No matter where I’m going or how long I’m going for, there’s a small selection of beauty essentials that I simply have to take with me in my toiletries bag.
I take these products 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.)
First things first, 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. I’m obsessed.
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 blatantly obvious, 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.
No matter what anybody says, Soft & Gentle is life, especially in the Wild Rose & Vanilla fragrance. Yum.
3. Face and Body Wash and/Or Soap
Beauty essentials 101: 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 I take a bar of Simple soap for the rest of my body. I have pretty sensitive skin so this unperfumed, uncoloured soap with no nasty chemicals works a treat.
4. Face and Body Moisturiser
One of the beauty essentials that obviously goes hand-in-hand with your face and body wash is face and body moisturiser. It goes without saying that 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 very 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 for the way it makes your skin smell divine and feel super soft – 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.
One of the most important beauty essentials is a shampoo and conditioner complimentary combo. This needs to be incredibly moisturising to nourish your hair every time that you wash it. I recommend Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner Set whether you’re travelling near or far.
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 my hair will 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. You’re welcome.
8. Disposable Razors
Another beauty essentials no-brainer: 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 does a sensitive pack of 3, which gets the job done 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 don’t forget your suncream!
Ain’t nobody want an album of photos where your holiday companion is stood next to a lobster. Am I right?
I love Nivea SPF30 Protect and Moisture Spray for its ease of use and the fact that it doesn’t feel too sticky on the skin. Oh and, if you’re prone to burning, you might want to include the corresponding Nivea aftersun lotion.
10. Hair Bobbles/Ties/Bands/Whatever You Call ‘Em
One of the most practical beauty essentials, hair bobbles are lifesavers. I mean, 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. I love the Colgate Advance Whitening Toothpaste to keep my 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 give your hair a blast of somethin’ somethin’ to keep it clean, dry shampoo is one of those beauty essentials which automatically turns into your new best friend.
Moroccanoil do a great Dry Shampoo Spray (*). It keeps your hair fresh and bouncy whilst simultaneously 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!
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 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!