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The holiday season is nearly upon us, and there’s one thing on the minds of millions: travel. According to AAA, 2018 was one of the biggest holiday travel seasons on record, with an estimated 6.7 million Americans taking to the skies — up 4.2 percent from the year before. Whether you’re going on a long-awaited vacation or heading back home to visit the family, holiday travel takes some planning — particularly when it comes to the best travel-size products you’ll need to bring along with you on your trip.
While most of us have the basics stored away and ready to be pulled out at a moment’s notice (think luggage and plane accessories, such as neck pillows), not many of us are as well prepared in the toiletries department. Currently, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) only allows liquid-based products that are 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less to be carried in a quart-sized bag in your carry-on bags in flight. If you need to bring a bigger bottle with you, it must be in your checked luggage or you may be forced to part with the product before getting through security.
Best Travel Size Beauty Products
From miniature sets of shampoo and conditioner that will kill two birds with one stone to little bottles of sunscreen that will protect your face, body, and lips, there are plenty of TSA-approved travel-size beauty products to be found on the shelves of your favorite stores.
With the right picks on hand, you’ll never be caught rummaging around the aisles of your local Walmart or Target the night before your flight in desperate search of a travel-sized deodorant again. We’ve rounded up a selection of the best picks around that are sure to be fun-sized hits. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s favorite travel size products to make your next trip a breeze.
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Best Travel Shampoo Set — Briogeo Repair + Strengthen Travel Kit
Where to buy: $25, Briogeo
One of the most essential travel beauty products is shampoo, followed only by conditioner. So why not get both in one shot? Specially formulated for those with dry and damaged hair, this Briogeo set includes both a super moisturizing cleanser and a powerful leave-in conditioner (both 2 ounces), plus a bonus product from its Don’t Despair! Repair line: a 1-ounce repairing conditioning mask. Complete with an adorable travel bag that’s perfect for storing the rest of your toiletries, this is one travel beauty product you can’t afford to pass up.
Best Travel Dry Shampoo — Amika Perk Up
Where to buy: $10, Sephora
For travel days when a wash is just not in the cards, you’ll need a good dry shampoo in your on-the-go arsenal. Keep your bases covered with Amika’s Perk Up mini dry bottle. Unlike most shampoos of this nature, this natural formula has a rice-bran base instead of a talc or aluminum one. That’s good news, since the latter can result in that unsightly chalky build-up. This one works a “bad hair day” pick-me-up, however, absorbing oil, cooling the scalp, and adding some much-needed volume all in one. Best of all, this mini-sized shampoo comes in a convenient 1-ounce bottle for clean hair, everywhere.
Best Travel Face Wash — Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
Where to buy: $15, Sephora
The best part about shopping for travel-sized beauty products is that it gives you a great excuse to try out new products. We highly recommend putting Fresh’s soy face cleanser to the test with this pint-sized 1.7-ounce bottle. This cleanser is beloved for its soothing formula of amino (the building blocks in protein that help promote skin health and rejuvenation)-rich soy, cucumber, and calming rosewater, which gently cleanse the skin without irritation, making it a great pick for even the most sensitive of skin types.
Best Travel Size Moisturizer — Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
Where to buy: $18, Sephora
Aside from being an essential part of your skincare routine, moisturizer becomes extra important when you’re flying. According to the World Health Organization, the pressurized air on a plane contains less than 20 percent humidity, making it a dry and arid environment. A miniature 0.95-ounce bottle of Kiehl’s Ultra facial cream will keep your skin hydrated with its glacial glycoprotein— a deeply moisturizing protein derived from sea glaciers that thrives in extreme climates — based blend, meaning your skin will remain in tip-top condition no matter where you’re jet-setting.
Best Travel Sunscreen — Coola Suncare Signature Travel Kit
Where to buy: $39.99, Nordstrom
Whether your holiday flight destination is in a sunny or snowy locale, you’ll need a good sunscreen on hand. Coola Suncare’s signature travel kit will keep you protected from head to toe with its certified organic and hypoallergenic products, which include a 0.85-ounce sheer face sunscreen, a 3-ounce pina-colada scented body spray, Liplix lip SPF, and a 2 ounce Radical Recovery after-sun lotion. This set also comes wrapped up in a reusable travel clutch.
Best Travel Size Deodorant — Olay Secret Freshies
Where to buy: $15, Amazon
For a fun spin on travel deodorant, pick up this three-pack of Secret Freshies for your next getaway. Featuring the rich and relaxing aroma of cool waterlily, these 0.5-ounce solid deodorant balls couldn’t be easier to pack. They also make for a discrete and easy way to make sure you’re always smelling your best thanks to Secret’s invisible technology, which goes on white and dries clear. Keep one in your purse, carry on, or checked bag to make sure you’re always covered!
Best Travel Size Toothpaste — Marvis Travel Flavor Set
Where to buy: $15, Amazon
If you’ve been on the fence about switching your oral care over to natural toothpastes, now’s a good time to take the plunge. Marvis’ travel flavor set has got a trio of the brand’s most popular tartar and tooth decay-fighting flavors: classic strong mint, whitening mint, and cinnamon mint. Made with xylitol, a natural sugar alternative, these 1.3-ounce toothpastes provide an extraordinary clean that’s easy on even the most sensitive of teeth.
Best Travel-Size Makeup — It Cosmetics CC+
Where to buy: $15, Ulta
If you’re someone who doesn’t like to travel with vast amounts of makeup but would still like something that provides a little coverage, It Cosmetics CC+ cream is just the ticket. This collagen-infused, full-coverage makeup is a lightweight way to get a seamless complexion on-the-go. Working as a hydrating anti-aging serum and darks spot concealer all in one, this CC cream takes the place of more than three products without taking up valuable real estate in your toiletry bag — it’s only 0.4-ounces!
Best Travel Size Setting Spray — Urban Decay All Nighter
Where to buy: $15, Ulta
Leave the bulky setting powder at home and opt for a travel-sized bottle of Urban Decay’s all nighter makeup setting spray. An easy way for you to keep your look on lock, this 1-ounce spray features patented temperature control technology that actually adjusts your makeup’s chill factor to keep it all in place – even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions.
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