Beauty Essentials for Carry-on Travel

So you've decided to pack your bags— or bag, for some country-hopping adventure. Traveling to multiple countries in one go might be one of your best decisions yet. However, if hauling around your 50-pound, 360 spinner suitcase through airport after airport and waiting through long baggage claim lines sounds more like a headache than a self-discovering getaway, you may want to opt for a simple backpack instead. 

Not wanting to forgo the flawless, travel-babe vibe in your Insta-stories? Opt for some of these miniature beauty must-haves for carry on travel. The best part? You can nab almost all of these staple products in the checkout line at Ulta. 

You will want to check the requirements at any specific airport you will be passing through. At most airports you will be all set using 3.4 ounce bottles or less for your beauty products.

  1. Sometimes when you're on a tight flight schedule, you don't have the luxury of a full shower. A few sprays of this dry shampoo will take the layover lag out of your hair. Dry shampoo also adds volume to flat hair, so styling is quick and easy on the go.

  2. You won't need to try to cram a mini-edition hot styling tool in your bag with this two-ounce life-saver. Style your hair overnight by throwing it up in a bun or braid as you sleep. When you wake up, a mist of this to hold the curls and a touch of dry shampoo is all you need for lasting heatless waves. Space-saving aside, you'll also be relieved the headache of working out which power adapter or voltage converter would otherwise be required.

  3. The high-protein cleanser is infused with seaweeds and sea buckthorn oil to cleanse and lock in moisture, which tends to run scarce amidst frequent air travel. You won't need to pack an additional bottle for conditioner when armed with the dual-purpose cream.

  4. Clinique makes skincare easy when traveling with their super affordable travel size facial cleanser. This gentle cleanser will keep your skin clear and happy while you're out exploring. 

  5. Flying is one of the best ways to suck any hint of moisture right out of your skin. Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion will hardly take up any room in your carry-on and bring your skin back to the land of the living. 

  6. I'm pretty serious when it comes to my brows, but in some cases, packing a pot of gel, an angled brush, and a spoolie is not exactly the prudent option. Something like the Micro Brow Pencil works all the magic without taking up all the space.

  7. If you couldn't tell by now, I love a good dual-purpose product. Skip the lash curler with this lifting mascara. Benefit's "Hook 'n' Roll" brush grabs the lashes and swoops them straight up sans lash curler with their 12-hour holding formula.

  8. Keep your foundation and brush all in one place with this Buff & Go Retractable Face Brush by bareMinerals. I throw some of my bareMinerals Original Foundation in the storage compartment and I'm set. The foundation goes a long way, so one fill is more than enough to last.