There's almost nothing better than a holiday getaway, be it a few days spent down at the beach or a month long overseas trip. A break is the perfect way to relax, recharge and reenergise ourselves but for me, the one downside of a holiday is packing, of course. I used to find packing toiletries the hardest part of packing a bag because I am so particular about my toxin-free skin care, and travel sizes actually used to be much harder to find. Thankfully now I've got my travel skin care routine down to a fine art with organic travel skin care sets and minis.
How to pack skin care for travel
If there's one thing I've learnt from family holidays, it's that no matter how organised you are, something will almost always get left behind! Unless you want to lose your full sized products, I would definitely suggest taking travel sized products whenever possible. Not to mention they are much lighter to carry.
Another really important travel tip to consider when packing skin care for a flight is to look at the plane allowances. If you're travelling internationally, any liquids or creams in your carry-on luggage must be in containers that hold 100ml or less. That doesn't mean you can fill an entire bag full of 100ml containers though – those bottles need to fit comfortably together in one resealable transparent bag that is no bigger than 20cm x 20cm, so you need to prioritise! Deodorant, a moisturiser and lip balm are some of the most common carry-on items. Make sure you check with your airline for specific toiletries limits before heading to the airport.
Travel size skin care sets
Black Chicken Remedies Travel Skin Care Pack
One of the best value natural travel skin care sets is the Black Chicken Remedies Travel Skin Care Pack. Full of Australian made goodies, this travel set contains everything you need for daily skin and body care, with a mini travel-sized face cleanser, serum, scrub powder and mist, as well as a luxurious body oil and nourishing skin balm. Best of all, it also contains a mini tub of Axilla Deodorant Paste! All housed in a reusable cosmetics bag, which fits everything perfectly.
SKIN by ecostore This is Me Pack
The SKIN by ecostore This is Me Pack is a great vegan travel skin care option as it's packed with everyday skin care essentials, including a mini Gentle Cleanser, Hydrating Moisturiser, Replenishing Night Cream and Multi-Nutrient Facial Oil – everything you need for glowing holiday skin on the go.
Ethique Face Sampler Collection
The Ethique Face Sampler Collection is an amazing set if you'd prefer to travel with solid skin care bars to avoid leaks and spills, containing generously sized bar samples of the Bliss Bar Face Cleanser, In Your Face Cleanser, The Perfector Face Moisturiser, Saving Face Serum and Gingersnap Face Scrub. The box is also 100% plastic-free and compostable, so this is truly waste-free travel. For body care essentials, try the Ethique Body Sampler, with body wash, scrub, deodorant and lotion bars.
Ethique Hair Sampler Set
For hair, you cannot go past the Ethique Hair Sampler Set. This collection of Ethique hair products includes a Heali Kiwi Shampoo, Frizz Wrangler Shampoo, St Clements Shampoo, Wonderbar Conditioner and Guardian Conditioner, all in bar form and designed to last for weeks. This set also comes packaged in a plastic-free box which is 100% compostable.
Toiletries for travel
Life Basics Nail Polish Remover Wipes
It should be fair enough if you'd love to change up your nail polish colour while on holidays, but carrying a big bottle of nail polish remover around takes up precious room in your toiletry bag and is not ideal for guaranteed spill-free travel. These Life Basics Nail Polish Remover Wipes are an absolute saviour, as they're little pre-soaked nail polish remover pads stored in a handy travel-friendly container, rather than separate remover liquid and cotton pads. Convenience aside, these wipes are acetone and acetate free so they're actually much better for your nails, and are also biodegradable.
Grants Toothpaste Minis
When heading overseas, less is more, and that means cutting down on product sizes wherever we can to save space. I do not want to go anywhere without my favourite Grants of Australia Toothpaste though, so thankfully we can now get mini 25g travel sizes of our favourites flavours. Choose from Mild Mint with Aloe Vera or Fresh Mint with Tea Tree Oil, both totally affordable and, honestly, pretty darn cute to look at too!
Loqi Transparent Zip Pocket (Set Of 3)
Rather than using disposable plastic ziplock bags, keep some Loqi Transparent Zip Pockets on hand to store your toiletries and essentials in. They're lightweight yet durable, water-resistant and even food-safe, perfect for storing all of your toiletries in. This reusable set comes with three different sizes so you can sort and organise all of your products to your – I love these pouches for quick trips when I can take all of my regular, full-sized products with me. I like to use the smallest bag for makeup, medium size for skin care and largest pouch for my hair care.
Travel laundry soap bar
Ethique Flash! Solid Laundry Bar & Stain Remover
This is probably my favourite and best travel tip – pack a laundry bar. A laundry bar looks just like a bar of soap, but it will help to remove stains from your clothes like nothing else – meaning you don't have to lug around a bottle of detergent, or worse, buy a new bottle and then have to leave it behind. That's the complete opposite of eco-friendly travel! I absolutely love the Ethique Flash! Solid Laundry Bar & Stain Remover for travel. It uses Kaolin Clay to lift out oil, dirt and stains and is naturally scented with a blend of Lavender and Peppermint essential oils. What's more, this multipurpose bar is also perfect for hand-washing laundry and even doing the washing up too.
Natural motion sickness treatment
Black Chicken Remedies Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler - Voyage
Another travel tip from me to you is to keep a natural motion sickness treatment on hand. Trust me! The Black Chicken Remedies Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler - Voyage harnesses the calming properties of Ginger, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Lavender essential oils, designed to help ease tension and anxiety associated with travel, and also keep the effects of motion sickness at bay. Simply place the personal inhaler below your nose and breathe in all that goodness. It helps me every time!