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10 Best Mini Personal Care Products For Your Carry On Luggage

Updated on August 29, 2016


There's no question that traveling is stressful. Trying to look good while you're traveling is pretty much on the top of the stress-o-meter. One of the essential part of heading out on any trip is packing right and light. It can be quite a task to pick up the best quality personal care products in TSA approved form equal to or less than 3.4 ounces, amidst of packing and preparing for your trip.

When you're traveling, especially on an airplane, there are some logistical hurdles that prevent you from bringing along a whole skincare apothecary in a carry-on, or even your checked luggage. There's also the concern that leaving anything behind could be the difference between maintaining your radiant skin and breaking out on the beach.

But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to compromise on good skin care! Think of your trip as a chance to give your skin a bit of a break from all the beauty and skin care products you normally use.

Carrying your entire skincare, hair care or make up for a trip is not a very good idea altogether. Besides if the airlines should lose your luggage, you don’t want your entire product arsenal to be gone in a second do you? Always try to carry new products for travel that would help you maintaining the good skin and hygiene rather than doing just the opposite.

Some people might be able to rely on the shampoo, conditioner and soap that a lot of hotels provide, but you don't see these resorts offering up quality products as you may well like. To help ease the stress ( at least some part of it ) that comes with any trip, here's a sorted list ( well researched for quality and working ) of mini beauty products skincare and hair care essentials that'll last you all vacation long.

Don't just go for any product that is available in travel packing, but look out for the best ones that you can have. For glowing skin and gorgeous hair not just any product will do. For those of you who want to leave your current skincare at home and still carry best with you, below are listed some really good products that are not only good with their ingredients and functioning but also have great prices too.

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Face Cleanser

Don't want to carry so many products with you and yet want to have that beautiful skin. There is a solution to this with La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Cleanser a 3-in-1 solution. Face wash, toner and makeup remover all packed in one product and as effective as these 3 would be.

This wonderful cleanser cleanses down to minute pollution particles, removes seen and unseen impurities as well as tones your skin. Does not need water to rinse, you can just soak cotton and wipe off face for cleansing and toning action in one stroke ( perfect for travel ). As you don't know when you will have access to clean water, at some places all you get is hard water which is terrible for cleaning up your skin. Dirt-encapsulating micelles grabes all dirt, oil and sunscreen out of your skin. Leaving a super clean fresh and toned skin, however you can splash your face with clean water after cleansing if you just want to.

Dermatologists Recommended this is ultra safe for sensitive skin which is also alcohol free and paraben free. Gently and thoroughly cleanses while respecting skin's natural PH balance, which is necessary for maintaining healthy skin. Quite often the products we clean our face with disrupts our skin barrier with high ph and start giving us skin problems like irritation, redness, dehydration etc.

This award winning facial cleanser comes with minimal ingredients and maximum functioning. Too good for daily use or while travelling. Revive and freshen up your skin gently and effectively without disturbing skins natural barrier functioning.

Price: $7.99

Quantity: 100ml


This best-selling essential daily moisturizer protects against environmental damage with vitamin E and soothes with aloe vera. AHAVA's natural skincare products are formulated with the finest skin-friendly ingredients. The best part is that they are paraben free, allergy tested, approved for sensitive skin, not tested on animals, produced without petroleum, harsh synthetic ingredients or GMO's.

This moisturizer gives smooth velvety texture to skin without being oily so it's perfect to use before applying makeup. Excellent ingredients list adds to its uniqueness with Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water) the unique waters of the Dead Sea providing therapeutic effects for skin rejuvenation. Have nourished, rejuvenated and silky smooth skin with travel sized version of this moisturizer at such a great price. This one will also do great job of nourishing night cream with all the wonderful ingredients.

Don't compromise skin care while travelling, have highest quality products for that gorgeous skin and healthy glow all through your trip. Great for having compliment worthy skin on travel as well as in your travel pictures.

