holiday travel beauty sets

9 Mini Beauty Sets for Easy Holiday Travel

Don’t let planes, trains, and cars take a toll this season.

By: Hannah Baxter

While there’s nothing we love more than hopping on a plane to some far-flung destination (hopefully a warmer one this time of year), it’s often not feasible to pack every single product you love to use on the daily. And if you’re trying to keep your luggage to just a carry-on, then forget about it—full-size products are out, and minis are your new best friend. But rather than combing the aisles of our local drugstore for smaller versions, we prefer to pick up a complete kit from some of our favorite brands, whether it’s hair care, skin care, makeup, or nails. That way we know we’re covered no matter the weather or occasion during our travels. Remember, life is too short for a bad hair, skin, or makeup day. Check out our nine current favorite travel sets below, and enjoy your holiday vacation in style.


Amika Not So Basics Travel Set, $29

Keeping your hair on point is one of the toughest parts of travel—you never know what type of shampoo the hotel keeps in stock or how hard the water is. Whether you decide on a protective style for when you’re traveling or simply hope for the best, this dry shampoo, volume spray, primer, and hair mask will help keep your hair healthy until you get back home.

Tatcha Skin-Care for Makeup Lovers: Dewy Glow Set, $65

You already know that travel can rob your skin of its glow—fast—but a few key essentials will keep you looking dewy no matter how long you have to sit on an airplane. This Tatcha kit contains their cult-favorite skin mist, a luxurious moisturizer, a hydrating balm, and their radiance mask. Bonus points for using all four during your flight.

Supergoop! The Everyday Suncare Set, $48

Sun protection is non-negotiable, regardless of where you are or the time of year. If you want to minimize sun damage and prevent premature aging, we suggest bringing this handy kit with you—a 50 SPF cream, a vitamin C–infused SPF 30 spray, and an SPF 30 lip balm. Your skin will thank you, trust us.

dpHue Apple Cider Vinegar Travel Kit, $30

A healthy scalp is essential if you want lustrous hair, and the stress of travel coupled with recycled hair and general dehydration can be a recipe for disaster. Fight buildup and dandruff with a mini apple cider vinegar rinse, scalp scrub, and argan oil–infused conditioner. Your scalp and hair will finally be hydrated and ready for your vacation.

lilah B. Glow Getter Set, $144

When you’re nearing the end of a long flight and you just want to look and feel like a human again, this makeup kit is everything you need. A refreshing face mist plus a rosy tinted balm and skin illuminator (which also helps reduce inflammation and improve skin tone with sunflower seed oil and brown sea algae) will help you walk out of that plane looking like a movie star.

IT Brushes for Ulta, $30

If you’re going to be doing a full face of makeup while you’re traveling, we recommend keep a separate set of brushes handy rather than picking and choosing from your home supply. This five-piece set ensures you have the right tools for your complexion and eyes, and everything from a fierce shadow to a cheek contour will be a breeze.

Tata Harper Tata’s Daily Essentials, $75

There are a whopping seven mini products inside this travel set, and each is more luxe than the next (and they’re all 100 percent clean). Everything from Tata Harper’s cleanser to her retinoic face oil will help ensure that your skin is nourished and glowing even when you’re away from your everyday stash of skin care.

Nail Spa Set, $79

Have you ever broken a nail mid-vacation, or developed a wicked hang nail without a pair of scissors or nail clippers in sight? It is NOT fun, friends, so we recommend keeping this fully stocked kit with you wherever your travels take you.

Grown Alchemist Amenity Kit, $35

The three things that need the most hydration when you’re traveling are your lips, face, and hands, which is why this mini kit is so ideal to pack in your carry-on. There’s a tube for each of your moisturizing needs, and they’re all chock-full of nourishing antioxidants and botanicals.

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