Here’s the thing: I don’t like taking a checked bag with me on trips. I’m always paranoid that it’s going to get lost—which thankfully hasn’t happened yet. When I went on my Eastern European trip, there were two couples who didn’t have luggage because the airline lost them. One of the couples didn’t get their luggage back until the final two days of our trip.

So if I can fit everything I need in a carry on, you darn well bet that I’m going to pack everything into that carry on, even if it means cutting my skincare in half to make the trip.

Unfortunately, I want to bring everything, and even if I can fit it into a quart sized bag (thanks, TSA) the bottle itself is not to be over 3.4 oz, whether the amount of product inside is actually less.

Here’s not only how I streamline my haphazard routine into simple steps, but also condense it into travel-friendly sizes.


Obviously, makeup removing wipes are a must must must! Fun fact: I bought makeup wipes with me on my Europe trip but had completely forgot about them until I got home and was wondering where they were. Suffice to say, I did not use them, but they were definitely a lifesaver on my camping trip last weekend.

Currently, I’m using the Pacifica which smell like grapefruit (according to my sisters—to me, it is not. appetizing) but I like the packaging. They’re longer rather than fatter and have an actual plastic closed top instead of the ones you have to re-peel over and over.

Bonus: easy to take traveling, and don’t need to fit in your quart sized bag!

Since double cleansing is now a thing then another cleanser is due. I love the idea of stick formulations for traveling, so you don’t have to worry about it in your TSA approved bag of liquids. Ones I’m looking at include the Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick and Neogen Green Tea Cleansing Stick.


I don’t actually have an essence or serum in my current skincare routine, I know, blasphemy and all that, so I stick with grabbing a toner. I’m currently in between using the Pixi Glow Tonic or the belif Bergamot toner in their travel friendly versions.

I’ve found the bergamot toner is hard to get product out of because of the packaging, even though it’s the same as the Pixi. I just find that I get more product out of the Pixi, and for that reason alone I’d recommend that over belif’s.

Although Milk Makeup’s Matcha Toner doesn’t have as many good reviews as their cleanser counterpart, it’s definitely one I have my eye on to get as the first stick toner in existence (according to Google when I search ‘stick toner’).


Surprisingly enough, this is one of the few items in my skincare routine where I don’t worry so much about size and focus more on packaging.

For some reason, many moisturizers I’ve seen don’t exceed 2 oz (obviously, there are some that have more product and are pricier, but I’m talking in general) so to me, it comes to what is the most convenient packaging for wherever I’m going.

I’m not a fan of taking jars with me—they take up a lot of space, you have to dip your fingers in and depending on where you’re going, it’s not the most sanitary thing to do. I was very glad to have a tube when I went camping last weekend.


Oh, the ever important sunscreen… recently it’s become i m p e r a t i v e that I wear sunscreen every single day, no matter how much I don’t care to. #lazyaf

Again, stick formulas are ideal since you don’t have to confer to TSA regulations or worry about using your fingers and all that jazz. In my search for the sunscreen that will make everything easier, I found that Sun Bum has a stick formula that’s only $10.


Whether it’s in the plane, for your post-flight routine, or the overall stress of traveling, your skin will freak out and you’ll want a pick me up. While wash off masks aren’t ideal for traveling, luckily sheet masks are!

They already come in their own packaging, so you can just stick a few wherever you want and not have to worry about size, spillage, or taking up any space in your luggage. I try to plan for at least twice a week, and bring packages accordingly.

What other skincare items make the cut in your travel bag?

  • I haven’t managed to go travelling much yet but I would probably try to buy sample sixes of everything too. If not, i could always use some of the skincare minis I got with the M&S advent calender xx

    Velvet Blush

    • Sam

      Ooh, that’s a good idea!

  • omg I’ve never lost a bag before but I’d hate if that would ever happen! Great picks! I’m def going to follow your tips next time I travel!

    xo | Cindy Elena

    • Sam

      Thanks Cindy Elena!

  • Great picks! Sunscreen is a must have on any trip

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

    • Sam

      Seriously! I’ve only just started putting sunscreen on my face everyday, but it’s such an important step.

  • Bernadette

    Great post. SPF and face masks are a must have for me in a travel bag. As well as spray mists, micellar water and face wipes. x

    • Sam

      Face wipes for sure! I can’t go anywhere without those things!