Summer’s here, which means sunny weather and longer days. The beach is calling! Many of us plan our summer vacation on beautiful tropical islands with gorgeous beaches because we want to enjoy the hot weather with stunning views while sipping on fruity drinks and getting a sun-kissed tan. While some opt for international trips, stay-cations are awesome, too. Overall, summer’s the perfect time for a getaway, hence it’s the peak season for traveling. We all need to take a break from our everyday life to relax and refresh our mind.
Going on a vacation is exciting! You got your boarding pass and your passport, but the tough part is knowing what to pack. Let’s be real: We tend to overpack our suitcase whenever we travel because we feel like we need everything (even though we know we won’t use most of the items). Packing anxiety is real. It can be stressful. We agonize over every little thing we pack in our suitcase, because of the what-ifs.
The right travel essentials can make your trip comfortable and easier. Here’s the list of 25 beauty & accessory must-haves to pack in your suitcase for your fun-filled summer vacation. You’re all set to go!
25 Eye Masks Block Out Lights And Help You Sleep Better
Eye masks come in handy when you're taking a red-eye flight or a flight that takes six hours to get to your destination.
Good sleep is important when you're traveling, and therefore, eye masks are travel essentials.
It's hard to sleep with the lights on, and they keep the lights out. They can also be used in hotel rooms because unfamiliar places along with different time zones make it difficult to sleep comfortably. There are cute eye masks for the travel fashionistas.
24 Headphones To Listen To Music Or Watch Movies Comfortably
You might have a quiet flight if you’re lucky; however, airplanes tend to make a lot of noise whether it’s the engine or screaming kids. In order to block any unwanted noise, it’s a good idea to pack headphones. That way, you can listen to music, watch in-flight movies, or even take a nap without anyone bothering you. You can have a more relaxing flight with headphones, which makes them a must-have in your suitcase. They can also be used for other transportations during your trip.
23 Enjoy The Sun While Protecting Your Skin With Sunscreen
Sunscreen is at the top of the list of things you need to pack even if you’re not traveling to a beach destination.
You never know how much sun exposure you’re going to get when you’re out.
It’s important to apply sunscreen on your face and body to protect your skin from UV rays. Enjoy the sun with oil-free and water-resistant Supergoops! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50. There’s no need to take a separate face moisturizer since the sunscreen also works as a moisturizer.
22 Hair Styling Tools For That Perfect Straight Or Wavy Hair
Humid weather means frizzy hair, and nobody wants a bad hair day on vacation. We want to look flawless and take Instagram-worthy photos surrounded by beautiful scenery. Makeup and outfit set the perfect mood. There are also many options for styling your hair that give off a summer vibe. That being said, travel-size hair styling tools like straightening iron and curling iron are convenient for getaways because they take up little room in your suitcase—maybe even a mini hair dryer since hotels don't offer the best.
21 Neck Pillow Makes It Easy To Sleep When You're Sitting Up
A neck pillow makes the perfect travel companion. It can be challenging to sleep on long flights (and road trips); however, a cushiony neck pillow can make a difference. It supports your head and neck so that you can sleep comfortably instead of constantly waking up with a stiff neck after moving your head everywhere like on your neighbor’s shoulder.
Overall, the pillow can make your flight as comfortable as possible sleeping upright.
You can also replace the hotel pillows with your neck pillow for a good night’s sleep.
20 Dry Shampoo If You Don't Want To Wash Your Hair Every Day
Dry shampoo’s a girl’s best friend. Washing your hair every day on your trip can be annoying. You can save time by spraying dry shampoo onto your roots for a quick fix to greasy hair. Batiste dry shampoo gives you a fresh feeling and adds volume to your hair. It can also keep your hairstyle intact, so you don't need to pack a hairspray. When you want to go out for a night out, but your hair’s unwashed, spray batiste, and you're good to go!
19 Facial Cleanser To Remove Makeup For A Fresh Face
An award-winning Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple is a fan-favorite.
It leaves your face fresh after removing dirt, oil, and makeup while nourishing your skin.
