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Travel Essentials – Toiletries to Keep You Looking Good While Packing Light

Travel Essentials – Toiletries to Keep You Looking Good While Packing Light

Over the past year I’ve been blessed to have been able to travel to more destinations than I can count on both hands. Over all these travels I’ve learned on how to keep things to a minimum and opt to do carry on only because I hate checking in my baggage and only do it when absolutely necessary. Not only does it saves time not having to check in a bag and having to wait for your luggage to come off the carousel once you land you might even save a little money if the airline you’re flying with charges a fee for checking a bag (what’s up with that?). Ironically the one and only time I did check my luggage this year was the time my bag got lost.

When going the carry-on only route often one of the biggest challenges is keeping your toiletries to a minimum. Because they are often liquid and security always has strict requirements on quantity and packaging for liquid carry ons it definitely poses an added layer of complexity in your packing game. With that being said I’ve learned a couple of ways to keep your toiletries to the absolute necessary without severely impacting your beauty routine. And no this post is not sponsored, I was not compensated to write about any of these products, nor do I make any sort of commission if you happen to click on any of the links provided…haha. These are just things I genuinely love.


The Perfect Toiletry Case

To be honest I have struggled with how to pack my toiletries for years because I worry about my containers, which often contain liquids, getting crushed and causing mass spillage all over my clothes. Thankfully Away Luggage has finally made their Mini Suitcase available for the first time. Completely adorable and available in 10 different colors it was original released as a limited collaboration with designers Pop & Suki and not available for sale to the public. I lusted over this for the longest time as I loved that fact that it came in the same durable clamshell case that their luggage is made of so that my precious liquids wouldn’t get destroyed. Plus the fact that it looks like a mini suitcase was just too damn cute to resist.

Away Mini Suitcase for Toiletries/Beauty. "The Beauty" Holiday Gift Set
Away Mini Suitcase for Toiletries/Beauty. “The Beauty” Holiday Gift Set


You can purchase the mini suitcase as-is by itself for $35 USD (or with a gift card starting at $225USD) but for the holidays they are making gift sets available that come with the case ranging from $45USD-$95USD. There are 5 different holiday sets available to gift any type of traveler:

  • The Wellness Set ($45 USD) – The Neat Matcha Stick, Wallpaper Guide – LA, Stamba Travel, Four Sigmatic Chaga Elixr, Dr Singha Travel Tonic, Vitruvi, Balance Roll on Oil
  • The Beauty Set ($75 USD) – Malin + Goetz shampoo & conditioner, RMS BEAUTY Lip Shine in bloom, Wallpaper Guide- Paris, IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo, Herbivore Deluxe rose face mist
  • The Essential Set ($45 USD) – Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Wallpaper City Guide – London, Marvis Toothpaste + Toothbrush, thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
  • The Field Set ($75USD) – Harry’s Face Lotion, Native Union key fob, Malin + Goetz mini deodorant, Wallpaper Guide – Austin, Public Supply Notebook
  • The Amusement Set ($95USD)– Away Playing Cards, Away Playing Cards, Wallpaper Guide – Miami, Fine and Raw Sea Salt Chocolate, Owen and Fred Bottle Opener, Malin and Goetz Lip Moisturizer

As for carry on I do like to pre-pack my liquids in the standard plastic bag that is provided at airports. I usually snag extras when I go to the airport to have with me at home so I can pack my liquids in them in advance. After clearing security the entire plastic bag gets tucked away easily in my toiletry bag and then the worst part of travelling is done!

My Travel Toiletry Essentials

Avoid Liquids Where Possible – Find items that will reduce your liquid allowance. This means you can carry as much of them as you want while reserving the limited amount of liquids you can carry to those things that are absolutely necessary. For makeup I like to stick to, well anything that is a stick. For foundation I like Nars Velvet Matte Foundation Stick. The nice thing about it too is that it’s double ended, one side has the foundation while the other side houses an applicator sponge to apply. It dalso does great for travel because it provides full coverage if you need it but can easily be made sheer by mixing with just a pinch of moisturizer. Same goes for any other products – sticks, pencils, and powders only.

Double Duty Products – If I absolutely must carry liquids I try to stick to things that do double duty or have multiple purpose like YSL’s Kiss & Blush which works as both a blush and lip color.

Dry Shampoo – Generally I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week to prevent stripping of my natural oils and depending on the length of your trip you can probably avoid having to bring shampoo bottles by using dry shampoo to get you through your next wash. Just make sure it comes in a non-aerosol format because aerosol versions count towards your liquid allowance whereas non-aerosol formulas don’t. You could also just use the shampoos that the hotel provides if you’re lucky and don’t have sensitive skin like I do (sadly I tend to avoid hotel products and opt to bring my own stuff because 90% of the time new products end up giving me a rash). My favorite dry shampoo is Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo, not only does it come in the all important non-aerosol format but it is 99.8% plant derived and smells amazing. Dry shampoo is also a wonder for a quick hair refresher during long layovers or those 36 hour flights (yes I’ve been on one of those).

Anything Moisturizing– Airplanes are completely drying for the skin, which doesn’t help when I naturally have dry skin to begin with. Regardless of your skin type though hydration is key! Besides drinking tons of water making sure you nourish your skin with the right products definitely goes a long way. Some of my absolute essentials are Caudalie Beauty Elixer. Just a small spritz of this stuff leaves you feeling refreshed. For the rest of my skin I swear by The Body Shop Body Butters. Ultra moisturizing, great smelling, and they come in a 50ML size perfect for handbags and airplane carry on.

Aromatherapy – Travelling can be stressful and some nice aromatherapy oils always helps me to get my zen on and hopefully even catch a few minutes of sleep while on the plane. My go to is the Saje Wellness Pocket Farmacy. With several vials to help ailments ranging from indigestion, stress, and pain it’s a quick way to get some relief by just a small drops on your wrists.


Snacks – Ok, so snacks aren’t exactly a toiletry but I do always pack a few in my carry on because let’s be real, depending on who you’re flying with that airplane food can be downright nasty. Granola bars are a favourite of mine and please do everyone a favour and avoid anything that may come with questionable smells. The nice thing about the Away Mini Suitcase too is that it’s hard shell will also protect your snacks so you don’t end up with a pancake granola bar. And that’s what really matters above all else at the end of the day.


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