face, clear off any makeup, and then stick one of these best masks for flying on. It’s such a good way to keep your face hydrated on a long flight. This one by Dr. Jart is so good at moisturizing, while also enhancing moisture retention and strengthening the skin’s barrier by preventing water loss. KEY for a long travel day. 


Acne Patch Pimple Patches

These little pimple patches have a massive cult following on Amazon. If you have an unwanted blemish pop up on your honeymoon, don’t worry! Stick one of these patches on overnight and by morning you’ll have glowing, blemish-free skin. Also a bridal beauty must-have!

LE GUSHE K-BEAUTY Pimple Patches for Face

Drunk Elephant Marula Oil

This travel-sized face oil is a god-send for vacations where you want a little extra glow (and hit of skin health). You guys already know how obsessed I am with Drunk Elephant Products from my Drunk Elephant Product Review, but this oil in particular is a must-have for travel. This oil reverses signs of aging and has huge antioxidant benefits against environmental stressors and free radicals (PERFECT if you’re traveling somewhere with more polluted air). You’ll notice a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness, and blotchiness, with improvement in your skin’s elastic feel. 

Drunk Elephant Mini Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil

A silk eye-mask

I never travel without my Slip silk eyemask, you guys! A good quality eye mask is my #1 recommendation when it comes to sleeping on planes and adjusting to new time zones. AKA looking fresh af when you land. Slipsilk’s eyemasks are made from the softest silk that is anti-aging, anti-sleep-crease, and (most importantly) anti jet-lag. What more could you ask for!?

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Even if you arrive to your destination with a hydrated, jet-lag-free face, your hair might be on a whole other level. Which is where First Class dry shampoo comes in. This baby (in its mini size for travel) is my go-to for dry shampoo!

A perfect, travel-size everyday sunscreen

This supergoop sunscreen is lightweight, blends perfectly with makeup, and has a little bit of coverage/tint to it. LOVE it. 

Supergoop! Mineral Mattescreen (SPF 40)

The Best Undereye Concealer

Nothing hides jet lag like Bobbi Brown’s undereye concealer. This is a MUST-have for any trip, or any day. 

Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector

L’Occitane Hand Cream

Another thing I’m always putting on during a flight is this L’Occitane Hand Cream. Our hands are often the first part of our bodies to show signs of aging – which means we need to take CARE of them. Fight aging by keeping them moisturized, all the time, and keeping this hand cream handy (no pun intended) in your carry on. 

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

A travel hair dryer!

I never trust that a hotel or AirBnB has a good hair dryer – I always like to travel with a my travel one – T3’s travel dryer, it’s pricey- but so worth it. For a cheaper but still great alternative, check out this one by Conair

T3 Afar Travel Hair Dryer

Or… a one-step blowdryer and volumizing brush – LOVE this – only $35.24 on Amazon

REVLON One-Step Volumizer Original 1.0 Hair Dryer and Hot Air Brush, Black

A straightening brush

I’m such a big fan of this ‘Polished Perfection’ straightening brush – ever since I started using it I haven’t TOUCHED a straightener. It’s the power of a straightener without any of the negative side effects – like DAMAGE. This brush also gives you a more ‘blow out’ look than super-straight. I’m addicted. 

 amika Double Agent 2-in-1 Straightening Blow Dryer Brush

What are your travel beauty essentials? Tell me in the comments!

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