When traveling, you should bring your favorite facial cleanser that works well with your type of skin because the cleanser might not be available for you to purchase depending on where you go, and you want to avoid any mishaps like a possible breakout. While you don’t have to do the 13-step skincare routine, a facial cleanser is a must-have.
18 Portable Charger To Keep Your Devices Charged On-The-Go
It’s impossible to travel anywhere without our electronic devices. Phones are useful. You can look for directions, reach people whenever necessary, and use it as a flashlight. It's also easier to carry when you're out and about. Tablets and laptops come in handy when you’re traveling for a couple of weeks or longer. They're great for movies and books. In order to keep your devices charged on-the-go, pack a portable charger so that you won’t have to worry about low battery life and finding wall outlets.
17 Deodorant To Eliminate Bad Odor From Your Underarm Area
A deodorant is a must-have when traveling in the summer due to hot, humid weather. Even if you think it’s going to be cold, you never know.
A deodorant works to eliminate bad odor when you perspire.
Sweating’s natural. We all do it, and when we sweat, we tend to smell. LAVANILA deodorant has a variety of scents that can make you smell amazing even when you’re drenched in sweat. The best part about it is that it’s a natural product, so it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals.
16 Hand Cream That Leaves Your Hands Feeling Ultra Soft
Carry a hand cream in your suitcase wherever you go, because you’re going to need it regardless of the weather. Dry hands are common in the winter months, but washing your hands with hand soap can be harsh on the skin, which is why hand creams are skin savers. They leave your hands feeling soft again. Keep your hands moisturized at all times with L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. According to the brand’s site, the item's "sold every three seconds around the world."
15 A Face Serum For A Brighter And Glowing Complexion
While it’s exciting to travel, it can also be exhausting. If you want something that will make you look awake, then you should pack a face serum.
It’s a must-have skincare product that can instantly make you look like you had a good rest (even if you didn’t).
The serum hydrates your face, and it’s a multitasker that minimizes pores and treats skin problems. Fan-favorite OleHenriksen Truth Serum is packed with Vitamin C that brightens and adds a natural glow to your complexion.
14 Eyebrow Products To Shape And Fill In (Nonexistent) Brows
Can you imagine going on a trip without your brow kit?! Some of us choose to wear minimal makeup when we travel. Eyebrows shape our face, and just getting them done makes us look put together, which is why we cannot live without our brow kit (especially for those with almost nonexistent brows). You need tweezers to pluck your eyebrows when they grow, eyebrow gel or powder with a brush and spoolie to fill in your brows and shape them. A brow pencil works, too.
13 Travel Adapter Since Outlets Are Different In Other Countries
If you’re considering taking your devices, then a universal travel adapter is a must-have in your suitcase especially if you’re traveling abroad. Your chargers might not work wherever you’re going since every country uses different plugs and wall outlets.
With a travel adapter, you wouldn’t have to worry and stress about your phone dying.
You can charge your devices overseas. The size of the adapter is also perfect for traveling. Overall, having one and not having one makes a big difference in your trip.
12 BB Cream For The "I Woke Up Like This" Effect
Putting on full makeup can be time-consuming. When you’re in a hurry, and you want to achieve a natural look, apply Dr. Jart’s Premium BB Cream. It minimizes imperfections and evens out your skin tone like foundations. According to the brand's site, the beauty product is “a moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum, this all-in-one product also includes advanced brightening properties.” You don’t have to wear a separate moisturizer or a sunscreen. The best part about the BB cream is that it’s a universal shade.
11 A Versatile Eyeshadow Palette That Works For Any Occasion
There are more options when you pack an eyeshadow palette than choosing individual pots. Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette by Tarte has 12 matte and metallic shades with cool, neutral, and warm colors.
The colors are stunning: peach, taupe, bronze, to name a few.
They can work for any occasion whether it's every day, sultry or romantic. Shimmering shades can also be used as a highlighter for your cheek. The brand is perfect for a night out because its Amazonian clay products are long wearing.
10 Hand Sanitizers For When You Can't Wash Your Hands
Hand sanitizers are a must-have travel essential for your trip. Going on summer vacations sounds amazing, but nobody wants to get sick. That’s the worst. You should carry a hand sanitizer with you wherever you go because you’re going to need it. It would be nice to wash your hands with water and hand soap, but unfortunately, that option’s not always available. A hand sanitizer comes in handy when you can’t wash your hands properly after touching something like an elevator button.
