Carry-On Beauty Products We’re Obsessed With

Travel can be one of the most fulfilling experiences we can have as human beings. But that doesn’t mean its always easy. From planning to packing, culture shock to missed connections, travel near and far can come with challenges. When we want to look and feel our best while travelling, it can be even trickier. Restrictions on sizes of liquid products, coupled with what is often an incrased need for skincare (thanks, dehydration), we can find ourselves struggling to GET. IT. TOGETHER. (Just me? LOL. I’m admittedly a mess half the time I’m travelling. At least half). That’s why I’ve compiled some of the BEST options when it comes to carry-on sized beauty products!

From personal faves to the highest rated, these are the products that will keep us feeling great, looking fierce, and avoid confiscation from airport security (because I can tell you from personal experience that having a nearly new container of $75 face wash thrown out because it was 125ml is just about the worst).

black, white, and rose gold travel container set

The Perfect Reuseable Travel Case

Before we dive right into the carry-on products that you can buy in the right sizes (100ml/3.4 fl. oz, usually), let’s talk a little about all the OTHER products you likely can’t buy in a smaller size. Some products either don’t come in travel sizes, or the cost is unreasonable for the amount. You may already have a product and want to bring a small amount. Whatever the case my be, a kit like this is almost a necessity for me. It let’s be label (yay!) each bottle with whatever I have and want to fill it with.

Best part? When you get home, you can clean them out and reuse them! Yay for sustainability and affordability! Check it out here and snag one before your next trip! You’ll never be without your at-home favorites!

honest beauty spray tube of hydrating mist

Honest Beauty Hydration Mist

There are so many different reasons we PROBABLY need additional skin hydration while travelling. Re-circulated airplane air, less sleep, drinking less fluids, drinking more alcohol, eating prepared/higher sodium foods, and even getting more sun. I could go on, but you get the picture. This is where the Hydration Mist from Honest Beauty comes in *cue the lights, angels singing, trumpets*.

This travel-friendly size mist packs a serious punch. Not only does this carry-on beauty product work on bare skin OR over makeup, its dermatologist tested, paraben free, and cruelty free too. Hyaluronic acid helps to attract hydration and lock it in. So you’ll be looking fresh. Even if the jetlage struggle is real. Snag some before your next trip and spritz, spritz, spritz your way to glowing skin that says ‘I slept the whole way here in a first class lie-flat bed’.

travel size ultra repair cream

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I fell in love with this product several years ago when in came in a beauty subscription box. It quickly made its rounds to all the family members and became a unanimous fave.

I slather it on my dry skin just about anywhere and everywhere. I have particularly dry elbows, and it works like a charm (when I remember to use it). Shea butter moisturizes and creates a protective barrier on the skin while antioxidants ward off environmental aggressors.

garnier skin active travel size micellar cleansing water

Garnier Micellar Water

I am so glad that micellar water finally made its way to the US. When I lived in Europe, I discovered my first bottle of micellar water and fell in love. This ALL-IN-ONE (literally) cleanser is perfect for travel. Use it as a makeup remover at night, and a quick cleanser in the morning.

I fully appreciate and love a deep cleansing with my favorite cleanser at home, followed by a scrub and mask, but let’s be honest with each other: the only way that many steps is happening while I’m travelling is if I’m at a spa and paying somebody. This is the perfect product for those of us who need to keep it simple in our suitcases.

This particular one gets kudos for coming in a travel size. Don’t forget to pack some cotton rounds (my favorite application method)!

pocket size poopurri

Poo-Purri Before You Go 4ml 

Ok, ok, ok, hear me out. I can see it now. “This isn’t a carry-on beauty product, Callie”. EXCEPT: tell me how cute you feel when you are on vacation and need to go #2 and are really self-conscious about whats about to go down.

Exactly. Plus this one is teeny-tiny and fits in even the smallest crossbody bag or fanny pack.

You’ll thank me later (and if you’re sharing a hotel room, your travel companion will too).

living proof full dry volume blast travel size

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

When traveling, heat, sweat, increased activity, and less access to all our usually beauty products can make getting dolled up (*cough*presentable*) a little tougher than usual. That’s where this little baby comes in. 

Living Proof has been an industry-changing line for years now, including their dry shampoo (which I also recommend). But for this post, I want to give a shout-out to a lesser-known product that:

a. gives incredible texture and volume on dry hair

b. comes in a travel size!

So after you’ve washed and dried your hair with that pathetic hotel blow-dryer, pull out this baby and you’ll look like you just found a Dry Bar in the middle of your vacation and had a blowout.

mini venus travel razor

Venus Travel Razor

Ok, so to be fair, your regular razor shouldn’t cause any problems when you travel, in terms of security. However, if you are short on toiletry space, this cutie is the solution.

I know that the bulky handles that tend to accompany the ‘fancy schmancy’ drug store razors I tend to buy can take up a LOT of real estate in your bag. Especially if you’re only using a carry-on. Want to save the space and still get silky smooth whatever-body-parts-you’re-shaving? Voila. Here you go.

I hope you found this list of carry-on beauty products helpful! Do you have a favorite tip, trick, hack, or product you never leave home without? I want to know about it! Tell me in the comments!

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Callie Richards

I'm Callie, a Southern California based body-positive fashion and travel blogger who helps women discover style and travel that FITS their bodies and their lifestyles so they can live their best, most authentic lives! I test and then share the products and experiences that respect diversity and inclusiveness so that you can shop and travel with confidence without all the research!

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