How To Pack Skincare For Travel?

The year is 2022. We spent the past two years delaying our plans and we’re embarking on planes and trains again. Fulfilling our desires that we haven’t been able to. It’s been so long that we’ve taken a real adventure that you might not even remember how to pack efficiently, including your skincare essentials.

Toiletries can be frustrating to pack and can take up a lot of space in your luggage and carry-on. With the right methods, you’ll have more than enough space for all your essentials so that you can enjoy your trip in luxury.





One of the best things you can do when traveling with your skincare products is to go as minimal as possible. Never bring your full-size products, since you can’t typically bring the original sizes on the plane anyway. This will leave more space in both your carry-on and full-sized luggage.

Remember: you’re only allowed to bring 3.4 oz (100 mL) on the plane in your carry-on luggage.

Side note: Sheet masks don’t actually count as liquids or creams when traveling. Feel free to bring a few so you can enjoy them after a long day of exploration!

If you don’t want to bring many of your own products, several pharmacies and grocery stores have a travel section where you can buy the appropriate travel amount for various necessities, such as facial cleansers and toothpaste.



A smart tactic that not many travelers often take advantage of, while a bit more effort, is to put your essentials into smaller glass or plastic containers then labeling them appropriately. This will ensure that you don’t pack more than you need or will use while on your trip.

To prevent any damage to these containers, you can wrap them so that no spillage occurs. Along with a secured lid, this will ensure your products remain intact upon arrival.

Another pro tip is to pack your toiletry/makeup bags in the center of your suitcase or backpack. This will prevent your products from moving around often during transit and will result in less clean-up or worries once you begin to settle into your new temporary home.  

Rather than putting all your individual products into separate containers, you can actually bring out your scientific side and condense the items in your luggage even further. By implementing products such as diffused lipstick on the cheeks or cream blush dabbed onto the lips, you can save space with these secret remedies.

Mixing eyeshadow and water will provide you with eyeliner, everyone being none the wiser. Liquid concealer plus moisturizer will result in lighter facial coverage and a tinted appearance. While this does require more pre-travel focus, you’ll be thanking your past self once you’ve started to unpack on your trip.

Be sure to leave brushes at home. Your fingers are just as useful to apply products, thus leaving even more space in your bags. Just be sure to be hygienic before applying any products onto your face with your fingers!




If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of packing all your products before traveling, shopping once you land is always an option. Many countries in Europe and Asia have the same or similar products you can purchase.

Not only will this safe you space prior to your trip, but you can buy travel-sized products to dispose of before you leave to go back home, thus saving you space for both trips.

When shopping for cold or dry climates, oil-based layering products are advised. Be sure to use lighter products to layer on your face such as hydrating toner, serums, moisturizers, and facial oils. Be sure to gently pat facial oils on your face rather than rub them in.

You might think warmer and humid climates may be more damaging to the skin, but not if you know how to take care of your skin properly. After all, millions of people live in these conditions year-round. They must have found a way to adapt, right?

If you’re going to a destination with tropical weather and beaches, be weary that saltwater can further dry out the skin. Water-resistant sunscreen is best advised for the beach so that the emollients in the sunscreen repel the water from fading its effects. Water-based, lightweight products are usually advised for these conditions.

Low-foam products that contain salicylic acid halt oil production and ensure the pores remain clean and unclogged.

In the AM, when on your travels, you should always be cleansing and moisturizing at the minimum to maintain a healthy skincare regimen even when away from home.

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to keep your skin protected throughout the day, especially in climates where the sun is stronger. A moisturizer/sunscreen combo can be highly effective in this scenario so you only need to use one product.

Once the day is coming to an end, gel or oil-free lotions and moisturizers are a great way to unwind.


We’ve discussed what to do prior to travel and once you’re already at your destination, what about during travel or in-flight?

For a full skincare routine, it’s best to do this before and after your flight. Take advantage of the facilities by applying the wisely condensed skincare you have packed with you. It’s best to always keep these products in your carry-on so you have them at your disposal, in case your luggage gets lost in transit.

It’s not advised to do skincare in-flight. Not only would it startle the person sitting next to you and the cabin crew if you suddenly put on a sheet mask, but the air in the plane is dry and it is often best to treat your skin after encountering this climate rather than during.

A hydrating mask before or after the flight, however, can be helpful if you so choose. This should always be followed by hydrating products such as cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and sunscreen for the daytime.

You might think that you don’t have to worry about the sun in the plane but those UV rays can harm you even at several thousand feet in the air! If you can, choose a window seat for your flight so you have control over the shade and how much sunlight you’re being exposed to. Obviously, this is not a concern for red eye flights.

Once you have deboarded the plane, facial oils can be helpful to keep your skin hydrated and prevent the product from evaporating, as your skin has just been through a lot from the dry, humid cabin pressure.

Washing your face and proper exfoliation is always recommended after a plane ride, no matter the duration to effectively remove any dead skin cells


Traveling should be fun, not stressful. It should be an exciting getaway from the stress of everyday life, and that goes for your skin as well. Practicing efficient skincare travel can cleanse the mind of many worries so that you can sit back and relax during your journey. Our Micro Dart-Infused Set can help with easing any woes when it comes to travel and of course, be sure to condense!