All packed up and finally somewhere to go!
Travel is starting to return, and we are ready to book it to the beach, mountains or even the next city over for some much-needed vacation time.
Before you get there though, do be mindful of your belongings, as some may have forgotten the rules since it’s been so long since setting foot on a plane.
For those flying, making sure you have appropriately sized luggage is a must, followed closely by what you choose to pack inside of it. The three-ounce rule at most major airlines can be super tricky, especially when you want to pack your favorite bottle of high-end shampoo or a fancy soap for the journey.
Aside from toiletries, lugging your jewelry without tangles, sunglasses without breaking and sunscreen without squirting can be a huge hassle, enough to make you want to throw in the beach towel and call it quits. Also, be sure to pack your vaccination card, too, just in case.
Before you do, read below for some of our recommendations for the best travel-sized toiletries, skincare, organizers and more that put your mind (and TSA’s mind) at ease for smooth sailing the rest of your vacation.
Best travel-sized toiletries
Moroccanoil The Traveler Set, $35
Fight frizz wherever your travels take you.
This travel set from Moroccanoil is a game-changer, complete with four TSA-compliant bottles of the good stuff. Sold at Sephora, get two small sizes of the original formula oil, one small 1.7-ounce and an even smaller 0.85-ounce bottle for the road or plane.
Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Superfoods Shampoo and Conditioner, $18
Be gentle and kind to your hair, especially if it gets stressed when traveling.
Sold in a package of two, the shampoo and conditioner duo is two ounces each, perfect for air travel in your carry-on with no trouble. The Briogeo set is sold at Ulta Beauty and even comes with a free gift with purchase to make traveling even more fun.
Chi Protect And Hold On The Go Styling Kit, $24
Find your inner chi and keep hair calm too.
The CHI Protect and Hold set comes with everything you need for a good hair day while traveling. The mini shampoo, conditioners and spray all are under three fluid ounces and even come in a transparent travel bag for easy access when removing from your carry-on during security checks.
Type: A Deodorant Travel Set, $22.50
Traveling without your full-sized products doesn’t have to stink.
Type:A has a travel kit that will keep you smelling fresh all flight, car ride or train journey long. The kit comes with two mini deodorants, one hand cream, one bar soap and five deodorant wipes, all of which are aluminum-free as always.
Scentbird perfumes, prices vary
Never smell the same way twice on vacation.
A subscription to Scentbird is the way to go if you love packing up your perfumes but are worried about the three-ounce limit for carry-on baggage on airplanes. Also perfect for frequent travelers, get a new 0.27-ounce bottle of designer or name-brand perfume each month, with an easy-to-close cap to prevent spilling on the go.
Best travel sized skin care
Skyn ICELAND Travel Size Glacial Face Wash, $8.50
Put your best face forward when traveling.
The Skyn ICELAND travel-sized facial wash is a must-pack for anyone who wants to feel clean and refreshed the second they get to the hotel room. The 100% clean and vegan formula foams up and washes away dirt and impurities from traveling, working well on oily, balanced or combination skin.
La Chatelaine Ultra-Rich Purse-size Hand Cream, $9.50
Dry hands can put a damper on travel.
Don’t let them get you down, with a few tubes of travel-friendly hand cream thrown in your purse and carry-on baggage. The La Chatelaine creams contain 20% shea butter for a silky smooth feeling and they come in 20 scents from exotic wild fig to a refreshing lemon verbena.
Glossier The Skincare Edit, $50
Do your skincare routine no matter where you are with some minis from Glossier.
The Skincare Edit contains all your must-have Glossier products in an airline-safe shrunken version. The kit contains a Milky Jelly cleanser, Super Bounce serum, Priming Moisturizer Rich, two Balm Dotcom tubes in original and rose, a Futuredew oil and a pink Glossier headband for washing your face and keeping hair nice and dry.
Strange Bird Beauty Mini Inner Ritual Kit, $64
There’s nothing strange about wanting to continue your skincare routine while on vacation.
Strange Bird now offers a travel-sized kit for your skincare rituals. The package includes an Inner Clarity Cleanser, an Inner Balance Serum and an Inner Light Moisturizer to keep you clean, soft and feeling refreshed your entire trip.
Best travel-sized sunscreens and bug sprays
Sun Bum Premium Day Tripper Travel-Sized Sun Care Pack, $19.99
Listen up, beach bums.
When out in the sun on vacation, don’t skimp on the sunscreen or you’ll return home with a nasty burn. Pack the Sun Bum Travel-Sized Sun Care Pack and you won’t regret it, as it smells amazing and provides 30 SPF protection from the sun. The kit comes in a super cute bag for “Good Vibes Only” and contains a tube of 30 SPF sunscreen, a 30 SPF lip balm and a tube of Cool Down to soothe skin after sun exposure.
Repel 100 Insect Repellent, Pump Spray, 1-Ounce, $8.98
Buzz off, we are trying to enjoy vacation.
If you’re going camping, hiking or just spending some time outside on your next trip, be sure to pack some bug spray to keep mosquitoes at bay. This mini spray is only one ounce, which is perfect for airlines and throwing into a pair of hiking shorts or a fanny pack for later.
Best travel-sized organizers and bottles
Calpak Packing Cubes 5-Piece Set, $62
Keep everything tidy while traveling.
The Calpak Packing Cubes are some of the most efficient, plus they come in an array of adorable colors to match your carry-on baggage. The five-piece set comes with a water-resistant pouch as well, perfect for packing toiletries and removing with ease when it comes time to go through the security checkpoint.
Sea to Summit Traveling Light TPU Clear Zip-Top Pouch with Bottles, $26.95
No need to leave your favorite shampoo at home and suffer a bad hair day on vacation.
Simply grab a pack of these travel bottles and case from L.L. Bean and then fill them up with all your go-to products from home. Each bottle has a place to label what’s inside to avoid any mix-ups and they are also all leak-proof to keep your belongings dry and your mind at ease.
Mark and Graham Round Jewelry Travel Case, $59
Travel in style, knowing your jewelry is packed securely and with your name on it.
The round jewelry case is not only super smart but pretty too, as it can be embossed with your monogram for an extra $12. The case can hold rings, necklaces and bracelets with an area for each, made of premium vegan leather.
Warby Parker Travel Case, $40
Look on the bright side of life and be sure to pack your sunglasses with care.
Warby Parker can hook this up, as they not only sell sunnies but a beautiful travel case to store them in. The Parker Travel Case comes in black, tan or navy and is made to hold three pairs of glasses or sunglasses or both should you want to swap them out during vacation.
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