Packing Guide Travel Tips

6 Travel makeup essentials and tips on how to pack and use them


Drew and I do a lot of quick trips so I have had to find the best of the best when it comes to makeup.  I think our quickest was a 36 hour trip to Iceland, but quick trips are a way of life for us as Drew still works a full time job.  Packing for quick trips can be a pain, especially when you are packing cosmetics and bath accessories because travel sizes are too big for a turn around trip.  So what do you pack and how do you pack it?  I am here to help with this question.  I have put together a list of the products I always take with me, and how I pack them.  Don’t worry, every product listed below will fit into a plastic sandwich baggie, if necessary, with extra room for hair ties and other important items.

Quick note please excuse the condition of most of these products as I had to dig them out of my makeup bag!  These are well loved.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+

I love this for a few reasons, the first being the SPF.  This has SPF 50 in it which is fantastic!  Another is that you don’t need a brush or sponge to put it on, just use your fingers and apply like a moisturizer and it lasts all day!  Admittedly the 1.08 US fl oz is a little big to through in you bag for a weekend getaway, however this is where my secret weapon comes into play….contact lens cases!  These are made to hold little amounts of liquid, and they take up next to no space.  I put about three pumps in one side of the lens case and the concealer in the other and am good to go for the weekend.


Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

This concealer gives a natural look with medium coverage and doesn’t look creasy and crepey at the end of the day.  The applicator makes it a little hard to pack, but usually I just scape the concealer from the applicator into a contact case and it’s good to go!  This concealer doesn’t need a sponge or brush either, I just use my pinky finger to pat it on my under eyes and blend it in.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

This isn’t my absolute favorite bronzer, but it’s my favorite travel bronzer.  The reason it’s a favorite for travel is that it can apply over liquid foundation with the included applicator and doesn’t look patchy or cakey.  I use this both as a crease shade on my eyelids and a bronzer on the go for a healthy “I actually got sleep last night” look.

No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define Eye Crayon

I have mine in the shade pearl pink and this is a quick color on your eyelid to add a little glow.  I also like this shade because it can double as a highlighter if you are into that.

the Balm Cheater! Mascara

I just love this mascara!  This is an incredibly dry formula that adds length, not necessarily volume.  This is important for me because the wetter mascaras that add volume tend to smear easily on my and when I am throwing on my makeup in the morning, I want it to last and I don’t want to have to fix any smudges.

L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paint

This is in the shade spicy blush, and it’s definitely a your lips, but better color.  I travel with this out of all my lipsticks because the staying power is pretty good, and it doesn’t run or dry out my lips.  It’s easy to reapply without a mirror due to the applicator being a special shape that fits snuggly to your lips, and I just love it.


That’s it for my travel makeup bag.  These are all the products I took to Iceland and Charleston, South Carolina so they stand the test of different climates.  What are some of your travel essentials?  Do you travel with more or less for a quick trip?




    1. My husband uses Carmex because he has dry lips too. I didn’t include that because he always has it in his pockets, but that’s a good one too! Thank you for your comment!

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