Everything You Need to Pack for Your Next Getaway

Woman on a road trip looking over her shoulder.

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No matter where you're road-tripping or jetting off to, you will always need a holiday beauty packing list. Why? Well, we've all been there: We get halfway around the world only to realize our favorite beauty product remains inconveniently on our bathroom shelf at home. Of course, the little gift shop in the middle of this far-flung vacation destination doesn't stock said product. And don't even let us remind you what happens when you try to sneak your favorite full-sized 5-ounce body lotion through security (just like the lottery, you're unlikely to win that one). That's why you need to plan, with military precision, which beauty products you're going to pack before you go away. Luckily, at Byrdie, we love making lists, so here is every single beauty product you could ever need for any type of vacay.

Keep scrolling to check off your beauty products as you pack, and make sure you bookmark this page for future reference.

Note: If you're traveling by plane with a carry-on, ensure all liquids are 3.4 ounces or less and can all fit into a regulation quart-sized clear plastic bag or similarly-sized reusable clear makeup case.

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Vacation Basics

Wherever you're traveling to, if you're beauty-minded, you'll want to ensure that the below products make their way into your toiletry kit.



  • Shower gel
  • Razor
  • Body lotion
  • Deodorant (Check out our favorite natural deodorants here)
  • Perfume


  • Makeup brushes and sponges
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Blush
  • Highlighter (We adore Laura Mercier's Stardust Radiant Glow Palette, $68)
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Brow pencil
  • Brow comb
  • False lashes 
  • Eyelash curler
  • Lipstick/lip gloss
  • Blotting papers
  • Tweezers


  • Shower cap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairstyling products (Think: hair spray, serum, dry shampoo, etc.)
  • Hairdryer
  • Curling iron
  • Straightener
  • Hair ties
  • Hair accessories


  • Dental floss
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Mouthwash

The Long Weekend

Young woman traveling for a weekend away
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In addition to all the products recommended on the Vacation Basics list, if you're headed out for a long weekend away, it's worth adding the products below to your packing list, as well. That way you'll be able to relax and refresh while you're away.


  • Cooling face mist
  • SPF face spray or on-the-go powder
  • Hand cream
  • Eye gels

The Beach Vacay

Woman splashing at the beach

When the beach is on the agenda, it's important to expand your basic vacation packing list to include lots of hydrating haircare and skin-soothing products that are geared towards pre- and post-sun exposure. And, if you're one to paint your fingers and toes, you'll want to include nail products to touch up your sand-worn mani and pedi.


  • Soothing face mask
  • Face scrub
  • Body scrub
  • SPF lip balm



  • BB cream with SPF
  • Bronzer



  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls

The Skiing Holiday

Woman standing with skiis
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Hitting the slopes any time soon? While frigid temps and powder-white snow might not bring images of sunburns to mind, believe it or not, skiing is one of the prime times to experience sun damage thanks to the way the light reflects off the snow. That said, be sure to pack the below items for extra protection and recovery post-ski run.


  • SPF 50 face stick
  • SPF 50 lip balm


  • Intensive moisturizing face/body cream
  • Bath soak for muscles
  • Soothing muscle balm

The Long-Haul Trip

woman on vacation in another country.
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If you plan on being away for weeks on end, it's a good idea to enhance your travel beauty routine with more luxurious skincare and bodycare products to pamper yourself while you're away from home. Check out our suggestions, below.


  • Hydrating sheet masks
  • Exfoliating pads
  • Overnight face masks


  • Calming pulse point oil
  • Sleep eye mask

Up next: Discover the travel skincare habits that actually make a difference.

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