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 of it!
That said, no matter where we’re going or how long we’re going for, there are some beauty essentials that never fail us.
In fact, even if we couldn’t take anything else in our toiletries bag due to limited space, we’d be able to manage just fine with these 12 items.
Beauty essentials 101: a hairbrush.
Basically, no matter where we go, we’ve got to be able to tame our thick mop of hair while we’re away.
Step forward, the trusty Tangle Teezer though.
With this simple tool, your hair can survive recurrent plaiting, various elements and practically anything. We’re 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, we’re fans of the Soft & Gentle spray-on variety due to their abundance of fragrances. In fact, the Wild Rose and Vanilla smell is particularly gorgeous!
3. Face and Body Wash and/Or Soap
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.
We currently love Dermalogica’s Dermal Clay Cleanser which is well-suited to normal or combination skin.
Then, if you have sensitive skin, use a bar of Simple soap on the rest of your body. It’s unperfumed, uncoloured soap and contains no nasty chemicals.
4. Face and Body Moisturiser
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.
We like the Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel-Cream, which is super affordable and compliments the aforementioned Dermalogica cleanser.
Then we’re big lovers 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.
5. Shampoo and Conditioner
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.
We 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.
6. Hair Treatment Oil
Even if we’re not able to invest in a moisturising shampoo and conditioner for whatever reason, if we use Moroccanoil Hair Treatment oil on holiday (*), we know our tresses 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 ours, which means we won’t go anywhere without it (including abroad!).
Day or night, we like to throw it on when we’re travelling to keep our lips feeling extra soft and nourished.
And it’s as cheap as chips, which helps!
8. Disposable Razors
Another beauty essentials no-brainer: disposable razors.
After all, 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, we 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!
10. Hair Bobbles/Ties/Bands
One of the most practical beauty essentials, hair bobbles are life-savers in the heat.
Let’s face it, the last thing you want is your hair in your neck on a particularly steamy day when you’re already perspiring buckets. (Sweating hell.)
11. Toothbrush and Toothpaste
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 we love the Colgate Advance Whitening Toothpaste to keep our nashers looking good as well as feeling good.
12. Dry Shampoo
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.
Packing Your Beauty Essentials
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 feel and look amazing.
Now it’s just a matter of raiding your wardrobe for suitable clothing…
What are your beauty essentials for travelling?