5 Beauty Essentials for Holiday Travel 


The days are shorter, and the weather is colder, so holidays are upon us. For around one-third of Americans, their holiday plans include travel. Whether you’re traveling back to your hometown to spend the holidays with your family or plan on waking up on Christmas morning in the Caribbean, there’s more to pack for holiday getaways than your typical vacation.

From saving room in your suitcase for presents you’ll give and receive, to festive outfits to wear on New Year’s Eve, your packing list seems longer. You’re not alone if you’re looking for additions to your beauty routine around the holidays. Keep reading for all the beauty essentials necessary to do your holiday traveling in style. 

Eye Cream 

One of the biggest offenders to airplane travel where your skin is concerned is puffiness around the eyes. Make sure you bring an eye cream that can deliver on all the typical concerns – puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. While applying an under eye cream before your primer and usual makeup is good, reapply en route to your destination and, of course, before bed. The skin around your eyes is more delicate than the rest of your facial skin, so it needs all the TLC it can get. 

Rich Hand Creams 

Winter weather can be rough on your hands. The cold in the air around the holidays is ripe for drying out your skin, giving them a wrinkled, dry appearance. Left untreated, this can lead to ashy and cracked skin, which is never a good look. Throw holiday travel into the mix where you’re going to encounter germs and use more hand sanitizer than normal; it can be a recipe for disaster. Investing in a lux hand cream to apply is essential. You want to apply whenever you notice your hands feel dry or look weathered and, of course, each time you wash your hands. 

Hydrating Lip Salves 

When it comes to your lips, you may get by with a thin chapstick in your day-to-day, but holiday travel can do a number on your lip’s appearance and texture. Our smiles are one of the first things others notice; holiday celebrations also mean plenty of photographs. Nourish your lips on a plane or road trip using a deeper moisturizing salve instead of a traditional chapstick. You’ll likely wear bold, bright lips to any holiday parties and events, and your lip color will sit better on hydrated, plump lips. 

Under Eye Concealer 

Traveling for the holidays can be exhausting, and one of the first places to show your fatigue is your undereye area. While the foundation for a bright set of peepers is a nourishing eye cream, as mentioned earlier, having some undereye concealer in your carry-on is a good idea. From looking fresh-faced when you get off the plane to hiding your lack of sleep from the night before festivities after arrival, concealer is a game-changer. Remember that a little can go a long way, so avoid a cakey, unnatural look by starting small and building up as necessary. 

Cleansing Wipes 

Back home, you may dedicate thirty minutes or more to your morning or evening skincare routine, but when you’re out of town, you may not have the time or space to complete your typical routine. Whether you’re exhausted and want to wipe the day off before bed or looking for a cool refresh mid-flight, cleansing wipes always come in handy. Invest in wipes that are tailored to your skin type and skin concerns. Additionally, traditional makeup remover wipes aren’t going to cleanse your skin as well as other wipes. You may need several types of wipes in your suitcase, but they’re worth saving time and knowing you are keeping your skin healthy while on the go. 

Vacations are excellent for your mental and emotional health, and the holidays are all about celebrating traditions and spending time with loved ones and friends. Let your skincare and beauty routine be the least of your worries so you can focus on what’s truly important by including the above items on your packing list. Your makeup and skin routine can be elaborate or minimalist, but everyone can benefit from the above items. Happy Holidays and safe travels!