These days, checking luggage on a flight is so expensive that it’s not even a consideration for most people. And even once you’ve checked a bag, there are restrictions on weight that can bump the cost up quickly. As a result, we have become a carry-on nation.
But if you’re a beauty lover then you have your routines, and nothing throws off your regimen like being in a foreign place and not having your preferred products. If you have sensitive skin or unique skin care needs, the stakes are even higher. Add the stress of flying (and family) during the holidays, and you’ve got a cocktail for discomfort.
I’d prefer to spend that checked-bag cash on bottles of bubbly myself, but my skin and hair don’t agree. And I’ve realized over time that if I give them what they need, they give me what I want.
These five beauty products have been so good to me that I’m willing to pay to have them when I need them most—when I’m away from the comforts of my home.
Nécessaire The Body Lotion
If you're rolling your eyes thinking it's just lotion, hold that thought. Not only is this truly a fragrance-free formula, it's ultra moisturizing. Hotels give those tiny bottles of toiletries and they're never enough. But I'm also picky, and they don't always hydrate well. And when you experience hard water in an unknown place, you'll be glad you have this within reach.
bliss Your Situation Down Below Hair-Softening Oil & Bump Minimizer
While this is only a 2 ounce bottle, it's glass and it's filled with oil. But it contains something so necessary, I'm not taking a chance having it tossed out at TSA check-in. There's nothing worse than going on a vacation (especially somewhere tropical), and have bikini wax irritation. Bliss makes superior products for in-growns and post-wax exfoliation, and I love a smooth oil to soothe my skin down there.
If you've heard me talk about this hair mist before it's because it keeps getting better. Not only is the mist so nourishing and hydrating for my hair, I'm now using it as a rinse alternative when other products cause flaking between wash days. And the 360 spray bottle allows it to distribute continuously and evenly. So until the brand makes a travel-size mini, this full size will see the world with me.
Hotel soaps and shower gels are usually okay, but they'll never truly compete with my preferred products. It might seem silly to pay $30 or more to check a bag for a body wash that costs less than $10, but it's all about what your skin health is worth to you. For me, my skin can get really dry, really bumpy, and sometimes inflamed from traveling. This foaming whip is so nourishing, it's like an extra layer of hydration to help my lotion. There's no guarantee I'll find it on a shelf everywhere so I make sure to bring my own. Plus it gives me an excuse to overpack.
It’s such an exhilarating feeling to have a complete stranger lean into you and say, “What’s that smell? It’s incredible!” So when I travel I bring my favorite perfumes. Rollers and samplers are obviously TSA-friendly. But I like to get my hair and back, which is impossible with a roller. And a sample size wouldn’t last me more than a day. This sweet-smelling elixir of irresistible in a bottle costs more than checking my bag both ways, so it’s well worth it to get it to my destination and back intact.