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  • Writer's pictureSarah Riggs

Effortless Beauty on the Go: Tips for Summer Travel Packing

Summer travel is all about enjoying the sun, exploring new places, and making unforgettable memories. Amidst the excitement, it’s important to keep your beauty routine in check. Here’s a comprehensive guide to packing your beauty essentials for summer travel, ensuring you look and feel fabulous wherever you go.

Sun Protection is Non-Negotiable

Your travel must-haves:

Sunscreen: Choose a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher. Opt for a lightweight, non-greasy formula suitable for your face and body. We love Aveda Daily Light Guard for your face and this natural spray for your body.

Lip Balm with SPF: Protect you’re lips from sunburn and keep them hydrated. You can’t go wrong with Aveda Lip Saver

Pro Tip: Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.

Skincare Basics for Glowing Skin

Your travel must-haves:

Cleanser: A gentle, travel-sized cleanser to keep your skin clean and refreshed. We can't get enough of OWay's Perfect Skin Cleansing Cream

Moisturizer: A lightweight, hydrating moisturizer that suits your skin type. Aveda's Hydrating Lotion is great for all skin types!

Serum: Consider a vitamin C serum to brighten your skin and protect against environmental damage. We are obsessed with the Aveda's Bright Serum.

Facial Mist: A hydrating mist to refresh and cool your skin throughout the day. We always have on hand Aveda's Toning Mist. In the hot months we keep it in the fridge or our pool/park cooler for an added refreshing cool down and hydration for your skin.

Pro Tip: Pack products in travel-sized containers to save space and comply with airline regulations. The best way to make your dollar go farther is to get your own refillable bottles like this.

Minimalist Makeup Essentials

Your travel must-haves:

BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer: Provides light coverage and hydration without feeling heavy. We love this tinted serum that has Vitamin C in it for added radiance and hydration.

Waterproof Mascara: Stays put in the heat and humidity. This is hands down our favorite mascara, it doesn't flake, smudge, or irritates eyes!

Cream Blush or Bronzer: Easy to apply and gives a natural, sun-kissed glow. You've got to try this cream bronzer!

Lip and Cheek Tint: A versatile product for a pop of color on your lips and cheeks. We are obsessed with this tint!

Setting Spray: Helps your makeup last longer and keeps you looking fresh. This clean beauty spray is our go-to.

Pro Tip: Choose multi-purpose products to minimize the number of items you need to pack.

Hair Care Essentials

Your travel must-haves:

Shampoo and Conditioner: Travel-sized versions of your favorite products. Our best seller for summer shampoo is Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser and we love the Moisturizing Hair Mask from Oway as you can leave it on longer and get a extra boost of hydration.

Leave-In Conditioner or Hair Oil: To protect and nourish your hair from the sun and chlorine/saltwater. The Nutriplenish Leave-In Conditioner is a hero in our eyes and you will be OBSESSED with Glossy Nectar hair oil.

Dry Shampoo: Perfect for refreshing your hair between washes. Shampowder is easy to use and packs so easily.

Hair Ties and Headbands: Keep your hair off your face and stay stylish. Look no further than these no damage hair ties.

Pro Tip: Consider packing a wide-brimmed hat or a scarf for added sun protection and style or this Sun Care Protecting Hair Mist.

Nail Care On the Go

Your travel must-haves:

Nail File and Clippers: To keep your nails neat and tidy.

Travel-Sized Hand Cream: Keep your hands moisturized and soft. You will never have hands so soft as using Oway’s Silkening Hand Balm

Nail Polish: A small bottle of your favorite summer shade for touch-ups.

Pro Tip: Opt for a neutral nail color that complements any outfit and requires minimal maintenance.

Hydration is Key

Your travel must-haves:

Hydrating Mask: A sheet mask or a small jar of your favorite hydrating mask to rejuvenate your skin after a day in the sun. We love Aveda’s Intense Hydrating Mask as it can double duty if you get a sun burn with its rich aloe base.

Eye Cream/ pads: A cooling eye cream to soothe and hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes. Or we love to pop the Borbaletta Cool Down Eye Mask in our bag for quick and easy way to de-puff and brighten the eye area. Put them on while you style your hair or after a long day in the sun and you won’t be sorry!

Pro Tip: We say it all the time, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated from the inside out.

Additional Travel-Friendly Beauty Items

Your travel must-haves:

Cotton Pads and Q-Tips: For makeup removal and touch-ups.

Makeup Remover Wipes: Convenient for quick and easy makeup removal. You will love these makeup wipes.

Tweezers: For any stray hairs or emergencies. Our Estheticians swear by these tweezers.

Compact Mirror: For on-the-go touch-ups.

Pro Tip: Pack your beauty essentials in a clear, waterproof bag to easily locate items and prevent spills. We love these plastic alternative bags that can be hand washed.

Final Packing Tips

Prioritize: Focus on the essentials and avoid overpacking.

Simplify: Choose products that can serve multiple purposes.

Protect: Store liquid products in a reusable bag to prevent leaks.

Organize: Use travel pouches or organizers to keep everything neat and accessible.

P.S. Here’s how to schedule your Salon and Spa services around your travels:

Before Your Trip

  • Haircuts: Schedule long hair cuts 10-14 days before departure, and short hair cuts 4-7 days before.

  • Hair Color: Get your hair colored within 7 days of leaving.

  • Lash Lifts and Tints: Book these 3-5 days before your trip.

  • Body and Facial Waxing: Schedule within  3 days of travel.

  • Body Scrubs: If attending a special event, book within 2-3 days before your trip.

After Your Trip

  • Scalp/Conditioning Treatments: Schedule 2-4 weeks after returning.

  • Facials: If you attended a special event, book within 3 days of travel; otherwise, schedule 2-4 weeks after returning to reset your skin.

  • Massage: Plan for a massage 2-4 weeks after your trip to relieve any tension or strain from travel.

With these tips and a well-thought-out packing list, you’ll be ready to enjoy your summer travels while looking your best! Remember, the goal is to have fun and embrace the beauty of the season, so keep it simple and stress-free.

Happy travels!

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