Travel Essentials for Spring Break or Running from the Cops

Do you have things that always make it into your makeup bag when you travel? I do.
Publish date:
March 14, 2016
travel beauty, spring break, travel essentials

I’m worried that if I say it, I’m gonna jinx it, but here goes…

Spring is here!

THAT MEANS Spring Break is right around the corner for a lot of my baby readers. Not me, because I’m grown and graduated and so I don’t have any built in breaks, but for those of you who do, I'm here to make sure your beauty bag is packed and you don't forget any necessities.

I never did the whole spring break trip thing when I was in school. I was scarcely making enough money to make it to the weekend, so there was no way I was going to end up in Cabo in the middle of April. Probably for the best though. Had I flown to the Panama Beach or wherever it is you kids go, I would definitely not have made it back in one piece, if at all.

Whether you have a spring break or not, you’re probably going to be traveling sometime in the next few months, even if it’s just for a weekend getaway. I went away this weekend! And for once, I didn't forget to take anything important (Last time, I left my apartment without a moisturizer. HOW?!)

Do you have things that always make it into your makeup bag when you travel? I do. Now, these aren’t the five things I always have in my makeup bag regardless, but if I’m traveling, you better believe these are going to be with me.

My first criteria for travel beauty is that it has to be durable, so it can be knocked around in your bag and won’t shatter. It also has to be under the TSA approved amount of ounces to be able to take on a plane, if you’re flying. I don’t actually remember what that is but I think it’ 3.4 ounces so we’re gonna go with that.

First off…


Let’s just get this one out of the way. Listen, if you’re not wearing an SPF every damn day of your life, I can’t help you. You should know better by now and Lord knows I have done my part to help you see the light. When I’m traveling, I always make sure to bring at least one good facial sunscreen so your face can stay protected from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30

This is one of the only facial sunscreens that I don’t hate using. It’s pretty straightforward, it’s light, it’s not sticky or greasy, doesn’t cause extra shine, and it doesn’t tighten after it dries down. It’s also unscented, so you’re not going to smell like you smeared Banana Boat all over your face. A moisturizer with an SPF is always a good idea, but when you’re going to be out in the sun all day, I like to make sure I use an actual sunscreen on top of my moisturizer to ensure that I’m really protected.

The rubberized magenta bottle looks great on your vanity, and can be thrown in your bag and knocked around without breaking and getting sunscreen all over everything. It also looks a little more grown up than just a tube of pedestrian sunscreen, if that’s important to you.

Another one of my favorite facial sunscreens is Chanel’s UV Essentiel Multi Protection Daily Defense Sunscreen.

Chanel’s facial sunscreen is also super light and dries down almost like a powder. It’s a perfect base to layer makeup on top of, or to wear alone, as it’s virtually undetectable on skin. It’s lightly fragranced with florals, which I’m never crazy about, but the scent disappears when it has dried down.

If you’re not keen on paying $55 for one ounce of sunscreen, you could always just rake all of your money into a pile in the middle of your apartment and set it on fire.

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture

I love Murad because their entire line is as luxurious as it is durable. That’s important to me, okay?! I try to avoid expensive creams in glass jars because, yeah, they look great, but I just know I’m going to drop and shatter them. And I have. There is no feeling quite like seeing your favorite $120 moisturizer all over your bathroom floor.

For this reason, Murad also travels well! I’ll always have at least one Murad product on me when traveling because they’re all made to take with you.

This is an ideal moisturizer for travel, or every day, because it’s SPF 30 for another layer of sun protection, and is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants to brighten skin, protect against pollution in the air, and improve firmness and elasticity. I’m always talking about vitamin c in skincare and this moisturizer is one of my favorites when I’m looking for an extra dose of the good stuff.

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Heavy Lifting Eye Repair

This is technically a men’s product, but it’s one of the eye creams I tell everyone to get. I travel with it because a) The plastic pot makes it great to cart around with you and b) because it really does instantly lift and energize the skin under your eyes and cover up signs of fatigue from whatever or whoever you were doing last night.

Caffeine and vitamin c kick your skin square in the dick to whether you’re jet lagged, hungover, or pulled an all nighter, no one will be any the wiser. I’ve said it before, but this is a product you can feel working, instantly, so if you’re looking for proof, you’re going to get it right away. I’ve hit pan on this eye cream at least twice and it’s something I’d never hesitate to buy again.

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation

Travel or not, this is one of my favorite foundations. I’m a liquid foundation guy, always, but this stick formula is incredible, so easy to use, and travels like a dream. There is no easier way to get amazing skin, fast, when you’re on the go.

I’ve covered this before so I’ll keep it short. Whether you want sheer or full coverage, just apply in the areas you want covered and blend. It melts into your skin like nothing else and looks like your face, but better. It bounces light around your faces to make you look naturally highlighted, without being strobed or shiny, all with just the use of the stick.

When I want lighter coverage, I concentrate this under my eyes, on and around my nose to combat any redness, and over any problem areas on my forehead, and blend away. If I want fuller coverage, I do about two passes on my forehead, each check, and one down my nose, and blend together. There is really no way to get his wrong.

I'm wearing it in my photos from Friday! I was also sick as a dog but it covered up my sallow, sunken skin.

NARS Multiple

A convertible color of any sort is an essential for traveling, especially for your day look when you want some color on your face but don’t want to vamp it up until you’ve walked off your hangover and showered again.

There are a ton of convertible color products that I’m fond of, but the NARS multiple will always take the cake for me. The one pictured is the Matte Multiple, Anguilla. That coral-pink? Lord. BREAKING NEWS: Very into corals right now. More on that later. One pass of this and it just a sheer tint of color, that can be built for drama. I love the matte and original versions equally and will not stop until I have them all.

Are you going anywhere for spring break, or just for the hell of it? Where?! What are your travel essentials? Tell me everything below.

Tynan is traveling on Twitter @TynanBuck.