8 Things you must pack in your travel make up kit essentials

When travelling I truly believe in packing light. Even if I’m not so good at it!

One of the heaviest things to pack in your luggage is make up and toiletries. After years of leaving too many skin care products at home or packing too much make I have finally perfected my travel make up kit essentials.

When it comes to packing my toiletries, I prefer to pack the basics while still taking care of my skin and being able to wear make up.

Whether you are travelling during summer or winter, you are exposing your skin to many harsh environments so it is important to take care of your skin.

There are always ten items in my travel make up kit that help me take care of my skin and feel dressed up when we go out for dinner.

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Travel Make up Kit Essentials

I like to keep my make up kit and my travel make up routine very simple. When I’m travelling I am usually in such a hurry to get out and explore my destination but I still like wearing make up (hello cute travel photos!)

I use these 6 beauty items every day when I’m travelling. They’re light, they don’t take up much space, they give a natural look and they are easy to apply.

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Whilst this isn’t exactly make up sunscreen is the most important thing in your travel make up bag.

No matter the season you are travelling do not forget to take your sunscreen.

It is very important when you are spending a lot of time in the outdoors to protect your skin.

I love to get sunscreen that has antioxidant properties to further protect my skin.


An important element of on the go make up bag essentials is that you don’t need to constantly touch up through out the day. You want to be able to set and forget!

For me, concealer is super important, long haul flights, jet lag, over eating and big nights out, there is always something to cover up.

The Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector is perfect for your travel make up bag as it comes with an applicator and you can simply blend with your fingers – saving on brushes is a win in my book!

Liquid Foundation

I don’t travel without foundation to help even out my skin tone. I love the Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage because it’s easy to apply without the need for make up brushes and it provides a nice cover.

I like to make sure my foundation has SPF in it just incase I forget to apply sunscreen.

Make up sitting on marble


Powder is super important to pack in your make up bag. It is great if you want a more natural look or if you are travelling to a hot or humid destination. Powder keeps the shine under control!

BareMinerals performance powder is fan favourite and for good reason. A small amount goes a long way. Put your powder on in the morning and it will last the day while keeping the oil at bay.


If you’re like me and you are super pale then you can’t travel without Bronzer. In winter I am super super pale and in summer I don’t tan, but I like to look like I have a bit of colour in my face.

One of my favourites is Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. I like to use a big brush and add some colour to my checks. I like to use the 3 and E to ensure I am blending it into my forehead, checks and down my jaw line!

Eye shadow pallet

Eye shadow pallets are so tempting, but what if I need a hundred different colours during my trip?

I suggest packing one like Sephora’s Eye Love Eyeshadow. It is a small and simple pallet that has the basic colours that will pair with everything.

Eye shadow can be used for a range of things, forgot bronzer? Eye shadow. Need a highlighter? Eye shadow. Forgot some blush? Eye shadow. You get my point, a small pallet of eye shadow can be a life saver!

Tinted lip balm

I loved two in one products, these are the best type of travel beauty products. Tinted lip balm is the best for keeping moisture in your lips but also pass as a lip gloss or lip stick.

Maybelline rescue is my favourite. It protects my lips during flights, hot and cold weather and everything in between and it compliments the rest of my make up nicely.


The last item I have in my travel beauty bag is mascara. Mascara is perfect to open and brighten your eyes and to finish off your look.

I love when I get off a flight and I look super tired, I can put on mascara and instantly I don’t look as tired!!

One of the best mascaras is Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening mascara. Not all accommodations are going to have the best lighting so having a no smudge mascara is a life saver.

Other travel toiletry essentials


This is my number one beauty product to travel with! No matter when I am going, I always make sure I pack my cleanser.

As soon as I come back to my accommodation after a day of sight seeing or travelling, I wash my face! I typically take a small amount in my carry on luggage to freshen up at the beginning and end of my flight too.


When we are travelling we spend a lot more time outside and our skin is exposed to many harsh elements.

