BB Cream: Acting as a light foundation, BB Cream is perfect for both moisturizing and evening out your skin. This one also includes a sunscreen, bonus! Three bottles in one.
Sample Mascara: To save room, opt to carry a sample size mascara. You can often earn these as rewards from most major department stores as well as the beauty store Mecca, Sephora. Or buy them online.
Lip Balm: As a committed member of the chapstick-addiction club, kiss-worthy lips are always a must. Make sure yours includes sunscreen.
Travel Sized Advil: Jet lag, high pressure, dry air and obscure meal times all add up to one thing: headaches. Keep a bottle of these in your bag so your adventures aren’t hindered from head pounding. (Frugal hack: keep the container and refill from a cheaper bulk jar of pills once empty so you’ll always have a travel size ready to go. Make sure it’s clearly and accurately labeled!).
Eye Mask: If you want any hope of escaping jet lag, keep an eye mask close by for those red eye flights. Some longer rides will hand these out for free that you can reuse on future flights.
Coconut Oil: I’ve officially boarded the coconut oil band wagon and can’t leave home without it. It’s perfect for moisturizing dry skin and lips and awesome at stopping itchy bug bites. As a stand-in shaving cream, it prevents nicks in awkward, tiny hostel showers. You can also swirl it in your mouth for 20 minutes (oil pulling, anyone?) to clean your mouth and whiten your teeth! Oh, you can also slather it on toast for a healthy snack. Either pour some into a small jar to take with you or invest in a travel size.
Make-up Wipes: Although you tend to lax on many of your routines when abroad, washing your faces is not one of them. Although these fancy wipes take up limited space and smell like heaven in a napkin, baby wipes in a plastic bag work just as well.
Most importantly, traveling is a good time to embrace your natural beauty. Instead of focusing on what you look like, shift your focus onto where you’re visiting. All those minutes you save skipping your make-up routine could be spent exploring a new city or indulging in a new restaurant. Prioritize.
What’s your must-have on a plane?
While Chapstick will always be my number one lover, a good book is a close second. Nothing makes layovers fly by quite like reading Hunger Games for a third time.