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30 Best Travel-Sized Beauty Products to Pack in Your Vacation Bag

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You’ve booked the travel, you’ve reserved the accommodations, and now, the time has come for the dream vacay you’ve been waiting for. All that’s left to do? Pack your bags! But if the thought of stuffing your suitcase with your entire skincare regimen and makeup routine is giving you anxiety, not to worry—because we know a thing or two about acing the jet-setting beauty game with travel-sized beauty you’ll actually use (that’s right: That full-size cleanser doesn’t need to come with you!). 

It’s a must that your travel checklist includes beauty products that are TSA-approved in size, spill-resistant, and ideally, feature a bit of multitasking magic (more benefits means less bulk). So to help you pack your carry-on full of the best travel-sized beauty products for your next getaway, we’ve created this list of the top skincare essentials, makeup must-haves, hair-care holy grails, and more to have in your travel makeup bag. Bon voyage!

Our Favorite Travel-Sized Skincare Products

1. KEYS SOULCARE Golden Cleanser

KEYS SOULCARE Golden Cleanser

We all know that as relaxing vacations are supposed to be, some level of stress is inevitable. That’s why we love this cleanser, which is basically a golden ticket to a calm complexion and mind. With the power of turmeric, manuka honey, and chamomile, this cleanser removes dirt, makeup, and impurities while leaving your skin feeling cleansed and soft. Plus, the scent of sage and oat milk encourages stillness and helps to soothe the mind.

2. KATE SOMERVILLE Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

KATE SOMERVILLE Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Warning: intense glow ahead. This two-minute scrub will help reveal smoother, brighter, and more refined skin. Packed with AHAs, BHAs, and fruit enzymes (like papaya, pumpkin, and pineapple), this treatment will help dissolve dead skin cells, minimize pores, and leave you with a radiant glow.

3. SUPERGOOP Everyday SPF Set

SUPERGOOP Everyday SPF Set

Whether you're heading to the beach, the Swiss Alps, or grandma's house, there's one skin essential that absolutely must find its way into your makeup bag: broad-spectrum SPF. This travel set from cult-favorite sunscreen brand SUPERGOOP features the best-selling Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 to protect the face, and the fast-absorbing PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 for the body. Together they create an easy, super packable head-to-toe SPF routine

4. GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner

GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner

If there's one thing we need travel-approved beauty products to do, it's multitask. This travel-friendly toner does just that—it’s hydrating, clarifying, and exfoliating, helping to reveal healthy, radiant skin wherever you are on the globe. This is the perfect product to use post-flight to reset your skin and get that vacay started off right.

5. TONYMOLY I'm Real 5-Pack Combo Set

TONYMOLY I'm Real 5-Pack Combo Set

The secret to stepping off the plane with hydrated, glowy skin? Doing your skincare before the flight, then applying a face mask while en route. While applying and rinsing off a traditional mask in those tiny airplane sinks may not be ideal, sheet masks make for the perfect way to do a bit of pampering in-flight. This mask set features five sheet masks that calm, soothe, hydrate, and refresh so that you can touch down with out-of-this-world skin. 

6. ELEMIS Travel Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

ELEMIS Travel Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

If your face wash or makeup remover almost always explodes in your toiletries bag during travel, try bringing along a cleansing balm instead. The thicker consistency of this cleanser isn't as prone to leaking, plus the cleansing balm texture means it can also act as a makeup remover. This mini version of ELEMIS' best-selling formula melts off all traces of makeup, deeply cleanses, and plumps up fine lines and wrinkles with collagen-rich ingredients. 

7. SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

If there's only one serum you bring along with you on vacation, make it a vitamin C serum. This antioxidant-rich ingredient brightens, protects against free radical production, sun damage, and fights to fade dark spots—all benefits that will be particularly helpful if you're traveling to a sun-soaked destination. This formula is a beauty editor-approved favorite because it's potent enough to show results but gentle enough not to irritate sensitive skin.

8. BIOSSANCE 100% Squalane Oil

BIOSSANCE 100% Squalane Oil

This head-to-toe face and body oil is truly the ultimate multitasker. You can use it on your face, hair, lips, hands—wherever you may need a boost of hydration, thanks to the squalane. When you're traveling to foreign lands, you never really know how the climate will affect your skin. This travel-sized bottle may look too tiny to do much, but a little goes a long way here. It only takes a few drops to see a noticeable difference in the health of your skin. You may even be able to leave behind your body lotion completely. 

