The Top 8 Holiday Travel Beauty Essentials 


For many people, their holiday plans include traveling. Whether they’re heading back to their hometown to reconnect with old friends and family or spending Christmas with their partner in a warmer and sunnier spot, around one-third of Americans spend the holidays out of town. While you’ve got plenty of lists during this time of year, from your grocery list, your naughty or nice list, and of course, you’re packing list; there’s so much to remember and consider. Lighten the beauty section of your packing list by making sure you carry on all essentials listed below. 

Lightweight Hair Dryers 

While “lightweight” is key for all the hair styling tools you’ll bring on your trip; hair dryers are easily the biggest and heaviest in your cosmetics case. Thankfully there are more lightweight hair dryers available than ever from which to choose. One of the most important things to keep your hair healthy during winter is never leaving the house with wet hair. The right hair dryer is essential if you bring no other hair tool on your trip. 

Travel Size Toiletries 

While plenty of must-pack makeup products depending on your skin and hair routines, it’s smart to purchase travel-size items for your trip. It can be difficult to discern different airlines’ policies on the allowed size for your flight, so play it safe and pack the mini versions of your go-to products. 

Bold Red Lip Color 

There’s so much fun playing with fashion and makeup trends over the holiday season. It’s the one time of year when sequins are celebrated; even glitter in your makeup is on trend. One of the most iconic makeup looks that have stood the test of time is the red lip, and it’s right at home over the holidays. Even if you don’t wear lip colors daily, invest in a beautiful red shade and be picture-perfect in all your holiday photos. 

Whitening Strips 

One of the best things about the holiday season is all the food and celebration. While you’re likely to drink more wine and eat more cookies during your holiday travels, you don’t have to let that ruin all the work you put into your smile. Keep your teeth sparkling this season by including whitening strips in your cosmetic bag. 

False Eyelashes 

Not everyone can afford regular eyelash extension appointments, but most of us have the budget for some falsie strips. False eyelashes have come a long way in the last decade, especially in the last few years, as extensions are falling out of favor with many women. While they take some practice applying, they can make your eyes pop for the fun nights out on your trip and set you apart in photos. If you’re struggling with them, there are plenty of tutorials online that will have you applying lashes like a pro in no time. 

Dry Shampoo 

Let’s face it, sometimes the last thing you want to do after a night of celebrating is washing your hair. Many women forgo washing their hair when they’re out of town. Whether you know you’ll have a lot of late nights or want to spend time with a family versus styling your hair; dry shampoo is a must in your luggage. Make sure you spray the dry shampoo from a distance and pack a comb to work it through correctly. Dry shampoo is also fantastic for making your hair more voluminous in a pinch. 

Waterproof Mascara 

The holiday season is about spending quality time with friends and family to make lifelong memories and new traditions. Nostalgia can hit hard during this time of year and have you wondering who’s chopping onions. Ensure your mascara is waterproof to avoid raccoon eyes while catching up. 

Setting Spray 

A setting spray to keep it all in place is the cherry on top of any solid makeup routine. With bold lip colors and full faces of foundation, the last thing you want to leave is a makeup stain on someone’s shirt after a hug. Set it in place with a setting spray. Opt for mattifying or a dewy look based on your skin type. 

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to play with makeup looks you’ve wanted to try. No matter what you pack in your cosmetics case, ensure you include the above essentials to look and feel your best. Happy Holidays!