Price: $10

Quantity: 15ml


No matter where you are on earth one thing that will always effect you is harmful UV rays. The first priority in your skin care needs to be sun protection. We cannot always avoid to be out there in sun. So sunscreen becomes a must have product in your bag. Not any sunscreen but a good quality sunscreen which not only protects effectively but also takes care of your skin without being harmful for it.

Get powerful sun protection without the heavy finish with NEUTROGENA ULTRA SHEER Dry-Touch Sunscreen. This Broad Spectrum SPF 100 sunscreen lotion gives skin clean, ultra-light feel and shine-free finish. The formula also features clinically-proven HELIOPLEX, an advanced sunscreen technology with superior broad-spectrum protection from skin-aging UVA rays and skin-burning UVB rays. Fast-absorbing and waterproof, this formula is non-comedogenic and PABA-free.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100+ is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen. It offers the highest combined UVA/UVB protection. Gives skin smooth, non-shiny, non-whitish ( as most of the sunscreens give white cast or oiliness on skin ) finish.

Price: $8.03

Quantity: 88ml

Wet Wipes

Water is not as readily available when you are travelling, so that could come in your way of keeping things clean. Don't let that happen, while nothing can replace water but you can definitely manage to have clean hands and face with the wet wipes on your side. They are ideal anytime and anywhere you want to get clean and fresh without water.

There are a lot of wet wipes out there but a lot of them have alcohol, fragrance as their ingredients which are certainly not good for your skin. Alcohol wipes are excellent choice for getting rid of bacteria and germs from your skin ( only when there is no water around ) but can be drying and damaging for certain people or if used for long time. However, for travelling i don't think they would pose as much harm if used for travel period which is few weeks time often.

If you are looking for hypoallergenic, alcohol free, fragrance free, pediatrician tested and clinically shown gentle enough for a baby's skin then Wet Ones Sensitive Skin Singles are your ideal ones. Enriched with cucumber, chamomile, and natural moisturizers these wet wipes not only cleans skin but also gently moisturizes. This pack comes with individually packed wipes so there is not chance of them drying out before you reach them for use.

Trust me you will thank yourself for having these in your bag while travelling.

Acne Spot Treatment

Oily skin or not we all get acne every now and then and quite often at the wrong time. While travelling with all the food options we have and go for as well as other conditions around us the possibility to have break out increases even more. In such a scenario it is good to have a spot treatment handy, for just in case.

OntheSpot Acne Treatment from neutrogena is a spot acne treatment that provides maximum strength results without drying out your face. This oil free formula is non comedogenic and dermatologist tested. It goes deep down in pores to kill the acne causing bacteria and helps stop new ones from forming.

You get a pimple. You immediately fight back against said pimple with the strongest spot treatment you can find. End up with a peel-y, dried out, irritated mess that's practically impossible to conceal.

Most of medicated spot treatments contain high doses of Benzoyl Peroxide that can irritate skin, causing redness and dryness that can make acne worse. This treatment contains just 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, balanced with other gentle yet effective ingredients. Only works to enhance smooth and even skin. It provides the same maximum level of effectiveness with 70% less irritation.

Price: $8.04

Quantity: 21gm

Face Mask

This deeply nourishing and hydrating overnight mask is best skin care taker on the go. Specially in flight when you cannot do much to take care of your skin in such dehydrating environment this face mask is the best bet. Just wipe of your face clean with wet wipe to remove any makeup, oil, pollution particles on your face and then apply a thin layer of this mask. And you are done with taking care of your skin.

Mask will keep doing its job to nourish and hydrate skin for as long as it stays put on your face. After as long as you like or sleep time ( 8hrs ) you can wipe off the mask clean from your face for a fresh healthy glow and that too without much effort or price. The ultra rich Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oils deeply and instantly quench compromised moisture reserves and help build a reservoir for tomorrow. So if you apply mask once a week for normal/oily skin and twice for dry skin you are completely done with the hydration and nourishment part.

