We all want to look our best, especially for those travel shots we post for our friends to envy.
But stale airplane air, jet lag and running around all day in different climates and time zones too often results in crazy hair, dirty skin and splotchy make-up.
With TSA regulations requiring only small bottles of our basic necessities and airlines charging higher fees to check a bag, what’s a traveler to do?
Here are 10 solutions that will keep you looking as good at the end of your trip as you did at the beginning.
Pocket Essentials from MiiSTS
Pocket Essentials from MiiSTS — Photo courtesy of MiiSTS
Pretty much anything you need for travel is now available in these ingenious little sprays that literally fit in your pocket.
Slim and eco-friendly, you can pack hand sanitizer, breath freshener, hair spray, sunscreen, stain remover, wrinkle release, bite and burn relief and so much more. Each tiny little package provides over 150 spritzes and takes up practically no room in your bag. We get misty just thinking about them.
Root Touch Up Makeup for Hair from Madison Reed
Root Touch Up Makeup for Hair from Madison Reed — Photo courtesy of Madison Reed
Keeping your color fresh while traveling can be a challenge but this Root Touch Up Makeup for Hair is easy, brilliant and it really works!
Pick your shade, then simply brush on the powder to cover roots and grays. It gives your hair surprisingly natural-looking depth that lasts until your next shampoo. Who said color has to be high maintenance?
Clarisonic Mia Fit
Clarisonic Mia Fit — Photo courtesy of Clarisonic
Millions of us have come to rely on a facial cleansing brush, so Clarisonic made a compact, travel-friendly version of their signature device. You can now put your best face forward wherever you go.
The Mia Fit is lightweight, waterproof and freestanding, and its modernized shape fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. It’s got two settings, for a 60-second delicate cleanse or an 80-second power cleanse. Note: The male version is the Alpha Fit, and it’s equally effective.
Travel Smart by Conair
Travel Smart from Conair — Photo courtesy of Conair
If you’ve ever blown out your hair straightener – not to mention the power in your hotel room (sorry, Adare Manor in Ireland) – you will want to run out and buy this right now.
The only converter designed for high-end electronic styling tools and hair dryers, this is a travel necessity for anyone who wants to use a flat or curling iron internationally. It comes with a convert-it-all converter and a worldwide adapter set, and it is a game-changer. American hair is about to look so much better overseas.
The Full Kit from Oars + Alps
The Full Kit from Oars and Alps — Photo courtesy of Oars and Alps
This new direct-to-consumer men’s skincare brand offers high-end, premium products at non-premium prices.
The perfectly packaged Full Kit is spillproof and TSA-friendly, and features the company's three core products. You'll find a facial cleansing stick, a hydrating 2-in-1 facial moisturizer and eye cream, and an active armor deodorant – all of which contain alpine caribou moss sourced from the Arctic Circle. They’ll keep you smelling clean and fresh, and ready to face anything.
Try Me Kit from Golden Door
Try Me Kit from Golden Door — Photo courtesy of Golden Door
Even a business trip can feel like a spa vacation thanks to this travel-sized trio of Golden Door’s bestselling skincare products.
Golden Door is one of the top spas in the country, and the reusable leather makeup case contains Hydrating Cleansing Milk, Bamboo Face Scrub and Golden Peel-A-Way Masque, all of which use natural ingredients to pamper and heal your skin. Plus, 100% of profits go to end child abuse and transform young lives.
Single-Use Shaving Cream Minis from Pacific Shaving Co.
Single Use Shaving Cream Minis from Pacific Shaving Co. — Photo courtesy of Pacific Shaving Co.
Carrying a can of shaving cream in your bag is a crapshoot no matter how small it is.
Switch to these single-use minis which are encapsulated in food-grade, 100% water-soluble film. You can pop as many as you need in your suitcase without worrying about shaving cream ending up all over your clothes. Each pre-measured Mini is ultra-rich and moisturizing, and you’ll wonder why no one ever thought of this before.
CHANGE Suncare Set from COOLA x Cynthia Rowley
CHANGE Suncare Set from COOLA x Cynthia Rowley — Photo courtesy of Cynthia Rowley
Sunscreen is a necessity no matter where you travel. So designer Cynthia Rowley has partnered with luxury sun/skincare company, COOLA, to create this water-resistant neoprene pouch filled with four TSA-friendly SPF-packed products.
The kit not only benefits your skin but 100% of proceeds benefit the Ocean Conservancy to protect the beaches and oceans for your future travels.
Full-Face Palette from Deck of Scarlet
Full-Face Palette from Deck of Scarlet — Photo courtesy of Deck of Scarlet
Instead of trying to cram different shapes and sizes of lipsticks, shadows, eyeliners and blush into a cosmetic bag, opt for this sleek palette from Deck of Scarlet, a unique subscription service that offers full-face palettes created in partnership with popular YouTubers.
Each bi-monthly palette comes with eight or nine full-sized products, and you can skip one at any time. Everything is cruelty-free, paraben-free and made in the U.S. Best of all, you get to follow video tutorials for both daytime and evening looks, making you feel like you’re traveling with your own celebrity stylist.
Mini Sensor Mirror from simplehuman
Mini Sensor Mirror from simplehuman — Photo courtesy of simplehuman
I love everything simplehuman makes, including this easy-to-tote sensor mirror which lights up automatically, simulating natural sunlight and offering 10x magnification.
Perfect for dimly-lit hotel rooms – or anywhere – it folds flat, storing easily in its own travel case. It recharges in a standard USB port, and one charge lasts for up to five weeks. If you’re going to make the effort to look good while traveling, you deserve to see - and admire - the results.