Hotels, museums, airplanes, trains, buses usually have the air conditioner or heater on which are very drying to our skin! So, it is very important to moisturise , at least before bed, if not twice a day.

Dry Shampoo

Flights, long days, shared bathrooms? There are so many reasons when you are travelling why you may not be able to wash your hair. Unless you look fab in a hat (I certainly don’t!) you will want to invest in some dry shampoo! I recommend spraying the dry shampoo on your roots before bed so it absorbs overnight and then quickly brush it out in the morning and you’re good to go!

Shampoo Bar

Shampoo bars are not only fantastic because it comes in a small bar but it also cuts down on plastic. I love the Acure Coconut Argan Shampoo bar, it is a moisturising shampoo and it is palm oil free. This shampoo bar also doubles as a body soap so it is an all in one beauty must have!

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Face Wipes

I always make sure I am using a high quality face wash to cleanse my face but I do like to bring some face wipes on my trips to freshen up on travel days or for those nights I am tired and super lazy.

Nail File

It is not an item I immediately think to pack (or remember to pack) but I am always looking for a nail file. Especially, when you are constantly packing bags, picking up bags and always on the go, nails are often breaking!

If you have metal nail file DO NOT pack it in your carry on luggage, it will get taken off you!

Eye Masks

On our latest trip, I bought so many eye masks. The day after Oktoberfest we were awake at 3am (jet lag!) and I am so glad we had eye masks – my eyes were super puffy! Any time, I feel like a bit of pampering or I need to do some self care I grab out an eye mask.

Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C serum is amazing for brightening and evening out your skin tone. This is a travel make up kit “must have” as it can help reduce the amount of make up you need to travel with. The Eva naturals Vitamin C Serum contains antioxidants which helps to fight wrinkles and Hyaluronic acid to add moisture to your skin.

Refillable Travel Bottles

I never travel with full size bottles. They take up too much space, they’re too heavy and they are usually awkward shapes for packing. I always use travel size bottles for conditioner, moisturiser, masks etc and I refill them as I go. I often have two travel bottles for conditioner because they are easier to pack then one bigger bottle.

I recommend getting silicone bottles as it is easier to squeeze out all of your product.

Tips for packing your travel make up kit

Make sure if you are packing in just a carry on that all of your items are less than 100mL and are placed inside a clear plastic bag to go through security.

If you are carrying any glass bottles make sure they are wrapped in something to avoid them breaking

Pack all of your items into a toiletry bag, you don’t want to be hunting through your luggage to find a tiny lip gloss.

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My BEST Travel Resources

Here are my favourite travel resources for planning travel like a pro

Flights: To find the best flights I always search on Google Flights or Skyscanner. For even cheaper flights, fly mid week and pack in a carry on!

Accommodation: I always use booking.com (I love their price match and flexible cancellation policies) or Airbnb (if I want a little more space) to book trip. If you prefer hostels, I suggest Hostelworld.

If you are new to Airbnb you can get an awesome discount using this link

Travel Insurance: After a few hairy moments on my travels, I ALWAYS purchase travel insurance. It may seem like a big cost now, but if the worst happens, it will save you a lot of money and heartache. I personally use World Nomads (and love them!), but I recommend that you do some research to find the insurance company that suits your needs.

Tours: While I prefer to travel independently, I do love doing some tours once I’m in a destination. It is a great way to find out history, hidden gems, taste local food and get a local insight into your destination. I always use Viator to book my tours.

Train Travel: If you are planning on taking the train in Europe, I cannot recommend the Eurail enough! Check out The Ultimate Guide to the Eurail Pass to find out why

Car Hire: Planning an epic road trip across the US or through Europe, or anywhere! Check out Europcar, they are my go to for car hire all over the world!

Luggage Storage: Some times when we are travelling our check in and check out times don’t match with our departure times so we have to put our luggage into storage. Stasher Luggage Storage is the biggest Luggage Storage Network across the UK, France and Germany

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