The Must-Have Travel Beauty Essentials

What’s a trip without all of the essentials you need to make it perfect? From lip liner and sunscreen to edge control and foundation, it’s important to keep some things close when you’re on the go. You may be running an errand or spending a nice day out on the town. You reach into that infamous bag and realize you’re missing a vital piece. Is it a nice lipstick? Or maybe its foundation. It may be a deodorant stick to keep you smelling good throughout the day. Sometimes these products can make or break a look, so remember to keep that beauty bag stocked with all the necessary items you need.

Having a bag with these grabs not only makes you look better, but they make you feel better as well. It can even be something as small as that classic lip gloss from the beauty supply that you always go to. This is a compilation of the most valuable products to drop in your bag before you hit the road!

The Face

The attention we pay to our face may be the most important attention we can pay when it comes to beauty. It’s our marker, our statement piece, and our story. It’s so vital that we care for our face and skin, even when we’re at our busiest. Some products are prominent in the beauty bag, especially facial care.


Personally, my lips are my favorite trait, so I always make sure they are poppin’ wherever I go. According to my friends, liner and gloss are a must. When you are traveling and need to drop a lip in the beauty bag, make sure it’s healthy for your lips and will make you shine. A defining lip liner can change up a whole look. From my survey, the classic brown liner won by a landslide, so keep that in mind when you hit up Sephora or the MAC store! Another top contender was lip gloss, which I stand by 1000%. When I leave the house to run to the store, or even out to a quick event, gloss is my go-to. Lil Mama let us know all those years ago, lip gloss is really where it’s at!

Even if you just want a simple look, a nice chapstick can do the trick! Whatever you choose, make sure you’re always keeping your lips healthy, especially in these winter months.

Photo via Youtuber: Sophiology
The Beat

Now this, this is my favorite part of the Get Ready with Me YouTube videos! I can hardly put on an eyelash but I love to watch people transform with their own beauty products. One essential product to keep in the beauty bag is mascara. Mascara gives us that extra oomph by elongating your natural lash. When you don’t have time to get individuals or buy strips from the store, putting mascara in the beauty bag will definitely help you keep it together.

We love mascara, but you should always make sure you are taking it off properly at the end of the day to protect your eyes. According to Good Housekeeping, these are the best mascaras of 2020 so far:

  1. Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara, $9.99
  2. CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara, $5.39
  3. LashCraft Big Volume Mascara (Sephora Collection), $14.00

Foundation is also super important in the beauty bag. This product is used for even tones and is also used as astringent and a moisturizer. If you want to protect your skin from UV rays, foundation can also be used as a sunscreen! The top three foundations of 2019 according to were Estée Lauder (Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup), Stellar (Limitless Foundation), and Kat Von D (Lock-It Foundation).


The Hair

Now, onto hair; our hair is super important in our narrative. It can be a mask, or the very thing that sets us free. From curls cascading down our back to that perfectly blunt bob, our hair is everything. I will tell you, I swear by hair moisturizers. They are the very thing that keeps our hair healthy and strong.


To maintain healthy hair, you should do a keratin treatment every two weeks, and a deep condition once a week. But obviously, this article is about moisturizing on the go! With that, keeping small containers of moisturizers in your beauty bag is something to consider. A leave-in conditioner is a great way to keep curls popping and nurture your hair all the same.


Another gem to keep in the beauty bag is edge control. This is one of the MOST important products that I keep in my bag, let me tell you why. Edge control tames my hair against the craziest weather (come to Atlanta if you haven’t experienced that!) Edge control is supercritical, but you can definitely have fun with it too. You can play with different designs with your edges, slick down that kitchen, and just give your hair a smooth and shiny look.

The Body

Our body is our temple, so we should do everything we can to keep it intact throughout the day. Whether it be a longer shower, cocoa butter for the deep moisture, or even cotton panties to keep it cool in the hotter days. With that, there are some items we should keep in the beauty bag to protect our temple. Two of the most important are the flushable wipes and mini deodorant.

I stand by flushable wipes all the way. Not only are they better for the environment, but they also help us out in a major way. If you’re about to give a presentation and you’re super nervous, use some wipes to get yourself together, and feel refreshed afterward. If you want to take better care of yourself in the restroom, choose wet wipes over dry public restroom toilet paper!


Finally, baby deodorant! You may need to up the size of your bag a tiny bit, but it’s totally worth it. I think carrying a small deodorant is super important, especially if you deal with higher temperatures wherever you are. It’s cool for staying fresh and giving yourself a boost of confidence before stepping into a room. And in more recent days, major companies are working to rebrand their products by removing aluminum, making them a lot healthier for us. Harper’s Bazaar named some of the best aluminum-free deodorants of 2019:

  1. Megababe Sunny Pits Daily Deodorant, $14.00
  2. Schmidt’s Jasmine Tea Sensitive Skin Deodorant, $7.99
  3. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream, $16.00

beautyWhether you’re running to the grocery store, hitting the club, or flying across the country, beauty bags are essential for the daily throws in our life. With all the crazy things that go on from day to day, a simple beauty bag can be a real lifesaver. The essentials in these bags boost our confidence and allow us to take on the world yet another day. Whatever you choose to throw in the bag, make sure its the best for you, and make the best of it! Now if you need me, I’ll be in the beauty aisle at Target!!

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