5 Summer Travel Beauty Essentials

Traveling in the summer--both via road trip and flying--requires a more intentional approach to packing beauty essentials. This summer, I packed up our suitcases with clothes, a Polaroid camera, and loads of products to test on the road and today I am sharing the best of the products that I tried and used all summer long.


Summer in Phoenix means a dry, hot heat one day and then a humid heat the next. With monsoon season, the weather in Phoenix always keeps my skin on its toes. This makes me hyperaware of the fact that I need to get my hands on multitasking beauty products to keep with me while I experience different kinds of heat both in the city as well as while traveling in the summertime. 

After spending months testing out which essential beauty products can 'take the heat' (quite literally and figuratively), I have narrowed down the list of my absolute must-have beauty items throughout the summer that apply to all kinds of climates while I travel or while Phoenix goes through its summer monsoon season mood swings. 

I opted to not get into foundations and other more pigmented beauty products because in the summertime it is honestly sometimes too hot to even bother with a full face of makeup. I want to let my inner beauty shine as best I can in the summer, and that usually means having a more relaxed and lower-maintenance beauty routine. 

These items are beauty products that I will use every single day--regardless of what I am doing or where I am traveling and what the weather is like--and they also work as multitaskers to keep my skin looking and feeling its best after a long travel day. 




#1 AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder

The first thing that drew me in to use this cleansing powder for travel is the fact that it is not a liquid. Meaning, it does not count toward my TSA liquid restrictions. I first tried this as a travel product, and I have grown to love it so much that I use it regularly!

The AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder is a powder that turns to foam when you add water and fully lather it between your hands. While it is a scrub formulation, it is the most gentle yet effective cleansing powder I have ever used and really keeps my skin in check even with even the dirtiest, sweatiest, and longest travel days on my plate. My skin feels amazing after I used it and this cleansing powder really leaves my skin with a natural glow after I am done using it. 

#2 BELIF Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner

The only toner that I will always travel with is the BELIF Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner. Made with sage and bergamot, which both do incredible things for my skin even when they have been under more extreme conditions, this toner will hydrate and provide some relief to my skin if it's feeling tired or overworked. Especially while traveling, my skin tends to get flush and sweaty and responds to air pollutants more than it normally would and I tend to be a lot drier in places where I would rather my skin feel moisturized (and particularly greasy where I really don't want to be). 

On a day-to-day basis, my skin is normal. While I am traveling, I have an extreme case of combination skin particularly with my t-zone and this BELIF Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner always helps me counter that and gives my skin a chance to look and feel like itself while I travel or while it's especially warm or humid outside. 

#3 Glo Skin Beauty Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30

I have a lot of respect for anyone who wants to put on a full face of makeup before a 7am flight! For me, though, if I am traveling that day or if I don't want to spend a lot of time nor put my skin through an entire beauty routine I will grab Glo Skin Beauty Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30 and use that in lieu of foundation. 

The Glo Skin Beauty Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30 is ideal for summer travel since it is lightweight and has enough pigmentation to help counteract the redness I have on my cheeks. It has a lightweight and oil-free coverage that offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection that I will apply to my entire face and neck and it's small enough that I can bring it on the plane with me and keep in my purse to do touch-ups throughout the day. 

This is by far the best tinted moisturizer I have tried which is why it's a must for the summer as well as when I want a little bit of coverage but don't have the time or patience to put on an entire face of  moisturizer, primer, cream or liquid foundation, concealer, and powder.

#4 Wander Beauty Mile High Club Volume and Length Mascara 

There's a reason this mascara is called "Mile High Club" and I'm obsessed with its formula and what it does to my eyelashes even for the longest of travel days! This long-lasting, volumizing, and lengthening mascara from Wander Beauty quickly transforms my eyelashes into whispy, voluminous, noticeably beautiful lashes that do enough work for my eyes that I don't feel like I need to wear eyeshadow that day. 

For the days in the summer when it's hot and humid or when I am traveling all day, I don't particularly want a lot of makeup on my face but I also struggle with not wearing anything and then feeling drab afterward. The Wander Beauty Mile High Club Volume and Length Mascara wears very well for longer periods of time on my eyelashes, and it gives my eyes that extra pop that they need for me to feel good and put together. 

