Makeup Staples That Should Be In Your Travel Bag

Packing for a trip? We can help. Here are the must-have makeup staples for your travel bag

Fill your travel bag with these must-have makeup staples

Traveling can be a great experience, but it also requires a bit of extra preparation if you want to look your best during, and after, your trip. It is recommended that you avoid deviating from your skincare routine as little as possible even if you are on vacation, so it is important to bring your regular products. If your current routine is lax, or if you want to condense to the essentials, here are a few must-haves.

Your Favorite Eyeliner

If you are used to wearing eyeliner it can feel strange not to have this bit of makeup. Most modern makeup looks, especially evening looks, use eyeliner, so it’s prudent to bring your favorite liquid or pencil liner along on your trip. It’s best to bring an eyeliner that you have used in the past and that has worked well for you. Choosing a new brand can actually be risky because the new liner may trigger an allergic reaction or may simply not be as comfortable as your go-to. Find a good drugstore brand of eyeliner so you can stock up on a few of them, and so you won't be too upset if it gets lost.

A Good Mascara

Like eyeliner, mascara is a makeup staple and can be used for both daytime and evening looks. Before you pack, take a moment to check out your itinerary, including the climate, of your new destination. If you are headed to the tropics, for instance, you want a waterproof mascara that will not run if you sweat or get caught in the rain. If you’re going somewhere dry, a non-waterproof option may be ideal to avoid clumping. Again, you want to use a mascara that you’ve used in the past for best results.

SPF Foundation or Sunscreen

Even if you aren’t planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, you need to protect your skin from the sun — especially if your destination is closer to the Earth’s equator. Again, checking your itinerary will help you decide whether you’ll need SPF foundation, sunscreen, or both. If you are going to be spending time at the beach or outdoors, you’ll definitely need to bring sunscreen for your face and body.


A moisturizer is essential all skin types and is especially important if you are traveling to a dry climate. For best results, bring your usual moisturizer in your luggage and grab a smaller version for your carry on- especially if your trip is going to last more than a few days.


Having a good cleanser is key to keeping your face breakout-free. Regular soaps and body wash solutions can be too harsh for your face, which is why you need to bring a cleanser you can trust- especially if your skin is sensitive.

Oil Blot Paper

These are particularly important if your skin is already naturally oily, but can help with combination and dry skin as well. New environments may prompt your skin to produce more or less oil, which can throw off your beauty routine and clog your pores. A good oil blot paper is great for touching up on the go.

Makeup Remover

This sounds obvious, but it’s easy to forget to bring makeup remover when you travel. For best results on the go, and ease of packing, try makeup wipes from a brand you trust. It is equally important to use the makeup remover before bed. Traveling breaks routine and it’s natural to want to go a little wild and indulge. When it comes to removing your makeup, however, this is one routine that you should keep. As with other forms of makeup, you don’t want to use your vacation or business trip to test a new makeup remover in case you have an allergic reaction.

Lip Stain or Lip Stick

If you usually wear a lip stain or lipstick, you’ll definitely miss this part of your beauty routine on the go! A lip stain, or lipstick, in your favorite color can complement your outfit and help you feel a little bit dressier for a night out. You don’t have to pick just one. In fact, it’s recommended that you bring an option for daytime and another for the evening. If you want something durable that won’t come off, a lip stain is recommended as these usually don’t wear as easily. If you are used to lipstick, however, that can work just as well with a few touchups throughout your day.

Resources — Zo Skin Health, Refinery 29, Budget Travel