It may not be a frequently-used phrase, TSA-friendly, but you have to travel, and for most of us, we’d like the comforts and conveniences of our lifestyle to accompany us. Carry-on and personal item luggage can each fill up completely, especially with tech gadgets, clothes, and all else that you don’t want to check (if you’re checking a bag). Essentials should include items you won’t find in hotel rooms nor airline amenity kits. You can take a single one-liter clear, bag that can be resealed so coordinate and prioritize.
Some items may cost more for a smaller size and nicer brand, but hunting for them upon arrival, in hopes of finding what you like and a product that suits you, isn’t always an option. Consider buying a full-size item before your trip if it’s not something you use regularly, so that you can be certain of the benefits of spending the money and using that precious and limited carry-on space.
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ is available in 1.7 oz size, perfect for an outing at the beach or pool (lasts 80 minutes). It’s better than trying to find some in the gift shop or elsewhere at your destination, especially having to purchase a full-size bottle you may not finish during your trip. It’s also not a greasy finish, which is a consideration, especially when trying to apply makeup (cover first, then put on makeup, moisturize last).
Self Tan Oil
Vita Liberata’s Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion with Marula Oil is the flip side of those seeking sun block. You can purchase the starter kit (all three items are under 3.4 oz) or this product on its own. The kit includes Super Fine Skin Polish, pHenomenal Tan Mousse Medium, and Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion. The products are free from parabens, petrochemicals, animal derivatives, and alcohol, among other ingredients.
Lip and Skin protection
Dry relief products are essential and Kiehl’s offer a lip and skin combination that moisturize in any weather. Yes, these are easier finds in your amenity kits and hotel, possibly, but the quality can’t be beat, plus it’s a pair of products that appear to offer comfort from cold for varying skin types.
Maybe you aren’t planning to wash your hair and/or have plans after arrival time. Maybe you’re concerned about the water and it’s impact on your hair. Regardless, the Keratin Complex Volumizing Dry Shampoo Lift Powder is almost a two-in-one, with shampoo and styling in one. The product is available in neutral, for any shade, or specific to blonde or brunette. It is pricy, depending on your level of interest, so consider Dove or Aveeno dry shampoos as an alternative. While it’s not a liquid product, dry shampoo is a time-saver and convenient for those preferring bubble baths and preserving your look, especially if the trip to the salon was planned prior to traveling.
Moroccanoil® Glimmer Shine offers a styling and protective feature after time in the sun and pool or ocean. The whole Moroccanoil® line offers an array of styling and finishing products, including the hydrating styling cream, which is available in 2.5 oz. Again, the pricing for niche items tends to be higher, depending on the brand. Always check if the brand you use at home has a travel size (3.4 oz or 100 ml max), but travel offers the luxury of committing to a little indulgence sometimes, so for a departure from the routine, make it a little spa experience for yourself, no strings attached.
Temple Spa’s wet and dry cleansing lotion, Dual Act is a nice refresher, regardless of the weather at your destination. Hotel soap isn’t always ideal for skin types and this item can be used dry but doesn’t leave your skin drier.
Tea Tree Cleansing Wipes are perfect for make-up removal and for wiping your hands as you venture through customs, baggage claim, and public transit. The item is actually 100% vegan and biodegradable. If you’re looking for something more reasonable but not the rock-bottom drugstore brand that multi-tasks for every function, face, hands, surfaces, and more, then consider Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, which are available in no scent or peach, grapefruit, cucumber & sage, and some for sensitive skin with cotton extract.
Always check the latest TSA guidelines, for liquids and other prohibited carry-on and checked bag items. Bring samples (Sephora, Ulta, and other make-up counters and online sites) that you receive when you buy make-up. Fill that one liter bag efficiently and keep your home routine and travel schedule in mind as you pack.