Downsize your toiletry tote in your carry-on! These should be the eight products you need in there! Some have multiple uses! As a bonus, I share my favorite travel beauty hack for dudes and dudettes!
Hi, my name is Jasmine.
I used to be a product junkie… Seriously.
I had two separate toiletry bags, cosmetic bag, and a hair product tote for my check-in luggage. I have calm down a lot after committing to a simple lifestyle, but with changes came education about how to best use things without excess.
In this post, I share eight FSA-approved affordable products that work. Some are multi-purposeful, some have interesting uncommon uses. Also, I share the useless items that you can do without. Grab a pen and make a list before you visit your favorite drugstore for your travel toiletries:
Dr. Bronner’s travel size liquid soap
I love this natural and effective liquid soap for its many uses. This is most likely the only soap I used while on vacation because most packaged soaps provokes my allergic reactions. This soap can be used as a facial wash, body wash, and shampoo. The soap comes in many scents such as rose, lavender, peppermint, etc. The one posted on the image is the baby unscented one which is a lot mild and tolerable than the peppermint scent. The awesome thing about Dr. Bronner’s soap is that as small as their travel-sized bottles are, a little of the product goes a long way. I pack this with my facial washcloth and body exfoliation gloves.
Organic virgin cold-pressed coconut oil
Coconut oil is the king of uses and it is no surprise for its health beneficial properties. The coconut oil can be used directly on the skin and because of its molecular composition it readily absorbs into it. I use this or olive oil as a make-up remover, skin moisturizer, hair styling product, shaving “cream” (just a little, too much can clog a blade), massage oil, and lip moisturizer. Make sure to buy at least one plastic travel bottle to stow your oil.
Travel Beauty Hack! Simple Sugar Exfoliating Scrub: Grab some raw sugar packets (and raw lemon slices, optional) from the hotel’s room bar, restaurant or room service. Open each packet and pour the sugar into a plastic cup. Pour a small amount of coconut oil (if you snag the optional: squeeze in juice from lemon slices) and mixed together to make a paste. Apply to the face or rough areas like the elbows, knees, or under your feet for smoother and brighter skin.
Almay Sensitive Skin Clear Gel Antiperspirant & Deodorant, Powder Fresh
Great formula to keep your pits dry and fresh but did you know that you can use the deodorant on insect bites to stop the itch? Also swiping a thin layer under the soles of feet at night can combat some foot odor and wetness the next day before that shopping spree in SoHo or that hike through Machu Picchu.
Lush’s Toothy tabs
I love these tablets for their natural ingredients, branding, and fun use. Lush is the eco-friendly handmade beauty powerhouse iconic known for its cool black and hip packaging. The brand sells an assortment of body wash, body butters, soaps, and hair and skin care products. The toothy tabs are one of my favorite unique products. The idea is to chew a tablet with a little water, swish into your mouth and then use your brush to encourage lather. Toothy tabs are guaranteed to leave your mouth fresh and your teeth thoroughly clean without the over-powering mint flavor. In addition the package is small enough to stow in your carry-on. Just don’t forget your toothbrush.
Ocean Potion Suncare – Protect & Nourish Sunscreen Lotion
One of the top items to reach for especially for those island/beach getaways, sunscreen should be stow in your carry-on regardless of where ever you go. Apply this to your skin, especially where areas you know will be exposed by intense sunlight. Even the strange areas to that sometimes get overlooked- back of hands, the hairline, top of feet, back of neck, eyelids, and the top of ears. The general rule is to reapply every 2 hours especially if you’re outdoors near or in the water.
Purell’s Advanced Hand sanitizer
I’m not really big on replacing washing your hands with hand sanitizer, but given some circumstances you might not have accessibility to a public restroom. In comes the hand sanitizer and the plainer the formula, the better.
So, how can you double the sanitizer if you don’t have disinfectant wipes available? Let me set-up the scenario: you pull down the airplane tray and even though it’s been wipe down courtesy of the flight crew, you still want to wipe it down one more time. You can take a paper towel or napkin, pour a little of the sanitizer and get to wiping. I would recommend something with a super disinfectant agent like bleach, but your air co-passengers might be too overly sensitive to the intense scent. Be kind.
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes To Go
Portable and compact when you need to do a quick intense wipe down for germs especially in areas like a bathroom space where you share publicly. One suggestion I would make is to place these packages into a separate plastic zip bag. I read a review on a site where one reader mentioned that she uses the wipes all the time but the packaging was an epic fail. It’s a resealable pouch but apparently it can slip off and the bleach spills in your bag. It’s a great and effective wipe, but use caution.
Shout Wipe & Go, Portable Stain Treater Towelettes
Apparently it never fails. I go out to eat, consume like a savage and food somehow lands on my blouse. No fear! The shout wipes can remove most stains. To me and my humble experiences, I find that these are more effective than the stain remover pens. In addition, it doesn’t smell, safe on most garment fabrics, and it dries fast.
What you don’t need
Unnecessary travel-sized items like feminine wipes, shampoo, conditioner, and lip balm. I wouldn’t recommend these products because it is a waste of money and space. As demonstrated above, most of these products can double or triple its uses through other things. Don’t splurge on the unnecessary and go with multi-purpose items instead. Save that cash for something else like the tip for room services!
What is your favorite travel sized product you can’t leave home without? Post in the comments and let’s talk!