Beauty Essentials For Travellers

October 14, 2014

There’s nothing worse than having a restricted baggage limit but still hoping to bring all of your beauty items – especially if you’re backpacking so far from home. No need to compromise the state of your skin just because you need to save some room in your luggage.

We show you how to pack your beauty items for an extended trip, and how to make the most with what you’ve got.

RELATED: How To Look Good Travelling

Face wipes

Make sure to keep a few packs of face wipes in your hand-luggage and also in your suitcase – especially if you’re constantly travelling around. Not only are they really quick and easy if you need to remove your makeup, but can also refresh and hydrate your face on a long plane, car, or bus trip.

BB cream

Skip the heavy foundation, especially if you’re travelling around in a warmer climate. Since you’ll be out and about quite often, let your skin breathe and use a BB cream instead. It will soften out any imperfections in your skin, but also remain light and comfortable enough to wear all day long.

Bring a small stippling brush if the thought of using your hands to apply makeup is a no-no. BB creams also have an SPF in the formula, so this will save you applying it to your face everyday.

Neutral eyeshadow

A small eyeshadow palette is your best option if you want to inject a bit of colour on a night out. Choose a palette with 5-6 colours, some of which include a highlight, shimmer, neutrals, matte and one dark colour. With these few shades you can create almost any look in no-time at all.

We recommend: Urban Decay Naked Basics, $29


A moisturiser is an essential when it comes to travelling because it can be used for many parts of the face and body. Skip the primer and apply a moisturiser to cleansed skin, use it to hydrate the body, and apply it on your lips for a quick and easy lip balm solution.


Always carry around a sunscreen if you’re in a warmer climate, and especially if you find yourself trekking it out on a regular basis. Look for a sunscreen which features an SPF of at least 30+ since this is the best type of product to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.


We can’t forget a face cleanser! Don’t pack any abrasive exfoliators or new products that you haven’t even tried on your skin before. This is definitely not the time to experiment with new formulas, which have the ability to break-out your skin.

Cleanse your skin morning and night, then apply a moisturiser to lock in the hydration, and keep your skin from getting dry patches.

We recommend: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $9


Skip the liquid eyeliner which can be difficult to apply on a good day, and use a waterproof mascara instead. A waterproof formula will stay on all day long – regardless of swimming, crying, or excessive sweating and is easy to remove at the end of the night. Apply to fresh lashes then leave to dry for 1-2 minutes before heading out the door.

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