9. MURAD Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA +++

MURAD Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA +++

Whether you’re traveling somewhere tropical or not, you need to bring sunscreen. This sunscreen from MURAD is SPF 30, offers broad-spectrum protection, and is full of vitamin C. It’s lightweight and breathable, perfect for whatever your vacation plans and skin type.

10. TATCHA The Dewy Skin Cream

TATCHA The Dewy Skin Cream

There’s nothing quite like the panic of realizing you forgot to pack your go-to face moisturizer on vacation (except maybe realizing you also forgot deodorant!). Avoid that nightmare altogether by stocking up on this luxe moisturizer and leaving an extra in your travel bag at all times. This formula drenches skin in long-lasting hydration and is proven to visibly plump fine lines

11. PACIFICA Glow Baby Brightening Face Wash

PACIFICA Glow Baby Brightening Face Wash

Between running from one attraction to the next and eating most meals out, you could spend hours away from your hotel or Airbnb while on vacay. Since you may not be able to wash your face much—if at all—during the day, you’ll want to make it count when you do. That's why we love this brightening face wash from PACIFICA, which includes both AHA and vitamin C to cleanse, exfoliate, and help brighten and even out your skin tone.

12. GOLDFADEN MD Plant Profusion Night Cream

GOLDFADEN MD Plant Profusion Night Cream

Prep your skin to look its best for all those IG photos you’ll be posting. This multitasking night cream combines plant stem cells, antioxidants, and plant extracts to help your skin look smoother, firmer, and plumper. Use it nightly for the best results. 

Must-Try Travel-Sized Makeup 

13. GLOSSIER The Makeup Set

GLOSSIER The Makeup Set

This trio of makeup essentials is perfect for mastering the no-makeup makeup look while you're on vacation. Packed with GLOSSIER's iconic brow gel, cream blush, and everyday black mascara, it's perfect for polishing up your look while keeping your vacation beauty routine to a minimum. 

14. SIMPLE Water Boost Micellar Makeup Remover Pads

SIMPLE Water Boost Micellar Makeup Remover Pads

Our preferred makeup remover tends to be a bottle of micellar water, but when traveling, it can be hard to beat the ease of makeup wipes. Keep all the cleansing powers of magical micellar water when you use these pads. As it cleanses and removes makeup simultaneously, it also infuses pentavitin extract into the skin to keep it healthy and glowing. 

15. HOURGLASS COSMETICS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

HOURGLASS COSMETICS Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

For those days or nights when you do want more coverage, here's a carry-on-friendly foundation option. This foundation stick won't be taking up precious space in your cosmetic cases. However, it will create comfortable matte coverage that covers redness, uneven skin tone, and hyperpigmentation with ease. Plus, the 12-hour wear and waterproof formula makes this a particularly great choice for oil-prone skin types. 

16. CHARLOTTE TILBURY Mini Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Mini Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo

This mini palette sure does pack a big punch. The travel-size compact includes both contouring and highlighting shades so that you can create versatile looks, all while using just one palette (read: no need to pack extra products!). Both powder formulas also feature color-rich pigments that are rolled in elastomer pearls to smooth and buff the skin upon application. They're even buildable so you can create as subtle or dramatic of a look as you'd like. 

17. BENEFIT COSMETICS Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain

BENEFIT COSMETICS Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain

Looking for a makeup essential that you can use on both your cheeks and lips? Try this cult classic from BENEFIT COSMETICS. We love this one when traveling because of its light, water-like texture, and the fact that it’s totally smudge-proof once it dries down, so you can expect the pigment to last all day. It especially comes in handy when you’re on the go and don’t have time to bust out a makeup brush.

18. LAWLESS Mini The Baby One Eyeshadow Palette

LAWLESS Mini The Baby One Eyeshadow Palette

Remember, you’re traveling—so less is more! You may have to part with your favorite eyeshadow palette of all time but this one from LAWLESS will do just the trick. Featuring eight mini shades, it’s the perfect thing to bring along on your travels without compromising on options. It has rosy-hued browns, neutral shimmers, and plum colors that go well with any skin tone.

19. BENEFIT COSMETICS Precisely My Brow Wax

BENEFIT COSMETICS Precisely My Brow Wax

Didn’t have time to laminate your brows before you hit the road? Don’t worry, because this wax will help shape your brows to perfection. Dip the spoolie end into the wax, wipe off the excess product, then brush the spoolie through your brows to create your desired shape. Thanks to the formula’s long-lasting hold, you can focus on enjoying your well-deserved time-off, rather than wondering if your brows are sliding off your face. 

