No matter where I’m going, or how long I’m going for, there’s a small selection of beauty products that I simply have to take with me in my toiletries bag.
I take these toiletries with me each time I go backpacking, as well as every time that I head off to the USA to visit my lovely American boyfriend.
As long as I’m carrying these 12 beauty essentials, then I’ll know I’ll be okay, regardless of what happens. (Unless I lose my luggage, but you know – let’s not think about that.)
Basically, I’ve got to be able to tame my thick mop of hair when I’m away. If I don’t have a hairbrush I’m screwed, because I tend to plait my hair often and this can make it extremely knotty. Oops.
If I have my trusty Tangle Teezer though, I know I’m all good. With this tool, my hair can survive plaiting, elements, and practically anything.
Obvs I’m not going to smell too fancy if I don’t take some deodorant to put on under the ol’ armpits. Sure, it seems blatant, but it’s amazing how many people just rely on perfume or body spray when they should be treating their ‘pits to some TLC… in the form of deodorant.
Soft & Gentle is life.
3. Face and body wash/soap.
Whether this is three separate products for you, or one of the same, you have to be able to scrub yourself down after a long day of exploring a brand new place.
Personally, I always go with a specific Environ face wash which I know is well suited to my skin (I used to suffer from acne so I’m on a strict skincare regime) and then take separate shower gel. I also take a bar of Simple soap to use in the nooks and crannies!
4. Face and body moisturiser.
This obviously goes hand-in-hand with your face and body wash. Once you wash, you then need to moisturise! Especially when you’re away in a hot country, as your skin and body can become extremely dehydrated super quickly.
I use my miracle face moisturiser that is Environ, which compliments my face wash, and then usually invest in something containing Cocoa Butter for my body. I like Vaseline’s Spray-On Moisturiser – and then my body is truly ready to go.
5. Shampoo and conditioner.
As well as your skin and body becoming dry and needing some extra attention in a hot country, your hair is also at risk.
Make sure you use a full-bodied moisturising combo that will nourish your hair every time that you wash it. I recommend Herbal Essences Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Set.
6. Hair treatment oil.
Even if I’m not able to invest in a moisturising shampoo and conditioner for whatever reason, if I use Moroccanoil Hair Treatment (*), I’ll know it’ll be just fine in the heat.
Not only does this oil make my hair feel incredibly soft and healthy, but it also enhances its natural shine and makes it look generally badass. Morrocanoil, you babe.
A life-saver for dry and chapped lips, I don’t go anywhere without my Vaseline with Cocoa Butter – never mind abroad.
Day or night, I like to throw it on when I’m travelling to keep my lips feeling extra fly.
8. Disposable razors.
The last thing you want to do is rock up on the beach looking like a hairy Chewbacca. Ladies, keep yourself well groomed when you go away by tucking a fair few disposable razors into your travel bag.
Wilkinson Sword do a pack of 5, which can be bought from most supermarkets and drugstores, for a very affordable price.
Obviously you’re going to need to protect yourself if you’re heading to a hot country and spending any time in the sun, so make sure you pack your suncream!
Ain’t nobody want an album of photos where your holiday companion is stood next to a lobster.
Oh and, if you’re prone to burning, you might want to include some aftersun lotion.
10. Hair bobbles/ties/bands/whatever you call ’em.
The last thing you want is your hair in your neck on a particularly steamy day when you’re already perspiring buckets. Sweatin’ hell.
These babies are so handy to be able to shove your hair up at any given moment. I like to take thousands of ’em, as one of life’s many mysteries is where all your bobbles go when you’re travelling.
11. Toothbrush and toothpaste.
Ah, the bread and butter of travelling – you can’t go anywhere without your toothbrush and toothpaste! Duh.
A minty fresh mouth is imperative whilst you’re away, so make you slip this combo into your toiletries bag pronto.
12. Dry shampoo.
On the days where you’re feeling lazy, but you really need to give your hair a blast of somethin’ somethin’ to keep it clean, dry shampoo is your new best friend.
Moroccanoil do a great Dry Shampoo Spray (*). It keeps your hair fresh and bouncy, whilst eliminating grease. It also adds texture to your hair to give you that fluffiness and extra oomph it needs for it to last until your next wash. Fabulous!
Even if you don’t have much space in your toiletries bag, as long as you include these 12 beauty essentials when packing to go travelling, then you’ll be just fine. Now it’s just a matter of raiding your wardrobe for the appropriate clothing…