8 Essential Skincare Products You Shouldn't Travel WithoutMarch 10, 2022
If it’s been a while since you’ve been able to travel extensively, you might have forgotten how to pack. Whether you’re jetting across the country or just going a few hours away, packing your skincare routine can be especially tedious (and can take up a lot of space!).
While depotting your essential skincare products into portable bottles and TSA-approved containers definitely works, there’s something oh-so-satisfying about toting around your beloved products in adorable, tiny packaging. That’s why we’ve rounded up our editors’ favorite travel-size skincare minis, all of which will make packing for your next trip a little less stressful.
Dry, stale air in airplane cabins used to wreak havoc on my skin until I started spritzing this mini all over my face mid-flight. The rose water gives my skin an instant refresh thanks to the soothing and moisturizing properties, while witch hazel keeps blemishes and inflammation at bay so I’m photo-ready and feeling confident from the moment I step off the plane. — Mary, Associate Editor
I’m excited to start traveling again, but every time I do it’s pretty much a given that my skin will freak out in one way or another. I’ve learned that the key to mitigating a bad breakout while away from home is to stay as consistent as possible. Thankfully, my everyday cleanser comes in a TSA-approved, travel sized bottle so I can stick to my usual routine, no matter where I am in the world. The powerful-yet-gentle formula is packed with superfood ingredients like kale, spinach and green tea and delivers a refreshing cleanse — which is always necessary after a long day of travel. — Caitlyn, Assistant Editor
This cleanser has been my go-to for years, and there’s no way I’d ever leave home without it, which is why I’m glad it comes in this petite, TSA-approved size. The formula is gentle enough that it never irritates my dry, sensitive skin, but it still manages to take my makeup off at the end of a long day. It contains ceramides to help restore the skin’s barrier along with hyaluronic acid to attract moisture. It’s also non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and accepted by the National Eczema Association, so I feel comfortable using it no matter how dry or irritated my skin is. — Ariel, Associate Editor
When traveling, it’s important that I have simple, reliable products on hand like this moisturizing cream. It’s a staple in my skincare collection and keeps my skin hydrated and comfortable regardless of what climate I’m in. It also pairs well with all of my other skin products, so I know that no matter what else I pack, this will work with my routine. Don’t be fooled by the small tube — there’s enough product in there to last two weeks. — Alyssa, Assistant Editor
I’m obsessed with skincare sprays on a regular day, but even more so when I’m traveling because it’s a quick way to refresh fatigued skin and easy to throw in a bag. That said, not all facial sprays are the same. This one is crafted with the brand’s signature volcanic water that houses 15 minerals, protects the skin from environmental aggressors with antioxidants and helps reinforce the skin's natural barrier — that’s all without applying any creams or serums. The spritz feels like a burst of hydration on contact, which can kind of take you by surprise, but it’s just the pick-me-up you need to keep you going on your travels. — Jaz, Senior Editor
Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo + Conditioner Travel Size
It’s a total must for me to bring my own shampoo and conditioner along with me when I travel — especially if I’m heading to a place where the water might be hard (aka the ultimate recipe for frizz). Keeping my hair hydrated and nourished with this travel-size duo certainly does the job, thanks to its moisturizing ingredients of jojoba oil, coconut and amino acids. — Alanna, Assistant Managing Editor
As someone with perpetually dry skin, packing some type of hand cream is mandatory. I typically reach for thicker creams like this when I’m traveling because my skin has gotten drier with all the hand sanitizer and hand washing I’m doing. Formulated with shea butter and avocado oil, this hand salve really improves the appearance of dry patches and softens my hands. If you have dry hands too, this is a must! — Kat, Social Media Editor
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn