Packing toiletries for travelling can be quite a challenge.
After all, it’s difficult to know what exactly you’re going to need for the specific period of time you’re away, as well as how much!
That said, no matter where I’m going or how long I’m going for, there are some beauty essentials that always see me right.
In fact, even if I couldn’t take anything else in my toiletries bag due to limited space (like on a backpacking trip, for example) I’d be able to manage just fine.
Want more details? Keep reading, girl.
Beauty essentials 101: a hairbrush.
Basically, no matter where I go, I’ve got to be able to tame my thick mop of hair when I’m away.
(Especially because I tend to plait my hair often and wear it wavy – and this can make it extremely knotty. Oops.)
If I have my trusty Tangle Teezer though, I know I’m all good.
With this simple tool, my hair can survive plaiting, elements and practically anything. I’m obsessed.
Sure, recommending deodorant as one of your key beauty essentials seems blatantly obvious.
That said, it’s amazing how many people just rely on perfume or body spray when they should be treating their ‘pits to some TLC twice a day in the form of deodorant.
Personally, I’m a fan of the Soft & Gentle spray-on variety due to their abundance of fragrances. In fact, the Wild Rose and Vanilla smell is particularly gorgeous!
Whether washing your face and body consists of three separate products for you or you’re happy to use soap for everything, you have to be able to scrub yourself down after a long day of exploring a brand new place.
I currently wash my face with Dermalogica’s Dermal Clay Cleanser which is well-suited to my combination skin.
Then, given that I have sensitive skin, I use a bar of Simple soap on the rest of my body. It’s unperfumed, uncoloured soap and contains no nasty chemicals. Therefore, it works perfectly for me!
One of the beauty essentials that goes hand-in-hand with your face and body wash is moisturiser.
After all, once you wash and strip your skin of its natural oils, you then need to re-hydrate your skin. Especially when you’re away in a hot country and your body can become extremely dehydrated very quickly.
I use the Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel-Cream, which is super affordable and compliments my face wash nicely.
Then I usually invest in something containing cocoa butter for my body. In fact, I’m a big lover of Vaseline’s Spray-On Moisturiser for the way it makes your skin smell divine and feel super soft!
That said, what works best for you will depend entirely on your skin type.
As well as your skin and body becoming dry and needing some extra nourishment in warm climates, your hair is also at risk.
That’s why one of the most important beauty essentials is a moisturising shampoo and conditioner set. Each product needs to focus on hydration to make your hair look and feel healthier every time you wash it.
Personally, I recommend Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner Set, whether you’re travelling near or far. It’s affordable and yet gets the job done.
Even if I’m not able to invest in a moisturising shampoo and conditioner for whatever reason, if I use Moroccanoil Hair Treatment oil on holiday (*), I’ll know my hair will be just fine in the heat.
All you need to do is apply a ten-pence piece to your ends after you’ve got out of the shower, combed and towel-dried your hair.
And not only does this product make your hair feel incredibly soft and rejuvenated, but it also enhances its natural shine. Win-win.
A game-changer for dry and chapped lips, Vaseline with Cocoa Butter is a handbag staple of mine, which means I won’t go anywhere without it (including abroad!).
Day or night, I like to throw it on when I’m travelling to keep my lips feeling extra soft and nourished.
And it’s as cheap as chips.
Another beauty essentials no-brainer: disposable razors.
I mean, the last thing you want is rock up on the beach looking like a hairy Chewbacca. Right?
Wilkinson Sword does a sensitive pack of 3, which gets the job done for a very affordable price. And it helps your packing space in the sense that you can just throw each razor away after you’ve finished using it.
Obviously, you’re at risk of getting burned if you’re heading to a hot country and spending any time in the sun. Therefore, make sure you don’t forget to take proper sun protection.
A suncream with at least SPF 30+ is recommended by health experts worldwide.
Personally, I love the Nivea SPF30 Protect and Moisture Spray for its ease of use. And the fact that it doesn’t feel too sticky on the skin. Hurrah!
One of the most practical beauty essentials, hair bobbles are life-savers in the heat.
I mean, the last thing you want is your hair in your neck on a particularly steamy day when you’re already perspiring buckets. (Sweating hell.)
Newsflash: you can’t go anywhere without your toothbrush and toothpaste (including on a plane).
A minty fresh mouth is imperative to your oral health, so make you slip a toothbrush and some toothpaste into your toiletries bag pronto.
And I love the Colgate Advance Whitening Toothpaste to keep my nashers looking good as well as feeling good.
Finally, on the days where you’re feeling lazy but you really need to clean your hair in some way because it’s itchy, sweaty or dandruff-y, dry shampoo is your BFF.
In fact, Moroccanoil do a great Dry Shampoo Spray (*). It keeps your hair fresh and bouncy while simultaneously eliminating grease.
And it also provides your hair with that fluffiness and volume it needs to survive until your next wash. Sorted.
Even if you don’t have much space in your toiletries bag, as long as you include these 12 beauty essentials when you’re packing to go travelling then you’ll be just fine.
Now it’s just a matter of raiding your wardrobe for the appropriate clothing…
What are your beauty essentials for travelling? Let me know in the comments below!