Travel-Ready Beauty Essentials

Nothing beats a good vacation. Whether you’re lounging on a beach in the Caribbean, touring the vineyards in the South of France, or hiking in the Andes, travel can be transformational. 

But, just because you’re leaving your regular life behind for a week or two, doesn’t mean you should neglect your carefully-curated beauty regime!

Obviously, you can’t take everything with you, so it’s all about finding the best travel beauty products to pack. But how do you know what to bring, and what to leave behind?

Tips for skincare while traveling

Keep things as close to normal as possible

Though you’re living the absolute opposite of your regular daily routine, it’s important to keep your skincare routine as close to normal as possible. If you suddenly switch everything up, your skin isn’t going to like it. 

Of course, the easiest way to do this is by stocking up on travel-sized versions of your favorite products, so you’re not lugging your entire bathroom cabinet around Italy. If that’s not possible, decant some of your products into travel-friendly containers –– empty contact lens cases work really well!

Hydrate on the plane

Airplane flights are notorious for drying out your skin, whether you’re flying long-haul or just for an hour. Combat the dryness by hydrating before your flight: lather on a thick moisturizer or night mask just after you board to ensure your skin doesn’t dry out during the trip.

Don’t forget about your hands! Pop a travel hand cream in your carry-on, to keep your mitts feeling hydrated and silky. 

Avoid hotel freebies

It’s tempting to crack into the complimentary toiletries in your hotel bathroom, especially if they’re packaged beautifully or smell amazing. But try to resist the temptation. Hotel products are generally not the best quality and can be very drying on your skin. 

Plus, if you end up having an allergic reaction or breakout because of the product, that’s not something you want to deal with while you’re on vacation!

Tips for body care while traveling

Stick to the essentials

Again, it might be tempting to bring all your favorite products with you on holiday… but then all of a sudden, half your luggage is filled with bottles and tubes. Think about the necessities you’ll actually use on a daily basis: soap, body wash, moisturizer, deodorant, etc., and stick to that. 

A travel beauty products kit is the perfect thing to pack in your suitcase or carry-on, as it has all the products you’ll need to make it through your trip. 


Don’t ever forget to lather up with sunscreen –– all over your body, as well as your face! Even if it’s cloudy or rainy, the sun can still get through. You really don’t want to spend your whole trip looking like a lobster. 


Exfoliating your body is one of the best ways to jump-start your skin’s holiday glow. A good luxury travel scrub will get rid of the dead cells on your skin’s surface, revealing the fresh and healthy-looking bump-free skin beneath.

Our travel scrubs also have the added bonus of smelling heavenly, so you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped out of the hotel spa. 

Drink plenty of water

We all know how important it is to keep your body hydrated. But when you’re traveling, and perhaps indulging in a couple of daytime cocktails, it’s easy to forget your eight glasses of water per day. 

Buy a cute water bottle that will serve as your reminder to keep drinking water, and your skin will reward you with a healthy glow. 

Tips for hair care while traveling

Focus on moisture

Just like your skin is going to dry out on planes and in a new climate, so too will your hair. Look for a travel shampoo that’s nourishing and moisturizing, which will help restore some of the life to your locks. Investing in a hair serum might be a good idea if your hair tends to overreact to changes in climate. 

Simplify your routine

You’re on holiday! It’s a time to relax, not to spend two hours in front of the mirror straightening and curling your hair each day. Take this as an opportunity to simplify your routine –– stick to keeping your hair natural, and give it a break from products and heated styling tools. 

If you’re planning a trip, or just looking to stock up on essentials, Sabon should be your number one stop. Our luxury soap and bath products are the perfect additions to your holiday packing list. Sabon products make you look good, smell good, and feel good. Take a look at our travel essentials here!