20. KOSAS Mini Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer with Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid

KOSAS Mini Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer with Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid

You know by now that we love multitasking formulas when traveling, and this product is a powerhouse in that department. It’s a medium-coverage concealer, eye cream, and spot treatment in one that visibly brightens and helps reveal better skin over time. 

Travel-Sized Hair-Care Holy Grails

21. INSERT NAME HERE HAIR Flame Fighter Heat Primer

INSERT NAME HERE HAIR Flame Fighter Heat Primer

Ready to turn up the heat on your styling game? This heat protectant has got your back (and your hair!). This powerhouse product helps shield your strands from thermal damage, so you can curl, straighten, and blow dry without worry.

22. LIVING PROOF Humidity Shield

LIVING PROOF Humidity Shield

Headed somewhere humid? Protect your hair from frizzing with this mini-miracle worker. Just a quick spritz of this protective finishing spray is enough to provide six times more humidity protection for any hairstyle. See you never, flyaways.

23. OUAI Super Dry Shampoo

OUAI Super Dry Shampoo

At home and on vacation, dry shampoo is definitely an essential. This mini version of OUAI's iconic formula uses volcanic minerals and rice starch to soak up oil and create both cleaner hair and sky-high volume. It's the perfect pick-me-up for your hair before that 8 p.m. dinner reservation.

24. MOROCCANOIL Hydration on the Go

MOROCCANOIL Hydration on the Go

This mini haircare set has all your bases covered. The vitamin-packed and ultra hydrating shampoo and conditioner gently cleanses and hydrates any hair type. For those days when you need even more moisture, reach for the mini All in One Leave-in Conditioner for 72-hour softness. Finally, boost daily shine with the Moroccanoil Treatment. Don't be surprised if your glorious, shiny hair becomes the highlight of your vacation pics. 

25. FOXYBAE HAIR California Dreaming Leave-In + UV Protection

FOXYBAE HAIR California Dreaming Leave-In + UV Protection

If you have color-treated hair, this moisturizing leave-in from FOXYBAE is exactly what your locks will be looking for on vacation. It helps visibly repair damage to hair while making your strands stronger with each use. Your hair will be full of body and shine after one use!

26. BRIOGEO HAIR CARE Curl Charisma™ Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème

BRIOGEO HAIR CARE Curl Charisma™ Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème

Curly girls, this leave-in defining creme is for you. It’s infused with rice amino acids, avocado oil, quinoa extract, and tomato fruit ferment extract to increase moisture and hair definition for soft and bouncy curls. It will be the TLC your hair needs after fun in the water and sun.

Top Travel-Sized Fragrances

27. KENSIE So Pretty Fragrance

KENSIE So Pretty Fragrance

If you're heading somewhere warm, bring along this fresh, flirty scent. It opens with an invigorating blend of sweet, fruity and floral notes like tangerine, apple, and bergamot. A few hours later, more floral middle notes will make themselves known while a woodsy, musky base note adds depth without too much warmth. It's perfect for sunny summer days or anytime you need a boost of energy.

28. AESOP Hwyl Eau de Parfum

AESOP Hwyl Eau de Parfum

If your destination is woodsy or wintery, try bringing along this rich, smoky AESOP scent. Reminiscent of the Japanese Hinoki forest, this fragrance features elegant earthy notes like cypress, frankincense, and vetiver.

29. CLINIQUE Happy Perfume Rollerball

CLINIQUE Happy Perfume Rollerball

Rollerball perfumes are so easy to travel with! If your vacation is taking you somewhere fresh and tropical, consider this blend of citrus and floral notes. It truly does spark happiness and core memories.

30. MAISON LOUIS MARIE No.13 Nouvelle Vague Eau de Parfum

MAISON LOUIS MARIE No.13 Nouvelle Vague Eau de Parfum

Take a trip to the Italian island of Capri with this refreshing, rich, and uplifting scent. This signature aroma transports you to spring on the Italian coast with notes of citrus accord, a sheer floral bouquet, and coconut wrapped with Tuscan fig and agave. Spritz it while on vacay and well beyond to relive all the memories from your time away.

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Susan Muramoto
Susan is a senior copywriter at IPSY and a Bay Area-based freelance writer and copyeditor. She has over ten years of writing experience that spans public media, higher education, and beauty.
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Article Last Updated February 28, 2024 12:00 AM