In addition to that this face mask with Japanese seaweed helps repair skin's barrier and signs of premature aging. The delicious ingredient list is full of natural organic ingredients is really impressive and a treat for your skin. You will get healthy skin barrier, hydration, nourishment as well as anti ageing benefits with this single product. Thank goodness it comes in travel size too. Which lasts quite a while as a little product goes a long way, you just need thin layer to be applied on your skin. Best use in flight, air conditioned environment or dry winter season.

Price: $8.32

Quantity: 30ml

Mini Tooth Brush

Colgate wisp is your go-to brush for on-the-go. This disposable brush is usable without water to freshen up your mouth anywhere you want to. Oral care aide by colgate promises to remove food and plaque from your teeth, giving you a just-brushed, clean feeling. When you brush, a liquid-filled bead releases a burst of freshness into your mouth without requiring water or rinsing. However, you can rinse if you have access to water.

The pocket sized design is compact and easy to carry, allowing you to discreetly carry it with you at all times. The handle of the Wisp is thin. Looking for an effective way to freshen your breath for longer time and cleaner teeth. This mini brush will come to your rescue when gum and mints can no longer do the job of keeping you feeling fresh and clean. The Wisp is available in three flavors a blue bead is peppermint flavored, a green bead is spearmint flavored, a red bead is cinnamint flavor.

Hair And Body Kit

Manageable hair and hydrated skin on the go, is what we all should aim for. Made from only the most carefully selected blends of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, herbs and oils, Giovanni creates pH balanced and biodegradable formulas that will help you transform your hair from damaged and dull to silky and shiny.

Ideal for travelling this hair and body kit from Giovanni has you hair and skin care packed with shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion. Excellent ingredients list for all 4 products is really impressive, not even a single toxic/questionable ingredient and features goodness of botanical ingredients like Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract.

4 Products In The Kit Are :

Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Shampoo: Increases scalp circulation for a refreshed, renewed feeling, removes all traces of dirt, oils and build-up and alleviates dry, flaking scalp with organic peppermint botanicals.

Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Conditioner: Increases scalp circulation for a refreshed feel and sends voluminous hydration into each individual hair. Smoothes as it nourishes and restores strength, encouraging natural shine and resilience.

Cucumber Song Moisturizing Body Wash: Lathers easily and gently cleanses. Is rich in nutrients, contains the exclusive Giovanni PureOrganic Technology blend and advanced essential oil complex to sooth, smooth and regenerate skin's lost moisture. Saturates the skin with the exotic scent of Cucumber Song.

Cucumber Song Body Lotion: Contains uniquely soothing ingredients that smooth across skin to infuse needed moisture and hydration. The formula is rich in nutrients and also contains exclusive Giovanni PureOrganic Technology blend and advanced essential oil complex to soothe, smooth and regenerate skin's lost moisture.

Price: $5.17

Quantity: 2 oz Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo, 2 oz Tea Tree Triple Treat Conditioner, 2oz Cleanse Body Wash Cucumber Song, 2 oz Hydrate Body Lotion Cucumber Song

Dry Shampoo

While travelling it's not always feasible to wash your hair whenever you want to. So it would be wise to bring in a dry shampoo with you for not so great hair days. And when it comes to dry shampoo nothing beats batiste dry shampoos. Great product for an instant hair refresh. It banishes oily roots, giving dull, lifeless hair the makeover it needs without water.

Batiste Dry Shampoo is the quick and convenient way to get soft, clean and fresh smelling hair without water. Batiste offers an instant fix by revitalizing oily, dull and lifeless hair. Batiste thickens thin fly-away hair and adds texture/body for that easy style solution. Simply spray it on and comb it out.

Its comes in powdery and whitish form ( most of the dry shampoos come in this form ). Just after spraying it is a little wet. About a minute after spraying, it turns to an extremely smooth powder, and the powdery white color becomes less intense. Just work the powder in by rubbing properly and combing out.

