As any fellow jet-setter knows, packing is an art. I don’t know about you, but before any products end up in my suitcase, they have to meet a certain criteria to be considered worthy. Are they multifunctional, do they work twice as hard as my regular products, can they stand up to any sort of weather condition, do they enhance my natural beauty? These are the questions that run through my mind whenever I’m jetting off somewhere far-flung. But everyone has their own idea of the perfect travel essentials. So I asked a few staffers to share that one product they refuse to travel without.
“Whenever I travel, I go on full vacation mode, meaning I like to take as little time getting ready as possible—so obviously I’m not washing my hair every day. In fact, because of IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo ($27), I can go days without having to wash my hair. Shocking, I know—especially because my hair tends to get oily pretty fast. But this stuff is as heavy-duty as it gets. It’s made with charcoal powder, which lifts dirt and buildup while absorbing oil and sweat, and white tea powder helps strengthen hair follicles. Not only does it keep my hair feeling fresh, but it adds some texture, too, making it easy to style.”
“I have extremely dry skin, and short of packing a jar of heavy-duty cream in my carry-on, this is the only product that gives me instant on-the-go relief. It’s lightweight, travel-size, and I only need one spritz to feel like my complexion is hydrated and rejuvenated. The affordable price point definitely doesn’t hurt either.”
“(Unkind) people tell me I look VERY TIRED when I don’t wear mascara, especially since I’ve stopped wearing foundation on the regular. For this reason—and because I’m not the kind of girl who can get sleep on a plane—I rely on the trial-size version of my favorite formula when I’m traveling. Milk’s Kush mascara is pigment-packed and seriously volume-inducing, so it’s a carry-on must-have in my book.”
“I love this sunscreen formula because it smells nice and goes on really light. It doesn’t leave that sticky feeling that sunscreens are known to do, and my makeup works just fine with it. It’s also the perfect size to throw in a small makeup bag, too, and doesn’t add any bulk.”
“It might sound really crazy, but the one thing I’ll never travel without are these cleansing wipes. They’re infused with lavender essential oil instead of alcohol (which is way too harsh for me), so they smell great, but they also kill germs without drying out my skin. The scent is also super soothing. But my real secret is that I actually also use these to wipe down my seat and tray table on the plane, because the amount of germs really freaks me out.”