Travel Beauty Essentials for the Traveling Fashionista [7 Easy Secrets]

When you’re on the go, you only need a few travel beauty essentials to look and feel great. For one reason, you can only take so many items in your suitcase. For another, you have a kind of freedom when you’re abroad to experiment a little. The key is to tweak your regular routine to one that’s simple and suitable for any destination. Here’s how to keep your beauty and fashion choices on point while traveling.

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CONTENTS: In this article, discover seven secrets to easy travel beauty.

1. Get Pre-Trip Hair Removal

If only you didn’t have to worry about shaving or waxing while you’re on holiday. You could decide to be more lax about hair removal while traveling, but most women aren’t confident enough to rock fuzzy legs and armpits or a unibrow while on vacation. 

The solution is to target problem areas in advance so you can worry less while you’re away.

Some people swear by laser hair removal as an accessible and non-invasive treatment that stunts hair growth. After a session or two, you’ll be hair-free for an extended period. Added sessions can even stunt hair growth for as long as six to twelve months.

If you’re hesitant to try laser or simply on a budget, removal cream works, too. You’ll be sporting silky, smooth legs, bikini area, and underarms in no time.

For your brow and lip, wax both at home or at a salon just before leaving for vacation, and pack tweezers for minor touch-ups. You could also opt for threading at a salon, which precisely removes every tiny hair.

2. Sport Long-Wearing Nail Polish

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Do you love the look of pretty fingernails but into the upkeep while traveling? Opt for a professional gel manicure and gel pedicure before your trip, which will look salon fresh for up to two weeks. You’ll likely see new nail bed growth at the cuticle before the polish chips.

Or, apply long wear nail polish at home before you travel. It lasts for a good week to 10 days, depending on the color and is a fraction of the cost of a salon service. Choose a neutral shade that goes with everything and is less likely to show chips, if they occur. An added benefit is that it is easy to remove with regular nail polish remover.

3. Pack SPF Moisturizer

During your vacation, it’s important to protect your skin and keep it moist. This is crucial if you opt for laser hair removal because the skin’s cells are more vulnerable.

Be sure to pack a wide-brimmed hat, UV sunglasses, and cool, breathable fabrics to cover-up. But you will still want additional protection, especially for your face and exposed areas. 

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For those areas, sunscreen is essential, especially on your face. Look for a lotion with SPF properties as an easy and effective way to combine moisturizing and sunscreen.  And don’t forget to re-apply regularly throughout the day and also after swimming.

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4. Build a Travel Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe is a limited set of clothes that you can easily layer, mix, and match. It allows you to pack less but maximize versatility and style.

Use the following simple tips to build a vacation capsule wardrobe as an important element in your travel beauty essentials.

  • Color coordinate all clothing or keep items in the same color family so you can mix and match separates.
  • Choose separates with interchangeable layered outfits in mind. For instance, the combination of 3 tank tops, 2 short-sleeved blouses and a light sweater or jacket can be coordinated multiple ways over multiple days. 
  • You want to wear each item as part of different outfits for different kinds of occasions, ideally in several ways. Be clever!
  • Pack mostly versatile, classic cuts and styles then incorporate one or two items with visual interest or pizazz for the most flexibility. 
  • Make sure purses, shoes, and jewelry are also versatile and pair with several outfits and occasions.

If well-planned, you can even fit your travel capsule wardrobe into a good piece of carry-on luggage.   

5. Feel (& Look) Good with CBD Oil

Nothing looks worse on your face than pain or discomfort. Whether it’s from sore feet and aches from long walks or flight anxiety, it’s not pretty. While you may not consider CBD Oil a travel beauty essential, let’s face it: pain shows.

You can look to Cannabidiol (CBD) oil for relief. CBD oil is derived from the cannabis plant–but don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you get high while on the road.

Most CBD oils have no or trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. So, you can safely rub CBD oil ointments into your skin or spritz CBD oil by mouth to reduce pain and inflammation while traveling. Some people even use CBD oil to help relieve flight anxiety. 

Make sure you have travel size CBD oil products in your bag in case you need homeopathic relief while you’re on vacation. You’ll look and feel a lot better.

6. Go “All Natural” in Flight

Here’s another travel beauty tip. 

While it’s tempting to arrive at the airport wearing all of your makeup, spending a couple of hours on a plane 30,000ft in the air takes its toll on your appearances. By the time you land, you’ll feel groggy and dehydrated, so getting glammed up for the plane is counterproductive.

Instead, focus on dressing comfortably and applying minimal makeup. That way, you’ll strike a perfect mix between natural and effortless. 

Drink plenty of water during your flight, especially if you’re enjoying cocktails or coffee. Both increase your dehydration.

By wearing barely any make-up, you can easily revitalize your skin and freshen up just before landing.

7. Beauty Tips for Eyes

You only have to target one feature…which one do you choose? 

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In this age of face masks, it’s a smart move to focus on your eyes. Perking up your peepers is always an excellent hack as they stand to make the best impression. 

Traveling will inevitably lead to a lack of sleep and tiredness, so your eyes can appear puffy and baggy. 

Here are 3 simple steps to make your eyes look their best on-the-go.

  1. Wipe your eyes down with a wet cloth to wake up a bit.
  2. Apply some travel size eye cream to reduce the puffiness. 
  3. Then, carefully line with eyeliner and curl your lashes. 

It doesn’t take long to pretty-up your eyes, but it will make a massive difference to your appearance.

Final Thoughts on Travel Beauty Essentials

Just like that–, it’s a cinch to work these 7 simple travel beauty essentials into your routine. After all, who wants to work hard on vacation? It’s easy to look your best without the fuss…even if there may be a few selfie’s involved.  

What are your travel beauty hacks? I’d love to hear your favorite tricks in the comments below.

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Jackie Gately

Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

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