Care has to be taken to spray dry shampoo from a proper distance and just right quantity, or it will leave your hair whitish, and you will have to work a bit harder to get the white powder out. Dry shampoos work great if used correctly ( unfortunately most people don't pay attention to how it is used ). Read the instructions carefully on the can bottle, learn, practice and see results at home. Then bringing it along on your trip makes all the sense.

This dry shampoo does a smooth job of absorbing excess grease, grime and leaves behind fresh light fragrance in your hair ( the other fragrances from the brand are quite strong, the original one is the freshest and lightest ). The dry shampoo does add volume and lift to turning limp hair. No dry shampoo had ever came near to this one for performance. I would like to know if someone had great experience with any of the other dry shampoos ( i didn't ).

Hair Setting Spray

Hair requires more upkeep than our skin. They can make or break you're overall look. For adding style and glamour to your vacation you definitely need well styled hair. And without hair styling products it is almost impossible to achieve and maintain a good hair style. So even if you are not taking your entire hair care/styling system along with you on a trip, you cannot do without a good hair setting spray.

To do the job of keeping your hair in style while travelling, this hair spray from Redken is a must have. It gives a long lasting hold on hair styles and excellent control against humidity. Tried and tested for the entire windy day. There are no complains about this one on residue or flaking as some of the hair sprays leave residue on hair. The best part is the spray gives flexible hold to hair which is brushable and does not look stiff at all.

Best for natural fixation on regular days as well as for extra hold to style hair. The hold can be eased by brushing if you want to restyle and the hair is back to normal, it looks natural not stiff or sticky. After any hair do, just spray this product from a distance of 12 inches and make sure that it does not land on your face or exposed skin. One can spray it on the hair brush and then brush it through hair to avoid frizzy hair.

It feels light and totally fixes up hair frizz. The smell isn't obtrusive in any way, like some hairsprays have. Of all the travel sizes hair products i have tried this one had not any problems with it. No wonder so many raving reviews floating about this one.

Price: $8.49

Quantity: 70ml

Travel Skin Care Tips

Traveling for long periods of time doesn't do our hair and skin any favors. It can wreak havoc on you our skin and hair which can be tricky to taken care of. Check out a few tips for making things a little easier on travel.

Know The Climate Beforehand -

This one's gonna help you deciding what you’re going to pack. Now that you know what your skin will be up against, Plan well what you are going to need and what you can do with leaving behind. This is gonna save you lot of space and hassle.

Consider The Length Of Your Trip -

The length of your trip will totally dictate what you should or should not bring along. If it's less than a week, you'll probably be able to get rid of a lot of products if you're really bringing only what you actually using every single day. It's not a competition about which product is better but a question of priorities.

Don't Buy New Things Just Because They Are Cute -

Travel-size toiletries are fun, and miniature objects are adorable, but if you're going to buy new skincare products, make sure they're things you actually want to try out or will really use. Otherwise, you're just back in the same problem of not so great skin and hair. Think about you skin and hair more than cuteness of products you are attracted towards.

Zip Lock Bags -

Ziplock bags are a lifesaver, they are clear and take up essentially no extra space. All loose small products are good to go in zip lock without loosing your visibility for them. It is always wise to put your liquid into them, double layer packing with ziplock bags is excellent for spill-prone liquids to keep the rest of our belongings safe. The air pressure during plane rides can make have known to make bottles burst so there is no way you should leave your products to chance.

Hydrate More Than You Think Is Enough -

Traveling by plane, it's important to keep your body and skin hydrated because the cabin air is very dry and dehydrating. There's nothing worse than showing up to your destination with flaky skin and a tired, dull complexion. Drink plenty of water and don't just rely on that little cup the flight attendant gives you. Take an empty water bottle and fill up in the terminal before taking off. Not just inner hydration, provide topical hydration to your skin by leaving overnight hydrating mask. Give deep hydration treatment to hair before and after air travel.


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