9 A Camera To Capture Amazing Photos Of Your Fun Adventures
Your phone’s camera can capture amazing photos of your fun adventures, but sometimes, it’s better to use an actual camera. The camera also has more storage, meaning you can take as many photos as you want and even record videos. Instant cameras like Fuji Instax make the trip more fun.
They’re cute, and it comes in bright colors like pink, yellow, and mint green.
Because the photos come out instantly, you can write a message with a date on it to remember the moment.
8 Books To Read For Entertainment While Traveling
Is there a book you’ve wanted to read but never got to it because of a busy schedule? Pack it in your luggage so that you can read it during a long flight to pass the time. If you’re going to a beach destination, you can read a book that’s perfect for the beach while getting a sun-kissed tan. It’s cozy to read by the fireplace if you’re in the cold weather. Ditch your phone and tablet. Vacation is a time to relax.
7 A Tinted Lip Balm With SPF To Moisturize Your Dry Lips
Never travel without a lip balm. Dry lips are common in the cold weather, but it can also happen in dry climates. Lip balms hydrate your lips and make it easier to apply your lipstick.
If lipsticks aren't your thing, then you should opt for a tinted lip balm to give your lips some color.
Choose a shade that’s natural so you can wear it on a daily basis. Also, pack a lip balm that has SPF to protect your lips from UV rays.
6 Your Own Travel Water Bottle To Stay Hydrated At All Times
Instead of constantly purchasing plastic water bottles, you should take your own travel water bottle on your trip. S’well reusable water bottles are convenient for traveling because, according to their site, their bottles can keep your drink cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. They're perfect for all types of weather. However, in some countries, you probably need a bottle that can filter water. Staying hydrated throughout the day is very important, but many of us forget to drink enough water.
5 Multi-Tasking Cheek & Lip Tint Does Wonders
Multitasking beauty products save a lot of room in your suitcase. That being said, cheek and lip tint duo is perfect for traveling. There’s no need to bring blush or lipstick if you’re not planning on wearing much makeup.
BB cream, eyebrow kit, and the tint are enough to make you look refreshed and ready to go out.
Benefit’s Benetint is a rose-tinted color that gives a natural flush to your cheeks, and a little dab on the lips goes a long way.
4 Protect Your Eyes In Style With These Sunglasses
Sunglasses should be at the top of the list of things you must bring on your travel along with sunscreen. It doesn’t matter if you’re going somewhere cold or hot, because you need to protect your eyes from the sun at all times. There are so many pretty sunglasses that you can style with your outfit; however, it’s important to choose a good pair of shades that provide the right amount of protection while still fashionable. It seems like tiny sunglasses have been on a trend this season.
3 Mini Perfumes Because When You Smell Good, You Feel Good
It shouldn’t matter if you bring a full bottle of your favorite perfumes when you’re going on a road trip.
But if you’re traveling by plane, you should put perfumes in sample vials like the ones from Sephora.
Perfumes complete the outfit, and it sets the mood wherever you’re going whether it’s a romantic date at a fancy dinner with your partner or a girls’ night out at a bar. It's also a great way to freshen up if you’ve been out all day.
2 Overnight Face Masks To Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Pack overnight face masks because they’re skin savers especially after you had a long day of traveling. Many face masks do wonders for your dull, dry skin. One that’s been talked about is Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask by Glow Recipe. Apparently, the K-beauty product once had a 20,000 person waitlist on Sephora. According to Sephora, the mask “refreshingly hydrates, smooths, and perfects skin overnight.” It also brightens your complexion and gives you a nice glow when you wake up.
1 Makeup Setting Spray To Make Your Look Last All Day And Night
A makeup setting spray is a must-have because nobody wants their foundation to melt off their face while they’re spending the night out having an amazing time.
It can also be annoying constantly having to fix your makeup.
All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay are true to their words and will make your gorgeous look last all day and night. It also gives a dewy look. They have a travel size which is perfect to bring on your trip this summer.