This summer, I had a 20 hours travel day and the Wander Beauty Mile High Club Volume and Length Mascara stood up to the test and exceeded my expectations. It did not smudge, flake off, or smear down my face even after my eyes were watering. This mascara does take a little bit of work to remove since it is so long-lasting so I always make sure to bring along a great waterproof eye makeup remover, and it really gives my eyelashes the volume and length I want without having to apply false eyelashes!

#5 Mario Badescu Lip Balm (Squeeze Tube)

Dry lips? No thanks. Sadly, it happens every time I fly if I forget to bring my squeeze tube of Mario Badescu Lip Balm. But when I do remember to bring it, my lips remain feeling nourished and soft. 

Mario Badescu Lip Balm is the ride-or-die lip balm that I have not been able to put down since I first tried it. It has an ultra-rich formula that quickly works into my skin and gives my lips a burst of moisture that is longer-lasting than other balms I have tried. It's made with cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, and Vitamin E and this formula does wonders after a long flight or when I've been out in the sun all day and my lips are craving some TLC. Like the Glo Skin Beauty Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30, the Mario Badescu Lip Balm always travels with me and stays in my purse for touch-ups throughout the day. 


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34 comments

  1. I'm so that person who puts on a full set of makeup before boarding an early morning flight. I don' know why. :) However, for everyday, I pair down so much during the humid and hot summers here in SC. I need to try some of your summer essentials because we still have a lot of hot weather before fall arrives.

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    1. Yes, if I remember correctly, SC is always warm into late fall. Y'all have the warm temps like we do while everyone gets to enjoy sweater weather lol! Hope you give a few of these a try and be sure to let me know what are your faves! ALSO--I may have a coupon code for Glo Skin Beauty coming soon I'll let you know!

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  2. I travel quite a bit and I really do need a good travel routine. This definitely would help because my skin gets really dry when I travel.

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    1. Same here! Dry skin while traveling is no fun. Just gotta find what works for you for sure!

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  3. I can't live without my moisturizer! And I always try to keep a lip balm in my purse.

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  4. I need to try some of these. I don't travel a lot, but I still am eager to try new things to see how they work with my skin.

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    1. These are great for travel but they are so so good for everyday use too! Especially if your skin is going through it when you're dealing with tougher weather.

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  5. I am getting ready to travel to Spain and I read this post within an inch of its life! Thank you, I am going to implement some of your ideas.

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  6. Sound like great products! I don't often use makeup, but I do recognize some of these products as terrific ones. (Rena)

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    1. I'm sure you know as much as I do that you don't have to wear makeup to have a good skincare routine! It's so important to me to take great care of my skin -- I will thank myself 10, 20, and even 30 years from now!

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  7. I love your travel beauty essentials. Your skin looks amazing. Can't wait to try some of these products.

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  8. Love products from Glo Skin Beauty! I have not tried this one, but enjoy many of their makeup products and even brushes!

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    1. Girl they have SOO many of my faves! I may be getting a Glo Skin Beauty discount code soon---I'll keep you posted in case you are interested in saving next time you shop!

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  9. I have been looking for a new mascara. This Wander Beauty one sounds great for travel and for every day use.

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    1. It's a great one--hope you give it a try! They do offer free shipping right now for orders over $40, so I would recommend trying their Mile High Club Volume and Length Mascara and also their Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks!

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  10. I need to try that tinted moisturizer. I've been looking for a good one that will hold up in our heat and humidity.

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  11. Traveling can take a toll on your skin, it seems like you've found some great products to keep looking great! I don't wear make up any more, but I do keep some lip balm in my purse.

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    1. For sure! Have you tried the Mario Badescu one?

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  12. It's so important to have products that will help you take better care of your skin during the summer. Especially since the sun can damage our skin deeply. Love these essentials that you shared!

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  13. These are some great products to look! I will be trying the moisturizer and lip balm soon.

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  14. Ooh I have never heard of that lip balm but I may need to pick some up. My daughter loves that stuff, sounds like a nice stocking stuffer.

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  15. I'm loving all these ideas. I see so many great products here. I'd love to give a lot of these a try too.

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  16. I hadn't heard of some of these beauty products. I love to try out new products though. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Looks like these are great product. I love good cleanser and toner along with a moisturizer .

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  18. Those are the perfect sizes, very light! I want to try the mascara because I am not a big fan of the mascara I have right now.

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